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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 11, 2013 10:35 PM Flag

    OK, to whomever it might concern. I'm checking out of this thread. You can reach me on the WF OG boards. Will the last poster to leave please turn out the lights?

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 11, 2013 7:24 PM Flag

    Now they evidently deleted my entire post with that link in it. I had posted the link to the register page for the OG boards and mentioned that that board would be almost like our old Yahoo board...only much more secure. Our Fantrax thread has already slipped to the 2nd page on the sports board, because only the two of us have posted on it. Almost nobody else over there is even going to pay any attention to it. We might get an occasional comment...but they will be few and far between. If it is a sincere one, we can respond....but if it happens to be a smart-aleck one (and you can get a few of those over there on occasion....particularly to me, because I have rubbed some of them the wrong way at times...LOL), we just ignore it. Finally, if we decide we don't like that situation, we can just log out and stop posting there. I've already stopped posting on everything over there except this one thread. If you decided to register, you can send me a PM (private message) with any questions you have about the site. Also, I'm pretty sure they don't ask for any personal information in the registration process. There may be a place for listing a referrer...which you could put bobknightfan or DiegoTiger. Anyway, I think that might work out well for us...as a vehicle for having our own more secure thread.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 11, 2013 7:12 PM Flag

    I got some kind of message in pink about using links in a post, but it faded away before I could read it....but I think I've emailed you that link, too.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 11, 2013 5:42 PM Flag

    You need to get registered on the WF OG boards.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 11, 2013 12:17 PM Flag

    Here is another thought about the relative merits of using this board and/or the WF board: If security is a concern, the WF board is about a thousand times more secure than this one. Hundreds of thousands...maybe millions...of people have complete access to this board. Only a couple thousand or so have access to the WF board...with probably no other Fantrax players. And other Fantrax players cannot just "stumble" across the WF board, either, because you can't even read the posts on it unless you are registered.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 11, 2013 10:03 AM Flag

    LOL. I just read the rest of your post. I had stopped after the question about deleting my roster.

    Yes....most definitely Yes...on the 4th closer. Don't even consider not having 4 closers. The only reason I am starting only 3 the first week is that I have 10 SPs who are getting two starts, so I am going to use 7 of them to hopefully get off to a good start with wins & strikeouts. For budget purposes I would have liked to bench Kimbrel instead of Motte....but the Braves have 6 games at home against the Phillies & Cubs, while the Cardinals have 6 games on the road at Arizona & San Francisco.....so I thought the risk in lost saves (particularly since I was going with oly 3 closers) outweighed the extra 210K.

    As far as Bumgarner & Medlen, I'm still looking at them. I've always thought that I might have to pick between Bumgarner & Gio Gonzalez and between Medlen & Sale....as two sets of closely priced guys. As we have talked about, there are just so many options!

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 11, 2013 9:35 AM Flag

    I didn't delete it for any particular reason. I just thought it might be taking up too much room and one of the other board members might make a smarky remark about it.....though, as I said, I don't think any of the other board members are even going to take much of a passing glance at our thread. I really believe that if we get some of our guys posting there, it will quickly become almost like the old Yahoo thread. You might occasionally get an intruder commenting....but if they are just ignorred they, too, will soon fade away, and it will be just us. I sent a PM to Matt (WF22890) in Boston this morning. Told him that the thread was up, in case he had not noticed, and that if he decided to get a rookie team not to pick league #1 or #3. Also, Ace hasn't picked a rookie league yet...but I think he is going to get one. (I have 14 teams in both my leagues now.)

    I'll put my roster back up on that post. As I said, there wasn't any real reason I deleted it. And it might even encourage someone to play if they happen to notice it. As I said, I will respond to any serious post on that thread by a WF poster....but I'm not going to be lured into any kind of combative argument with anyone.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 10, 2013 10:10 PM Flag

    By the way, great win for the Hoosiers today. I saw an interesting comment somewhere in an article on that game. I guess it's true. A guy said that every team not name "Indiana" is 1-50 in games at Michigan, Nichigan State & Ohio State this year. Indiana is 3-0.

    And another interesting comment from Roy Williams after Carolina's shocking (to me at least....they had been playing really well during the last few weeks) loss at home to Duke, This is Williams 35th year in coaching....10 years as Dean Smith's assistant, then as head coach at Kansas & UNC. Last night's loss was his 1st loss on "Senior Night" in the entire 35 years. (And remember, for all those years at Carolina, every other year the game was against Duke.)

