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RotoAuthority Silver League Draft Overview

The RotoAuthority Silver League held its draft on Friday night, and I came away convinced we're in for a long, competitive season. Now that I've patted myself and my leaguemates on the back, here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the night.

Round 1 
The first round opened with a chorus of boos when Albert Pujols went off the board. No, we weren't jealous, we've just got a lot of Cardinal spirit. Overall, the first round was as predictable as they come; the 12 players taken look like the consensus top players, and nobody did anything weird like take Cliff Lee third overall. Aren't public leagues great? ...

Round 2
The shock of the second round was that Roy Halladay lasted all the way back to King Fish 2.0 at the number one pick. Curtis Granderson lasted longer than expected, but there were no real head-scratchers. Where was that one guy that takes a prospect you've never heard of in the second round?

Round 3
The starters flew off the board in the third: seven were taken and three teams doubled up on top starters, a strategy which can pay off big but leave you with major holes too. All three teams are paying for their aces at one position or another. The first true reaches were made here, too. Pablo Sandoval and Brett Lawrie are good, but are they third-round good? The first three rounds still have the superstars and sure things (or close to it), that you should resist the urge to take someone just for their position.

Round 4
We had a head-scratcher in the fourth, when Ryan Zimmerman went. Nothing against Zimmerman, but he went to McRuder, the team who already had Lawrie. I always try to fill my CI spot with a first baseman--Eric Hosmer or Paul Konerko will probably hit better than Zim at a lower price. David Wright finally went, too; I think he's slipped all the way from overrated to underrated. Michael Bourn disappeared here, as well. Someone commented that he's not that different from Coco Crisp, and I tend to agree. That is a lot of steals, though, and The Playmakers could get the last laugh.

Round 5
I'm proud of us: we managed to hold on to our Starlin Castro-related enthusiasm until the fifth, which is lower than he'll be had in most leagues. There were shouts of, "Reach!" when Desmond Jennings went off the board, but in a five-outfielder league I see nothing wrong with McRuder's pick here. Craig Kimbrel kicked off closers for us, as in just about every league. Nothing wrong with him, but I've always believed in late quantity over early quality for closers. I also spend a lot of time scrambling for saves ...

Round 6-7
The Rally Beers made up for a panic-pick of Kevin Youkilis by getting great value for Alex Rodriguez in the sixth. A-Rod being the one player I allow myself to avoid for personal feelings (Mariners fan, I admit it), my team was a little worse for not having him. Sprit of St. Louis raised some eyebrows by taking Yu Darvish a little early -- five picks too early, to be precise, as he would have been my next pick. It was my turn for the heckling when I took Mark Reynolds. I probably could have had him later, but, as with Darvish, you feel a lot better getting the pick you want than waiting, only to see him land on someone else's team. Besides, batting average is a stupid category anyway ...

Rounds 8-10
The beginning of round eight saw two Monteros taken in a row and the next few closers go off the board. We somehow avoided a big closer run, though. Nobody stood out as an awesome value or major reach as the real grind of the draft began.

Rounds 11-13
Coco Crisp was good value in round 13, especially when compared to Brett Gardner and Bourn, taken four and nine rounds earlier. Carlos MarmolHuston Street and Rafael Betancourt seemed like good value in these rounds, partly because of their good numbers, but also because of how their teams went out of their way to make them closers or deal away their setup men All three probably have more job security than a lot of people think.

Rounds 14-16
JamesRiverTrout disappointed everyone else by pulling the trigger on Ryan Doumit. Apparently I wasn't the only one counting on him for my second catcher slot. Yoenis Cespedes could be the best or worst pick of the 14th. Mr. Perfect 56 went from getting a great deal on Ryan Madson to having to release him -- doubly bad because Sean Marshall was drafted onto another team. Saved me from suffering the same fate in the next round ...

Rounds 17-20
Adam Dunn is proving more popular than I'd expected, leaving the board in the 17th. The more I think about it, the more I like his chances to bounce back. Mark Trumbo went too, but I think he'll disappoint a lot of owners in a super-sub role for the Halos. If Johan Santana's spring is any indication, he might have been the steal of the draft here. In the 19th, I took a chance on Chase Utley. When I looked at the pick later I wondered--was that still too early? The final real closers went here, too, and there was no taking advantage of people that don't know who Jim Johnson is or that Kyle Farnsworth is good now.

Rounds 21-25
The end of the draft was full of setup men and second catchers. Three of us are fighting over Kansas City's saves; I grabbed Greg Holland but couldn't hedge my bet with Jonathan Broxton or Aaron Crow. Judging by the pitchers being taken relative to the hitters, I'd say the best thing you can do is to leave your last two or three starters for the final rounds. I'd much rather choose between Gavin Floyd and Edinson Volquez than Vernon Wells and Alex Presley.

Normally, when I look through everybody else's teams after a draft there's one or two that I write off as not to worry about. (It's really embarrassing when one of those teams wins, I'll tell you.) I didn't see anything like that here. Maybe everybody else thinks that about my team. I

I'd wish everyone else luck, but.... 






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