Fantasy Baseball 2012: A Case Study on an Online Auction Draft

John RoeContributor IIIMarch 19, 2012

Fantasy Baseball 2012: A Case Study on an Online Auction Draft

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    With so many new people trying their hand at online auction drafting, the fantasy draft room can be a scary place.

    Quite frankly, owners new to this format have no idea what to expect. This season I decided to enter into a random Yahoo auction draft public league with standard five-by-five roto settings including a $260 salary cap.

    While this may seem like a writer wanting to show off his alleged great draft, I really believe we can find valuable lessons about what you will face going up against a random assortment of competitors.

    In this one draft, I was able to see just about every auction strategy you can think of in action.

    Using this draft as a case study, I’ll argue how well each owner did, what overall strategies they used, and how the league projects to play out assuming everyone sticks with it and goes for the championship.

    Keep in mind that the draft took place on Wednesday, March 14th, so any injuries that happened after that date will have to be ignored and chalked up to bad luck.

    The League URL is:

    http://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/b1/76978

    Without further ado, on to the first team!

The Bombers: Lack of Money Management Part 1

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    The Bombers are the first of a couple of teams that ended up with some money management issues in the draft.  The owner struck quickly, nabbing three legitimate superstars: Miguel Cabrera, Troy Tulowitski and Jose Bautista for amounts typical of what those caliber players go for.

    With the 29th pick he also got Clayton Kershaw for just under $40.  At this point in the draft, he had spent $188 of his $260 and filled just four roster spots.  Granted these are superb players, but the rest of his roster was bound to be weak with almost no money available. 

    To compound matters, he then spent $28 on Jered Weaver, which is not a bad price, but it just further crippled his team financially. 

    Of the 23 players on The Bombers roster, 13 are dollar players.

    The Bombers bombed.

    Best Pick: Chris Sale $1. The most upside of any of his dollar players.

    Worst Pick: Jered Weaver $28.  He just didn’t have the cap to pull the trigger here.

    Projected Finish: 8 out of 12

    C Soto .250 18.7 64.3 63.0 0.3
    1B Cabrera .321 32.7 122.3 113.3 3.0
    2B Espinosa  .237 21.3 73.7 72.3 15.0
    3B Bautista           .275           39.3         108.3         111.0             6.0
    SS Tulowitzski  .300 29.0 106.3 92.7 9.3
    OF Franceour           .269           16.7           75.7           68.0           13.3
    OF Young           .242           22.0           84.0           81.0           21.3
    OF Gordon           .275           20.7           75.0         101.7           13.7
    Util Aybar .277 7.3 57.0 71.3 23.0
    Util Freese .283 14.3 71.0 66.3 2.3
                 
    SP Kershaw 17.0 2.69 0.0 232.0 1.12
    SP Weaver 15.3 3.27 0.0 190.3 1.14
    RP Sale 9.7 3.45 0.3 155.0 1.28
    RP  Johnson 3.0 3.40 26.0 51.5 1.24
    P Materson 11.3 3.89 0.0 155.3 1.34
    P Worley 11.3 3.82 0.0 147.0 1.28
    P Stauffer 10.3 3.73 0.0 130.3 1.28
    P Capps 3.0 4.10 31.0 42.0 1.33
    P Dickey 10.7 3.86 0.0 122.7 1.30

Yankee7556: Lack of Money Management Part 2

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    The Yankees were the second team with money management issues.

    After spending around $40 each for Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez, Curtis Granderson, and Justin Verlander, the owner really crippled the remaining budget overspending for Chase Utley at $21.

    Once again, a roster of 13 dollar players will make it a tough go for this club as he projects to finish in the cellar for the season.

    Best Pick: Brandon Belt $1. 

