I did 3 leagues this year:
- Cafe n00bs league (5x5 roto, 16 teams). I'm due to finish dead last. Being at the tail end of a redraft league that big is tough, so I gambled and went with the "older established guys coming off down years" strategy, hoping enough would keep it together to put me in contetion. Boy was I wrong! My first 6 picks: Halladay, Reyes, Crawford, Cruz, Berkman, Papelbon. Paps and Reyes were fine, but the rest stunk or just didn't play. And in a league with deep rosters, it was really hard to find replacements. I was pretty much out of it in May.
- H2H 12-team points, keep 5. Finished 4th, lost in the playoff semifinals on the last Sunday night game. Again, brutalized by injuries (Halladay, Ellsbury, CC, CarGo, Rivera, Beachy), but scored big at FAAB with Willingham, Kipnis, Vogelsong, and Soriano. Managed to grab Rickie Weeks in the last FAAB before our playoffs, right before he got red hot, but it wasn't enough. I've got great keeper options in CarGo, JZimm, Moore, Sale, Wainwright, and Ellsbury.
- 6x6 14-team roto dynasty. Currently in 6th, hope to finish 5th, was 3rd until a couple weeks ago. Really struggled this year with starting pitching. Traded EE and Anibal Sanchez for Ricky Romero and LoMo before the season started
. Still, I've got a lot of guys cheap (including Mike Trout for $4 next year) and I'm feeling good about 2013.