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Fantasy Baseball: Dumping Power Draft Strategy

Here is another draft strategy that could work in either mixed league or NL/AL only league drafts-dump power. The way to employ this strategy is to focus on stud starting pitchers and speed guys early in the draft. For this strategy to be successful, the fantasy owner must win the pitching categories and place very high in stolen bases, runs scored and batting average.

A fantasy owner who employs this strategy must focus on starting pitchers like Tim Lincecum, Roy Halladay, CC Sabathia and Zack Greinke, who have high K/BB rates. Pitchers who have high K/BB rates usually have low ERA and WHIP, and do very well in the wins category as well. I wrote about this previously here.

The owner must also draft hitters like Michael Bourn, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carl Crawford ,Jimmy Rollins and a healthy Jose Reyes. These are guys who hit for a good BA, steal a ton of bases, and score 90+ runs. Even a guy like Matt Kemp or Ian Kinsler could help, even though they also hit for solid power, as they both can steal 30 bases, and hit for solid BA and score runs.

Some hitters who could also help are low round draftees like Evereth Cabrera, Elvis Andrus and Alcides Escobar who all could steal 30+ bases in 2010. A few other hitters who can provide a decent BA and steal some bases for your are the Rockies Dexter Fowler, the Twins Denard Span, the Cubs SS Ryan Theriot and the Mets 2B Luis Castillo.

The trick in this strategy is to draft guys who will not hurt you in the BA category, but the main focus is to draft ace level starting pitchers early. It wouldn't be crazy to draft a closer in the 11-13th rounds, because you need to win saves for this strategy to work as well.