Starting pitchers are the most sought-after commodity among MLB teams, but the opposite typically holds true in fantasy baseball leagues.
Many drafters invoke a strategy of selecting hitters early and often with the hopes of striking big on cheaper pitchers later.
Considering the value Jake Peavy, Chris Sale and R.A. Dickey provided last season for owners who snatched them late, it’s not necessarily a bad idea if properly implemented.
But that approach is not for everyone. Anyone who drafted Troy Tulowitzki or Jacoby Ellsbury will wipe away the tears long enough to remind you that hitters are not sure bets either.
While there are plenty of talents to eye in later rounds, this year's batch of starting pitchers consists of several worth your attention in the early rounds.
Are you willing to shell out a top draft pick or big bucks for an ace? If so, these are the guys for you to target in 2013 drafts.
Note: Statistics courtesy of FanGraphs.com