My league is 10 team dynasty roto 6x6 (R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP and K.....W, SV, ERA, WHIP, K, H/9) with 8 keepers.
[b]What did you learn from the 2009 season?[/b]
You need a balanced team in order to win, I'm about to win my league and have at least 5 points in every category. I've never seen punting categories work in a competitive roto league. You need to stay diligent in monitoring the WW all season long. Keep an eye out for who impatient owners drop early, pick up new closers whenever possible and never underestimate the impact late season call-ups can have. Oh yeah, and Pujols is a god.
[b]What were your big positives and negatives in the draft? [/b]
My 8 keepers were a good start: Pujols, Pedroia, Youkilis, Braun, Hamilton, Chipper, Halladay and Webb, but I didn't have a 1st or 3rd round pick (trades from last year). I didn't have an especially good draft, I swung for the fences with every pick. I got great value from Vazquez in the 2nd round, Weaver in round 9 and Aardsma in round 16 (after keepers, remember to add 8 to each round in reality). Scherzer, Bedard and Andrus all provided decent stats at some stage but were dropped. I didn't take 1 closer before round 15. Milledge, Dukes, Ray, Chris Young (OF) and Orlando Cabrera were all disappointments.
[b]What strategy did you employ, and did it work?[/b]
I identified C and SS as being top heavy but very deep positions so I was the last to draft them. The top keepers at that position were held to tightly by their owners so I was forced to play matchups all year. This is a great strategy for speedsters, I played Andrus and Evereth Cabrera whenever they faced a C or SP that was bad at controlling the run game. When neither had a good matchup, I picked the hottest SS on WW who had a good matchup (considering ballpark, LHP/RHP splits, home/away splits, pre- and post-ASB splits, etc). I had this revolving door strategy for C as well. This worked for SS but not for C. It could've worked for C better if I didn't hold on to undperformers (Hernandez and Martin) for as long as I did.
I took care of all other starting hitter positions early, this paid off.
I wanted to draft a lot of pitchers, hoping a few would outperform their draft spots. This was key as I'm dominating my P categories.
[b]What players did you pickup that were pleasant surprises?[/b]
This was the key to my season, particularly with Webb and Hamilton (25% of my keepers) being major disappointments. I grabbed Justin Upton and Choo off of waivers after their owners got impatient and dropped them. Weeks covered up for Pedroia's slow start until he got hurt. Juan Rivera, Evereth Cabrera and Rajai Davis played important roles. CJ Wilson and Nunez gave nice boosts in saves. Arroyo, Buchholz, Hughes and Washburn combined for amazing stats and I got them all for free.