## 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide

Pitching Strategy

Last year I made it a point to draft two of my Sub-Elite Pitchers (2014 Projected SP #11 - #20) within the first ten rounds. This year I want to change things a little bit. I typically designated Starting Pitchers #11 through #20 from my Rankings as my Sub-Elite Pitchers. This year I'm going to expand on that group. Entering this season I'll have 20 Starters (#11 - #30) as my Sub-Elite guys. I would like you to take one of those guys somewhere around the 8th or 9th round without reaching for any of them and then another one by the end of the 12th round. Basically I want 10 of your first 12 picks to be hitters.

Pitching is the deepest position in the Fantasy World. I see no reason to waste a high draft pick or a good portion of your auction budget on one Pitcher. My Sub-Elite Pitchers can be had fairly cheap and will put up numbers comparable to the Elite Pitchers.

Pitching is the deepest position in the Fantasy World. I see no reason to waste a high draft pick or a good portion of your auction budget on one Pitcher. My Sub-Elite Pitchers can be had fairly cheap and will put up numbers comparable to the Elite Pitchers.

In 2012

10 Pitchers had an ERA below 3.04 - 6 of them had a WHIP of 1.09 or lower

5 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.05 and 3.16 - 4 of them had a WHIP of 1.14 or lower

10 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.17 and 3.40 - 6 of them had a WHIP of 1.19 or lower

30 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.41 and 4.00 - 14 of them had a WHIP of 1.24 or lower

In 2013

15 Pitchers had an ERA below 3.04 - 10 of them had a WHIP of 1.09 or lower

7 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.05 and 3.16 - 2 of them had a WHIP of 1.14 or lower

12 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.17 and 3.40 - 7 of them had a WHIP of 1.19 or lower

26 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.41 and 4.00 - 14 of them had a WHIP of 1.24 or lower

In 2014

23 Pitchers had an ERA of 3.04 or lower - 13 of them had a WHIP of 1.09 or lower

3 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.05 and 3.16 - 1 of them had a WHIP of 1.14 or lower

9 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.17 and 3.40 - 2 of them had a WHIP of 1.19 or lower

32 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.41 and 4.00 - 16 of them had a WHIP of 1.24 or lower

By waiting on Pitchers you'll be able to draft a better hitter in the earlier rounds. I'd prefer to select a Justin Upton or Jose Abreu in the first round as opposed to taking Clayton Kershaw that early. If you select Kershaw in the first round, you'll force yourself to take nothing but hitters in the next several rounds possibly losing the opportunity to draft a good value-Pitcher in the 4th, 5th, or 6th rounds. I don't want you to take a Pitcher in the 4th, 5th or 6th round but if Felix Hernandez is available in the 4th you shouldn't pass on him. Same goes for guys like Chris Sale and Madison Bumgarner; make smart picks and never pass on a great value.

In order to achieve a team ERA of 3.15 you have to...

Have 200 total starts that average 5 Innings Pitched allowing 1.75 Runs on average (350 total Runs).

Have 200 total starts that average 6 Innings Pitched allowing 2.10 Runs on average (420 total Runs).

Have 200 total starts that average 7 Innings Pitched allowing 2.45 Runs on average (490 total Runs).

Have 200 total starts that average 8 Innings Pitched allowing 2.80 Runs on average (560 total Runs).

This year I'll give you a little more insight to how I've won a majority of the leagues I've played in over the past few seasons. I usually finish my drafts with five or six starting pitchers and four or five cheap Closers. I try to build a lead in the Saves category, and along the way build a solid ERA and WHIP with those Closers.

Towards the final two months, depending on where I am in the standings, I turn to streaming starters. I'll get into streaming starters on the next page.

I also never shy away from taking 8th inning guys to help solidify my ERA and WHIP while adding a few strikeouts here and there without adding another start to my roster. Remember, standard Fantasy leagues have a 200 start limit on the season. I tend to start streaming pitchers around the 150 start mark.

10 Pitchers had an ERA below 3.04 - 6 of them had a WHIP of 1.09 or lower

5 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.05 and 3.16 - 4 of them had a WHIP of 1.14 or lower

10 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.17 and 3.40 - 6 of them had a WHIP of 1.19 or lower

30 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.41 and 4.00 - 14 of them had a WHIP of 1.24 or lower

In 2013

15 Pitchers had an ERA below 3.04 - 10 of them had a WHIP of 1.09 or lower

7 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.05 and 3.16 - 2 of them had a WHIP of 1.14 or lower

12 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.17 and 3.40 - 7 of them had a WHIP of 1.19 or lower

26 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.41 and 4.00 - 14 of them had a WHIP of 1.24 or lower

In 2014

23 Pitchers had an ERA of 3.04 or lower - 13 of them had a WHIP of 1.09 or lower

3 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.05 and 3.16 - 1 of them had a WHIP of 1.14 or lower

9 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.17 and 3.40 - 2 of them had a WHIP of 1.19 or lower

32 Pitchers had an ERA between 3.41 and 4.00 - 16 of them had a WHIP of 1.24 or lower

By waiting on Pitchers you'll be able to draft a better hitter in the earlier rounds. I'd prefer to select a Justin Upton or Jose Abreu in the first round as opposed to taking Clayton Kershaw that early. If you select Kershaw in the first round, you'll force yourself to take nothing but hitters in the next several rounds possibly losing the opportunity to draft a good value-Pitcher in the 4th, 5th, or 6th rounds. I don't want you to take a Pitcher in the 4th, 5th or 6th round but if Felix Hernandez is available in the 4th you shouldn't pass on him. Same goes for guys like Chris Sale and Madison Bumgarner; make smart picks and never pass on a great value.

In order to achieve a team ERA of 3.15 you have to...

Have 200 total starts that average 5 Innings Pitched allowing 1.75 Runs on average (350 total Runs).

Have 200 total starts that average 6 Innings Pitched allowing 2.10 Runs on average (420 total Runs).

Have 200 total starts that average 7 Innings Pitched allowing 2.45 Runs on average (490 total Runs).

Have 200 total starts that average 8 Innings Pitched allowing 2.80 Runs on average (560 total Runs).

This year I'll give you a little more insight to how I've won a majority of the leagues I've played in over the past few seasons. I usually finish my drafts with five or six starting pitchers and four or five cheap Closers. I try to build a lead in the Saves category, and along the way build a solid ERA and WHIP with those Closers.

Towards the final two months, depending on where I am in the standings, I turn to streaming starters. I'll get into streaming starters on the next page.

I also never shy away from taking 8th inning guys to help solidify my ERA and WHIP while adding a few strikeouts here and there without adding another start to my roster. Remember, standard Fantasy leagues have a 200 start limit on the season. I tend to start streaming pitchers around the 150 start mark.