At the end of the day I want to send my stuff to the top places. If they get rejected there, I don't think I would be happy with myself if I sent them to 'lower' places where they were accepted. It would just seem like settling for second best, if you forgive the analogy. Aim high because falling is fun.

Although you can argue if The New Yorker or The Paris Review are indeed the crème de la crème.