This is long, but for those with time and interest, please read and offer your thoughts. Any input is much appreciated.
This is my first season in fantasy baseball, but I feel I've picked things up quickly and am doing quite well. Going into the draft, I didn't even know most of the players names, but used what could very losely be regarded as VBD based on past returns. I obviously didn't make projections, and didn't take into account offseason moves or players probable decline and development, as I have not followed baseball for ten or so years now.
About half of my current roster consists of guys I acquired through trade (usually buy low/sell high deals, but sometimes just equitable trades where we exchanged positions of need) or through free agent pick ups. I lucked into some quality draft picks, like getting Pujols 3rd because some moron took Manny 2nd (ARod went first), and getting Shelton in the last round, who, when he was hot, I traded for Helton, and I just recently traded Helton for Teix (pretty amazing, turning a 30th rounder into a 1st rounder). Most of my success, however, is due to my working the waiver wire and buying low and selling high on players. From time to time I have sought advice from the gurus here, and it has paid off. I also have a good friend, not in the league, who is a long time fantasy baseball nut, and he has been a mentor of sorts for me.
The strategy I have employed, which seems to work, is to stock up with stud pitchers, while having very few offensive bench players. This has worked well so far, especially due to Pujols amazing production so far. Some guys in the league use a far different strategy which entails picking up and dropping a pitcher or two every day. This works well because the league is small and there are plenty of quality FA pitchers. The guy who does this usually wins Ks and wins, but suffers at WHIP and ERA. It's a bit unfortunate that we did not employ a rule (like limiting the number of moves a team can make in a given week) to discourage this kind of thing, but it's too late to change it.
This is a six team league, which seems silly, but we have fun with it since we're all newbies and most of us try to stay active and keep it competitive. A lot of moves are made, both through trades and FA pickups, as the FA pool is stacked due to the league being so small.
Categories that are scored are: R, 1B, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, S, A, E, AVE, OBP, SLG, W, SHO, SV, K, ERA, WHIP
Scoring is head to head. My current record is 86-40-8, and I have a 23 game lead over the second place team.
Positions are: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, RF, LF, CF, CI, MI, IF, OF, OF, OF, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P
After that, there are 8 bench slots and 1 DL slot. So, we have 30 man rosters, 31 if you count DL. This means at most 186 players are taken, so yeah, there is a ton of talented free agents.
My team (with other positions eligibilities in parentheses):
C Mauer, Willingham (LF)
1B Pujols, Delgado, Teix, Nomar (SS, 3B)
2B Utley (1B), Figgins (3B, LF, CF, RF)
SS Hanley, Rollins
RF Abreu, Sheff
CF Sizemore, Pierre
SP Halladay, Oswalt, Webb, Capuano, Zambrono, Randy, Kazmir, Liriano (RP), Contreras, Willis, Mussina
RP Lidge, Valverde, Gordon, Gagne
My team looked nothing like that after that draft. A lot of the guys, Hanley, Kazmir, Mussina, Contreras, Capuano, Liriano, Gordon, Valverde, Willingham, Nomar, I picked up as FAs. I have also acquired through trade, Mauer, Teix, Utley, Figgins, Sizemore, Halladay, Oswalt, Zambrono.
Now, I'm sure this team looks amazing, but keep in mind it is a 6 team league. Most of the owners lack baseball knowledge, and I will admit I am probalby the most active of the 6. I am just curious what you guys think of my team. I'd also like to know if you guys feel my strategy of loading up with quality pitchers and leaving my offensive bench barren is a good idea. Again, it has worked good so far, but in recent weeks, I've been winning most offensive categories but just barely.
A couple other things I'm wondering is if you guys would recommend selling high on any of my players. Also, I've been very frustrated with both Rollins and Pierre, and am contemplating dropping one of them for Brian Robers, Curtis Granderson, or Jose Lopez, so I'd like some input on that.
Again, I know it's long, but if you're read this far, I'd sure appreciate your thoughts.
Last edited by thatguy27 on Sat May 27, 2006 2:50 am, edited 1 time in total.