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  • Votto seems to have lost his power and concerned he won't get it back. Anybody have projections for second half or 1B to target?

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    Rate mock draft h2h 12 man

    by dick money Mar 6, 2014 11:37 PM

    Strong offense. Expecting fall off for Rosario, Kinsler, and Puig. Reyes also an injury risk although could be the #3 SS this year. Your bench is solid to assist when your guys go down. Would like to see a little more power on your bench.

    Pitching is mediocre with some upside in Ks. I don't like Wheeler as of yet with control issues and you are betting big that Cingrani can repeat his success. You need to find some pitchers on better teams, and not rely so much on young arms. I give the team an 8/10 because it will have a shot to win all 5 O cats and Ks most weeks. This is also the kind of team where streaming pitchers can give you a better chance in W.

  • pops pops Feb 27, 2014 12:27 AM Flag

    A lot of upside. Not bad. My main concern is a weak infield. Whereas 5 years ago a pitching heavy strategy was the easiest way to win H2H , I think it's much easier nowadays to find SP off the FA. I mean not like you went all in on pitching, but you did neglect SS and 3B and are banking on young players to fill those gaps.

    I might try to see if one of your young 3B or SS bats get's off to a nice start and try to package them with Greinke for an elite 3B or SS. You could use a little more speed there, too.

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    Thoughts on trade

    by Damon Feb 26, 2014 9:53 AM
    pops pops Feb 27, 2014 12:14 AM Flag

    Puig is basically Justin Upton with better AVG. If you were dumping AVG it wouldn't be a bad trade. I do think players with Ventura upside could be found off the FA in most leagues, although it depends on your format.

    Ventura is not likely to be a Fernandez or even Cingrani caliber player because the control isn't quite there yet. But when he kinds it, he could have some stretches of greatness. This is all assuming he starts.

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    Rate My Draft

    by MBV Feb 26, 2014 10:39 PM
    pops pops Feb 26, 2014 11:46 PM Flag

    It seems like you reached a litle bit for Andrus and Beltran. At 4, could have taken a SS with more pop or perhaps an all around 2B, and waited until 5 to take a 1B. I mean I like Ortiz but 2B and SS are more scare. I like picks 14-17 a lot. My tendency in general would be to gamble on one more young arm in those picks, but got some solid players.

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    My first mock draft, thoughts

    by pops Feb 26, 2014 12:50 AM
    pops pops Feb 26, 2014 11:35 PM Flag

    Waited too long to take outfield? I took three in the first ten rounds. That is the deepest position.

    Hosmer and Craig are both 1B, but Craig has OF eligibility. Are you going to say Craig isn't a real OF because he doesn't have speed?

    I could have waited longer for pitching but Wacha was a nice value there. No way I am passing up him up there.

    I agree 12-16 were not great picks. Not much upside there, but none of them were major reaches.

    Pick 3, I mean I kinda agree Longo is overrated, but Donaldson at 8 made sense to me. Should I have taken an outfielder instead? He seemed like the best player available, and there is a utility spot. I guess Werth would have been a better pick there.

    Anyway, thanks for the feedback. I'm pretty new to trying out this strategy and still not sure I'm going with it yet.

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    My first mock draft, thoughts

    by pops Feb 26, 2014 12:50 AM
    pops pops Feb 26, 2014 2:20 AM Flag

    Maybe swapping in a veteran SP at my 8th pick would have been a good call. FWIW I think Wacha is a virtual lock for 3.5 and 1.2 with about 160K. I'm going to say he will not hit 200IP though and I'd consider trading him late in the season. Say what you will about his curve, but the 95MPH FB and devastating change-up simply cannot be ignored.

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    big question marks all over my team

    by Chustri Feb 25, 2014 11:43 PM
    pops pops Feb 26, 2014 1:53 AM Flag

    Calhoun- .275 20/80/80. He should get AB, have respectable 4 cat production
    Davis- .265 25/80/70. More pop than Calhoun, bigger AVG risk, less consistent
    Eaton-.270 10/50/85/25. A little of everything, not a lot of power upside.

    Ramos -.270 20/75/60. I think he's still one year away from a breakout.
    Gyorko-.260 25/80/70. I see 30HR upside, even with Petco. AVG hurts his value.
    Rendon-.275 15/70/80. Good hitter but no speed or power. Espinosa could steal his spot/time.

    Smyly- 4.00 1.25 150K 12W. Could get off to great start and get fatigued. Transition from RP to SP
    Vizcaino - No idea, not even going to guess.
    Nelson-No idea
    Kelly- 3.8 1.35 120K 8W. I do not like him very much at all. Poor K/9. His ERA will catch up to his WHIP
    Martinez- Hard to say how he'll be used. If he is a setup man, I can see him being a good ERA/WHIP helper.
    Ventura- 3.6 1.30 130K 8 W. Elite FB, could be a starter right off the bat. Just don't see elite K/9

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    My first mock draft, thoughts

    by pops Feb 26, 2014 12:50 AM
    pops pops Feb 26, 2014 1:19 AM Flag

    Just mock, but yeah, would be trying to replace my bench with the FA. I do think Fowler has the upside to be a starting OF. Lowrie also played into my strategy of having high AVG/R...

    I do expect Wacha to repeat. I am not really sure about Medlen, but I thought he was the best available at the time.

