I guess I'll break the ice. I hope Aussie doesn't mind your copyright infringement, although I suppose you did give authorship.
1. What was your keeper plan, and do you regret jettisoning anyone yet?
My keeper plans always just revolve around best available player. The problem is that I simply had too many players I wanted to keep. Luckily I was able to get a deal done with TD, but, as most of you know who I courted with trade offers, wasn't able to complete any additional. My one regret was letting Choo go, but I decided to keep shields at 2 additional years instead. We'll see if he's able to repeat.
2. What was your strategy in the MLB draft, and did you execute it to your satisfaction?
I answer this question the same every year - go big or go home. For position players I tried to pick young guys with upside who may become viable keepers (Bourjos, Smoak, Jackson, Chisenhall), and also players coming off of down years who may turn it around (ala Dunn).
Same thing with pitchers - young guys who I think may take a step forward (Morrow, Masterson) or high upside yet young veterans off down years (Liriano, Volquez). Again, I'm always looking for the home run.
3. The best pick you made
I like almost all my picks, but my favorite is C.J. Wilson. My first pick, I know, but I couldn't believe he made it to me at 1.10. I liked him considerably more than many of the players taken ahead of him.
4. The worst pick you made
Ivan Nova. I have no faith that he'll ever be more than an average MLB starter. Only reason I took him was because I have tons of Ks and could use the W potential.
I could also say Ramos, just because I'm sure I could have had him later.
5. Who have you got finishing top 3?
Other than me (who can seemingly make it no higher than third place), I like quite a few teams.
In no particular order:
GP - A man after my own heart. Picked the types of guys I'm always looking for. I was pretty sad when he took Rasmus the pick after me as I was banking on him coming back.
Kaveman - With already a great set of keepers and a history of winning this league, it's hard to pick against him.
Aussie - Year after year, I feel
after some of your picks, but then when I see your overall roster, I'm always left impressed. Same thing this year..
6. Who have you got finishing bottom 3 (show your working)?
clevername - Looking at your roster, I have a feeling you'll either finish in the bottom three or top three, with no inbetween.
Wicked - Not until you prove otherwise!
dAnzac - Because you never should have changed your name.
7. Who was the steal of the draft?
I honestly didn't feel that there was one. Other than the first couple rounds, I think that rankings become quickly interchangeable, especially this year. Other than GP who had Myers fall into his lap, that is. Looking at the draft results, here are some picks that I like:
Moustakas in Rd 13
Myers in Rd 17
McCarthy in Rd 20
Raburn in Rd 27
Hochevar in Rd 27
8. Who was the reach of the draft?
Luebke - I just like a lot of the arms that were taken later more than him.
Ryan Roberts - Positional flexibility and that's it. One-hit wonder, IMO.
9. Who is the biggest key to your success?
I want a new question next season. Just choose one my oft-injured high-ranked players, and that's my answer.