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Postby mrmarley » Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:04 pm

This will be the league's 7th year. 12 team 5x5 roto mixed redraft, 27 rds. Everything is standard to Yahoo except CI and MI positions which were added two years ago, so infield bats tend to go quick.

There are 3 new managers taking up the challenge this year: SWCarter, Sticky Spice and TenBagger

Previous Seasons:
2009: 1st: AKHomebrewer - 95.5 pts, 2nd: daullaz - 90 pts, 3rd: bleach168 - 82 pts
2008: 1st: NZF - 113.5 pts, 2nd: bleach168 - 78 pts, 3rd: Tribe-Fan - 77 pts
2007: 1st: NZF - 92.5 pts, 2nd: bleach168 - 83.5 pts, 3rd: MrMarley - 77 pts
2006: 1st: bleach168 - 93.5 pts, 2nd: Mustangs989 - 87.5 pts, 3rd: NZF - 86.5 pts
2005: 1st: Kolbsaves - 91.5 pts, 2nd: NZF - 86 pts, 3rd: Mustangs989 - 86 pts
2004: 1st: Erboes - 100 pts, 2nd: Cornbread Maxwell - 83 pts, 3rd: Pedantic - 78.5 pts

Just eyeballing it, HalfMassed, Scooter, Bleach, Sticky Spice and Kolb seemed to have had the best drafts. Halfmassed actually had to autodraft since he couldn't get into the draft applet. Bleach said he almost had the same problem up until 2 min to go. We almost never have autodrafters (and had a few this year), so I wouldn't be surprised if others had the same problem. Anyone else out there have/had issues with live-drafting on Yahoo lately?

Round 1			
1 Albert Pujols Half Massed
2 Hanley Ramírez MrMarley
3 Chase Utley Tribe-Fan
4 Álex Rodríguez SWCarter
5 Ryan Braun Scooter1027
6 Prince Fielder NZF
7 Matt Kemp Big Lebowski
8 Mark Teixeira TenBagger
9 Evan Longoria bleach168
10 Tim Lincecum Sticky Spice
11 Ryan Howard AKhomebrewer
12 Miguel Cabrera Kolb Saves

Round 2
1 Roy Halladay Kolb Saves
2 Troy Tulowitzki AKhomebrewer
3 David Wright Sticky Spice
4 Joe Mauer bleach168
5 Carl Crawford TenBagger
6 Ian Kinsler Big Lebowski
7 Matt Holliday NZF
8 Justin Upton Scooter1027
9 Joey Votto SWCarter
10 Adrián González Tribe-Fan
11 Dustin Pedroia MrMarley
12 Grady Sizemore Half Massed

Round 3
1 Jacoby Ellsbury Half Massed
2 Ryan Zimmerman MrMarley
3 Mark Reynolds Tribe-Fan
4 Ben Zobrist SWCarter
5 Jimmy Rollins Scooter1027
6 Ichiro Suzuki NZF
7 Kevin Youkilis Big Lebowski
8 Pablo Sandoval TenBagger
9 Félix Hernández bleach168
10 Justin Morneau Sticky Spice
11 Víctor Martínez AKhomebrewer
12 José Reyes Kolb Saves

Round 4
1 Robinson Canó Kolb Saves
2 Brandon Phillips AKhomebrewer
3 Derek Jeter Sticky Spice
4 Zack Greinke bleach168
5 Adam Lind TenBagger
6 Brian McCann Big Lebowski
7 Kendry Morales NZF
8 Justin Verlander Scooter1027
9 Chris Carpenter SWCarter
10 CC Sabathia Tribe-Fan
11 Dan Haren MrMarley
12 Jayson Werth Half Massed

Round 5
1 Brian Roberts Half Massed
2 Curtis Granderson MrMarley
3 Billy Butler Tribe-Fan
4 Aaron Hill SWCarter
5 Jon Lester Scooter1027
6 Aramis Ramírez NZF
7 Shin-Soo Choo Big Lebowski
8 Tommy Hanson TenBagger
9 Adam Wainwright bleach168
10 B.J. Upton Sticky Spice
11 Nelson Cruz AKhomebrewer
12 Jason Bay Kolb Saves

Round 6
1 Javier Vázquez Kolb Saves
2 Chone Figgins AKhomebrewer
3 Jonathan Broxton Sticky Spice
4 Andre Ethier bleach168
5 Josh Beckett TenBagger
6 Derrek Lee Big Lebowski
7 Johan Santana NZF
8 Lance Berkman Scooter1027
9 Mariano Rivera SWCarter
10 Josh Hamilton Tribe-Fan
11 Adam Dunn MrMarley
12 Cliff Lee Half Massed

