So now you’re sure you can compete with the table, but then the Twin Killers bring up Donovan Solano. You think, “Solano, right. Wait? Who?!” Then you’re convinced you didn’t prepare enough – until Stranger Danger pays .16 for Ike Davis. “Ok, at least I didn’t do that.”
You have a strategy, but you have to be prepared to change on the fly lest you really have a bad draft. If your plan was to draft a big name starter but all the studs went for a higher price than you expected, you have to decide if you want to get a second-line starter or focus on relief pitching.
Or perhaps you wanted to get some power hitters. If they’re all gone, do you overload on speed and hope to make a trade or go for a diamond in the rough who may get some power or could just as easily flame out.
The key is you don’t want to make a mistake. So how do you avoid a mistake? By research, gut feeling and trusting your eyes. You read the websites, listen to the experts, check past performance (really, really not indicative of future results) and decide to play it safe by getting a “Sure Thing”. But he won’t come cheap.
There are no “sure things” you say? Sure there are. Death, taxes and Matt Cain, or Cole Hamels, or Hanley Ramirez, or Tim Lincecum are about as sure as they come. Until they’re not.
Hanley Ramirez 2011 (.49 Dem Rebels) 10 homeruns, 45 RBI, 20 SB