This article is part of our Oak's Corner series.
Welcome to the best draft week of the year! We are a mere week away from the season starting (no, I still don't count the series in Japan, and now that Jesus Luzardo and Matt Olson are hurt, I don't want to talk about the A's at all), and the news and updates are coming fast and furious. It's the time of the year when the ADP we've been watching gets wild as people jump up for their final chance to grab their guys. I'm participating in the NFBC Main Event in Vegas on Saturday and I anticipate the helium guys and starting pitchers are just going to climb higher.
Regarding that starting pitching, as I have studied more drafts and tweaked my rankings, I find it hard to get starters I like a lot between picks 75 and 150. In that range, there are a lot of questionable veterans to go with a slew of young starters with upside whom people are grabbing, but they are very much full priced. While I struggle to find starters to invest in among those rounds, there are a plethora of offensive players whom I'm targeting in that range. As I enter the final (and biggest!) weekend of drafts, I find that with my targets and fades, it makes a ton of sense to lock in two starters in the first four (maybe five) rounds as a strong base, and then to pound offensive for a few rounds and let other people speculate