Round 7
1 Nick Markakis Half Massed
2 Ricky Nolasco MrMarley
3 Ubaldo Jiménez Tribe-Fan
4 Josh Johnson SWCarter
5 Jonathan Papelbon Scooter1027
6 Carlos Lee NZF
7 Yovani Gallardo Big Lebowski
8 Joakim Soria TenBagger
9 Adam Jones bleach168
10 Gordon Beckham Sticky Spice
11 Clayton Kershaw AKhomebrewer
12 Michael Young Kolb Saves

Round 8
1 Brian Wilson Kolb Saves
2 Cole Hamels AKhomebrewer
3 Francisco Rodríguez Sticky Spice
4 Dan Uggla bleach168
5 Shane Victorino TenBagger
6 Andrew McCutchen Big Lebowski
7 Bobby Abreu NZF
8 Manny Ramírez Scooter1027
9 Hunter Pence SWCarter
10 Jason Bartlett Tribe-Fan
11 Heath Bell MrMarley
12 Wandy Rodríguez Half Massed

Round 9
1 Carlos Peña Half Massed
2 Torii Hunter MrMarley
3 Chad Billingsley Tribe-Fan
4 Matt Wieters SWCarter
5 Rickie Weeks Scooter1027
6 Andrew Bailey NZF
7 Denard Span Big Lebowski
8 Carlos González TenBagger
9 Elvis Andrus bleach168
10 Matt Cain Sticky Spice
11 Raúl Ibañez AKhomebrewer
12 Rafael Soriano Kolb Saves

Round 10
1 Julio Borbón Kolb Saves
2 José Valverde AKhomebrewer
3 Michael Bourn Sticky Spice
4 Francisco Cordero bleach168
5 Brett Anderson TenBagger
6 Scott Baker Big Lebowski
7 Carlos Mármol NZF
8 Michael Cuddyer Scooter1027
9 Billy Wagner SWCarter
10 Frank Francisco Tribe-Fan
11 Nate McLouth MrMarley
12 Ryan Dempster Half Massed

Round 11
1 Asdrubal Cabrera Half Massed
2 Yunel Escobar MrMarley
3 Brad Hawpe Tribe-Fan
4 Carlos Beltrán SWCarter
5 Matt Garza Scooter1027
6 Alexei Ramírez NZF
7 Jered Weaver Big Lebowski
8 Stephen Drew TenBagger
9 John Lackey bleach168
10 Ian Stewart Sticky Spice
11 José López AKhomebrewer
12 David Ortiz Kolb Saves

Round 12
1 Chad Qualls Kolb Saves
2 Jake Peavy AKhomebrewer
3 Trevor Hoffman Sticky Spice
4 Carlos Quentin bleach168
5 Howie Kendrick TenBagger
6 John Danks Big Lebowski
7 Edwin Jackson NZF
8 Chipper Jones Scooter1027
9 Jason Heyward SWCarter
10 Brian Fuentes Tribe-Fan
11 Jay Bruce MrMarley
12 James Shields Half Massed

Round 13
1 Gavin Floyd Half Massed
2 Mike González MrMarley
3 Alfonso Soriano Tribe-Fan
4 Jair Jurrjens SWCarter
5 David Aardsma Scooter1027
6 Geovany Soto NZF
7 Rick Porcello Big Lebowski
8 Huston Street TenBagger
9 Chris Davis bleach168
10 Ted Lilly Sticky Spice
11 Jason Frasor AKhomebrewer
12 Johnny Damon Kolb Saves

Round 14
1 Russell Martin Kolb Saves
2 Jorge De La Rosa AKhomebrewer
3 Adam LaRoche Sticky Spice
4 Bobby Jenks bleach168
5 Martín Prado TenBagger
6 Neftali Feliz Big Lebowski
7 A.J. Burnett NZF
8 Jorge Posada Scooter1027
9 Jason Kubel SWCarter
10 Ryan Ludwick Tribe-Fan
11 Ryan Doumit MrMarley
12 Mike Napoli Half Massed

Round 15
1 Jorge Cantú Half Massed
2 Rich Harden MrMarley
3 Stephen Strasburg Tribe-Fan
4 Octavio Dotel SWCarter
5 Max Scherzer Scooter1027
6 Rafael Furcal NZF
7 Mark DeRosa Big Lebowski
8 Miguel Montero TenBagger
9 Nyjer Morgan bleach168
10 David Price Sticky Spice
11 Rajai Davis AKhomebrewer
12 Brandon Webb Kolb Saves