    Worst Pick: Chase Utley $21

    Projected Finish: 12 out of 12

    C Napoli .277 30.7 86.7 83.7 4.0
    1B Votto .307 31.0 110.7 112.0 8.3
    2B Utley .270 18.0 74.7 79.7 13.3
    3B Wigginton .249 11.3 43.7 40.7 3.0
    SS Peralta .269 17.3 74.7 69.7 1.0
    OF C Gonzalez           .299           29.0           98.0           91.0           21.0
    OF Granderson           .257           32.0           89.3         101.7           19.0
    OF Hunter           .267           19.3           78.3
              75.7             6.7
    Util Rasmus           .250           19.3           71.7           71.0             7.0
    Util Pena .222 27.7 81.0 80.3 2.7
                 
    SP Verlander 17.7 3.07 0.0 224.3 1.11
    SP Bailey 10.0 4.10 0.0 132.0 1.31
    RP Bell 2.7 3.13 37.0 60.0 1.24
    RP  Feliz 10.0 3.82 0.7 139.3 1.25
    P Jurrjens 10.7 3.91 0.0 112.3 1.33
    P Vazquez 8.0 3.93 0.0 116.5 1.27
    P Rodriguez 10.7 3.69 0.0 169.3 1.30
    P Melancon 3.3 3.45 7.0 56.3 1.33

Team Clint: The Guy Who Loves the Has Beens

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    Team Clint is the first of our group of owners who attempted the “wait for value” strategy.  Overall, the team has a good mix of salary levels where in theory there shouldn’t be glaring holes in the starting lineup, and he has no single player absorbing more than $26 of the cap.

    However, Clint made some bad picks.  In addition to being classified as a “wait for value” owner, Clint unfortunately falls into another category, the owner who selects tons of guys way past their prime. 

    Overall it wasn’t a horrible draft for Team Clint, but with an aging team composed primarily of major injury risks, it could prove to be a tough year.

    Best Pick: Buster Posey $15, overall a good value for one of the better catchers in the game.

    Worst Pick: Alex Rodriguez $26, likely overspent based on the amount of production he’ll get in return.

    Projected Finish: 9 out of 12

    C Posey 0.291 17.3 81.3 73.7 3.3
    1B Berkman 0.278 23.0 89.7 83.3 3.7
    2B Uggla 0.251 32.0 99.0 87.0 3.0
    3B Rodriguez 0.272 23.0 81.0 75.0 5.0
    SS Rollins 0.261 14.7 58.3 84.0 26.0
    OF Choo 0.282 18.0 82.3 83.7 19.3
    OF Beltran 0.285 18.3 73.3 80.3 6.0
    OF Suzuki 0.294 6.0 57.7 83.0 24.3
    Util Ackley 0.272 11.3 76.3 85.0 11.3
    Util Willingham 0.249 25.0 81.7 79.0 4.3
                 
    SP Haren 14.7 3.41 0.0 184.7 1.14
    SP Darvish 14.0 3.65 0.0 186.0 1.26
    RP Street 3.0 2.95 32.3 54.3 1.14
    RP  Papelbon 3.7 2.49 38.0 75.3 1.07
    P Rivera 3.3 2.54 36.3 55.0 1.03
    P J Johnson 12.0 3.03 0.0 159.3 1.16
    P Hudson 13.7 3.46 0.0 137.0 1.23
    P Billingsley 11.0 3.99 0.0 163.0 1.38

Hoosier Daddy: The Well Rounded Picker

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    Hoosier Daddy ended the draft with a very solid starting roster.  He waited to some degree for talent to fall to a reasonable price and acquired several good players for under market value.  The bottom five or so players on his bench are flyer type players which is about where you would like to be as none of them cost more than a couple of bucks.

    The roster has a large amount of second-tier pitching which is the optimal spot to select pitchers based on return on investment.  Instead of one Kershaw or Verlander, he was able to get Cain and Bumgarner for instance.

    The positional players have some element of injury risk, but based on the price they were well worth it in my opinion and the roster is slam full of consistent players.

    The owner waited till later in the draft to acquire closers which in this case was an optimal strategy as a couple even went undrafted.

    Overall an excellent auction draft.

    Best Pick: Brandon Beach $8.

    Worst Pick: Howie Kendrick $16.  Not a bad pick, just maybe a little high.

