Hey all ... after taking last year off (due to work issues) I'm throwing my hat back into the fantasy ring
Like the subject says - 10 teams, redraft, H2H. Scoring cats are 6x6 (the usual 5x5 + OPS for hitters and holds for pitchers).
Kind of a weird draft (but aren't they all in their own special way). ARod went 7th
Closers went like crazy (starting in round 3 with Paps). And since I kept repeating to myself, "do not reach for closers ... do not reach for closers", I ended up with Soria and unwanted scraps (taking hitting and SP during the runs). Fortunately, holds makes you less dependent on saves (and there are plenty of good holds guys on the WW, and still a few potential closers). For the hitting, I used the same strategy that worked well for me in this league in the past - going for contributers in at least 4 categories, and not sweating about getting a "steals" guy (while trying to have a few double-digit base-stealers so I'm not completely punting the category). Anyway, here's how it turned out (the round I took the player is in parentheses after the name) ...
C: McCann (6)
1B: Teixeira (1)
2B: Utley (2)
3B: Aramis Ramirez (4)
SS: S Drew (8)
OF: Carlos Lee (3)
OF: Ordonez (7)
OF: Abreu (9)
Util: Damon (12)
Bn: Werth - OF (18)
SP: Halliday (5)
SP: Gallardo (11)
SP: Grienke (13)
RP: Soria (10)
RP: Sherrill (23)
RP: Motte (21)
P: Putz (19)
P: Kuo (20)
Bn (all SPs): Nolasco (14), Baker (15), Danks (16), Slowey (17), Carpenter (22)
What do you think? Some self-notes from the draft:
-I gave serious consideration to Rollins in the first round. But with 6x6 + OPS scoring, I think he gets downgraded a few spots. Plus, as a Phils fan I know he's streaky as hell, which can be maddening in H2H. However, with how the draft panned out it may have been a mistake, since quality 1B fell a lot further later on than I expected (AGon in 6th; Votto in 14th
-I may have reached slightly with Aramis, but I didn't like what happened to the 3B tiers after him.
-Yes ... I was the dumbass in this draft who picked the 1st catcher
I had every intention of sneaking in Ianetta or Sandoval as my catcher "value" picks. But I was weak and couldn't help myself when McCann was still on the board in the 6th.
-You can see how the closer situation played out. Soria (in the 10th) was the only time I felt picking a closer represented good value. So in the middle rounds, when everyone was picking either bench hitters or second-rate closers, I tried to build up depth in my starting pitching. I guess we'll see how that plays out.
-I couldn't help myself spending a late-round flyer on Carpenter
I figure the potential pay-off is worth the low cost.
-Typically, I like to use most of my bench spots for SPs. I liked Werth since fits my preferred hitter profile by contributing in stats across the board. And I'd probably find a way to get him into lineup when facing a lefty. And it doesn't hurt that I'm a Phillies fan
Being a 10-team league, there is still value on the WW. Here are some of the best ones:
C: R Hernandez, Shoppach
1B: Gaimbi, LaRoche, Jacobs
2B: Polanco, F Lopez (also 3B/SS), Ellis, Stewart
3B: Kouz, Blake, Wiggington
SS: Y Escobar, Guzman
OF: Choo, Dukes, Maybin, Crisp, Lind
SP: Duchscherer, Parra, Carmona, Kuroda, W Rodriguez, Kawakami, Snell, Maholm, Smoltz, O Perez, Saunders, Pelfrey, J Sanchez
RP: Percival, Saito, Balfour, Chris Ray, Chris Perez, Arredondo, Lyon, Corpas, Rauch, Madson, Villanueva
To my eyes, only the OF and pitching looks worthwhile. If I had more bench spots, I'd certainly welcome some of them ... but are any of them worth a roster spot over who I already have? I'm certainly keeping an eye on the reliever situations. I kind of wanted to have 3 closers and 2 set-up men (locked into my 3 RP and 2 P spots). Though that's dependent on what other teams do in our weekly matchups.
Any other comments/suggestions? Leave a link and I'll look at your team. Sorry for typing so much, but I find it useful to do a self-breakdown like this (beyond just a "here's my team ... rate me" post).
Last edited by schmidty on Sun Mar 22, 2009 1:32 am, edited 1 time in total.