Round 16
1 Francisco Liriano Kolb Saves
2 Leo Núñez AKhomebrewer
3 Kurt Suzuki Sticky Spice
4 Juan Pierre bleach168
5 James Loney TenBagger
6 Marco Scutaro Big Lebowski
7 Roy Oswalt NZF
8 J.J. Hardy Scooter1027
9 J.A. Happ SWCarter
10 Chris Pérez Tribe-Fan
11 Ryan Franklin MrMarley
12 Ryan Theriot Half Massed

Round 17
1 Matt Thornton Half Massed
2 Adrián Béltre MrMarley
3 Hideki Matsui Tribe-Fan
4 Ben Sheets SWCarter
5 Everth Cabrera Scooter1027
6 Carlos Zambrano NZF
7 Miguel Tejada Big Lebowski
8 Matt Capps TenBagger
9 Garrett Jones bleach168
10 Colby Rasmus Sticky Spice
11 Juan Rivera AKhomebrewer
12 Vladimir Guerrero Kolb Saves

Round 18
1 Brad Lidge Kolb Saves
2 Alcides Escobar AKhomebrewer
3 Jeff Niemann Sticky Spice
4 Kerry Wood bleach168
5 Daniel Bard TenBagger
6 Alfredo Aceves Big Lebowski
7 Ryan Madson NZF
8 Todd Helton Scooter1027
9 Luke Scott SWCarter
10 Matt LaPorta Tribe-Fan
11 Kevin Slowey MrMarley
12 Kenshin Kawakami Half Massed

Round 19
1 Chris Coghlan Half Massed
2 Álex Ríos MrMarley
3 Ian Desmond Tribe-Fan
4 Jonny Gomes SWCarter
5 Randy Wolf Scooter1027
6 Chris Young NZF
7 Nolan Reimold Big Lebowski
8 Erick Aybar TenBagger
9 Plácido Polanco bleach168
10 Nick Swisher Sticky Spice
11 Matt Lindstrom AKhomebrewer
12 Orlando Cabrera Kolb Saves

Round 20
1 Jonathan Sánchez Kolb Saves
2 Lastings Milledge AKhomebrewer
3 Hiroki Kuroda Sticky Spice
4 Dexter Fowler bleach168
5 Brandon League TenBagger
6 Kevin Correia Big Lebowski
7 Bengie Molina NZF
8 Troy Glaus Scooter1027
9 Jon Rauch SWCarter
10 Chris Iannetta Tribe-Fan
11 Tim Hudson MrMarley
12 Randy Wells Half Massed

Round 21
1 Casey Blake Half Massed
2 Alberto Callaspo MrMarley
3 Scott Kazmir Tribe-Fan
4 Chris Getz SWCarter
5 Travis Snider Scooter1027
6 Phil Hughes NZF
7 Corey Hart Big Lebowski
8 Aaron Harang TenBagger
9 Alex Gordon bleach168
10 Drew Stubbs Sticky Spice
11 Ervin Santana AKhomebrewer
12 Paul Konerko Kolb Saves

Round 22
1 Brian Matusz Kolb Saves
2 Scott Downs AKhomebrewer
3 Clay Buchholz Sticky Spice
4 Aroldis Chapman bleach168
5 J.D. Drew TenBagger
6 Yadier Molina Big Lebowski
7 Vernon Wells NZF
8 Scott Sizemore Scooter1027
9 Franklin Morales SWCarter
10 Casey McGehee Tribe-Fan
11 Luke Gregerson MrMarley
12 David DeJesús Half Massed

Round 23
1 Justin Duchscherer Half Massed
2 Mike Adams MrMarley
3 Johnny Cueto Tribe-Fan
4 Jhonny Peralta SWCarter
5 Joe Blanton Scooter1027
6 Clint Barmes NZF
7 Erik Bedard Big Lebowski
8 Brandon Wood TenBagger
9 Nick Johnson bleach168
10 Conor Jackson Sticky Spice
11 Kevin Kouzmanoff AKhomebrewer
12 Magglio Ordóñez Kolb Saves

Round 24
1 Derek Lowe Kolb Saves
2 Franklin Gutiérrez AKhomebrewer
3 Cameron Maybin Sticky Spice
4 Orlando Hudson bleach168
5 Josh Willingham TenBagger
6 Mark Teahen Big Lebowski
7 Matt Guerrier NZF
8 Michael Wuertz Scooter1027
9 Carlos Ruiz SWCarter
10 Kyle Blanks Tribe-Fan
11 Kelly Johnson MrMarley
12 Mike Lowell Half Massed

Round 25
1 Maicer Izturis Half Massed
2 Takashi Saito MrMarley
3 Milton Bradley Tribe-Fan
4 Madison Bumgarner SWCarter
5 Austin Jackson Scooter1027
6 Joey Devine NZF
7 Felipe López Big Lebowski
8 Jason Hammel TenBagger
9 Andy Pettitte bleach168
10 Carlos Gómez Sticky Spice
11 Chris Young AKhomebrewer
12 Colby Lewis Kolb Saves