    Projected Finish: 1 out of 12

     

    C Montero 0.274 16.7 75.7 70.7 1.0
    1B Teixeira 0.265 34.3 111.7 98.3 3.0
    2B Kendrick 0.285 14.3 74.0 73.7 13.0
    3B Zimmerman 0.289 22.7 85.0 84.3 3.7
    SS Ramirez 0.282 22 86 88 21
    OF McCutchen 0.278 21.0 88.0 96.3 26.7
    OF Bourn 0.275 2.7 54.3 90.7 55.0
    OF Upton 0.288 29.7 101.3 99.0 20.0
    Util Konerko 0.281 28.7 95.0 88.3 0.7
    Util Boesch 0.271 19.0 72.7 75.7 6.0
                 
    SP Cain 14.0 3.29 0.0 173.7 1.19
    SP Bumgarner 13.7 3.26 0.0 178.7 1.23
    RP Bailey 3.0 3.08 34.3 56.3 1.17
    RP  Francisco 2.7 3.29 23.3 58.0 1.26
    P Beachy 12.0 3.24 0.0 190.7 1.20
    P Gonzalez 12.0 3.58 0.0 190.7 1.33
    P Morrow 11.7 3.85 0.0 206.0 1.31
    P Santan 12.3 3.88 0.0 158.3 1.30
    P McCarthy 11.3 3.64 0.0 126.7 1.20
    P Guerra 2.3 3.58 22.0 50.7 1.30
    P Thornton 3.7 2.85 30.0 71.0 1.19

AtlBraves: The Guy Who Doesn't Even Know Ryan Howard Is Hurt

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    This team’s draft was another lesson in mismanagement and it seems to be a case of the unprepared owner.  As a general rule you should turn on MLB Network at least once before you pick a team.

    After blowing through just under $200 on the first four players selected, he continued to overspend and was not able to build a usable starting roster ending up with $12 players.  To compound matters, he spent $10 on Ryan Howard then immediately dropped him after the draft.

    Just not much good to say on this effort.

    Best Pick: Yadier Molina $3.  One of the few value picks the owner made.

    Worst Pick: Ryan Howard $10.  Especially if you’re going to drop him immediately.

    Projected Finish: 11 out of 12

    C Molina 0.286 10.0 60.3 57.0 4.7
    1B Gonzalez 0.304 30.7 114.0 106.7 0.7
    2B Pedroria 0.298 18.7 91.0 106.7 20.0
    3B Headley 0.269 10.3 64.7 75.3 14.0
    SS Castro 0.304 9.7 72.7 92.0 21.0
    OF J Upton 0.288 29.7 101.3 99.0 20.0
    OF Soriano 0.245 21.0 62.3 55.0 3.3
    OF Crisp 0.268 8.3 56.7 71.7 40.7
    Util Howard 0.256 22.0 65.0 55.7 1.0
    Util N Walker 0.274 14.0 81.0 75.3 7.0
                 
    SP Halladay 18.3 2.76 0.0 205.0 1.08
    SP Buehrle 12.0 4.05 0.0 112.3 1.34
    RP Perez 2.7 3.99 35.0 49.7 1.35
    RP  Crow 7.0 3.79 1.0 122.3 1.43
    P Fister 13.0 3.80 0.0 130.0 1.21
    P Lilly 10.7 3.89 0.0 146.0 1.20
    P Volquez 8.0 4.09 0.0 137.3 1.45
    P Danks 11.7 3.89 0.0 151.3 1.30

GBag: The Owner Who Doesn't Pay Attention to How His Teams Shaping Up

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    The owner of GBag spread money around fairly well, but just left too many categories unfulfilled on his roster.  While he ended up with three top-tier starting pitchers and some good cornerstones of a lineup, collectively the team just doesn’t shape up to fulfill the bulk of the count stats. 

    Despite looking fairly decent on paper, this is a value-minded owner who just didn’t get enough back in terms of offensive production.  The team projects to be very weak in both speed and power categories.

    Best Pick: Neslon Cruz $22.

    Worst Pick: No one stands out as horrible.  The team just lacks collectively.

