DFS NBA Strategy for 8/6 & 8/7

August 3, 2016

Time to celebrate as basketball DFS is back thanks to DraftKings! They’re hosting multiple tournaments for the olympic games, but what is the right strategy to win? Well..Targeting players who play heavy minutes for their national team is crucial in putting together a successful squad. Here are a couple of players you should consider building your lineup around this weekend.

Alex Garcia, Brazil ($3,400)- Small Forward is a tough position to fill as most of the elite players are way over-priced, while the mid-tier players just aren’t that great. This brings me to one of the best value plays at the position and on the slate. Introducing Alex Garcia, who has averaged about 13 points, 5.5 rebounds, and three-to-four assists per game in the last couple of FIBA tournaments he has played in. Now those stats are for his club team and not the international team, but Garcia is likely to play a lot of minutes for Brazil and he only needs to score about 10 points, grab five rebounds, and dish out three assists to produce close to six times his value. It is hard to find quality value plays, so selecting a player like Garcia will free up some salary to pick some more expensive players.

Luis Scola, Argentina ($7,300) – I could have him on this list just for his silky smooth hair alone, but that doesn’t really help us in terms of fantasy production. First off, don’t be scared by his bad NBA numbers because Scola is the face (or is it hair?) of Argentina basketball. During the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship Olympic Qualifying Tournament (a total of 10 games), Scola averaged a remarkable 21.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. In the 2014 FIBA World Cup, he averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in six games. His price tag is a bit high, but he will play huge minutes and be the primary scoring/rebounding option for his team.

Mantas Kalnietis, Lithuania ($5,200) – Probably the best mid-tier selection on the slate as M.K. averaged 10.6 points, three rebounds, and 7.8 assists in nine games in the 2015 Euro Basketball tournament. He is listed as a SG on DK, but is more of a PG for the Lithuanian squad. Those numbers result in roughly 27 fantasy points, which would be more than five times his price tag. He’ll be a fixture on all of my teams this weekend.
It is hard to target USA players because most of them are over-priced and they should blowout China, so it is hard to predict how many minutes each player will get. Demarcus Cousins is probably the safest fantasy player on the team because he can extend defenses with his long range shooting skills and he’ll likely grab double-digit rebounds. However, the PF position is loaded with players who cost less than he does, but could put up similar fantasy numbers (like Ike Diogu and Dario Saric). Fading USA players is the way to go this weekend.

SFB 480 Fantasy Football Draft Review

July 27, 2016

The Scott Fish Bowl Invitational (SFB480) is a fantasy league like no other. I was lucky enough to participate in it last season (and ended making the playoffs) and really look forward to playing in it this season. It comprises of 480 teams, divided into leagues of 12 with a mixture of fantasy analysts and fans/contest winners in each league.

The league scoring is pretty much standard with the exception of a few things: Each player gets .25 points-per-rushing-attempt, .5 points-per-reception, and tight ends get an extra .5 points-per-reception. Fortunately, there are no kickers or defenses, because both of those positions are based more on luck than on skill. Teams start 11 players each week, you can start two QB’s, up to six RBS (minimum two), up to seven WRs (minimum 3), and up to five TE’s (minimum is one). So roster flexibility is crucial.

My strategy going into the draft was simple: Draft wide receivers early, stockpile some running backs in the mid-to-late rounds, and wait as long as I could on QB’s. Because teams can start two QB’s, they get taken a lot earlier than they would in normal leagues where only one QB can be started. I still prefer to wait on QB’s because only a few QB’s are that much better than the others and I’ll only have to face the Cam Newton’s of the world once the entire season. Running backs seem to get injured every week, so reaching on a top-tier RB is not the way to build a winning fantasy squad (of course, that is debatable).

Here it is:

Julio Jones ( Round 1, pick #8) – This was one of the easiest picks in the draft for me. My plan going into the draft was to draft wide receivers early, and I couldn’t have asked for a better player to start my team with. He had seven weeks of scoring 20+plus fantasy points last season, while scoring less than 10 points in only two weeks. He has a high floor/ceiling, which is why I love him here at eight overall. Especially since I had him #2 on my board behind Antonio Brown. The only other play I was considering here was DeAndre Hopkins, who broke out last season. I went with Julio because I like his QB situation more than Hopkins.

Alshon Jeffery (Round 2, Pick #5) – This was one of the toughest decisions I had in the draft. There are a lot of great players in the second round, but there isn’t one guy that truly stands out. I could be kicking myself ( said in KGB’s voice from Rounders) that I past on Jamaal Charles here, but with this draft being in mid-July, it is hard to predict how healthy Charles is going to be when the season starts. The regular season is only 12 weeks in this league, so missing my second-round pick for the first few games of the season is a losing recipe. Alshon played in all 16 games in 2013 and 2014, and averaged 87 receptions, 1,277 yards, and 8.5 touchdowns in those two seasons. He missed seven games last season, which is a cause to concern. However, Jeffery is going to be extra motivated to put up a huge season after the Bears refused to sign him to an extension. Add that reason to his proven track record (when healthy) is the reason I took him in the second round.

Brandon Marshall (Round 3, Pick #8) – B-MARSH!!! My man crush on B-Marsh knows no bounds. He finished as the third overall wide-out in this format last season (ahead of guys like Hopkins, ODB, and A.J.Green). Plus, he has caught at least 100 passes in three out of the past four seasons. This guy is a model of consistency, which is crucial in fantasy football. Devonta Freeman and Doug Martin were both available as well, but I believe Coleman really hurts Freeman’s value this season, and there is something I just don’t trust with Doug Martin. Plus, I really wanted an elite WR core.

Greg Olsen (Round 4, Pick #5) – The tight end position is extremely weak this season and Olsen provides me with a solid/consistent option at the position. I ended up with a handful of tight ends by the time the draft was over, so going with Olsen over Matt Forte or DeMaryius Thomas might’ve been a bad call. However, tight ends do get a full point-per-reception, which does increase his value.

Philip Rivers (Round 5, Pick #8) – I waited as long as I could to take a QB. In most leagues, I’d wait even longer, but you can’t do that in a league where you can start two QB’s. Rivers is solid, especially since he averaged 19.8 fantasy points-per-game, compared to a guy like Aaron Rodgers, who averaged 20.9 fantasy points-per-game last season. The only other options I was considering were Golden Tate or Ryan Mathews, but the need for speed, I mean QB..was too strong.

DeMarco Murray (Round 6, Pick #5) – Was literally praying that Murray would still be there when my pick came up, especially since I needed a RB1. The Titans haven’t had a RB this good in a long time. While they did draft Derrick Henry, I expect Murray to get the bulk of the carries and the goal line touches. He could provide second-to-third round value, which would be an amazing return on my investment.

Marcus Mariota (Round 7, Pick #8) – Expect him to thrive in his second season. Couldn’t have asked for a better #2 QB in this format. I did take him over Derek Carr and Tony Romo because I don’t know if Romo can stay healthy as he always seems to get hurt, and just think he has a little bit more upside than Carr.

