The Best Fantasy Baseball Team I've ever drafted
So I'm in a 12-team, $300 cap auction league that keeps 9 players per year. This is my fourth season in the league after taking over a strong team before the 2010 season.
We had our auction draft on Saturday. It went very, very well, and I've got to brag a bit. Premier talent is very overpriced, the way our auctions work out, and secondary talent tends to be very underpriced. Makes it interesting, because we start 15 hitters and 9 pitchers (who have to fit under your $300 cap) and then draft 10 players at no cost in a traditional "Snake" draft.
Here's my squad. Players I kept coming into the draft bolded. I think this is the best team I've ever drafted. Projections for my regular lineup would put me at 99 points, on average, over the past 3 years. (last three winners had 89, 78 and 79 points)
C - Russell Martin $1
C - Jarrod Saltalamacchia $4
1B - Allen Craig $4
2B - Robby Cano $36
3B - Chase Headley $1
SS - Troy Tulowitzki $39
CI - Adam LaRoche $12
MI - Ian Kinsler $36
OF - Mike Trout $8
OF - Bryce Harper $5
OF - Matt Kemp $24
OF - Jon Jay $1
OF - Oscar Taveras $1
UTIL - Jedd Gyorko $1
UTIL - Manny Machado $7
P - Chris Sale $4
P - Jordan Zimmermann $13
P - Matt Moore $33
P - Alex Cobb $15
P - Vance Worley $1
P - Shelby Miller $4 (I kept him because he would have gone for crazy amounts in the auction... only chance to get and keep aces in this league is to draft them cheap and keep them forever)
P - Jason Motte $17 (we started our auction early Saturday, before his elbow injury concern was upgraded)
P - John Axford $18
P - Bobby Parnell $8
Ryan Ludwick (will slot into starting lineup as soon as I can, to cover for Taveras)
Mitch Moreland (just wanted a guy I could drop in at 1B or OF and not have him kill me)
Wilson Ramos (upside/insurance at catcher. Like his rehab outlook)
Jed Lowrie (gives me insurance and flex at 2B/SS, which I need with injury concerns like Kinsler and Tulo)
Sergio Santos (was ready to take Mitch Boggs to handcuff Motte, took another guy's handcuff as a reaction)
Mike Gonzalez (handcuff for Axford)
In this league, you're limited to one move per month, done in a true waiver system (worst picks first, best picks last). So you have to draft well and have options on your bench you can live with. That's why I roster a guy like Niemann or Smyly, who I'd normally be able to grab on waivers.
It's also important to have spare keeper pieces you're OK with moving at the trade deadline to make a push for the league crown (thus excess keeper options like Beachy, Machado, Gyorko).
I'm really pumped, not only about this season but also about the future. My core is going to be: (we add $4 to keeper prices each year they're kept)
Taveras (likely) $4
And then I have a LOT of other options for those last two spots, and to use for a key resource at the deadline. Zimmermann, Headley, Gyorko, Beachy, Machado all should be good trade bait.
Cano has been so elite at 2B, it's hard to contemplate not keeping him, even for $40. Kinsler is an option there, too.
I'm pretty confident. As long as I don't have COMPLETELY awful luck, I should dominate the hitting categories and be in the top 3 or 4 in most pitching categories.
Solid all around, could use another front line starting pitcher, but probably not worth the coast IMO.
Chase Headley $1 nice
Let us know if you win.
That's solid. Mike Trout at $8 is great. I'm in a league where you can keep three players from any round, all you have to do is give up a pick two rounds ahead of where you picked your guy the previous year. The dude who won the league last year is already starting his squad off with Miggy (1st rounder), Votto (2nd rounder), and Buster Posey (21st rounder). I hate him.
I got my draft tomorrow night for a keeper league. Any tips on a good cheat sheet for a keeper league?
It's hard to find good keeper info unless you pay for it, though.
What's your keeper format? Snake draft?
7x7 with 2bs and 3bs, CG and SHO as added categories. Shit I just hope I luck out and get Trout
Sacrifice the pick of the round you drafted a guy? I know some leagues move up the round you lose by 1 each year (so if you keep a guy drafted in round 5, you lose a 4th round pick in the draft).
With those categories, it changes the values of some guys. Alex Gordon becomes more valuable when you're looking at HR AND 2B AND 3B, for example. He'd give you true 7 category production.
Three true outcome guys like Adam Dunn become even less valuable.
Unless you're picking at the top and can nab a sure thing guys like Braun, Cabrera or Trout, you're probably going to be targeting keepers in later rounds. Maybe you get a pitcher on the cusp of ace status in round 6 (Matt Moore?) or a hitter who is a lock/top 5 pick in coming years (Bryce Harper).
How many are you keeping? Don't chase ALL keepers. YOu want enough to have some backup plans moving forward, but not so many that your team is crippled this year.
I like Jedd Gyorko as a sneaky later round guy.
Matt Harvey also might make some sense.
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