Round 26
1 Brandon Lyon Kolb Saves
2 Jeff Francoeur AKhomebrewer
3 Buster Posey Sticky Spice
4 Russell Branyan bleach168
5 Ian Kennedy TenBagger
6 Cristian Guzmán Big Lebowski
7 Kevin Gregg NZF
8 Homer Bailey Scooter1027
9 Chase Headley SWCarter
10 Carlos Santana Tribe-Fan
11 Jason Motte MrMarley
12 Skip Schumaker Half Massed

Round 27
1 Ángel Guzmán Half Massed
2 J.P. Howell MrMarley
3 Travis Hafner Tribe-Fan
4 Vicente Padilla SWCarter
5 José Mijares Scooter1027
6 Mike Cameron NZF
7 Tyler Clippard Big Lebowski
8 Sammy Gervacio TenBagger
9 Joba Chamberlain bleach168
10 Wade Davis Sticky Spice
11 Shaun Marcum AKhomebrewer
12 Justin Masterson Kolb Saves

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ROSTERS:

HalfMassed

Batters
C: Mike Napoli (C)
1B: Albert Pujols (1B)
2B: Brian Roberts (2B)
3B: Jorge Cantu (1B,3B)
SS: Asdrubal Cabrera (2B,SS)
CI: Carlos Pena (1B)
MI: Ryan Theriot (SS)
OF: Grady Sizemore (OF), Jacoby Ellsbury (OF), Jayson Werth (OF)
Util: Nick Markakis (OF)
BN: Chris Coghlan (OF), Casey Blake (3B), David DeJesus (OF), Mike Lowell (3B), Maicer Izturis (2B,SS), Skip Schumaker (2B,OF)

Pitchers
SP: Cliff Lee (SP), Wandy Rodriguez (SP)
RP: Matt Thornton (RP), Kenshin Kawakami (SP,RP)
P: Ryan Dempster (SP), James Shields (SP), Gavin Floyd (SP)
BN: Randy Wells (SP), Justin Duchscherer (SP), Angel Guzman (RP)
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MrMarley

Batters
C: Ryan Doumit (C)
1B: Adam Dunn (1B,OF)
2B: Dustin Pedroia (2B)
3B: Ryan Zimmerman (3B)
SS: Hanley Ramirez (SS)
CI: Adrian Beltre (3B)
MI: Yunel Escobar (SS)
OF: Curtis Granderson (OF), Torii Hunter (OF), Nate McLouth (OF)
Util: Jay Bruce (OF)
BN: Alex Rios (OF), Alberto Callaspo (2B,3B), Kelly Johnson (2B)

Pitchers
SP: Dan Haren (SP), Ricky Nolasco (SP)
RP: Heath Bell (RP), Mike Gonzalez (RP)
P: Rich Harden (SP), Ryan Franklin (RP), Kevin Slowey (SP)
BN: Tim Hudson (SP), Luke Gregerson (RP), Mike Adams (RP), Takashi Saito (RP), Jason Motte (RP), J.P. Howell (RP)
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Tribe-Fan

Batters
C: Chris Iannetta (C)
1B: Adrian Gonzalez (1B)
2B: Chase Utley (2B)
3B: Mark Reynolds (1B,3B)
SS: Jason Bartlett (SS)
CI: Billy Butler (1B)
MI: Ian Desmond (2B,SS)
OF: Josh Hamilton (OF), Brad Hawpe (OF), Alfonso Soriano (OF)
Util: Ryan Ludwick (OF)
BN: Hideki Matsui (Util), Matt LaPorta (1B,OF), Casey McGehee (2B,3B), Kyle Blanks (OF), Milton Bradley (OF), Carlos Santana (C) NA, Travis Hafner (Util)

Pitchers
SP: CC Sabathia (SP), Ubaldo Jimenez (SP)
RP: Frank Francisco (RP), Brian Fuentes (RP)
P: Chad Billingsley (SP), Chris Perez (RP), Scott Kazmir (SP)
BN: Stephen Strasburg (SP) NA, Johnny Cueto (SP)
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SWCarter

Batters
C: Matt Wieters (C)
1B: Joey Votto (1B)
2B: Aaron Hill (2B)
3B: Alex Rodriguez (3B)
SS: Ben Zobrist (2B,SS,OF)
CI: Luke Scott (1B,OF)
MI: Chris Getz (2B)
OF: Hunter Pence (OF), Jason Heyward (OF), Jason Kubel (OF)
Util: Jonny Gomes (OF)
BN: Carlos Beltran (OF), Jhonny Peralta (3B,SS), Carlos Ruiz (C), Chase Headley (3B,OF)