Emmanuel Sanders (Round 8, Pick #5) – Another no-brainer pick here because he has such a high ceiling. He finished as the 17th wide-out last season despite the craptastic QB situation in Denver. The QB situation will be better this year, even if Mark Sanchez ends up starting, because he can throw for a lot of yards, while throwing a lot of interceptions as well. Sanders finished as the sixth overall WR in 2014, so that is the high ceiling I’m talking about. Not bad for my fourth WR.

Justin Forsett ( Round 9, Pick #8) – Ridiculous value here as he is slated to be the #1 RB for the Ravens. Most people are forgetting about Forsett, which doesn’t make sense to me because he’ll have the opportunity to finish as a top-10 RB if he can stay healthy this season ( he finished as the 8th overall RB in 2014). It was hard picking him over the legendary Larry Fitzgerald, but getting a starting RB this late in the draft, especially since I needed a second one, was too good to pass up.

Allen Hurns ( Round 10, Pick #5) – Boom or bust receiver who could win weeks for me if he blows up. Not the most consistent option, but a decent pick this late in the draft.

Tevin Coleman, Round 11 – Great value for a lottery pick if anything happens to Freeman. Probably should’ve gone with Derrick Henry here to handcuff Murray as he was picked right after I took Coleman, but I didn’t think Henry would go so early. Lesson learned: reach for that handcuff so you can solidify a backfield.

Jared Goff, Round 12 – Having a third QB is crucial in this format for bye weeks and in case one of my other QB’s gets injured. He should hopefully be starting by the time I actually need him.

Jimmy Graham – Round 13, Arian Foster – round 14, Jordan Cameron – Round 15, Kyle Rudolph – Round 16 – I’ve been the biggest Jimmy Graham hater for the past couple of years, but even I couldn’t pass up the value for him here. He has tremendous upside if he can come back healthy, while not really costing me much since he was a 13th round pick. Literally drafted Foster days before the Dolphins signed him as a just-in-case he signs somewhere type of pick…that worked out well for me. Cameron and Rudolph both have some upside, but come with risks as well. Hoarding TE’s is a good strategy in this league since I can start multiple TE’s each week.

Darren McFadden, Round 17 – I’m one of the few non-believers in Ezekiel Elliot this season ( I’ll explain why in my next article). McFadden finished as the 11th best RB last season and could become a steal if anything happens to Elliot. A lot of my Elliot hate comes from the fact that he is a rookie, the Cowboys have multiple veterans in the backfield to share carries with him, and why would an organization give a guy around 20 carries a game in his first year in the league, when they could divide those carries among some other capable backs so Elliot doesn’t have as much wear-and-tear on him for the future? Think about that last part for second. Remember that time McFadden was drafted fourth overall in the NFL draft and was supposed to be the next best thing? Me too! Oh yea, he ended up 499 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie season. Just saying!

Rueben Randle – 18, Alfred Morris – 19, Dennis Pitta – 20, Reggie Bush – 21, Terrelle Pryor – 22. Not much to see here as most of these guys won’t be starting for me. Got Alfredo Morris to solidify the other third of the Cowboys backfield. Pitta is great when he plays, ha but that is a big IF since he has been injured in each of the past two seasons. Took a flier on Bush in case he signs with a team sometime during the season. Really liked Pryor before Josh Gordon was reinstated.

There you have it. Feel pretty good about my team, especially my WR core and the strength of my TE’s. I did learn that the second round is going to be one of the toughest rounds to pick this season because there are a lot of great players, but not that many who stand out as must-haves after the first 12-13 players are gone. Also, I’ll be waiting on TE’s in leagues where you start only one TE because if I can get guys like Jordan Cameron, Jimmy Graham, or Dennis Pitta that late in the draft, I only need one of those guy to come through in the long run to have a winning team. As great as Gronk was last season, he had seven weeks (including the game he missed in week 13, but not including week 17) when he produced 14.1 fantasy points or less. So if I faced him in one of those weeks and my tight end that I drafted late in the draft got me 10 points, then I’d have a huge advantage. Let me know your thoughts (good or bad).

Players that rarely get fantasy street credit

May 17, 2013

Here are some players that rarely get the fantasy street credit they deserve.

(% owned is ESPN leagues)

Kyle Kendrick SP, PHI (97%)- this guy has been one of the best pitchers in baseball as he has a 2.47 ERA and 1.06 WHIP on the year. Has given up 2 ER or less in 7 straight starts ( all have been QS). The key for him has been the 10 BB in 54.2 IP. This is a pitcher that you could buy-low and at the same time sell-high if you own him. Best advice would be to hold onto him unless you can trade for a quality player.

David Dejesus OF,Cubs(7.7%)- its baffling how little respect De-Jesus (Big Lebowski reference) gets. His numbers are really good as he has 24 Runs, 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, 2 SBs, .362 OBP and .516 Slugging %. For context, Carl Crawford has 24 runs, 5 HRs, 10 RBIS, 8 SBS, .369 OBP and .481 Slugging %. Those are very similar numbers. Dejesus is a very good leadoff guy and could crack 90 runs this season. He has a career .355 OBP so don’t expect his OBP to dip but his Slugging % is at a career best as he has never had a Slugging % higher than .452 but he finally has some good  hitters behind him so he might be able to finish with a career high in that category. If you need runs/OBP from a #4 or #5 OF than here is your answer.

Jorge De La Rosa SP, Col (22.3%)- One of my favorite names to say and he is having a bounce back year. People forget that he was hurt pretty much hurt the last 2 seasons. Now he looks like he has figured things out with his 2.98 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 6 QS. He is no longer is trying to strike every batter out as he only has 28 Ks in 45.1 IP compared to almost a strikeout per inning his whole career. If De La Rosa can stay healthy then he could be a great pickup and someone you can off the waiver wire.

Blind Resume: hint they are both catchers

Player A- has 7 runs, 2 HRs, 10 RBIS, .385 OBP & .411 Slugging %, owned in 2.8 % of ESPN leagues

Player B- has 10 runs,1 HR, 14 RBIS, .321 OBP & .402 Slugging % owned in 80.7 % of ESPN leagues.

They look pretty equal and I would choose player A because of the OBP which is the big difference.

Player A is A.J. Ellis ( see more about him below)

Player B is Salvador Perez…yea pretty shocking how not special he has been.

A.J. Ellis, C, LAD (2.8%)- the guy doesn’t do a lot but he gets On-Base as he has a .385 OBP this season and had a .373 OBP last year. If you are in a 2 catcher league that counts OBP then he is a solid #2 catcher.