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 10, 2013 10:03 PM Flag

    Ace, we also have our Fantrax thread up & running over on the WF Old Gold & Black boards, if you are ever interested in checking that out. It's pretty easy to register and, as I said, you don't have to be connected to WF in any way to register. I have a feeling that that thread is going to be almost like the Yahoo thread.....nobody paying any attention to it but us. Yes, there are a lot of other people posting on that board, but they don't pay any attention to the Fantrax thread. After Jesse bumped it back up to the first page (no posts on it in almost a year)...there are 40 threads per page, and when a new post is made on a thread it goes to the top of the list...I made a post & he made a reply. This was this afternoon, and the last time I checked, nobody else had even posted there. I wouldn't be surprised to see it drop off the front page by sometime tomorrow unless one of us submits a post. I haven't posted on any other thread on the WF boards in 10 days now....and my plan is to only post on that one thread going forward. So we're basically just using their board for a "free ride". As I said, there are so many threads on those three boards (sports, general & politics) that this one on Fantrax is just going to be ignorred by everyone who does not have a Fantrax team.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 10, 2013 5:10 PM Flag

    Reyes is going to score a lot more runs leading off in that Toronto lineup than he did last year in that last-place Miami Marlins lineup. I agree with you that he is very expensive, but I think he could go something like 110-15-70-45-.300 ....and, to me, that's worth 1330K at the shortstop position. I don't see how you can say that is too expensive and have no problem with Cano's 1530K price. For comparison, I think those numbers...if he can produce them...are worth more than a 1530K Cano going 100-28-100-5-.310 at 2nd Base....particularly when there are more options at 2nd Base and Reyes is going to a stronger lineup in a better park while Cano is hitting in a weaker lineup than in the past. Those extra 40 SBs are huge. Kipnis is a bigger question mark. As I said, I went back & forth with him and Brandon Phillips....but I don't think Kipnis is as weak a hitting prospect as you do. I think he could go 90-15-75-25-.270 or so...which would be decent. He's going to be batting 3rd in a beefed up Indian lineup, too....behind Bourn & Cabrera for RBIs and ahead of Swisher & Santana for runs scored. I still might go back to Phillips, though. That would be an extra 160K.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 10, 2013 8:32 AM Flag

    Reyes is expensive, I'll admit. I'm trying to cover all the hitting categories, though. Simmons is still an unknown. I think you are fairly sure to get 100+ runs, 40+ SBs & around a .300 average from Reyes. And that is a great hitters' park. He might even hit 15 HRs. I love leadoff hitters. They can do so many different things. There aren't that many players who are reasonably sure to get 40 SBs....with 100 runs & a .300 average. Of course, it took a lot of maneuvering to come up with that extra 780K to make that switch...which concerns me. Basically, it came from replacing Romo with Rondon (300K) & replacing Kemp with Cespedes (460K). I had concerns with both Romo & Kemp. The Giants have switched closers about three times in the last couple of years, and we've talked about Kemp. I now have a bunch of outfielders (Harper, Cespedes, Heyward & Upton) who should give me something around 100-25-100-25-290 numbers.....with power numbers from Stanton & Bruce, and everything from Trout.

    My cheap unknowns are now at 3rd base (Machado & Middlebrooks), to offset the cost of Cabrera.

    My two cheap outfielders (Eaton & Marte...two more leadoff guys) are guys who I am beginning to think are "must have" players on your roster.

    I think I have the 3 best catchers in the game. I was picking from 5 guys at 2nd base, and right now have old standbys Pedroia & Kinsler, along with the up & coming Kipnis (in a much-improved Cleveland lineup). The other two were Cano, of course, and Phillips...who I feel is going to have a really good year in Cincinnati. I kept going back & forth with Phillips, Kinsler & Kipnis for the two to go along with Pedroia after I decided to drop Cano. (And this could still change in the next three weeks.)

    I have three cheap SPs & Darvish at an even one million. After Sale at 1080K, my other 7 SPs are 1240K & higher (Gio Gonzalez, Strasburg, Felix, Cain, Price, Kershaw & Verlander)....so I have plenty of quality at SP. And this roster checks in at 43.07M, which is under my neutral number of 43.08 (made higher by the cheaper closer, Rondon). Of course, if Rondon doesn't get the job, I will have to revamp everything.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 9, 2013 10:07 PM Flag

    Jose Reyes.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 9, 2013 9:16 PM Flag

    I'm sure there will be more. Rondon still hasn't won his job....and I may not want to pay that much for Price. I've got a lot of high-priced SPs....but if you're going with 12 instead of 13, I think you need to have more sure things. Also, the reason I dropped Kemp is that I'm concerned he won't run as much. Also, if you look at his entire career, he had one or two big years....but he hasn't been a steady .300+, 35-40 HR kind of guy all the time. He's good, but I'm not sure he is worth 1480K....particularly without those 30+ SBs.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 9, 2013 7:56 PM Flag

    I've had a major "do-over" on my team. Dropped back to 12 SPs and added a 9th outfielder. Dropped the following players: Madison Bumgarner, Kris Medlen, Sergio Romo, Robinson Cano, Brandon Phillips, Andrelton Simmons & Matt Kemp. Picked up the following players: Justin Verlander, Bruce Rondon, Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis, Jose Reyes, Giancarlo Stanton & Yoenis Cespedes.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 8, 2013 4:43 PM Flag

    Gyorko is listed at 3rd base. I've already got a cheap 3rd baseman (Manny Machado)....actually, two (Wil Middlebrooks). I was looking for a cheap 2nd baseman. I guess I will just keep Cano, though I hate to pay that much for a guy who going to be hitting in that depleted Yankee lineup.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 8, 2013 3:30 PM Flag

    So far, the only rookie league teams are Tan The Man in #1 and me in #3. When I signed up, you could only pick between 1 & 5. That's all they had in rookie last year: 5. They wound up with 12 leagues in gold.

