Every year fantasy baseball owners come into draft day with a strategy and every year that strategy likely gets thrown out the window within the first 10 minutes of your draft.
The key is to not panic, which we have all done at one time or another, and stick to your strategy.
You never want to overpay for guys out of panic.
If you don’t get the guys you want, don’t reach two or three rounds early on other guys as there is always value to be had later in drafts.
There are always guys who you can buy low on late in drafts that will produce better value than where you get them. Getting your hands on a couple of these buy-low options is always a key to winning at the end of the year.
With that being said, let’s take a look at a good buy-low option at every position. For the sake of the piece, a player must have a current ADP of 200 or lower.
C- Miguel Montero, Arizona Diamondbacks (ADP 231.5)
I have written on more than a few occasions that I’m not overly excited about Montero this season coming off a year with back problems.
He slugged an anemic .344 and had the third-worst well-hit average (.149) among the 29 catchers with at least 300 plate appearances. He also saw his saw his XBH% drop from a career high of 11.2 in 2001 to a meager 6.1 percent last season.
However on the positive side, he does put good wood on the ball (104 batted ball speed) which makes a bounce back season a possibility.
Monitor his health in spring training. While I don’t ever expect him to be the same hitter, a .275 AVG, 15 HR and 70 RBI season isn’t out of the possibility.
Montero is only going on average in the 19th round and 12-team leagues and I currently have him at only 16 on my most recent catchers’ rankings. If you are confident on a rebound season, Montero is a nice buy-low option.
1B- Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees (ADP 200.5)
Teixeira was limited to 15 games last season due to wrist injuries. He’s rehabbed the injury during the offseason and feels good about his chances to be ready by opening day. He added that he’ll take it slow during spring training, but only needs 50 at-bats to get a good handle on how his wrist will perform.
He hit .151/.270/.340 in 53 at-bats last year.
Yet despite the injuries and struggles, he is a great buy-low option.
First basemen are going to go early in your drafts and if you don’t get one in the first few rounds don’t panic.
At 34, there’s plenty of pop left in Teixeira’s bat if he can keep that wrist healthy. If healthy he’s still a solid 25 and 80 guy, which is good value in the 19th or 20th round as there are 28 other first basemen being taken before Teixeira.