    Projected Finish: 10 out of 12

    C Santana 0.255 26.3 97.7 91.3 5.3
    1B Morse 0.281 27.7 91.3 79.0 2.0
    2B Murphy 0.298 9.7 60.3 68.7 5.7
    3B Beltre 0.289 27.0 95.3 81.0 3.3
    SS Andrus 0.280 5.0 61.0 87.3 37.0
    OF Cruz 0.274 28.3 81.7 74.0 11.7
    OF Trumbo 0.260 23.7 68.0 62.3 5.0
    OF Swisher 0.259 23.7 83.0 83.0 2.3
    Util G Sanchez 0.268 18.7 80.7 77.7 3.7
    Util De Aza 0.280 10.7 61.3 79.7 28.0
                 
    SP Lincecum 14.7 3.09 0.0 220.0 1.22
    SP Lee 17.0 2.89 0.0 212.0 1.08
    RP Axford 3.0 2.67 38.0 74.7 1.18
    RP  Wilson 3.3 3.09 37.3 66.3 1.28
    P Hamels 14.3 3.25 0.0 188.7 1.13
    P Garcia 13.3 3.47 0.0 154.0 1.30
    P Jansen 3.3 2.35 15.7 95.0 1.13
    P Chacin 12.3 3.85 0.0 164.3 1.37

Team Me (Not My Team): The Coupon Clipper

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    Team Me took a fairly well-rounded approach to the draft and ended up with a decent mix of players at good value.  While the team projects to finish in the middle of the standings, there is opportunity for several players to outperform projection and end up near the top. 

    This type of owner is like the best player available snake draft owner.  He just looks for value and takes it when he sees it.  At the end of the day, it falls where it falls.

    The team focused more on count pitching stats than ratios which can always lead to a black hole and a move or two to pick up power could be beneficial. 

    This will be an interesting team to watch as the season progresses.

    Best Pick: Brian McCann $13.  Based on what the other upper level catchers brought, this was a steal.

    Worst Pick: Really no pick was made haphazardly. 

    Projected Finish:  6 out of 12

    C McCann 0.273 22.3 81.7 73.3 3.7
    1B I Davis 0.271 21.3 82.0 73.7 1.0
    2B Zobrist 0.263 18.7 89.7 89.3 17.0
    3B Ramirez 0.282 23.7 90.7 75.0 1.0
    SS Cabrera 0.279 17.0 75.0 83.3 13.7
    OF Ellsbury 0.302 20.3 76.0 109.7 43.0
    OF Heyward 0.268 20.7 82.7 80.3 12.3
    OF Holliday 0.298 24.3 94.7 90.7 5.3
    Util Victorino 0.274 15.3 75.0 81.7 22.3
    Util Ethier 0.283 18.3 86.0 77.3 1.7
                 
    SP Lester 15.7 3.50 0.0 203.7 1.26
    SP Gallardo 14.3 3.50 0.0 208.3 1.26
    RP Hanrahan 2.7 2.87 37.3 68.3 1.18
    RP  Valverde 3.0 3.36 37.3 61.3 1.31
    P Jimenez 12.0 3.73 0.0 189.7 1.32
    P Santana 8.0 3.85 0.0 107.0 1.27
    P Farnsworth 3.0 3.09 30.0 53.3 1.17
    P Carpenter 14.3 3.59 0.0 158.7 1.23
    P Buchholz 12.0 3.98 0.0 118.3 1.36
    P Hellickson 12.0 4.09 0.0 135.0 1.25

Creeps: The Guy Who Just Doesn't Care

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    These owners are the Milton Bradley of fantasy baseball.  They just don't care enough to be there.

    While it’s still up for debate whether we were dealing with an autopick monster or just an insane human being, this was without a doubt the emotional topic of the day. The owner ended up with an astonishing 17 dollar players on a 23 man roster.

    The first three players acquired were Prince Fielder ($56), Robinson Cano ($78), and Ryan Braun ($59). 

    That is correct, $78 for Robinson Cano.

    Luckily for the owner, of the 17 dollar players, some of them were the better dollar picks of the draft.  Not that he would know this as he left the draft after spending $20 on David Wright.

    Beware of the guy who doesn’t really care.  Unfortunately this can happen.  Luckily we made him mad enough that he left.

    Best Pick: Mike Carp $1.

    Worst Pick (of the Draft): Robinson Cano $78.