    I looked at Gyorko....but I was wanting him to be listed at 2nd base, and I found him at 3rd base....and I thought that 700Kwas too high. Anyway, I think I read where he is going to start the season in the minors..though I'm not completely sure about that. It said that he "signed a minor league contract", whatever that meant. We've got a San Diego guy here....maybe he knows.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 8, 2013 1:11 PM Flag

    How is everyone's league coming along? I now have 14 teams in my gold league and 13 teams in my rookie league.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 8, 2013 8:11 AM Flag

    That "Wakeforest22890" will probably post on a Fantrax OG thread. He got a rookie team last year and was in the league with you & ace. I sent him a PM a few weeks ago and he said that he might get a rookie team, but didn't think he could get a gold team this year. If he sees a thread on the OG sports boards, I think he would probably post...and also get a rookie team. I can also send the link for registering on the OG boards to the two Chris's here. One already has a gold team and the other has a rookie team.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 8, 2013 7:28 AM Flag

    I have an idea. Why don't you go ahead and start a Fantrax thread on the OG Sports board and you & I can "test the waters" while keeping this one as well for the time being. You can name it anything you wish, and we will just stick to that one thread for all our posts for the time being. It would still be easy to follow....much easier than this one, and no other Fantrax players to worry about. Ace can decide what he wants to do about the OG boards....though I anticipate no problems in getting him registered if he wants to do it. Those boards have tons of posters from everywhere. You don't even have to be connected to WF at all to register. In the mean time, you & I can make a few posts there and see what happens. Probably before the end of the month we can decide which place is the best way to go. I think the best strategy is to respond to any posters who might be interested in Fantrax and want to know more about it....and just completely ignore any other comments that might be made. (And I don't expect there to be many of them. That thread will probably slide down the first page of 40 threads fairly quickly unless you or I posted to bump it back up.) I'm not interested in getting into any #$%$ match" with some of the idiots on that board.....and you know I have been a "lightening rod" to some of them. As a matter of fact, I had decided to about stop posting there. My last post on either the sports or politics board was a week ago today on March 1st. I had just gotten completely burned out on politics. This happened on the Yahoo boards we had, too. Eventually, everyone has said everything they know to say....and nobody ever "converts" anyone, anyway. That's how ace & I (who are political polar opposites, came to our board....with the understanding that it was "sports only"....with a decided interest in fantasy baseball. It worked out really well. I would suggest that that same situation be used on a thread on the OG boards....and here as well. Anyway, you could beging a thread, and I will make a post and we can just watch to see what happens. As I said, I don't think those guys over there are going to spend any time at all even looking at it. They are all in heat over this Bzdelik thing now....particularly since they made the local Winston-Salem television this morning with their "BuzzOut" campaign.

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    Fantrax Fantasy Baseball

    by bobknightfan Mar 4, 2013 6:27 PM
    bobknightfan bobknightfan Mar 7, 2013 7:38 PM Flag

    It is confusing. As I said, we could always go to the OG boards. We could start our own thread on the sports boards...or more than one thread, I guess...but I wouldn't want to push that too much. If we had about 10 or 15 different threads on Fantrax we might catch some flak. However, if we just had one thread I don't think anyone would even pay any attention to it. We might have a few idiots posting some off the wall stuff to start with, but if we just ignorred them I believe they would quickly go away. That thread would be easy to follow....and I think it would be easy to get ace & chris, or whoever, to get registered on there. There are 40 thread titles on each page, and about 25 pages of them.....so I don't think they are going to give a flip about one on Fantrax. They're too busy starting about 15 different threads on getting Bzdelik fired. Also, we could send PMs back & forth there if there was something we didn't want on the public board. And there wouldn't be any risk of Fantrax players there at all....other than us.

    Now, I have a player comparison that I am reconsidering: Paul Goldschmidt or Alen Craig? They (and Freeman) are priced almost the same. The more I look at Goldschmidt, the more I like him. For the money, I still want to keep Rizzo for my 3rd guy.

    And I'm even wondering how much Cano (and his 1530K cost) are going to be hurt by all the Yankee injuries. Now they have ARod, Granderson & Teixeira out.