“All Things Fantasy” (5-8-13)

May 8, 2013

This is the Tuesday May 7th, 2013 edition of “All Things Fantasy” where I talk mostly Fantasy Baseball including some premier players and whether you should drop them or hold them, some 2 start pitchers for next week, players to add, some SS debate, and more. My notes from the show are below

 

Adds:

Marcell Ozuna
Justin Ruggiano (17%)
David Dejesus (7%)
Luis Valbuena (2%)
Gaby Sanchez (.6%)
Questions
which one do you trade away J-Roll, D. Gordon, A. Escobar
What do u want for Matt Harvey? how would you value him?
2 start pitchers for next week
Jason Vargas (KC,CHW)
Jake Westbrook – Has given up 3 or more walks in 4 of his 5 starts. has a 1.07 ERA but 1.40 WHIP.
Hector Santiago
Do you drop
Adam Dunn (owned in 33% of leagues) : has a .151 BA (.250 OBP) and only 6 HRs w/ 12 RBIS.
roy halladay (66%)- After getting blown up again he hits the D.L with Shoulder Inflammation. has given up 17 ERS combined in last 2 starts in less than 6 IP
B.J. Upton (96.1%)- this dude has been brutalatarian. hitting .148 with 3 HRS and 3 SBS, 5 RBIs, 7 RUNs and a .231 OBP
R.A. Dickey (97%)- has struggled at times and has been brilliant at times. The Ks are there. he has given up 6 hits or more in only 3 outings. Just seems to be strugglin and hopefully he can turn it around. Faces Tampa Bay on Thursday
Mike Moustakas (40%)- 1 HR, 1 SB, .198 BA, .279 OBP.. think he will turn it around but looking to add him until I see some promise

“All Things Fantasy” (4-29-13)

April 30, 2013

This is the Monday April 29th, 2013 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. David Kerr (@askrotobaseball) joins me to talk a lot of different subjects in fantasy baseball. I give a slew of pitchers that are performing well and can they keep it up and some good pitchers that have started off bad. Here are some notes from the show.

Pitchers that are doing well and can they keep it up? (% owned in ESPN leagues)
Patrick Corbin (70.6%..+50 form last week)- 5 GS, 5 QS,1.91 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 25Ks in 33 IP. pitches @ SD next
Travis Wood (23%)- 5 GS, 5 QS, 2.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP next start @ SD
Jake Westbrook (19%)- 4 QS,0.98 ERA
Ross Detwiler (79%)-5 GS, 4 QS, 2.03 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, only 16 Ks in 31 IP
Carlos Villanueva (61%)- 2.29 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 29 Ks in 35.1 IP, 4 QS in 5 GS
Jason Hammel-
Ervin Santana (88%)- 31 Ks in 36 IP, a 2 ERA & 1.03 WHIP, has gone 7 or more innnings in last 4 starts and all have been QS.
Wei Yen CHen
Kevin Correia- 5 QS
Tony Cingrani (90%)- has shined in first 3 starts as a major leaguer. 28 KS in 18 IP
a 1.50 ERA and 0.89 WHIP next start vs Cubs,
Kyle Kendrick (18%) – 2.41 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 4 QS in his last 4 starts including a 3 hit  CG, Shutout in his last start vs the NYM. Gets MIA on Thursday
Bad starting pitchers
Matt Cain- 3 QS, has really had only 2 bad starts one he gave up 9 runs and another her gave up 7. has 26 Ks in 28 IP. a 6.59 ERA and 1.26 WHIP
Roy Halladay- started the year off sluggish as he has a 5.09 ERA and only 1.09 WHIP but has 3 QS and has been sensatioanl in his 3 starts. his ERA is 1.71 and has a 0.62 WHIP during that span 16Ks in 21 IP. 28 Ks in 28 IP
Kris Medlen- has been ok.. has 3 QS in 5 GS, 18 Ks in 31 IP, a 3.26 ERA and 1.36 WHIP
Yovani Gallardo- a 4.97 ERA and 1.66 WHIP 17Ks in 29 IP 2 QS oon the season- struggled in his first 3 starts as they faced COL, ARZ, @STL. 2.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in his last 2 QS

“All Things Fantasy” (4-22-13)

April 23, 2013

This is the Monday April 22nd, 2013 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. I talk about players to trade away/ trade for. Give a couple of pickups and talk some strategy as well as answer some twitter questions. Here are my notes from the show.

Guys im waiting for stock to hit bottom to pickup

Ike Davis

Alfonso Soriano

Brandon Belt

guys im trading away

John Buck- is 32 and leads the Majors in RBIs. has a .290 Avg (career .230) a .303 OBP which is his career average. he had 1 year were he hit 20 HRs and finished with 60 RBIs, a .314 OBP and .281 avg

Albert Pujols- said his foot is hurting

Desmond Jennings- name is better than his production a career .248 hitter ( sitting at .239 on the year). had a .314 OBP last year and has a 3.04 OBP this year. will he hit 15 homeruns and steal 30 more bags..Probably if your expecting more than that or think his average is miraclesly going to to go up then your crazy.

Eric Hosmer- struggled last year and is struggling this year

Joaquin Benoit- Dont trust him
Carlos Gomez- last year was his first year ever hitting Double digit HRs and is alwasy going to steal bases. his OBP is .3111 (was .305 last year). had only 20 BB all of last year.

Rickie Weeks- why do people this guy is going to turn it around ..he hit .230 avg last year with a .328 OBP. currently hitting .182 BA with a .280 OBP. Strikes out more than once per game had 16 SBs, alst year, 9 year before and 11 before that. granted he did 20 or more HRs in the past 3 season.

Guys im on the fence with

Josh reddick- low average in the 2nd half of last season and has a very low average now. not doing much
Giancarlo Stanton- his stats last April..1 HR, 9 RBIs, a .247 average, and .286 OBP.
This year . 188 BA, .316 OBP 0 HR, 1 RBI
Guys im trading for
David Price/ Matt Cain- both Aces that should turn it around in no time

Josh Willingham- has a .250 BA ( career .260) and a .421 OBP ( career .362), has only 2 HRs, in 44 ABs. has combined for 64 homeruns the 2 last years. he is hitting and gettiing OBP the homeruns will follow

jose bautista- alwasy gets on-base HRs will come.

Josh Hamilton- is healthy

Adrian Beltre- struggling but will turn it around.. Has hit 28 or more runs in the previous 3 years  and surpassed 100 HRs in all those years and has hit 25 or more HRs 7 out of the last 8 years. his BA.224& OBP. 278 are at career lows (.279 BA & .331 OBP)

Adds

Lucas Duda (owned 15%)tied for 2nd in the league in walks with 15 (.475 OBP)

Kyle Seager (57.7% owned) – Leads MLB in doubles with 10.. had 35 of them last year and hit 20 HRs, with 86 RBIs and 13 SBs, was 6th amont 3B among SBs and only guys really count infront of him with Headley and Wright and Prado

“All Things Fantasy” (4-15-13)

April 16, 2013

This is the Monday April 15th, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. Michael Pichan (@fantasynomad) of rotoinfo.com joined me to talk about some recent callups, players struggling, and more. Also, Wayne Bretsky of Bretskyball.com joined me in the last segment of the show to talk about players that recently got injured. I give some players to pickup. Here are my notes from the show and some of the exact questions we talked about during the interview.\

Nomad Interview

Questions

what do we need to know about Oswaldo Arcia? Tony Cingrani?

