1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?
Pretty much it was just best player available. My final keeper was quite the decision though, a battle of semi-anagrams - Prado v. Panda. I was sour on Sandoval after last season, but his torrid spring has me thinking I may have made the wrong decision. We'll see.2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?
I was lucky enough that my keepers fell in a way where there really wasn't a lot of redundancy at a position - all I had to fill for my offense was C, CF, and Util. With a pretty solid foundation, I did what I always do in this league, and that's draft upside like Kila, Ike, Fowler, EE, Morrow, Sanchez, Norris, etc. I can afford most of these guys not panning out, but if any of them blow up, I'm sitting pretty.
One of the other things I tried to do was work hard on position flexibility. Last year I was disappointed because I didn't have enough reserves who could fill in at other positions throughout the year. With a lot of minor injuries and DL stints, I was leaving positions open which hurt a lot more than I had anticipated. Drafting Zobrist to add with Prado who can both play almost anywhere, I think I can amass those counting stats.3. The best pick you made
I agree with Aussie - Ike Davis. Love him, especially in an OPS league. 4. The worst pick you made
Meh, Drew Storen. I went with upside here when I really should have went safe. A couple other safer guys went right after him, so if this ends up a committee situation in WAS, I'll definitely regret this pick.5. Who have you got finishing top 3?
I'm an optimist, so I'm going with GP
to finish top 3. Has a lot of risk with that lineup, but I like risk.
I'll also say Aussie
. He had a good set of keepers, but I'm not sure about his pitching and some of those draft picks. Since he finished first last year, it'd be hard to pick against him this year - plus I know how strong of an in-season manager he is.
This is my dark horse - Third Day
. Not only does he have a lot of extra time on his hands, but I actually think his team is pretty decent. Now I don't honestly think he finishes top 3, but I think he's competitive all year. 6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?Rockets
. Sorry bud. I have Utley in another league where you only keep 5 and I kept him as a Rd1 pick. Ouch. Keepers were due before this knee shit came up. Now if he only misses April, I think you have a chance to rebound a little. Wicked
. I think the team is better than last year and is going in the right direction, but just not enough this year.Red Hopeful
. Now I think you had a fantastic draft. You got a lot of guys I really like - Zimmerman, Snider, Gio, Thornton, and the Pride of Muskegon (McClouth). It's hard to turn a team around the first year, but I think you've taken a good first step. 7. Who was the steal of the draft?
I don't know if it was the steal of the draft by conventional wisdom, but I love Gio Gonzalez. I think he brings much more of a return based on his draft position.8. Who was the reach of the draft?
Napoli. I don't think he gets enough PT to really get ABs needed to justify that pick.9. Who is the biggest key to your success?
Injury. I feel like every year I have a great team ready to finish 1st, but it seems like I always have a lot of minor injuries at the most inopportune times. I remember losing players like Upton, Reyes, Youk, Heyward, and Votto when playing against the best teams and getting destroyed 10-2.
I can't really put my finger on any specific player, but I'm hoping that I can go the whole year without having one of my best players missing a lot of time.