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Postby Steve-o » Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:29 am

Last year I kept a running diary of my fantasy baseball thoughts. It was a what I did wrong and how I think I can correct it for next year. Here are some of the highlights:


1.) Never start a pitcher against a team he faced less than a week ago
2.) Avoid injury plagued players in rounds 1-5
3.) Really, really follow the age 27 rule
4.) MR should not be drafted unless as a backup to an elite closer
5.) Average your sources, do not rely on one item (Shandler this year)
6.) Know your scoring system – double check the day before or the day of the draft
7.) Avoid hitters switching leagues – dramatic decrease in OPS
8.) It’s hard to win in a daily transactions league with little flexibility in your bench
9.) Spring training really does mean crap. If you happen to have the ST HR leader – probably should trade him
10.) Don’t spot start NL pitchers in AL parks during inter-league play
11.) Only draft NL pitchers
12.) Don’t draft part time players (like Edmonds, Nixon, etc) in H2H leagues
13.) SP is overrated. Not in the first 5+ rounds.

Obviously some of the nevers and onlys should be taken with a grain of salt. And some of them are fairly obvious, but it needs to be said nonetheless.

Be curious to learn what tidbits anyone else came up with last year.
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Postby AcidRock23 » Tue Feb 14, 2006 12:55 am

I totally agree w/ many of these points! Great list. I tested the MR theory last year and stunk it up. Very little gained from having top (projected) MR on several teams, including a HOLDS league. I'm steering clear this year. I did not keep a diary though as it was too painful.... :~(
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Re: What did you learn last year? My advice for this year...

Postby ensanimal » Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:06 am

Steve-o wrote: 12.) Don’t draft part time players (like Edmonds, Nixon, etc) in H2H leagues


Since when is Edmonds a part-time player? :-?
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Re: What did you learn last year? My advice for this year...

Postby BigLebowski » Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:11 am

ensanimal wrote:
Steve-o wrote: 12.) Don’t draft part time players (like Edmonds, Nixon, etc) in H2H leagues


Since when is Edmonds a part-time player? :-?


I don't get that either. Also if it's a daily transaction league, why does it matter if they are part time or not. Use them in a platoon, you know if they are gonna start or not, so it should be an issue.
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Re: What did you learn last year? My advice for this year...

Postby AcidRock23 » Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:13 am

ensanimal wrote:
Steve-o wrote: 12.) Don’t draft part time players (like Edmonds, Nixon, etc) in H2H leagues

Since when is Edmonds a part-time player? :-?


http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/5151/splits;_ylt=AikmfHUxGrKJunaDmFfu0IOFCLcF

look at his splits month by month last year, he was BRUTAL...especially if you are trying to run a bunch of MR too...he's too powerful to bench but 90 AB one month and 60 the next really can make it challenging, particularly if there's little info and you miss games constantly (this H2H, BTW...) because he 'might' play and then blows it off @ the last minute...maybe he just had an off year but I'm steering clear of him and watching out for guys who do that this year....
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Re: What did you learn last year? My advice for this year...

Postby MotorCityKitties » Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:16 am

BigLebowski wrote:
ensanimal wrote:
Steve-o wrote: 12.) Don’t draft part time players (like Edmonds, Nixon, etc) in H2H leagues


Since when is Edmonds a part-time player? :-?


I don't get that either. Also if it's a daily transaction league, why does it matter if they are part time or not. Use them in a platoon, you know if they are gonna start or not, so it should be an issue.


You dont always know who is going to start. I agree though that the Edmonds comment doesn't make sense. Did he maybe mean Larry Walker? He turned to part time for a long stretch of the year.
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Postby dewey finn » Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:20 am

I learned not to draft pitchers early either....because for hitters, there's a drop off fantasy wise after the first 5 or so rounds.
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Re: What did you learn last year? My advice for this year...

Postby Steve-o » Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:20 am

ensanimal wrote:
Steve-o wrote: 12.) Don’t draft part time players (like Edmonds, Nixon, etc) in H2H leagues


Since when is Edmonds a part-time player? :-?


I probably wrote that becuase last year So Taguchi seemed to be playing a lot. I was in a H2H league and really needed more of an everday player.

Looking back at the numbers, I can see what I meant.

2002 - 144 G, 476 AB
2003 - 137 G, 447 AB
2004 - 153 G, 498 AB
2005 - 142 G, 467 AB

I don't know about you, but I want 500+ AB from a guy who was drafted in the the early 4th round (in 2005 - ADP was 38). Looking back on where I took him, I think it was a mistake, especially since it was a H2H league.
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Re: What did you learn last year? My advice for this year...

Postby WittyC » Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:22 am

Steve-o wrote:9.) Spring training really does mean crap. If you happen to have the ST HR leader – probably should trade him


Wasn't Andruw Jones the ST homerun leader? Seems to me like he had a pretty decent year. ;-7

I learned just one thing last year during fantasy baseball... don't trust a man if his name is Adrian. :-b
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Re: What did you learn last year? My advice for this year...

Postby AcidRock23 » Tue Feb 14, 2006 1:24 am

Steve-o wrote:I don't know about you, but I want 500+ AB from a guy who was drafted in the the early 4th round (in 2005 - ADP was 38). Looking back on where I took him, I think it was a mistake, especially since it was a H2H league.


Unless, of course, WebGems is a cat... :-D
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