What do you do with Jason heyward/ matt Kemp? what could you trade them for?
Are you buying or selling Josh Johnson?
what do you do if your a giancarlo stanton oowner?
Deexter Fowler already has 6 HRS..is this the breakout year everyone was hoping for?
is Jarrod Parker droppable/tradealbe

Matt Adams, Evan Gattis should owners look to trade them even if it comes at a litttle bit of an undersell as their PT will be likely limited at various points in the season?

Gio Gonzalez, Craig Kimbrel showed signs of lower avg velo

Players to pickup (% owned in ESPN leagues)
Francisco Cervelli-C, NYY(1%)- is hitting a solid .360 on the season with 8 runs, 1 HR, and 6 RBIs and has a scored a run in 6 of the last 7 games he has started.

Josh Donaldson (19%) 3B, OAK- .260 average, 2 HRs, 8 runs, 7 RBIs..

Edward Mujica RP- STL(.3%)
Nate Schierholtz OF, CHC (7.2%)- never thought I would be recommending this guy but he has been solid for the cubbies so far as hes posted a .343 avg, .410 OBP, 8 runs, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, 2 SBs

Zach McAllister SP, CLE(1.4%)- 12 IP, 1 win, 9 Ks, 2.19 ERA, 0.89

Jhonny Peralta (35%)- .319 BA, 4 runs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 1 SB, has a hit in 5 straight games and 3 od games have been multi hit games.

Lucas “the Duda” Abides (7%)- a.452 OBP, 3 HRs, 6 RBIs/Runs

Ross Detwiler SP(-28.5%)- 13 IP,  2 QS, 0.69, 1.00 WHIP..only 6 Ks, next start is vs MIA on WED
Chris johnson (10%)- leads all third basemen with over 30 ABs in BA with a .405.. has a 4 game hitting streak including a 4 for 5 day yesterday. has 6 runs,1 HR, 4 RBIs.
Interview with Wayne Bretsky and the injured players we talked about
Yoenis Cespedes: should only be out 15 days and is a great buy low candidate.
Aramis Ramirez: doesnt sound like he is going to return when eligible could be an extra week or 2.

Jose Reyes:2 -3 months

Jonny Cueto: 3-4 starts=about 20 days

Aaron Hill: DTD

Grienke:2 months
Erik Aybar: Bruised heel

“All Things Fantasy” (4-8-13)

April 9, 2013

In this Monday April 8th, 2013 edition of “All Things Fantasy” I interview Jeff Erickson (@Jeff_Erickson), whos the senior editor of rotowire.com, to talk all things fantasy baseball. Then I list some pickups and go over some 2 start pitchers for next week. Also, I break down how to punt a category in baseball and why it should be stolen bases and not saves. Here are my notes from the show.

“All Things Fantasy”

Interview questions

Milwuakee Bullpen

Is Kelvin Herrera going to the closer for the Royals?

There have been a lot of players struggling, who struggles are you most concerned about?

Are you buying or selling Chris Davis 17 rbis ( next closest players have 9 John Buck & Todd Frazier)?

Is this the year Chase Utley returns to greatness?

who are some under-the-radar players that your trying to pickup?

How crucial is tonights start for Roy halladay?

Is Jose Fernandez a must-pickup?

Todd Frazier (#1) and Will Middlebrookes (#2) Who would you rather own going forward?

Are you the Yankees a team you feel confident when your SP goes against them?

is now the time to trade for Chase Headley?

 

Pickups-( % owned in ESPN leagues)

Justin Maxwell (20%)- has a hit in 5 of the games. could be a breakout for him. has a .435 OBP and has scored 5 runs.
A.J. Griffin (3%)- had a win vs SEA in his only start of the season.

Chris Young OF, OAK (2.5%)-is off to another hot start as he has 2 HRS in only 13 ABs, along witha ridic .500% OBP and .846 SLugging %

Justin Masterson (21%)- 13 IP, 1 ER (0.69 ERA), 13 Ks,0.92 WHIP, 2 Wins

Mark Reynolds (51%)

Jhoulys Chacin (9.3%)- 13 IP, 2 ER (1.35 ERA), 8 Ks, 0.90 WHIP,1 WIN
Got to listen to the show to hear my 2 start pitching options for next week.

“All Things Fantasy” (4-3-13)

April 4, 2013

 This is the Wednesday April 3rd, 2012 edition of “All Things Fantasy”. David Kerr (@askROTObaseball) joined me for the entire to show to talk all things fantasy baseball. Here are some of the things we talked about and below that are some 50% or less owned 2 start pitchers for next week.

After leading the majors in ST homeruns then hitting 2 of them last night. Is Michael Morse back/ for real?

A lot of rookies getting the starting nod this year Jose Fernandez, Jedd “ The Gyro” gyrko”, Aaron hicks, Adam eaton, Leonys Martin, ( add in some im missing), are any fantasy roster worthy?

I know it is only 1 start, but is time to worry about C.C Sabathia?

same thing for Carlos Marmol?

Is it safe to say Phil coke is the person to own in the Tigers bullpen?

Besides Jose Altuve are there any other hitters you would roster like Brett Wallace or Chris carter, Justin Maxwell?

Is now the time to sell Bryce Harper or do you just hold onto him and enjoy the ride?

Are you discouraged about R.A. Dickeys start last night?

Whos your Al/NL Cy young, MVP?

Erick Aybar or Alcides Escobar?

Should we judge Roy Halladay & timmy lincecum on todays start?

is this the year Freddie Freeman becomes a top 5 1B?

Should Clay Bucholz be owned in every league .79 ERA/WHIP in ST?

why do you like Carlos “hitting” Quentin over David Murphy?

Talk about some difficult questions you have gotten on twitter. Will try to send u some more questions later today..
2 start pitchers for next week..% owned in CBS leagues
Brandon Maurer (38% owned)- vs HOU-Philip Humber, vs TEX- Nick Tepesch
Jorge De La Rosa (28% owned)- @ SF-Bumgarner, @ SD- Clayton Richard
Brett Meyers RP, (25% owned)- vs NYY-Pettite, vs CHW-Peavy
Kevin Correia (4%)- @ KC-E. Santana, vs NYM- Matt Harvey

Results of the FSWA draft.

March 28, 2013

Here is the outcome of My FSWA draft in the Tristan Cockcroft league. I won it last year so was looking to defend my championship. Was trying to acquire pitchers that got a lot of Quality Starts with high strikeout rates and Hitters with high On-Base Percentages. Also, please comment about any of my comments or thoughts you have about the draft.