    Projected: 7 out of 12

    C Arencibia 0.232 24.0 65.0 61.3 1.0
    1B Fielder 0.287 35.0 116.7 110.3 1.3
    2B Cano 0.302 25.7 109.3 95.0 4.7
    3B Wright 0.276 22.0 84.0 84.7 16.3
    SS Escobar 0.283 10.0 56.3 89.7 4.7
    OF Bourjos 0.265 13.0 65.3 68.0 27.0
    OF Pagan 0.281 8.0 57.3 67.0 26.7
    OF Braun 0.311 35.0 115.0 100.0 23.0
    Util Lind 0.262 26.0 84.3 74.7 1.0
    Util Carp 0.265 21.0 76.7 70.3 2.0
                 
    SP Price 15.3 3.26 0.0 202.3 1.20
    SP Liriano 10.0 4.30 0.0 148.3 1.39
    RP Ventors 4.0 2.58 3.0 79.3 1.22
    RP  Romo 3.0 2.22 0.7 72.7 0.96
    P Ogando 10.0 3.71 0.3 121.0 1.21
    P Baker 11.0 3.83 0.0 141.0 1.25
    P Cahill 12.0 3.93 0.0 140.3 1.37
    P E Jackson 12.0 3.81 0.0 157.3 1.35
    P Oswalt 9.0 3.81 0.0 104.7 1.23
    P Minor 8.7 3.79 0.0 131.3 1.31

Sherbaderrr: The Extreme Patience Owner

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    Sherbaderrr waited...and waited…and waited.  This was an example of an owner showing patience for value to the extreme as he had a roster of one player after 75 players were off the board.  This guy may have been an ex-sniper.

    While he may have taken this strategy a bit too far, the end result is a lineup that projects to finish in the top three of the league assuming innings limits are managed properly.  The team ended up with a relatively weak offense based primarily around speed and an enormous pitching staff that included four top-tier closers. 

    If the owner can find some offensive production on the waiver wire, he could be a contender for the title.

    Best Pick: Brett Gardner $8

    Worst Pick: Jose Reyes $33.  Not too much of a reach, but this was the closest to an example of overspending.

    Projected Finish: 3 out of 12

    C Wieters 0.271 19.0 70.7 70.3 0.7
    1B Goldschmidt 0.257 26.0 77.3 74.0 8.3
    2B Cuddyer 0.276 19.3 77.3 72.0 6.3
    3B Reynolds 0.225 36.3 86.7 86.3 7.3
    SS Reyes 0.299 9.3 59.3 89.7 35.0
    OF Jennings 0.265 15.7 69.0 98.3 43.0
    OF Ad Jones 0.282 23.3 88.3 79.3 11.0
    OF Hart 0.273 25.7 84.0 79.7 8.0
    Util Werth 0.254 22.3 77.3 86.3 14.7
    Util Gardner 0.268 7.0 66.3 76.3 48.3
                 
    SP Kennedy 13.7 3.50 0.0 182.7 1.20
    SP Hanson 12.3 3.33 0.0 165.0 1.22
    RP Kimbrel 4.0 2.20 37.3 106.7 1.12
    RP  Putz 2.7 3.03 35.0 60.7 1.13
    P Soren 3.0 2.98 37.0 62.7 1.17
    P Garza 12.7 3.51 0.0 187.0 1.25
    P Romero 13.7 3.68 0.0 170.7 1.28
    P Madson 3.3 2.89 36.0 65.3 1.16
    P Hudson 13.7 3.46 0.0 137.0 1.23
    P Wainwright 12.7 3.40 0.0 159.0 1.17
    P Latos 14.0 3.58 0.0 191.0 1.22
    P Zimmerman 11.0 3.67 0.0 151.7 1.21

Morgan: Wait...But Not Quite so Long

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    Morgan is another owner who played the wait and see game, though not to the extreme of the previous owner…he had two players by pick No. 75. 

    Maybe he's not a sniper, but I bet he agreed that the Red Sox should have left Pedro in the ALCS too.

    There really isn’t a lot to tell about his draft.  The owner waited on value on bid when the value was there.  The one critique would probably be the amount spent on bench players was one of the highest in the league and the strategy did not worry about pitching depth, which could be an issue as the season progresses.

