Interesting concept...this is a standard 5X5 roto (12 team).
1(6): Alfonso Soriano, 2B: Very happy. Especially because this is a scarce position, I had Soriano in my top-5. I was a little worried that he might get taken right at 5, but the other guy thankfully went with Santana.
2: Mark Teixeira, 1B. It was a solid pick here, but probably because my options were limited. I was hoping for Helton. I ended up trading Tex, LaTroy Hawkins, and Joe Borowski for David Ortiz and BJ Ryan. Then, I dealt David Ortiz, Derek Jeter, Mike Lieberthal, and Jerome Williams for Bobby Abreu, Rafael Furcal, and Joe Mauer (my pick for catcher value pick this year). I needed SBs and am quite happy with how I made out, even with Furcal's horrific average. Abreu caught fire in May...now Tex and Ortiz are doing their thing, too.
3: Derek Jeter, SS. Went with my position scarcity (MI) strategy. Jeter produced well for me when he was on my team (maybe nearly a month or so?), but I needed more SBs and pulled the trade.
4: Ben Sheets, SP. Damn ear infection. I'm still confident he'll be a top-5 SP for the rest of the year. He was a good value pick at 4, IMO, because coming into the season, I liked him more than players at the same position that were taken before him, like Hudson, Schilling, and Schmidt.
5. Mark Mulder, SP. Horrible pick right here. I was deciding between Mulder and Halladay. I thought Halladay would last longer because everybody was down on him, but boy was I wrong. I was stuck in the moment and dazed and thus picked Mulder. I regretted it immediately afterwards. Anyway, after Mulder strung together two or so good starts (the 10 IP one and another), I was able to deal him and Clint Barmes, who I had no use for, for Roy Oswalt. I'm a very happy camper right now.
6. Francisco Rodriguez, RP. Considering that I had him as the #2 closer on my board, I was overjoyed to get him here. I actually have him as the #1 now that Gagne's out. Closers taken before him: Gagne (2), Rivera (3), Lidge (4), Nathan (5), Foulke (5), F. Cordero (6). I ended up trading K-Rod, Glaus, Dempster, and Penny for R. Johnson and E. Chavez very recently. I still have four closers left and have 78 saves (17 over the next person...29 over the one after that). K-Rod's Ks will be missed, though. Hopefully RJ makes up for those.
7. Vernon Wells, OF. This was one of my favorite picks, but it seemingly hasn't worked out too well. But, I'm still in first place and think the best has yet to come with V-Dub.
8. John Smoltz, SP. I wanted Halladay here but ended up with Smoltz. At least I got him...because there was a giant gap between him and the next available SP.
9. Shingo Takatsu, RP. At least I got Hermanson afterwards.
10. Troy Glaus, 3B. Boom or bust pick and it boomed for me fairly well, as he didn't get hurt. Did as well as expected...power/no average. Traded him to improve my average. I have a lead of about 20 HRs anyway.
11. Preston Wilson, OF. He's getting hotter now. I dealt Rickie Weeks for Brad Hawpe in preparation for a Wilson trade, so I can still use the Coors factor.
12. Odalis Perez, SP. As my #4 starter, I was happy with this pick. He's been bothered by worriesome injuries all year, but now that I have a Big Four of RJ, Sheets, Oswalt, and RJ...with Lowe behind them, I can afford a shaky player here with a 1250 IP limit.
13. Joe Borowski, RP. After the other guy dropped Borowski, I was able to trade him, Burrell, and Brower (when he was rumored to be closing) for Barry Bonds. Please come back.
14. Mike Sweeney, 1B. I pick him every year and he goes on the DL every year. Solid player when he's in there.
15. Richard Hidalgo, OF. The third in my triumvurate of sleeper OFs (Wells, Wilson). My, they've done crappy. I started him all through April, then benched him through his minihot streak where he jacked six and then started him again because I thought he was hot again. I suck at playing streaks.
16. Pat Burrell, OF. What a pick, except I thought he wasn't for real in April and dealt him in May in the Bonds trade.
17. Brad Penny, SP. I thought this was a wonderful pick, but I threw him into the RJ deal. Lowe's relatively similar, perhaps fewer Ks, though.
18. LaTroy Hawkins, RP. Draft took place before JoeBo got hurt. I took him as a handcuff and dealt him in a nice trade.
19. Mike Lieberthal, C. Dealt him early. He's sucked and is inexplicably batting behind David Bell. Closser was my sleeper C pick. Glad I didn't get him.
20. Ryan Freel, Everywhere. Dropped him because he wasn't starting early on. At this point, I was afraid of my lack of speed. I was banking on Jeter getting around 20-25, which isn't a definite guarantee and depends on how well the Yankees play to need running.
21. Cliff Floyd, OF. Sweet. He's cooled down, but at least he's stayed healthy. I benched him for most of his hot streak, though, and have only gotten like a .270 player. I freaking hate playing streaks.
22. Mike Gonzalez, RP. Still on my team in hopes of a Mesa trade. His ratios have been disappointing due to injuries.
23. Jerome Williams, SP. Traded.
24. Jermaine Dye, OF. Dropped. Not bad.
I also dealt Yhency Brazoban for Travis Hafner, which I thought was great because Gagne was returning in a couple of weeks then. Not so great now, but I like Haf.
I picked up Clint Barmes and then dealt him. Barely got any production out of him either, because I was busy playing Richard Hidalgo.
As you can see, my strategy mainly consists of aggressively pursuing trades with other teams. I'm not a great drafter or a great organizer, but come through with value trades that put my team over the top. I currently have an eight point lead in first place right now.