1. Did any players you were targeting get sniped right before your pick?
Absoulely. Nikki and Cords took my picks in RD 6 (Rizzo and Choo), so I got stuck with my backup plan. Luckily Hosmer made it to me in RD 8, or I'd possibly be stuck with a difficult 1B situation. Cords also took Perez from me in Rd 16 who I much rather have than Veras. Other than that, I was able to come away with most of my targets.
2. What was your strategy in the draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?
It's been a few years since I've had a regular redraft league draft - I've been in exclusively keeper/dynasty leagues at the Cafe for the most part. So instead of going all youth/upside, I tried to mix that in with value while not forgetting the extra OPS category. Considering it's also a H2H, I thought I could take a few chances on injured veterans who can help me over the second half (Hanley or Teixeira). I may end up with a very powerful second half team if things break right.
For pitching, I knew I knew I wanted two quasi-aces and planned on taking the two best available at the 4/5 turn. Lucking into Haren so late, and two of my favorite upside plays in Cobb/Ryu, I ended up with a great rotation along with Shelby Miller. I also planned on waiting real late on saves. I didn't plan on getting the two junk closers that I did, but I may end up getting lucky with some of the MR I picked up.
3. The best pick you made
But my favorite is probably Shelby Miller at 241. I think he wins the job with a good start today. Pretty good for my 5th/6th SP, IMO. I actually like a lot of my late round picks like Haren at 144, Cobb at 217, Moss at 240 (OPS), and Matt Carpenter at 288.
4. The worst pick you made
It would probably be either Adam Dunn or Norichika Aoki. With Aoki, I think I could have gotten him a little bit later, although I didn't see any players between that pick and my next that would be an obvious upgrade. With Dunn, I wonder whether his BA and OPS can improve to closer to career norms. If not, he may be more of a liability than an asset.
5. Who have you got finishing top 3?
Kaveman - He knows how to utilize the categories in this league, and he's been successful at it since its beginning. Strong hitting by never forgetting about OPS along with a pretty good Weaver/YoGa/Cueto trio to anchor his staff.
GP - Same as above. Only possible hiccup - Infante.
Maybe we'll have to work out a trade.
Rockets - Dark horse, IMO. You obviously went pretty heavy pitching, and although that's not my favorite strategy considering the categories and it being H2H, I think your hitting is ok enough to keep you in it during most weeks. It's not a team that I'd likely end up with, but one that I could being successful.
6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?
Wicked - Started off well enough when you were drafting live, but I think autopick let you down a little.
Red - This would be a fun team if we were in a keeper, but I worry the uside of the young guys won't match the actual production - while your veterans like Howard may be too far gone to get value from the high picks you spent on them.
Clevername - after Giancarlo, there aren't many players that I like on that team. It may just be personal preference, but I see quite a few from my own do-not-draft list.
7. Who was the steal of the draft?
At the time, Sandoval's drop seemed like good value (although his injury makes that seem less so now). Brandon Phillips fell late too. I also commend those who were able to find quality OPS late - Berkman, Quentin, Hart, etc.
8. Who was the reach of the draft?
Ryan Howard. Not that I think he'll be useless in this league format, I just think that if you really wanted him, you could have waited.
9. Who is the biggest key to your success?
It'll be the gambles I made on players who aren't starting the year healthy. Hanley I'm much less worried about than Teixeira. Wrist injuries, especially to the tendon sheath, can linger and lead to surgery. I'm just hoping he can come back strong through rest and rehab and not lead to a completely wasted pick. If those two can make it back, I have good feelings about this team.