Pitchers
SP: Chris Carpenter (SP), Josh Johnson (SP)
RP: Mariano Rivera (RP), Billy Wagner (RP)
P: Octavio Dotel (RP), Jon Rauch (RP), Franklin Morales (RP)
BN: Jair Jurrjens (SP), J.A. Happ (SP,RP), Ben Sheets (SP), Madison Bumgarner (P), Vicente Padilla (SP)
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Scooter1027

Batters
C: Jorge Posada (C)
1B: Lance Berkman (1B)
2B: Rickie Weeks (2B)
3B: Chipper Jones (3B)
SS: Jimmy Rollins (SS)
CI: Michael Cuddyer (1B,OF)
MI: J.J. Hardy (SS)
OF: Ryan Braun (OF), Justin Upton (OF), Manny Ramirez (OF)
Util: Todd Helton (1B)
BN: Everth Cabrera (SS), Troy Glaus (CI), Travis Snider (OF), Scott Sizemore (2B), Austin Jackson (OF)

Pitchers
SP: Justin Verlander (SP), Jon Lester (SP)
RP: Jonathan Papelbon (RP), David Aardsma (RP)
P: Matt Garza (SP), Max Scherzer (SP), Randy Wolf (SP)
BN: Joe Blanton (SP), Michael Wuertz (RP), Homer Bailey (SP), Jose Mijares (RP)
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NZF

Batters
C: Geovany Soto (C)
1B: Prince Fielder (1B)
2B: Clint Barmes (2B,SS)
3B: Aramis Ramirez (3B)
SS: Alexei Ramirez (SS)
CI: Kendry Morales (1B)
MI: Rafael Furcal (SS)
OF: Matt Holliday (OF), Ichiro Suzuki (OF), Carlos Lee (OF)
Util: Bobby Abreu (OF)
BN: Chris Young (OF), Bengie Molina (C), Vernon Wells (OF), Mike Cameron (OF)

Pitchers
SP: Johan Santana (SP), Edwin Jackson (SP)
RP: Andrew Bailey (RP), Carlos Marmol (RP)
P: A.J. Burnett (SP), Roy Oswalt (SP), Carlos Zambrano (SP)
BN: Ryan Madson (RP), Phil Hughes (SP,RP), Matt Guerrier (RP), Joey Devine (RP), Kevin Gregg (RP)
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Big Lebowski

Batters
C: Brian McCann (C)
1B: Kevin Youkilis (1B,3B)
2B: Ian Kinsler (2B)
3B: Mark DeRosa (1B,3B,OF)
SS: Marco Scutaro (SS)
CI: Derrek Lee (1B)
MI: Miguel Tejada (SS)
OF: Matt Kemp (OF), Shin-Soo Choo (OF), Andrew McCutchen (OF)
Util: Denard Span (OF)
BN: Nolan Reimold (OF), Corey Hart (OF), Yadier Molina (C), Mark Teahen (1B,3B,OF), Felipe Lopez (2B), Cristian Guzman (SS)

Pitchers
SP: Yovani Gallardo (SP), Scott Baker (SP)
RP: Neftali Feliz (RP), Alfredo Aceves (RP)
P: Jered Weaver (SP), John Danks (SP), Rick Porcello (SP)
BN: Kevin Correia (SP), Erik Bedard (SP), Tyler Clippard (RP)
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TenBagger

Batters
C: Miguel Montero (C)
1B: Mark Teixeira (1B)
2B: Howie Kendrick (2B)
3B: Pablo Sandoval (1B,3B)
SS: Stephen Drew (SS)
CI: James Loney (1B)
MI: Martin Prado (1B,2B,3B)
OF: Carl Crawford (OF), Adam Lind (OF), Shane Victorino (OF)
Util: Carlos Gonzalez (OF)
BN: Erick Aybar (SS), J.D. Drew (OF), Brandon Wood (CI), Josh Willingham (OF)


Pitchers
SP: Tommy Hanson (SP), Josh Beckett (SP)
RP: Joakim Soria (RP), Huston Street (RP)
P: Matt Capps (RP), Daniel Bard (RP), Brandon League (RP)
BN: Brett Anderson (SP), Aaron Harang (SP), Jason Hammel (SP), Ian Kennedy (RP), Sammy Gervacio (RP)
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bleach168