    Best Pick: CJ Wilson: $14

    Worst Pick: Josh Beckett $13.  But really how bad is that?

    Projected Finish: 4 out of 12

    C Avila 0.267 17.7 70.7 72.3 3.0
    1B Butler 0.299 19.7 99.0 89.7 1.0
    2B Weeks 0.262 22.7 77.3 85.0 10.3
    3B Longoria 0.280 31.3 104.0 97.0 6.3
    SS Gordon 0.284 1.0 49.3 70.7 48.0
    OF Bruce 0.266 33.0 104.7 91.0 6.3
    OF Stubbs 0.248 18.7 76.7 74.3 34.7
    OF Morrison 0.272 21.7 86.7 83.3 2.7
    Util Ortiz 0.275 26.7 93.7 90.0 0.7
    Util Freeman 0.281 23.3 88.0 80.7 4.0
                 
    SP Greinke 14.7 3.10 0.0 205.7 1.17
    SP Wilson 14.3 3.38 0.0 184.0 1.25
    RP Moore 12.0 3.35 0.0 182.7 1.23
    RP  Bentancourt 3.3 2.85 28.0 66.3 1.12
    P Shields 14.3 3.56 0.0 194.0 1.19
    P Sanchez 13.0 3.58 0.0 181.0 1.31
    P Soria 3.3 2.99 36.0 61.7 1.21
    P Santos 3.3 2.93 32.7 76.3 1.25
    P Beckett 13.3 3.77 0.0 167.7 1.22

Walker Texas Rangers: My Team

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    I was relatively happy with the draft, but like anyone else there were some mistakes made along the way.  I tried to spread my money around my starters and just use dollar type fliers on reserves. 

    The two biggest cases of overspending were probably Mike Stanton at $30 and Brandon Phillips at $19.  I didn’t think either was a horrible pick, but looking back I probably could have done a little more with that $49 of cap space.  This primarily shows up with my team being weak at one of the UTL positions.

    Near the end of the draft, several closers were going unclaimed which caused me to tweak my strategy a bit to use some of my flyer spots to take additional closers leading to one important thing to remember…sometimes you have to change up on the fly in these drafts.

    Best Pick: Michael Pineda $13

    Worst Pick: Mike Stanton $30

    Projected Finish: 2 out of 12

     

    C Mauer 0.312 10.3 72.7 73.3 1.7
    1B Sandoval 0.305 24.0 92.7 84.0 4.0
    2B Phillips 0.279 18.7 71.0 95.7 15.7
    3B Lawrie 0.277 23.3 87.0 85.7 21.3
    SS Ramirez 0.273 16.3 74.7 79.0 10.0
    OF Stanton 0.264 38.0 111.0 95.0 6.0
    OF Pence 0.289 23.3 101.3 85.3 7.0
    OF Markakis 0.290 15.3 86.3 90.3 8.7
    Util Hosmer 0.290 22.3 95.7 85.7 12.3
    Util Quentin 0.246 23.0 76.7 67.0 2.3
                 
    SP Hernandez 14.7 2.96 0.0 213.7 1.19
    SP Sabathia 18.7 3.15 0.0 200.3 1.20
    RP League 3.0 3.11 36.7 50.0 1.21
    RP  Motte 3.3 2.91 31.0 59.3 1.15
    P Luebke 11.0 3.30 0.0 167.3 1.18
    P Strasburg 12.0 2.67 0.0 177.3 1.03
    P Marmol 3.0 3.29 39.3 97.7 1.33
    P Pineda 13.7 3.62 0.0 183.0 1.19
    P Nathan 3.0 3.48 32.7 56.7 1.20

Detroit Ligers: The Hybrid

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    The Detroit Ligers used a very common and effective draft strategy I call a hybrid. 

    The owner did a nice job of jumping going after just a couple of high priced, high performance players to be the foundation of the team and then waited on what he considered to be values to fill out the rest of the team.

    Despite sticking to this solid plan, the owner completely punted saves and filled his pitching rotation with lots of high ratio starting pitchers.  Ignoring the entire pitching side of the game for most of the draft will make it difficult to compete in the ERA and WHIP categories, without question the team’s most glaring weakness.

