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RocketsDWM wrote:Dustin isnt proven yet? He just won the MVP award. What more does he have to do?
AquaMan2342 wrote:My turn (I am team #1):
I was pretty satisfied with what I ended up with. My major problem was probably taking a few too many younger, hyped up players (Davis in the 8th) instead of a more sure thing. I think for the most part I hedged my risks fairly well though. I love my starting pitching staff and feel my top 3 were arguably the strongest outside of oddman, but he spent three of his first seven picks on SPs.
My favorite picks were probably Grienke in the 11th and Beltre in the 13th. Grienke is almost certainly going to outperform that slot, and could potentially be a top-10 pitcher this season IMO. Also, along the lines of what J said, Beltre IMO was nearly the same value as the six or seven third baseman taken in front of him, with the potential to outperform all of them. It doesn't hurt that he's actually still pretty young and will be playing for a contract again (we all know how that turned out last time). I also really liked getting Ted Lilly. I still can't figure out why this guy gets slept on.....his last two seasons have been better than teammate Zambrano, who was chosen five rounds ahead of him. I'll take an almost automatic 4 ERA, 1.2 WHIP, 180 Ks and 15 Ws in the 15th round any day.
Something I noticed and mentioned in the Mock thread was my satisfaction in locking up my middle infield slots early. I don't feel like I reached for any of them, which makes it even better. I look at some of the middle infielders taken late and am glad I didn't have to worry about drafting them (Stewart, Barmes, Polanco, Aaron Hill....guys like that). Instead I was able to take a couple high risk/high reward pitchers in Sanchez and Smoltz. I like being able to do that late in a draft. None of the aforementioned MIs (outside of maybe Stewart) is going to do anything spectacular this year.
Picks I especially liked:
Kinsler (best pick of the draft IMO; no reason for him to fall as far as he did)
Ortiz (totally worth the risk here)
Bedard (why not take a chance on him there....I really loved that pick)
Doumit (2nd best pick of the draft)
The Twins pitchers (Baker and Slowey)
Saunders (yes he's going to regress....but that's a bargain in the 19th round)
Randy Wynn....every year we read some article in the latter half of the season talking about how he is a quiet producer for fantasy teams....a great last round pick
Picks I especially didn't like (don't be offended anybody just my two cents....I'm sure Longoria/Davis will get bashed)
Utley (he is a quick healer though.....I just thought Kinsler was a better option if second base was Giants' desire)
Hart (my worst pick, although I didn't think it was horrible given what I am about to write below this)
Almost the entire fifth round: Atkins, Martin, Lee (especially this one), Drew, Abreu
Zambrano (the most overrated pitcher in fantasy baseball)
Chamberlain was taken way too early given his uncertain role....I would have taken Grienke, Volquez, Nolasco, Wang, Danks, Gallardo, Wainwright, Cain, Kershaw and me ahead of him
Y. Escobar (this guy does nothing for me....O. Cabrera is old, yes, but is a better fantasy player)
Blalock (he'll be hurt soon enough....Butler would have been a better pick)
Carrasco....wtf was I thinking?
OK I am done.
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