Batters
C: Joe Mauer (C)
1B: Chris Davis (1B,3B)
2B: Dan Uggla (2B)
3B: Evan Longoria (3B)
SS: Elvis Andrus (SS)
CI: Garrett Jones (1B,OF)
MI: Placido Polanco (2B)
OF: Andre Ethier (OF), Adam Jones (OF), Carlos Quentin (OF)
Util: Nyjer Morgan (OF)
BN: Juan Pierre (OF), Dexter Fowler (OF), Alex Gordon (3B), Nick Johnson (1B), Orlando Hudson (2B), Russell Branyan (1B)

Pitchers
SP: Felix Hernandez (SP), Zack Greinke (SP)
RP: Francisco Cordero (RP), Bobby Jenks (RP)
P: Adam Wainwright (SP), John Lackey (SP), Joba Chamberlain (SP)
BN: Andy Pettitte (SP), Kerry Wood (RP), Aroldis Chapman (SP)
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Sticky Spice

Batters
C: Kurt Suzuki (C)
1B: Justin Morneau (1B)
2B: Ian Stewart (2B,3B)
3B: David Wright (3B)
SS: Derek Jeter (SS)
CI: Gordon Beckham (3B)
MI: --empty--
OF: B.J. Upton (OF), Michael Bourn (OF), Colby Rasmus (OF)
Util: Adam LaRoche (1B)
BN: Nick Swisher (1B,OF), Drew Stubbs (OF), Conor Jackson (1B,OF), Cameron Maybin (OF), Carlos Gomez (OF), Buster Posey (C)

Pitchers
SP: Tim Lincecum (SP), Matt Cain (SP)
RP: Jonathan Broxton (RP), Francisco Rodriguez (RP)
P: Trevor Hoffman (RP), Ted Lilly (SP), David Price (SP)
BN: Jeff Niemann (SP), Hiroki Kuroda (SP), Clay Buchholz (SP), Wade Davis (SP)
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AKHomebrewer

Batters
C: Victor Martinez (C,1B)
1B: Ryan Howard (1B)
2B: Brandon Phillips (2B)
3B: Chone Figgins (3B)
SS: Troy Tulowitzki (SS)
CI: Jose Lopez (1B,2B)
MI: Alcides Escobar (SS)
OF: Nelson Cruz (OF), Raul Ibanez (OF), Rajai Davis (OF)
Util: Juan Rivera (OF)
BN: Lastings Milledge (OF), Kevin Kouzmanoff (3B), Franklin Gutierrez (OF), Jeff Francoeur (OF)

Pitchers
SP: Clayton Kershaw (SP), Cole Hamels (SP)
RP: Jose Valverde (RP), Jason Frasor (RP)
P: Jake Peavy (SP), Jorge De La Rosa (SP), Leo Nunez (RP)
BN: Matt Lindstrom (RP), Ervin Santana (SP), Scott Downs (RP), Chris Young (SP), Shaun Marcum (SP,RP)
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Kolb Saves

Batters
C: Russell Martin (C)
1B: Miguel Cabrera (1B)
2B: Robinson Cano (2B)
3B: Michael Young (3B)
SS: Jose Reyes (SS)
CI: David Ortiz (1B)
MI: Orlando Cabrera (SS)
OF: Jason Bay (OF), Julio Borbon (OF), Johnny Damon (OF)
Util: Vladimir Guerrero (Util)
BN: Paul Konerko (1B), Magglio Ordonez (OF)

Pitchers
SP: Roy Halladay (SP), Javier Vazquez (SP)
RP: Brian Wilson (RP), Rafael Soriano (RP)
P: Chad Qualls (RP), Brandon Webb (SP), Francisco Liriano (SP,RP)
BN: Brad Lidge (RP), Jonathan Sanchez (SP), Brian Matusz (SP), Derek Lowe (SP), Colby Lewis (SP,RP), Brandon Lyon (RP), Justin Masterson (SP,RP)
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Re: Cafe Challenge 2010

Postby mrmarley » Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:12 pm

My recap:

We knew our draft slots ahead of time, so I did a mock and took Hanley at #2, then figured I'd have either my choice or leftovers with A-Gon or Votto in the 2nd rd. It threw me off when both of those guys were picked before it got to me.

As a backup plan, I went with Pedroia. Since we have the extra IF spots, I think he's still a decent pick, but I really would have rather had AGon's HR's there (or Votto's power/avg).

I continued as mocked with Zimmerman in the 3rd ( probably would have gone Sandoval for his avg if I had planned for my team to be hurting in avg due to my later picks).

I was very happy to find Haren still there at the end of the 4th after the mini-run on SP's, then started trying to make up missing power with Granderson while still getting some speed as my 1st OF in the 5th. I had planned on going Markakis, but needed Granderson's extra HR's. Hoping he keeps up the HRs like he did last year.

Pretty happy Dunn fell to the late 6th since I was still trying to make up power, but my team avg took a nosedive after those 5th and 6th picks.

