In preparation for my first fantasy baseball season, I've been doing as many mock drafts as possible over the last few days. I've noticed that there are a couple of sub 100 razzball ranked players are lasting very very late in the draft more than likely because their Y! rankings aren't so good. I have no real idea about how smart the other people in my league will be but at this point I have to imagine our real draft will go a lot like the mocks. This is 12 team mock yahoo default rosters (3xOF 2xUTIL) Here are the players:
Josh Hamilton - round 8-9
Carlos Quentin - at LEAST there until round 10 in all drafts I've done. Snagged him as late as round 16-17
Alfonso Soriano - round 15 or later every time
Alex Rios - ditto
Is it worthwhile going to the well for pitching early knowing that these guys will most likely be there late?
No, because those guys are far from sure things. But in a 3 OF league, you can ignore outfield a bit more. I'd grab one top outfielder. And one to two midrange ones. You listed midrange ones.