  • Ideally, woulda snagged one more upside SP like Salazar but seemed like all the young studs were going earlier than expected. As you can tell, I waited on SP and decided I would try to find RP off the FA with this strategy.

    12 Team Standard H2H

    1B- Craig (OF)
    Ut-Hosmer (1B)
    Ut-Donaldson (3B)

    RP-Cashner (SP)
    P-CJ Wilson

    BN-Lowrie (2B,SS)
    BN-Fowler (OF)
    BN-Castellanos (OF)
    BN-Saltalamacchia (C)
    BN- Tillman (SP)

    1. Mike Trout (LAA - OF)
    2. Jason Kipnis (Cle - 2B)
    3. Evan Longoria (TB - 3B)
    4. Jean Segura (Mil - SS)
    5. Allen Craig (StL - 1B,OF)
    6. Eric Hosmer (KC - 1B)
    7. Yadier Molina (StL - C)
    8. Josh Donaldson (Oak - 3B)
    9. Michael Wacha (StL - SP,RP)
    10. Shane Victorino (Bos - OF)
    11. Kris Medlen (Atl - SP)
    12. Grant Balfour (TB - RP)
    13. Andrew Cashner (SD - SP,RP)
    14. Lance Lynn (StL - SP)
    15. Carl Crawford (LAD - OF)
    16. Jed Lowrie (Oak - 2B,SS)
    17. C.J. Wilson (LAA - SP)
    18. Dexter Fowler (Hou - OF)
    19. Marco Estrada (Mil - SP)
    20. Jake Peavy (Bos - SP)
    21. Nick Castellanos (Det - OF)
    22. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Mia - C)
    23. Chris Tillman (Bal - SP)

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    Rate My Draft

    by MBV Feb 26, 2014 12:23 AM
    pops pops Feb 26, 2014 12:32 AM Flag

    Your offense is on the whole very solid. Not seeing as much upside as I'd like with the starting pitching. I'm also not a fan of Gio as your #1. Would rather have SP with better WHIP, although I guess you are banking that his WHIP returns to the OAK years. With SP in general would like to see a few more younger arms with high K/9 upside. I would bet $ Salazar outperforms Gio for most the year.

  • pops pops Feb 25, 2014 10:50 PM Flag

    I agree with you in this regard. I'm 100% in favor of your pitching strategy.

  • pops pops Feb 25, 2014 10:46 PM Flag

    You said you wanted to be the league leader. You will need roughly 200 SB. Really the best way to do this is to have SB at 3B and even a little at 1B. But then again, very few people actually aim to win SB and you don't need to win the cat to win your league.

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    Which first baseman??

    by jmoose78 Feb 25, 2014 3:54 PM
    pops pops Feb 25, 2014 10:28 PM Flag


  • pops pops Feb 25, 2014 10:13 PM Flag

    Overall, this team would be good enough to win assuming you made the right moves. I'm going to be really critical in case it helps.

    After taking power guys early, drafting Altuve and Everth was not the best idea. They are not going to be enough to win SB (nor are the couple other guys in your lineup) so you're better off just dumping that and going all power. Note: the all power strategy is not my favorite, but it is far better than trying to draft 2 SB guys who have very poor contribution in HR/RBI. Honestly, Altuve and Everth aren't even that great in runs. I also would have taken another risk or two on young SP later in the draft as opposed to going after Anibal and Sale early. I like the Estrada and Venable picks. In general, I am not fond of Davis, but taking Edwin and Bruce after him set you up nicely for a power advantage. You also had a few decent power picks late, but again, you gotta get more power at 2B/SS if you are drafting power heavy early and avoiding the 5 category stars.

    Hope this helps.

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    Keeping 3 out of 5

    by Jefe Feb 25, 2014 4:12 PM
    pops pops Feb 25, 2014 5:56 PM Flag

    Agreed. I would say Segura is bound to regress a little but so are Fernandez and Sanchez

  • pops pops Feb 25, 2014 5:51 PM Flag

    Your team is ok, but offense needs some work to truly dominate those categories. I really highly doubt you are going to win SB every week, but don't want you to give up power for speed. The solution is you need more 4 cat guys. You have too many 3 cat guys, and I would do everything in my power to move Davis who is the most overvalued 3 cat player on your team. Hosmer and Desmond for Davis or something like that would be a good deal for you. You should also try to get rid of Aybar as he is hurting you in the power department. Ideally, you would have taken Hanley as your number 1 pick, but there is hope yet.

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    Fantasy Baseball Sleepers and Busts

    by Nandan Feb 24, 2014 10:47 PM
    pops pops Feb 24, 2014 11:46 PM Flag

    I would not draft Iwakuma or Corbin until 2-3 rounds after where they are taken.

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    Braun Projections

    by Kraig Feb 23, 2014 9:11 PM
    pops pops Feb 24, 2014 11:44 PM Flag

    I worry about injury a little. His pace should be .290/30/100/100/20.Doubt he was using steroids hardcore thoughout his entire career. He would seem to have a different physique if that were the case.

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    Draft Sleepers

    by Nicholas Feb 24, 2014 6:28 PM
    pops pops Feb 24, 2014 11:35 PM Flag

    Soriano is a bust IMO. Anibal is also over-drafted.

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