    If he can make some moves to improve these three categories, he could challenge for the league title.  If not, he’ll likely finish in the middle of the pack.

    Best Pick: Shaun Marcum $4

    Worst Pick: Kevin Youkilis $22

    Projected Finish: 5 out of 12

     

    C Ramos 0.266 14.0 55.0 51.7 0.3
    1B Pujols 0.309 39.0 116.3 109.7 7.7
    2B Kinsler 0.270 25.0 74.3 108.7 24.3
    3B Youkalis 0.279 19.7 83.3 81.0 3.3
    SS Hardy 0.265 21.7 69.0 70.3 0.7
    OF Kemp 0.295 31.3 103.7 97.0 30.7
    OF Crawford 0.283 13.3 75.0 81.0 29.7
    OF Hamilton 0.304 25.3 91.3 82.0 6.3
    Util Young  0.300 14.0 92.7 81.3 5.0
    Util Me Cabrera 0.280 13.3 64.3 76.7 14.3
                 
    SP Norris 10.0 3.98 0.0 182.0 1.36
    SP Holland 13.3 3.94 0.0 165.7 1.34
    RP Bard 10.3 3.61 2.0 154.0 1.26
    RP  Chapman 5.3 3.45 0.3 119.7 1.30
    P Sherzer 13.0 3.86 0.0 180.3 1.30
    P W Rodriguez 10.7 3.69 0.0 169.3 1.30
    P Dempster 11.3 3.97 0.0 179.0 1.36
    P Lewis 12.7 4.04 0.0 168.7 1.23
    P Cueto 12.7 3.70 0.0 135.7 1.26
    P Marcum 12.3 3.81 0.0 155.0 1.23
    P Kuroda 14.0 3.87 0.0 134.5 1.25

Conclusion

13 of 13

    The most important day of the fantasy season is completed for this league.

    Half of the teams in the league have legitimate shots at winning the title if things go their way and half of the teams are more or less already eliminated.  If this doesn’t show the importance of draft day, I don’t know what does.

    So take a few lessons away from our case study. 

    Be Patient.

    Find Players who will return more value than you pay for them.

    Understand the types of owners you'll be competing against.

    And make fun of the idiot in the draft room until he leaves.  It makes the rest of the draft so much more fun!

    Projected standings:

    Team AVG HR RBI R SB Hitting Total
    Hoosier Daddy 8 6 10 12 11 47
    Detroit Ligers 12 9 6 9 9 45
    Walker Texas Rangers 11 7 12 11 2 43
    Me 10 4 8 8 8 38
    Bombers 3 11 9 10 5 38
    Morgan 4 8 11 7 7 37
    Creeps 7 10 7 6 6 36
    Sherbaderr 2 5 1 4 12 24
    ATLBraves 2012 9 1 2 2 10 24
    Yankees7556 1 12 5 3 1 22
    Clint 5 2 4 5 4 20
    Gbag 6 3 3 1 3 16
                 
    Team W ERA SV SO WHIP Pitching Total
    Sherbaderr 11 9 12 11 10 53
    Hoosier Daddy 10 7 10 10 6 43
    Walker Texas Rangers 4 11 11 5 11 42
    Morgan 6 8 7 9 8 38
    Clint 2 10 9 2 12 35
    Me 9 5 8 8 4 34
    Gbag 3 12 6 4 9 34
    Creeps 8 6 2 7 7 30
    Detroit Ligers 12 1 1 12 2 28
    Bombers 7 4 5 6 5 27
    ATLBraves 2012 5 2 3 3 1 14
    Yankees7556 1 3 4 1 3 12
                 
    Team Hitting Total Pitching Total Total Score      
    Hoosier Daddy 47 43 90      
    Walker Texas Rangers 43 42 85      
    Sherbaderr 24 53 77      
    Morgan 37 38 75      
    Detroit Ligers 45 28 73      
    Me 38 34 72      
    Creeps 36 30 66      
    Bombers 38 27 65      
    Clint 20 35 55      
    Gbag 16 34 50      
    ATLBraves 2012 24 14 38      
    Yankees7556 22 12 34