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My best picks were Glaus at 7th, B-rob at 13, and the D-train at 17.
My team started out, and after some trades, ended on fire. I can only imagine how much I would have killed my league if my first 2 picks weren't so horrible.
rainman23 wrote:I'm not sure it's relevant, because the longer I play this game the more I believe you win championships after Round 5. I guess some of the responses we're seeing reinforce that. Mine pretty much does too:
Helton Rolen Sheffield Rollins Peavy
With Helton / Rolen (picking 12th) I felt like I didn't even have a choice in the first two rounds. And I regretted the Rollins pick much of the year...but he's duhman come playoff time.
Generally, you win championships in rounds 6-14 and on the wire. You lose them in the first 5 rounds with busts. This was a very atypical year with a lot of starting pitchers blowing up, a ridiculous number of closers turning over and a number of elite bats disappointing (Helton, Beltre, Beltran, Thome, etc). Add in a number of breakout players that came from nowhere (Roberts, Peralta, Lopez, etc) and you can see where more than in prior years, bad early drafts can be overcome with some good WW pickups. Still, now that we have hopefully seen the fallout from roids withdrawal, I would hope next season falls more to norms and we do not see such erratically high bust rates.
Not to beat a dead horse here (I love that phrase), but I think playing in a couple public leagues this year proved that the first 5 rounds this year have less significance than the middle to later rounds do. By this I mean, it doesn't take too much research to draft a top 60 player. The research comes into play when falling into the 100-200 player range.
Everyone knew Pujols was going to hit this year, but far fewer had Chase Utley on their radars.. good thread
...Boston papers now and then suffer a sharp flurry of arithmetic on this score; indeed, for Williams to have distributed all his hits so they did nobody else any good would constitute a feat of placement unparalleled in the annals of selfishness. -Updike
14 team league I picked like 12th I believe, very competitive league not a yahoo pickup league...
For injuries I lost Thome, Gagne, Sheets, Beckett. I eventually benched/dropped Weeks, L. Hernandez, Hardy because of injury issues towards the end of the year and Chacon/Small because the yanks kept saying one of them would lose a rotation spot. I dropped Jenkins, O. Cabrera, Koskie, Hampton earlier in the year because I had so many injuries I couldn't afford to keep them. I also lost Kolb and M. Adams as closers early in the year though I did get Turnbow as a FA.
My final pitching staff won ERA for me to give me the championship with a sub 2.9 ERA...
S. Baker (FA)
Z. Duke (FA)
N. Lowry (FA)
M. Cain (FA)
J. Williams (FA)
D. Turnbow (FA)
My final hitters included 7 FA's including 4 that I picked up the last week just for the finals because of injury problems/slumping players. Needless to say I think the draft has little to do with championships, its the in season moves that win or lose.