I wanted one of Nolasco or Hamels for my #2 since I thought there was a dropoff after those guys. I had to reach in the early 8th round for Nolasco since I was fairly sure they would both go in the next 20 picks.

Took Bell as my 1st RP in the 8th (6th RP off the board) and Torii Hunter in the 9th. Considered Mclouth, but was trying to make up avg at this point. Didn't matter, since Mclouth fell back to me at the end of the 10th.

The rest of the draft was spent drafting a couple more closers in Mike Gonzalez & Ryan Franklin, middle relievers in Greggerson, Mike Adams, Jason Motte (handcuffing my #1 and #3 closers), Saito & Howell. I rounded out my staff with Harden, Slowey & Hudson.

Wish I had picked one of the mid-round speedy OFers and a better CI than Beltre, but maybe Trû will come back this year.

All in all, I feel decent about the draft, but other than one 3rd place finish, I've never finished above 5th in this league...as of now though, there is still hope for this year. :-)
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Re: Cafe Challenge 2010

Postby Scooter1027 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:14 am

Well, this is my 2nd year in the league, finished a decent 4th last year. It was a somewhat disappointing finish because I came out the first half of the season in a solid top-2 position, but my team faded.

I looked back at where I was lacking, and after Santana went down last year, I had no one besides Gallardo that struck anyone out. I definitely went after that this year, going after Verlander (269 K in '09) and Lester (225), then coming with Garza (189) and Scherzer (174) too. Even Wolf and Blanton had decent K totals last year in the 160s (debatable if that can be repeated, but still).

I figured Braun at 5 would be a near-lock (I mean, look at my avatar), but I did not expect Justin Upton in the 2nd with a group of drafters like this. Maybe I like him more than most, I don't know. I didn't like starting OF-OF in a 6 IF - 3 OF league, but I just went best available (IMO) rather than positionally. If Manny Ramirez can eke out another classic Manny-type season, my Braun/Upton/ManRam OF could be killer.

Ultimately I'm just hoping for good health. I have a number of injury risks in Berkman, Weeks, Chipper, and Glaus that I'll be relying on, and my depth behind them could flop given the upside-type guys I went with on my bench (Snider, S. Sizemore, A. Jackson).
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Re: Cafe Challenge 2010

Postby AKhomebrewer » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:56 am

I agree the addition of the MI-CI slots starting last year has somewhat skewed draft behavior relative to the traditional 8-positions + util setup. Indeed, Scooter, your Upton pick came in part because after debating between him and Tulo earlier in the second, I came down on the side of the SS, hoping he can replicate last year's four good months.

A title repeat looks like a longshot, what with '09 roster staples Pujols, ARod and Longoria all having disappeared before my first pick. But my pitching looks better than it did coming out of the draft a year ago, and hopefully my plethora of dubious closing candidates can out-save last season's duo of Jenks and Ryan. !+)

Should be fun ... always a battle here.
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Re: Cafe Challenge 2010

Postby KolbSaves » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:39 am

My offensive lineup is old and unexciting -- Russel Martin, Michael Young, David Ortiz, Orlando Cabrera, Jason Bay (who really slipped...Shin Soo Choo was taken before him :-? )Johnny Damon, and Vlad all start for my team. Ordonez and Konerko off the bench. If I could teleport to 2 or 3 years ago, that would be great.

To counterbalance this fairly well known and solid offense, I have a lot of question marks at pitching: Vazquez in NYY, possible comebacks from Lidge, Webb, Liriano, and Colby Lewis, and a couple young guns in Masterson and Matusz. I prefer to go upside on pitching, as I'm confident I can pluck at least a couple decent guys from the waivers as the year rolls on.

Shrug. I think I did an alright job, but the proof will be in the pudding.
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Re: Cafe Challenge 2010

Postby BigLebowski » Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:46 am

I was one of the guys unable to get in and was Auto-Drafted. I hadn't preranked andything because I was sure I was able to be at the draft. Wasn't thinking about not being able to get in, I've drafted 4 leagues and haven't had a problem yet. Not real happy with my team. I was the team that took Choo before Bay. Gonna need to be on my toes this season to have a shot at getting above 6th place. :~( :-/
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Re: Cafe Challenge 2010

Postby mrmarley » Tue Mar 30, 2010 5:19 pm

just for s&g, i thought rookie & cream's draft tracker did a decent job of projecting the season out last yr based on the draft alone, at least in picking 3 of the top 5 finishers and 2 of the bottom 3. I'm sure my first two picks of reyes and beltran hurt my actual results compared to the projections:

