A question and a story.... (because I think just like Lucy Ricardo, I got ome 'splainin to do)
So I joined a 12 team, mixed league 5X5 H2H league just for fun. I don't usually play just for fun but I was just bored.
The draft got started and I got 12th out of 12 for draft order. Sometimes I find that fun, but I think this year, there are just TOO many risky players. You choose a player after maybe the first 6-8 are gone, and chances are you can find at least 1 or 2 things you don't like about them. Times have changed in Fantasy Land Baseball.
Anyhoo, the draft began. 2 Sps went in the first round.Verlander/Holliday. So my turn came up. To my amazement Troy T was still available. I assume this has something to do with his getting plunked on the elbow and people were worried about his health. Now his was a few nights ago, right after the incident was reported, so in hindsight, nobody knew if he was ok. But I decided TT was just TOO good a player not to risk and take as 12th overall. With my second pick I took Evan Longoria.
So another round followed and I could tell these casual types really like their Starters. Bye-Bye, Cliff Lee, CC Sabathia, Jared Weaver and Cole Hamels. My turn came up. There just wasn't a SP to justify a 3rd/4th round pick. I took Carlos Santana and Ian Kinsler, filling out a real nice infield.
Another round went by and the starters really went fast - farewell Ian Kennedy and Mad BUM and a few others. Ok I figured, I would go the high risk route and take Yu Darvish and Matt Moore. Pretty much an "all or nothing" scenario. Then Yu Darvish and Matt Moore got taken. POW to my gut. "In the 5th bleeping round???" I thought.
I was in trouble. I didn't really have any reliable starters to turn to. I figured, later, I coud dip into some sleeper picks early like Beachy and Luebke. But for now, I'd have to go wirh Brand name starters that had medicore peripherals like Hellickson and romero. I decided, it wasn't worth it, so I just worked on my Offense some more. I took Eric Hosmer and Michael Bourn for stolens.
The next round came and went and the Starting pitching crowd thinned out some more. romero and Hellickson were taken. Then the Canary in the Cole-mine came.. "Craig Kimbrel". Uh Oh. Don't tell me closers will be gone soon too. My pitching was sure to be aweful.
When my turn came up, I decided I needed to try something. I noticed that the roster requirements were just 7 P positions, without designated SP/RP roles and only 8 innings minimum per week. SO I decided I'd take the strategy of loading up on RPs only. I figured to dominate Saves/ERA/Whip each week and tank W and K's. So I took Mariano Rivera and John axford for what I fugured to be reliable Saves.
The next round came closers cooled down a little, I got Desmond Jennings and Michael Cuddyer for the OF for what I thought were some good bargains for these rounds. I later took Grant Balfour and Jason Motte who I thought would be fine and keep their closer status.
So there I had it, a few UTil picks later and then I went for Middle relievers who were available in the latest rounds because Holds are not a category. I took Antonio bastardo, Dave Robertson (Mariano Insurance) and Johnny Venters to fill out my remaining 3 piching spots.
WHat do people think of this strategy? Have you guys ever tried it?
Last edited by OBPlover on Wed Apr 04, 2012 3:09 pm, edited 1 time in total.