Let's create a fantasy team entirely from undrafted players. For our purposes, let's say anyone drafted 277th or later on average in March. If nothing else, this shows the extreme importance of free agency in fantasy leagues. How many of these guys are on your team? If anyone wants to tabulate these players' stats at the end of the season, I'd be curious to see how the team stacks up in my leagues.
C - Ryan Doumit C - Yadier Molina 1B - Aubrey Huff 2B - Mark DeRosa SS - Alexei Ramirez 3B - Melvin Mora CI - Conor Jackson MI - Jose Lopez OF - Carlos Quentin OF - Ryan Ludwick OF - Randy Winn OF - Xavier Nady OF - Fred Lewis DH - Milton Bradley
SP - Cliff Lee SP - Ryan Dempster SP - Ervin Santana SP - Justin Duchscherer SP - Edinson Volquez SP - Ricky Nolasco RP - Kerry Wood RP - Salomon Torres RP - Brian Fuentes
Free agents are arguably the most important facet of the game. In looking for patterns, most of these guys are post hype sleepers, guys who couldn't stay healthly, or guys who found some old magic. Alexi appears to be the only rookie (could be wrong), while Lee, Ludwick, Nolasco and Dempster are the only "shocks"
i guess i disagree w/the notion that "free agency is the most important facet of the game"..any leagues that leave that quality and quantity of players is just too damn shallow..the auction/draft should always be the most important part of a league..
C - Matt Stairs C - Matt Stairs 1B - Matt Stairs 2B - Matt Stairs SS - Matt Stairs 3B - Matt Stairs CI - Matt Stairs MI - Matt Stairs OF - Matt Stairs OF - Matt Stairs OF - Matt Stairs OF - Matt Stairs OF - Matt Stairs DH - Matt Stairs
SP - Matt Stairs SP - Matt Stairs SP - Matt Stairs SP - Matt Stairs SP - Matt Stairs SP - Matt Stairs RP - Matt Stairs RP - Matt Stairs RP - Matt Stairs
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stevethumb wrote:i guess i disagree w/the notion that "free agency is the most important facet of the game"..any leagues that leave that quality and quantity of players is just too damn shallow..the auction/draft should always be the most important part of a league..
I think I could agree that it is the most important facet of the game because it is ongoing throughout the season. Once the draft is done, your team is what it is unless you can utilize free agency and know who to pick up and when. I'm only getting into the playoffs in my 12 team H2H league because FA pickups like Volquez, Giambi, Winn, Shoppach, Johnson (Josh), Lowrie and Stewart held their own while drafted guys like Smoltz, Gallardo, Ortiz, McGowan, Guillen, Tulo and Longoria have spent time on the DL and/or underperformed.
Yoda wrote:It depends on how well you did at the draft. If you had a crappy draft then in-season moves become a lot more important whereas if you nailed the draft then it is far less important.
You still have to be able to handle injuries good draft or not...
True but still, if you have a good draft then in-season moves are not as crucial. Also depends on your league set up. Number of teams, bench spots, etc. You can't win the league with a good draft but you can certainly be out of contention very quickly with a very poor one. And that is why there is so much focus on the draft.
"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that." ~George Carlin
I through this out there just to see what people though of the team. I was also trying to figure out where most of these guys come from. I was actually surprised by the amount of guys who seemly turned there careers back around (Huff, DeRosa, Mora, Winn, Bradley, the closers).
I wonder if this is a usual occurrence, or where these guys typically come from.
I generally like these kinds of things, but ultimately its too variable.
I have to be honest though that I get a little tired of the complaints of small leagues. I find that if its not just romper room, but you have every owner who is good, it can be quite hard. The margin for error is less, because advantages are less pronounced (also allow for variability/luck so that's a problem). I find that you kind of get jammed a lot with your roster as it can be hard to attack a certain stat sometimes because you can't sit what you have. I think it can be a neat riddle.
But in this case, you probably still wouldn't be leading your league with all of these guys.
I think in-season moves are a necessity. You can have the best draft all you want, but you can't corner the market on every good player and every stat. So you need to generate value somewhere. Of course, the good draft mitigates it, but I don't think you can really win from your draft, just lose.