The online poker games played by fantasy baseball owners during the fantasy draft can often leave some teams scraping for good pitching in the later rounds. Way too many fantasy baseball owners ignore pitching until it is too late and they wind up with a pitching rotation that cannot compliment the stable of hitters they have drafted. It is important to remember that you need good pitchers to win in fantasy baseball. So be prepared to dedicate some time and resources to making the right pitching choices.
Most sportsbook experts will tell you to avoid taking a pitcher in the first round. Unless there is a pitcher in the NL who is also hitting .300 with 20 homers and 80 RBIs, then using a first round pick on a pitcher is a bad idea. A good drafting strategy is to take the best hitter available in the first round and then the best pitcher available in the second round. When the third round starts, there should still be plenty of hitters available.
A good bet online rule of thumb is to have your pitching done by the fifth or sixth round. Remember that there are always a lot of good hitters available during the first few rounds of the draft, but the pitchers always go quickly. Do your research and pick up a top pitcher in the second round and then fill in the rest of your line up as the draft moves along.