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MLB Draft Kit: 2014 Draft Dilemmas

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

2014 Draft Dilemmas

Last year's draft prep article featured a number of general draft and auction tips. Those tips still apply, and in future articles we'll revisit more general concepts, but this year we're going to address some of the most problematic issues facing this year's draft pool.

Taking Starting Pitching Early

I haven't yet mastered the NFBC Main Event format, but I've had enough experience there that I have a basic idea of what works and what doesn't. The general guideline to try to find 3-4 solid hitters at the top of the draft, followed by two ace starting pitchers has generally worked best for me. However, that rubric seems to be changing along with the changing offensive environment in Major League Baseball. In 2013, MLB teams averaged 4.17 runs per game, which is the lowest output since 1992, well down from a modern era peak of 5.14 runs per game in 2000. Th

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