I came across an interesting draft strategy the other day from a blog called Baseball Fantasy Stats. The hope is that since leadoff hitters tend to rack up more plate appearances than players hitting lower in the order, loading up on as many leadoff hitters as possible might give your team the equivalent of a 10th batter. Obviously the strategy would leave a team short in the power categories, but the author thinks it still might work:
Once the best lead-off hitters are taken, you can still fill out the rest of your team with lead-off batters taken very late in drafts, so you should be able to stock up on great pitching in-between.
Would this strategy actually work? I don't know but I'm going to draft two teams next week, one in Roto and one in Head-to-Head, in free leagues and find out. I wouldn't try this strategy in any of the money leagues I'm in until I'm sure it could work.
I wouldn't be in a rush to try that out in a money league, either, but it's interesting to think about. Check out the rest of the post for more descriptions, including a list of leadoff hitters at every position.
Does anyone else out there have a gimmick draft strategy they're thinking about using?
A Wacky Stats Based Fantasy Strategy Discussed [Baseball Fantasy Stats]