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  • Brian Brian Feb 18, 2013 3:47 PM Flag

    First fantasy draft (this a mock to get back into things) in three years

    As subject title stated, it has been awhile since I have participated in a fantasy draft. Looking for any suggestions/comments on the team I drafted. This was a 12/roto draft with me picking 12th

    C Joe Mauer
    1B Mark Trumbo/Chris Davis
    2B Ian Kinsler
    SS Starlin Castro
    3B Aramis Ramirez
    OF Austin Jackson
    OF Melky Cabrera
    OF Josh Willingham
    UT Michael Young
    UT Nelson Cruz

    With Rajai Davis (SB), Jeff Keppinger, and Danny Espinosa, along with Michael Young to provide some positional flexiibility. If I had to redo, would not have taken Castro/Kinsler (either/both) as high in order to pick up better 1B/OF at that slot and picked up 2B/SS with similar, but slightly less, stats.

    SP Justin Verlander
    SP Stephen Strasburg
    RP Johnathan Broxton
    RP Jose Valverde
    P Chris Sale
    P Hiroki Kuroda
    P Homer Bailey
    P Mark Buehrle
    P Tyler Clippard (entered draft having not looked at closer lists; would drop if real draft)

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    • you have terrible closers, you'd really have to hawk the waivers early on for the first few closers to drop... You should control K's W's, and be top 3 in ERA/WHIP though. This is a solid lineup, but you wont come close to winning any of the catagories. This team wont win your league, but should place in top 6 for sure, maybe even 3rd...

      • 1 Reply to Evans
      • Thanks for the response. My philosophy with closers is only pick up in draft when I do not like any comparably ranked players and the next player i would choose is likely to be available in the next round. Using this strat, I can still be ahead of players who choose to write off saves, and can then, as you point out, hawk waiver wires to pick up another closer or two in hopes of climbing the ranks.

    • I like your infield, but I think you paid the price in the outfield. Jackson is a solid number 2, and the same for Melky but I don't think any of them class as studs. But you then have a stacked rotation, especially your front 2 who could easily finish the season as 1st and 2nd among pitchers. Ultimately you paid the price though, spending your first two picks on pitchers means you have no 5 category stars on offense.


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