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following my own format. Which should be considered more a guideline anyway.
In the old days I used to do a write-up giving some thoughts on each team. Maybe I'm feeling nostalgic. This is of course all based on my projections, which are pretty conservative IMO. You want to see projected totals and standing using your projections? You figure it out. Maybe someone can post what Razzball said. I am considering only what I could determine to be your starting lineup since everyone's bench is different. Oop:
Oop put together a pretty nice team from the leadoff spot. He should actually do pretty well in hitting, I have him second there. And if Oop was to do well anywhere, I'm sure he would tell you that was his primary concern. Plenty of power in Braun, Rizzo, Harper, Viciedo and Alvarez. Several players chip in on speed, led by Gomez. Solid offense across the board, I show all 9's through 12's. Pitching projects a little low now, but anything can happen it's pitching right? If Lester returns to form that will help. Oop should be one of the leaders in K's, but a little low in ratios and saves, with only one bonafide closer on board. Cords:
Not a bad looking squad cordscords has assembled here. Definitely in the top half in offense, doing particularly well in two odd categories to see together - homeruns and runs scored. Jose Veras is the closest thing to a closer cords came up with, but guess where else I see him struggling? Batting average. Sure Trout is great, I've got Jeter and Sal hitting .295, but an awful lot of .240's through .260's. Other than the lack of saves, I like the pitching. I see cords leading in wins, and doing very well in K's and WHIP.Nikki:
Nikki's motley crew is interesting. Definitely some promise, but some holes as well. Maybe Nikki's an eternal optimist, but if Hanley, AGon, Papi, Crawdaddy, Uggla, Howard, and McCann all indeed bounceback we could be in trouble. Seems unlikely, but I'm sure at least some will make some solid contributions. But for now very hard to predict what we'll see from this squad. Best guess offensively - great power, light in steals, hurting in BA. Pitching looks average at least. I'm showing ERA a little high, but honestly my projections don't show a huge improvement from Lincecum. Hard to rest easy when your closers are Marmol, Grilli and Balfour who is already hurt, but to walk out of the draft with 3 isn't a bad situation. RBV:
RBV put together another solid, balanced team which should be a contender. Votto's a bit of an injury risk coming off last year, and I hate Jose Reyes. But if they stay healthy and produce this team should do well in offense. Even with Reyes, I think rbv will be near the bottom in steals, but still doing well offensively overall. Some intriguing players in Davis, Brown, and Myers. Pitching should be ok, but some risk in Peavy and the Oakland youngsters. Masterx1918:
I’m not sure what to think of the master’s team here. Looking through his picks I don’t see anything I strongly disagree with, but I can’t help seeing a middle of the pack finish. There is some upside in Hosmer and I see a Belt breakout this year. So if Kemp keeps it together master could do well. I see him leading the way in strikeouts, but those ratios are not going to be pretty. Master is now hoping Hanrahan lights it up in Boston and Mo falls down a flight of stairs.Stoogie(Shockers):
Everyone is thinking it, I’m just saying it – what the #*&$ ?! Stoogs drafted his first starting pitcher in round 16, and added just 2 more in later rounds. Suffice to say his 5 closers should give him a solid lead in saves. You know you still only get 14 points whether you win by 2 or by 50, right stoogie?
He is also the leading candidate to finish dead last in wins and K’s. Ratios will depend on how he manages his pitching. Finishing with 500 IP would be frowned upon….
And really, for going almost all offense in the early rounds, this is a pretty un-amazing offense. Batting average is near the top, but rather ho-hum overall. I’ve got him sitting in 8th offensively. Some nice upside picks at the end of the draft may give him a bump.Rotoquest:
I’m not at all a Yankees fan, but that’s not why I don’t like roto’s team. I’ve met my fantasy antithesis and his name is rotoquest. I don’t think I agree with a single pick he made. Well, maybe a couple. Nothing personal roto, I know you’re a swell guy. In hindsight, Teix was a lousy pick.
Bummer dude. Bourn seems like a bit of a reach to me. I don’t see Utley and Morneau being good values where you picked them, I don’t see many young upside players in the later rounds. My projections say a pretty low finish in offense. But you know what? I like your pitching. Some pretty solid guys, some upside, closers with jobs. I think pitching should keep you ahead of thomas anyway. Rocko:
Well, it is my team, of course I like it. I didn’t really draw up a detailed plan to go power early then pick up some speed at the end but that’s what happened. Solid batting averages in CarGo, Wright, Butler, Gordon, Konerko, Pierre and Murphy. I have myself first there. Hitting should be solid barring injury. I see an at-least above average finish in pitching. I missed some of my late round gems, but my core is pretty strong. Samardzija could be huge.TommyBoy:
Well, someone has to finish last.
Thomas has filled this role the past 2 years and looks headed to another disappointing finish. Thomas is looking good in steals, but below average everywhere else. Pitching should be a bright spot though. Darvish/Medlen/Latos form a great core, and thomas was able to add some nice closers as well. I’m projecting 5th in pitching. With proper in-season management, I think thomas may crawl out of the cellar this year. ThirdDay:
Here’s another offense I just don’t like. Well, I like it fine but my projections don’t. I blame Buster. I took him early in a mock and my numbers tanked. I think he’s just not worth an early pick. Power should be average or so, batting average pretty good, I’m seeing last in steals. Let’s see, de Aza with 25 or so, Cespedes, Lawrie, Weeks, Simmons, Murphy in the teens, yep. Last. Low in runs as well. Pitching looks so-so to me. Cain/Cueto/Hellickson form good-not-great lead trio, only Soriano to chip in saves. Salty:
Thanks again go out to Salty for being willing to step in at the last minute and never miss a beat. Glad to have you with us. But your team sucks. No, just kidding.
But not really.
No seriously, Salty’s got a well-rounded offense that could contend. Adam Dunn by my projections drops you 4 spots in batting average all by himself. So if he make major improvements to something like .225 you would be in good shape there. No true burners, but enough guys that will steal 20-ish that you’ll do well in steals. Pitching, well, you waited kinda late right? Not a fan of the Detwiler and Burnett picks. I see a low finish in ratios without some help.Beerdog:
Beer’s first 2 picks played in 121 games combined last year. Clearly he does not mind rolling the dice a bit. When healthy, Tulo is an undisputed top 5 player. Several other boppers including Weiters, Aaron Hill, Allen Craig, and Berkman, but not enough to prevent a near-last finish in homers and rbi’s. Rollins, Pagan, Crisp, Ichiro and Maybin should help beer run
away with the steals lead. But average will be decidedly average
. Pitching could be a problem. After ace Cole Hamels there’s just not much here. Kuroda is consistent but unremarkable, Ryu might be headed to the pen, Smyly is a sleeper, and Brett Anderson is a complete crapshoot. But beer has some nice saves potential in Motte, Romo, and League. Oscar:
Once the proverbial punching bag of the league, oscar has transformed himself into a dominant fantasy force to be reckoned with. Ok, not really, but he has gotten much better since the early years. Spending his first pick on a pitcher, oscar had to dedicate the next few to hitters. He managed to pick up enough power to do well there. Very light in steals with only the Uptons and Altuve making relevant contributions. But should do very well offensively overall. Pitching looks league average across the board. Seancasey:
SC took Granderson earlier than I expected, did you get the memo he was hurt? Plenty of steals in Escobar, Kipnis, Cabrera, probably the only team to come near beer. Not much power beyond Bautista, Goldy, Grandy and Willingham. Batting average looking less than stellar as well. Any pitching staff with Verlander and Dickey should be competitive, and I think this one will be. His closers have their question marks as closers do, but overall this should be one of the best staffs in the league.