Scoring for the league

Hitters- Runs, RBI’s, Stolen Bases, On-Base Percentage, Slugging Percentage

Pitchers- Quality Starts, Strikeouts, Saves, Earned Run Average, Walks+Hits/Innings Pitched (WHIP). Each team gets 180 starts

ROUND 1

1 Ryan Braun, Mil OF Team Mike Gianella
2 Miguel Cabrera, Det 3B Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
3 Mike Trout, LAA OF Jake Ciely @allinkid
4 Joey Votto, Cin 1B Team   Niec
5 Albert Pujols, LAA 1B NYC @RobShawSports
6 Robinson Cano, NYY 2B Team Ingram
7 Prince Fielder, Det 1B ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
8 Andrew McCutchen, Pit OF NYC @MarkusPotter
9 Carlos Gonzalez, Col OF Team Farrell
10 Matt Kemp, LAD OF   Memphis @datrueguru
11 Giancarlo Stanton, Mia OF Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
12 Troy Tulowitzki, Col SS Cincinnati @Whudey

Scoring

Went Matt Kemp with my 1st pick. Was really hoping for Prince Fielder, did not want Giancarlo because he has health issues and lineup issues. Give me the player that has performed at an elite level and not the one that MIGHT perform at an elite level. Didn’t really want Kemp, but couldn’t pass over the value. Cargo is not 1st round material.

ROUND 2

13 Jose Bautista, Tor OF Cincinnati @Whudey
14 Justin Upton, Atl OF Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
15 Edwin Encarnacion, Tor 1B   Memphis @datrueguru
16 Jose Reyes, Tor SS Team Farrell
17 Evan Longoria, TB 3B NYC @MarkusPotter
18 Buster Posey, SF C ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
19 Justin Verlander, Det SP Team Ingram
20 Felix Hernandez, Sea SP NYC @RobShawSports
21 Josh Hamilton, LAA OF Team   Niec
22 Dustin Pedroia, Bos 2B Jake Ciely @allinkid
23 Bryce Harper, Wsh OF Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
24 Hanley Ramirez, LAD 3B Team Mike Gianella

I reached to take Encarncion for a couple of reasons. 1st, he was the best 1B last year with the most RBIs 110, had the highest SLG% among 1B with more than 400 ABs at .557, Tied for 3rd with 13 SBs among 1st basemen, and was 5th in OBP with .384. 2nd, there wasn’t another good 1B until Billy Butler. 3rd, he was safest pick of any of the players taken in this round besides the 2 SPs. 2 players that I would never take this early are JUP and Longo because they have never performed at an elite level for an entire season.

ROUND 3

25 Clayton Kershaw, LAD SP Team Mike Gianella
26 Stephen Strasburg, Wsh SP Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
27 Jason Heyward, Atl OF Jake Ciely @allinkid
28 Jacoby Ellsbury, Bos OF Team   Niec
29 David Price, TB SP NYC @RobShawSports
30 Adrian Beltre, Tex 3B Team Ingram
31 Cole Hamels, Phi SP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
32 Jay Bruce, Cin OF NYC @MarkusPotter
33 David Wright, NYM 3B Team Farrell
34 Matt Cain, SF SP   Memphis @datrueguru
35 Billy Butler, KC 1B Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
36 Adam Jones, Bal OF Cincinnati @Whudey

Needed an ace to anchor my staff and was hoping for Hamels, but don’t mind Cain one bit. Thought Jacobaby was a reach and Beltre was a steal this late in the draft as he normally goes in the 2nd round.

ROUND 4

37 Starlin Castro, ChC SS Cincinnati @Whudey
38 Matt Holliday, StL OF Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
39 Yoenis Cespedes, Oak OF   Memphis @datrueguru
40 Yadier Molina, StL C Team Farrell
41 Yu Darvish, Tex SP NYC @MarkusPotter
42 Austin Jackson, Det OF ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
43 Ian Kinsler, Tex 2B Team Ingram
44 Cliff Lee, Phi SP NYC @RobShawSports
45 Jered Weaver, LAA SP Team   Niec
46 Ben Zobrist, TB OF Jake Ciely @allinkid
47 B.J. Upton, Atl OF Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
48 Joe Mauer, Min C Team Mike Gianella

Was happy with Cespedes as he could get close to a 30/20 season with a solid OBP. Like A-jax a lot but thought it was too early to take him. Think BJ Upton is overrated because he has very low OBP at .298 and wasn’t even in top 30 in SLG% among OF’s. Also, Yadier in the 4th round is too early IMO even in a catcher 2 catcher league.

ROUND 5

49 Adrian Gonzalez, LAD 1B Team Mike Gianella
50 Paul Goldschmidt, Ari 1B Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
51 Michael Bourn, Cle OF Jake Ciely @allinkid
52 Gio Gonzalez, Wsh SP Team   Niec
53 Brandon Phillips, Cin 2B NYC @RobShawSports
54 Craig Kimbrel, Atl RP Team Ingram
55 Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
56 Max Scherzer, Det SP NYC @MarkusPotter
57 Adam Wainwright, StL SP Team Farrell
58 Aramis Ramirez, Mil 3B   Memphis @datrueguru
59 Brett Lawrie, Tor 3B Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
60 Chris Sale, CWS SP Cincinnati @Whudey

Like most of the picks in this round. Needed a 3B and Aramis #s are almost identical to Beltre’s in this scoring format. A-Gon could have a great year. Brett Lawrie is over-hyped and is the only bad pick in this round.

ROUND 6

61 Matt Wieters, Bal C Cincinnati @Whudey
62 Yovani Gallardo, Mil SP Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
63 R.A. Dickey, Tor SP   Memphis @datrueguru
64 Allen Craig, StL 1B Team Farrell
65 Carlos Santana, Cle C NYC @MarkusPotter
66 Madison Bumgarner, SF SP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
67 CC Sabathia, NYY SP Team Ingram
68 Chase Headley, SD 3B NYC @RobShawSports
69 Johnny Cueto, Cin SP Team   Niec
70 Pablo Sandoval, SF 3B Jake Ciely @allinkid
71 Jason Kipnis, Cle 2B Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
72 Shin-Soo Choo, Cin OF Team Mike Gianella

Went with R.A. Dickey because he was the best pitcher last year which makes him a solid value pick in round 6 and if he can get anywhere close to those numbers then I’ll be happy. Not sold on Allen Craig as I want to see him play a full season before trusting him. Despite his great nickname (Kung-Fu Panda) Pablo Sandoval is one of my least favorite fantasy players because he has had only 1 season of 90 RBI’s or more (his 2nd most for a season is 70), has had only 2 seasons of hitting 20 or more HR’s, hasn’t scored more than 61 runs in the last 3 seasons, and played 108 games last year and 117 the year before that ( I could go on, but my point has been made). STAY AWAY FROM PABLO.

ROUND 7

73 Zack Greinke, LAD SP Team Mike Gianella
74 Matt Moore, TB SP Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
75 Mat Latos, Cin SP Jake Ciely @allinkid
76 Ian Desmond, Wsh SS Team   Niec
77 Desmond Jennings, TB OF NYC @RobShawSports
78 Aroldis Chapman, Cin SP Team Ingram
79 Asdrubal Cabrera, Cle SS ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
80 Alex Gordon, KC OF NYC @MarkusPotter
81 Martin Prado, Ari OF Team Farrell
82 Aaron Hill, Ari 2B   Memphis @datrueguru
83 Eric Hosmer, KC 1B Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
84 Ike Davis, NYM 1B Cincinnati @Whudey

A.Hill was the 2nd best 2B last year so getting him here was crucial as I wanted as much power as possible. Matt Moore is another player who has POTENTIAL but hasn’t showed enough for me to trust him. Ike Davis could end being a top 10 1B this year as long as he can his OBP up.