ACTUAL FINISH                     PROJECTED FINISH
Pts Team Rank Rank Pts
95.5 AKHomebrewer 1 3 77
90.0 daullaz 2 6 73
82.0 bleach168 3 8 70
75.0 Scooter1027 4 2 89
69.5 MrMarley 5 1 104
68.5 KolbSaves 6 10 55
65.5 Big Lebowski 7 9 57
63.0 NZF 8 5 74
56.0 HalfMassed 9 4 76
49.5 Tribe-Fan 10 11 55
36.5 RAmst23 11 7 73
29.0 Kingctb27 12 12 55


Put the starting lineups into this year's draft tracker...and bleach leads the pack, what a shock !+)

Team		Pts
BLEACH168 80
MRMARLEY 79
SCOOTER1027 77
KOLB SAVES 74
STICKY SPICE 72
HALFMASSED 66
NZF 65
TRIBE-FAN 58
BIG LEBOWSKI 58
TENBAGGER 52
AKHOMEBREWER 50
SWCARTER 49
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Re: Cafe Challenge 2010

Postby bleach168 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:19 pm

Sweet numbers, marley. :-D

I was woefully unprepared coming into this year. I am ashamed to admit that there were quite a few players I hadn't done any research on. I used R&C's MDP to try to get an idea of what to expect.

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1. (9) Evan Longoria - Thought about taking Lincecum here.
2. (16) Joe Mauer - I'm big on position scarcity
3. (33) Félix Hernández - I always invest heavily in starting pitching.
4. (40) Zack Greinke - Surprised he was still here. This league tends to go pitching heavy.
5. (57) Adam Wainwright - I didn't like anyone else and had no problem taking my third SP.
6. (64) Andre Ethier
7. (81) Adam Jones
8. (88) Dan Uggla - No upside here but at least you know what you're going to get. Mauer's BA affords me the cushion needed to take guys like Uggla.
9. (105) Elvis Andrus - With an MI position to worry about, I value these guys a little higher and Andrus is my first speed guy.
10. (112) Francisco Cordero
11. (129) John Lackey - Not a big Lackey fan, but I think he's a little undervalued.
12. (136) Carlos Quentin - Had to pull the trigger on him. I almost took him earlier but didn't want a third OF just yet knowing I needed to take speedy OF'ers later on.
13. (153) Chris Davis - I'm a sucker for his upside. His great spring has clearly influenced my decision here when it really shouldn't have.
14. (160) Bobby Jenks - Why is Jenks valued so low this year? He's pretty steady and that's a closer's most valuable trait.
15. (177) Nyjer Morgan - Surprised to see him available and I needed his speed.
16. (184) Juan Pierre - See above.
17. (201) Garrett Jones - Check out his splits. Has platoon written all over him.
18. (208) Kerry Wood
19. (225) Plácido Polanco
20. (232) Dexter Fowler
21. (249) Alex Gordon
22. (256) Aroldis Chapman
23. (273) Nick Johnson
24. (280) Orlando Hudson
25. (297) Andy Pettitte
26. (304) Russell Branyan - Do you have a guy who hit 31 homers in 431 ABs last year who recently moved to a better hitter's park on your waiver wire? I don't. :-b
27. (321) Joba Chamberlain

I'm going to platoon 1B, CI and UTIL to begin the year. I like that my team is really young and quite a few players could seriously outperform their draft positions. I don't like that most of my pitchers are AL pitchers.
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Re: Cafe Challenge 2010

Postby Tribe-Fan » Tue Mar 30, 2010 6:36 pm

In the 6 years I have played in this league I have leared it is a tough road. I have a 3rd and 2-4th place finishes and a couple bottom of the pack finishes.

This year my plan was to take some solid guys early (Utley, A. Gonzalez, Reynolds, CC) and then take more than a few chances. I think one needs to hit on a few guys like that to win this thing. So I loaded up on high upside guys (Butler, Hamilton, Strasburg), youth that could be poised for a big jump forward (Perez, LaPorta, Blanks, McGehee, C. Santata) and a bunch of reclamation projects that could possibly see another day in the sun (Soriano, Hafner, Matsui, Bradley).

I left some guys in the queue a little too long missing out on Quentin, Pierre, and Andrus all a round before I was going to draft them. But that is to be expected with this bunch of managers.

2 things about in-season management......there is no such thing as waiting on a guy on the wire. If he has potential or is "hot", another manager will have grabbed him hours earlier. But the upside of that is we can use that as tips for other leagues. I always check the wire in my cafe league to get some ideas.

Plus everyone plays to the bell in this league, which I love.

Looking forward to another tough season.

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Re: Cafe Challenge 2010

Postby swcarter » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:46 pm

mrmarley wrote:SWCARTER 49

Well, I plan to show that draft tracker a thing or two. :-D

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