ROUND 8

85 Mark Trumbo, LAA OF Cincinnati @Whudey
86 Tim Lincecum, SF SP Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
87 Jordan Zimmermann, Wsh SP   Memphis @datrueguru
88 Shane Victorino, Bos OF Team Farrell
89 Freddie Freeman, Atl 1B NYC @MarkusPotter
90 Jason Motte, StL RP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
91 Victor Martinez, Det C Team Ingram
92 Roy Halladay, Phi SP NYC @RobShawSports
93 Jonathan Papelbon, Phi RP Team   Niec
94 Mariano Rivera, NYY RP Jake Ciely @allinkid
95 Kris Medlen, Atl SP Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
96 Anthony Rizzo, ChC 1B Team Mike Gianella

Jordan Zimmerman is solid value especially in a league that counts QS as he was tied for 3rd with 24 of them last year. A lot of questionable players picked in this round such as Timmy, Halladay, Rivera.

ROUND 9

97 Jose Altuve, Hou 2B Team Mike Gianella
98 Mike Moustakas, KC 3B Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
99 Paul Konerko, CWS 1B Jake Ciely @allinkid
100 Carlos Beltran, StL OF Team   Niec
101 Dexter Fowler, Col OF NYC @RobShawSports
102 Ryan Howard, Phi 1B Team Ingram
103 Josh Willingham, Min OF ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
104 Joe Nathan, Tex RP NYC @MarkusPotter
105 Dan Haren, Wsh SP Team Farrell
106 Jimmy Rollins, Phi SS   Memphis @datrueguru
107 Alex Rios, CWS OF Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
108 James Shields, KC SP Cincinnati @Whudey

Loved every player picked in this round except for Haren. Rollins gives me the only SS who scored 100 or more runs last year and had 20/30 season, will take that all day in the 9th round.

ROUND 10

109 Curtis Granderson, NYY OF Cincinnati @Whudey
110 Josh Johnson, Tor SP Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
111 David Freese*,   StL 3B   Memphis @datrueguru
112 Howard Kendrick, LAA 2B Team Farrell
113 Jake Peavy, CWS SP NYC @MarkusPotter
114 Brandon Morrow, Tor SP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
115 Elvis Andrus, Tex SS Team Ingram
116 Danny Espinosa, Wsh 2B NYC @RobShawSports
117 Nelson Cruz, Tex OF Team   Niec
118 Rafael Soriano, Wsh RP Jake Ciely @allinkid
119 Brett Anderson, Oak SP Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
120 Rickie Weeks, Mil 2B Team Mike Gianella

Went with Mr. Freese because he has high OBP. Another player I will never take is Elvis Andrus, see my next pick for reason why. Both Blue Jays pitchers could be great this year or get injured like years past, but like both pitchers.

ROUND 11

121 Miguel   Montero, Ari C Team Mike Gianella
122 Jim   Johnson, Bal RP Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
123 Alejandro   De Aza, CWS OF Jake Ciely @allinkid
124 Mike   Napoli, Bos C Team   Niec
125 Wilin   Rosario, Col C NYC @RobShawSports
126 Hunter   Pence, SF OF Team   Ingram
127 Melky   Cabrera, Tor OF ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
128 Carl   Crawford, LAD OF NYC @MarkusPotter
129 Anibal   Sanchez, Det SP Team   Farrell
130 Alcides   Escobar, KC SS Memphis @datrueguru
131 Jon   Lester, Bos SP Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
132 Jeff   Samardzija, ChC SP Cincinnati   @Whudey

A lot of solid picks this round and Jeff Samardzija could be the best pick in this round. I went with my boy Alcides Escobar because I wanted to fill my 2b/SS position and wanted SBs. Escobar had 14 more SBs than Andrus and most of their numbers are pretty similar. I know I’m in the minority that I would rather have Escobar than Andrus who is going 20-30 picks later in most drafts.

ROUND 12

133 Salvador   Perez, KC C Cincinnati   @Whudey
134 Jesus   Montero, Sea C Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
135 Matt   Harvey, NYM SP Memphis @datrueguru
136 Lance   Lynn, StL SP Team   Farrell
137 Chase   Utley, Phi 2B NYC @MarkusPotter
138 Neil   Walker, Pit 2B ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
139 Chris   Davis, Bal 1B Team   Ingram
140 Carlos   Gomez, Mil OF NYC @RobShawSports
141 Dan   Uggla, Atl 2B Team   Niec
142 Ian   Kennedy, Ari SP Jake Ciely @allinkid
143 John   Axford, Mil RP Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
144 Sergio   Romo, SF RP Team Mike Gianella

Matt Harvey is the real deal holy field as he had a K/9 of 10.62 last year, Strasburg had a K/9 of 11.13. Also, Harvey had 6 QS in 10 starts.

ROUND 13

145 Norichika   Aoki, Mil OF Team Mike Gianella
146 Fernando   Rodney, TB RP Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
147 Jonathan   Lucroy, Mil C Jake Ciely @allinkid
148 Jason   Kubel, Ari OF Team   Niec
149 Alex   Avila, Det C NYC @RobShawSports
150 Joel   Hanrahan, Bos RP Team   Ingram
151 Nick   Swisher, Cle OF ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
152 J.J.   Putz, Ari RP NYC @MarkusPotter
153 Jarrod   Saltalamacchia, Bos C Team   Farrell
154 Glen   Perkins, Min RP Memphis @datrueguru
155 Brian   McCann*, Atl C Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
156 Todd   Frazier, Cin 3B Cincinnati   @Whudey

Was very disappointed that Lucroy and Avila went before I picked. Lucroy is very good and Avila is an On-base machine. I ended up going with my 1st closer in Glen Perkins and decided to wait on catchers now that both of the guys I was targeting were gone.

ROUND 14

157 Homer   Bailey, Cin SP Cincinnati   @Whudey
158 Kenley   Jansen, LAD RP Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
159 Brett   Gardner, NYY OF Memphis @datrueguru
160 C.J.   Wilson, LAA SP Team   Farrell
161 Lance   Berkman, Tex 1B NYC @MarkusPotter
162 Jonathon   Niese, NYM SP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
163 Pedro   Alvarez, Pit 3B Team   Ingram
164 Adam   Dunn, CWS 1B NYC @RobShawSports
165 Greg   Holland, KC RP Team   Niec
166 Michael   Cuddyer, Col OF Jake Ciely @allinkid
167 Erick   Aybar, LAA SS Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
168 Torii   Hunter, Det OF Team Mike Gianella

Niese is underrated and is a great value in a league that counts QS. I like Gardner a lot this year and gives me a 2nd SB specialist, plus I could trade him later in the season to a team that is desperate for stolen bases.

ROUND 15

169 Huston   Street, SD RP Team Mike Gianella
170 Michael   Morse, Sea OF Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
171 David   Ortiz, Bos DH Jake Ciely @allinkid
172 Andre   Ethier, LAD OF Team   Niec
173 Doug   Fister, Det SP NYC @RobShawSports
174 Jeremy   Hellickson, TB SP Team   Ingram
175 Angel   Pagan, SF OF ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
176 Kendrys   Morales, Sea 1B NYC @MarkusPotter
177 Emilio   Bonifacio, Tor OF Team   Farrell
178 Ernesto   Frieri, LAA RP Memphis @datrueguru
179 Ben   Revere, Phi OF Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
180 Coco   Crisp, Oak OF Cincinnati   @Whudey

A lot of high upside guys were taken in this round like Ortiz, Morales, Morse,  Coco Crisp, and Fister ( don’t even know her). I went Frieri because I needed another closer and I do not trust Ryan Madson to stay healthy. Side note: Picked up Sean Burnett for security for the LAA bullpen and didn’t drop anyone as I used Freese DL spot.

ROUND 16

181 Jarrod Parker, Oak SP Cincinnati @Whudey
182 Addison Reed, CWS RP Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
183 Brandon Moss, Oak 1B Memphis @datrueguru
184 Chris Perez, Cle RP Team Farrell
185 Corey Hart*, Mil 1B NYC @MarkusPotter
186 Adam LaRoche, Wsh 1B ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
187 Rafael Betancourt, Col RP Team Ingram
188 Derek Jeter, NYY SS NYC @RobShawSports
189 Will Middlebrooks, Bos 3B Team Niec
190 Adam Eaton, Ari OF Jake Ciely @allinkid
191 Josh Rutledge, Col SS Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
192 Josh Beckett, LAD SP Team Mike Gianella

ROUND 17

193 Chris   Carter, Hou 1B Team Mike Gianella
194 A.J.   Pierzynski, Tex C Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
195 Tom   Wilhelmsen, Sea RP Jake Ciely @allinkid
196 Grant   Balfour, Oak RP Team   Niec
197 Manny   Machado, Bal 3B NYC @RobShawSports
198 Jayson   Werth, Wsh OF Team   Ingram
199 Carlos   Ruiz, Phi C ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
200 Mike   Minor, Atl SP NYC @MarkusPotter
201 Jonathan   Broxton, Cin RP Team   Farrell
202 Steve   Cishek, Mia RP Memphis @datrueguru
203 Kyuji   Fujikawa, ChC RP Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
204 Hiroki   Kuroda, NYY SP Cincinnati   @Whudey

Wanted Wilhelmsen so had to settle on Cishek, was hoping to get Fujikawa later too. Kuroda is an underrated SP so that is a solid pick.

ROUND 18

205 Ichiro   Suzuki, NYY OF Cincinnati   @Whudey
206 Everth   Cabrera, SD SS Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
207 Brandon   Belt, SF 1B Memphis @datrueguru
208 Jason   Grilli, Pit RP Team   Farrell
209 Bruce   Rondon, Det RP NYC @MarkusPotter
210 Bobby   Parnell, NYM RP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
211 Colby   Rasmus, Tor OF Team   Ingram
212 Casey   Janssen, Tor RP NYC @RobShawSports
213 Justin   Morneau, Min 1B Team   Niec
214 Ryan   Vogelsong, SF SP Jake Ciely @allinkid
215 Dayan   Viciedo, CWS OF Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
216 Starling   Marte, Pit OF Team Mike Gianella

A lot of great players went in the round with 3 closers that seem safe in Grilli, Parnell and Janssen. Then Vogelsong is QS machine. However, I took Brandon Belt who could have breakout year and could get close to 15-20 SBs.

ROUND 19

217 A.J.   Burnett, Pit SP Team Mike Gianella
218 Carlos   Quentin, SD OF Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
219 Ryan   Doumit, Min C Jake Ciely @allinkid
220 Ryan   Dempster, Bos SP Team   Niec
221 Brandon   League, LAD RP NYC @RobShawSports
222 Alex   Cobb, TB SP Team   Ingram
223 Kevin   Youkilis, NYY 3B ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
224 Jed   Lowrie, Oak SS NYC @MarkusPotter
225 Jose   Veras, Hou RP Team   Farrell
226 David   Murphy, Tex OF Memphis @datrueguru
227 Marco   Scutaro, SF 2B Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
228 Jedd   Gyorko, SD 2B Cincinnati   @Whudey

Like the Alex Cobb pick and The Gyro could payoff huge for Whudey as it is a low risk/high reward type of pick. Also think Jed Lowrie  will get plenty of Abs. David “Murphdawg” Murphy is very underrated as he had a .380 OBP & a .479 Slugging % while accumulating 65 runs,  15 HRs, 61 Runs, 10 SBS in only 457 ABs. Will take that all day long and  have been targeting him in all drafts as a great late round pick.

ROUND 20

229 Michael   Young, Phi 1B Cincinnati   @Whudey
230 Alfonso   Soriano, ChC OF Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
231 Matt   Harrison, Tex SP Memphis @datrueguru
232 Matt   Carpenter, StL 1B Team   Farrell
233 Marco   Estrada, Mil SP NYC @MarkusPotter
234 Alexi   Ogando, Tex SP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
235 Josh   Reddick, Oak OF Team   Ingram
236 Nick   Markakis, Bal OF NYC @RobShawSports
237 Stephen   Drew, Bos SS Team   Niec
238 Sergio   Santos, Tor RP Jake Ciely @allinkid
239 J.P.   Arencibia, Tor C Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
240 Tim   Hudson, Atl SP Team Mike Gianella

Alexi Ogando could be a gem this late in the draft and Josh Reddick slugged 30HRs last year. I went with Harrison who is a QS stud as he had 20 of them last year and if he gets close to his 3.29 ERA then I’ll be happy with his production.

ROUND 21

241 Wade   Miley, Ari SP Team Mike Gianella
242 Domonic   Brown, Phi OF Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
243 Trevor   Cahill, Ari SP Jake Ciely @allinkid
244 Mark   Reynolds, Cle 1B Team   Niec
245 Michael   Brantley, Cle OF NYC @RobShawSports
246 Russell   Martin, Pit C Team   Ingram
247 Andrelton   Simmons, Atl SS ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
248 Jean   Segura, Mil SS NYC @MarkusPotter
249 Alexei   Ramirez, CWS SS Team   Farrell
250 A.J.   Ellis, LAD C Memphis @datrueguru
251 J.J.   Hardy, Bal SS Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
252 Brandon   McCarthy, Ari SP Cincinnati   @Whudey

Dominic Brown could have a breakout year. Also, feel like there were some bad picks like Simmons, Segura, and Alexi Ramirez which is why I didn’t want to wait to fill my 2B/SS position. Cahill & B-Mac ( McCarthy) are good value picks. I went with A.J. Ellis because I needed to fill my catcher position and he has a very high OBP.

ROUND 22

253 Rajai   Davis, Tor OF Cincinnati   @Whudey
254 Billy   Hamilton, Cin SS Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
255 Joaquin   Benoit, Det RP Memphis @datrueguru
256 Denard   Span, Wsh OF Team   Farrell
257 Wilson   Ramos, Wsh C NYC @MarkusPotter
258 Jaime   Garcia, StL SP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
259 Lorenzo   Cain, KC OF Team   Ingram
260 Chris   Young, Oak OF NYC @RobShawSports
261 Derek   Holland, Tex SP Team   Niec
262 David   Robertson, NYY RP Jake Ciely @allinkid
263 Oscar   Taveras, StL OF Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
264 Jhonny   Peralta, Det SS Team Mike Gianella

Never believed in Rondon ( as he just got sent down) so I went with the guy that could be a closer in Benoit. Billy Hamilton is a waste of a pick as I don’t see him making a fantasy impact this season. LOVE Lorenzo Cain as he will be the starting CF for the Royals. Also liked picks 260-264 as Robertson could get 10-15 Saves this season and Taveras could be up sooner rather than later.

ROUND 23

265 Edwin   Jackson, ChC SP Team Mike Gianella
266 Jurickson   Profar, Tex 2B Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
267 Wandy   Rodriguez, Pit SP Jake Ciely @allinkid
268 Chris   Iannetta, LAA C Team   Niec
269 Justin   Maxwell, Hou OF NYC @RobShawSports
270 Shelby   Miller, StL RP Team   Ingram
271 Vinnie   Pestano, Cle RP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
272 Yonder   Alonso, SD 1B NYC @MarkusPotter
273 Mitch   Moreland, Tex 1B Team   Farrell
274 Kyle   Seager, Sea 3B Memphis @datrueguru
275 Tommy   Hanson, LAA SP Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
276 Tommy   Milone, Oak SP Cincinnati   @Whudey

I went with Seager and thought it was a great pick as I needed insurance for Freese/ Aramis and he put some great numbers last year. Like the Shelby Miller, Justin Maxwell and Yonder Alonso picks. Wouldn’t draft Profar/ most prospects in redraft leagues.

ROUND 24

277 Ross   Detwiler, Wsh SP Cincinnati   @Whudey
278 Ryan   Madson, LAA RP Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
279 Jake   McGee, TB RP Memphis @datrueguru
280 Tyler   Flowers, CWS C Team   Farrell
281 Julio   Teheran, Atl SP NYC @MarkusPotter
282 Mark   Teixeira, NYY 1B ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
283 Garrett   Jones, Pit 1B Team   Ingram
284 Andy   Dirks, Det OF NYC @RobShawSports
285 Clay   Buchholz, Bos SP Team   Niec
286 David   Hernandez, Ari RP Jake Ciely @allinkid
287 Rick   Porcello, Det SP Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
288 Mike   Fiers, Mil SP Team Mike Gianella

Teheran could be the best pick in draft as he has had a great spring and could be a top 30 SP by the end of the season. As much as I don’t like Teixeira, that was a great value pick. I went with Jake Mcgee because he had 73Ks in 55 innings while posting a sub 2 ERA and 0.80 WHIP last year

ROUND 25

289 Hisashi   Iwakuma, Sea SP Team Mike Gianella
290 Yasmani   Grandal, SD C Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
291 Daniel   Murphy, NYM 2B Jake Ciely @allinkid
292 Cameron   Maybin, SD OF Team   Niec
293 Ryan   Ludwick, Cin OF NYC @RobShawSports
294 Carlos   Marmol, ChC RP Team   Ingram
295 Paul   Maholm, Atl SP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
296 Hyun-Jin   Ryu, LAD SP NYC @MarkusPotter
297 Drew   Storen, Wsh RP Team   Farrell
298 Shaun   Marcum, NYM SP Memphis @datrueguru
299 Jeff   Keppinger, CWS 3B Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
300 Michael   Saunders, Sea OF Cincinnati   @Whudey

Marcum provides me with a pitcher with high upside. Dan Murphy is nothing special and I mean that in a good way because he produces a lil something-something in all categories. Iwakuma could be a great pick this late in the draft.  Marmol won’t be closing by May.

ROUND 26

301 Sean   Marshall, Cin RP Cincinnati   @Whudey
302 Juan   Pierre, Mia OF Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
303 Matt   Joyce, TB OF Memphis @datrueguru
304 Matt   Garza, ChC SP Team   Farrell
305 Sean   Doolittle, Oak RP NYC @MarkusPotter
306 Brandon   Beachy*, Atl SP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
307 Travis   d’Arnaud, NYM C Team   Ingram
308 Devin   Mesoraco, Cin C NYC @RobShawSports
309 Gordon   Beckham, CWS 2B Team   Niec
310 Trevor   Plouffe, Min 3B Jake Ciely @allinkid
311 Edinson   Volquez, SD SP Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
312 Juan   Francisco, Atl 3B Team Mike Gianella

Not a lot to report from this round.

ROUND 27

313 Zack   Cozart, Cin SS Team Mike Gianella
314 Brian   Matusz, Bal SP Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
315 Justin   Ruggiano, Mia OF Jake Ciely @allinkid
316 Johan   Santana, NYM SP Team   Niec
317 Phil   Hughes, NYY SP NYC @RobShawSports
318 Wil   Myers, TB OF Team   Ingram
319 Chris   Tillman, Bal SP ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
320 Tyler   Clippard, Wsh RP NYC @MarkusPotter
321 Cody   Ross, Ari OF Team   Farrell
322 Rob   Brantly, Mia C Memphis @datrueguru
323 Mark   Melancon, Pit RP Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
324 Luke   Gregerson, SD RP Cincinnati   @Whudey

Needed a 2nd catcher and Rob Brantly had great numbers in his limited playing time last year, plus he should play close to 140 games. Ruggiano and Tilman are great value picks.

ROUND 28

325 Aaron   Hicks, Min OF Cincinnati   @Whudey
326 Carlos   Pena, Hou 1B Jeff Boggis @JeffBoggis
327 Wei-Yin   Chen, Bal SP Memphis @datrueguru
328 Justin   Smoak, Sea 1B Team   Farrell
329 Jared   Burton, Min RP NYC @MarkusPotter
330 Leonys   Martin, Tex OF ESPN-Cockcroft @SultanofStat
331 Wade   Davis, KC RP Team   Ingram
332 Jason   Vargas, LAA SP NYC @RobShawSports
333 Jackie   Bradley, Bos OF Team   Niec
334 Lucas   Harrell, Hou SP Jake Ciely @allinkid
335 Alex   Rodriguez*, NYY 3B Fantasy Sharks- Bukowski
336 Dustin   Ackley, Sea 2B Team Mike Gianella

A lot of great picks in the last round…Aaron Hicks, Leonys Martin and Jackie Bradley could all turn out to be studs this year. I ended up dropping Chen for Phil Coke the next day to try secure the Detroit closer situation. Also, Jared Burton could get 5-10 saves throughout the season.