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The guys over at Sons of Roto have been hosting Blog Wars for a handful of years now, and this is my second year involved.  I ended up in fourth place last year — not too bad, I know.  But considering I held first place by a sizable margin from April through August, the fourth place finish takes on a truly bitter taste.  My pitching collapsed down the stretch, and I watched helplessly has my ratios ballooned.  Alas, I flew too close to the sun on the wings of Lance Lynn.  Should’ve seen it coming…

Anyway, the settings:  15 team mixed 5×5, $260 auction budget, $100 FAAB.  This year’s auction was held on March 20th.  I should note that Grey is co-managing with me — Yahoo!’s platform rendered him powerless in terms of bidding, but he was able to observe and offer support via IM in order to make sure I didn’t do something stupid… like buy Roy Halladay for $18 or something.  My team is listed below, but for a look at the league-wide auction results, click here.

Player Position Cost
Victor Martinez C 15
Ryan Hanigan C 1
Albert Pujols 1B 41
Aaron Hill 2B 17
Todd Frazier 3B 9
Jimmy Rollins SS 20
Gordon Beckham MI 1
Brett Wallace CI 1
Jacoby Ellsbury OF 22
Shin-Soo Choo OF 16
Norichika Aoki OF 14
Alejandro De Aza OF 12
Coco Crisp OF 5
Seth Smith UT 1
Matt Cain SP 25
Jonathan Papelbon RP 14
Roy Halladay P 18
Dan Haren P 10
Brett Anderson P 7
Mike Fiers P 5
Trevor Rosenthal P 1
Dan Straily P 1
Erasmo Ramirez P 1
Clayton Richard Bench 1
Phil Coke Bench 1
Wade LeBlanc Bench 1

THE GOOD

I’m rarely one to swoon over freshly drafted teams, and that holds true with this squad.  If there’s an area I’m especially pleased with, though, that’d be the outfield.  Shin-Soo Choo at $16 was my favorite buy, and if healthy, Ellsbury could return value significantly better than $22.  Aoki and De Aza offer that 10-and-30 power/speed balance that I so desperately crave in roto.  I probably would’ve gotten them a bit cheaper in a home league or a public league, but I’m fine with the cost and I’m excited they’re on my roster.  There’s really not much else that I’m happy with, so onto the next section…

THE BAD

F*ck, this team is old.  Pujols, Rollins, V-Mart, Halladay… sounds like an outstanding core for 2005.  This is the Casino Bus in its purest form.  But beyond the general elderly nature of the group, there’s plenty more I don’t like.  It was an auction filled with dark moments.  Like when Grey asked me to bid on Rizzo, who sold for $15, but I opted instead to help my girlfriend with her NCAA bracket (she picked Gonzaga all the way).  Or when I tried to bid-up Haren and got stuck with him at $10.  Or when I spent my max-bid on Todd Frazier when I still had ten spots to fill.  The list goes on.

THE OBVIOUS PARTING THOUGHT

All of this goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway.  This is just the beginning.  Drafting is certainly the most exciting component of the fantasy baseball season, but it’s not the most important.  Any winning team I’ve had in the past has been based on in-season management.  I enjoy the grind of the baseball season and I’m sure that by mid-season my team will look quite different from how it appears at this moment.  Now excuse me as I crank some tunes, press the pedal to the floor, and drive this Casino Bus into the sunset.

30 Responses

  1. Bourne says:
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    I was thinking you have too much speed in the outfield. Where is your heart of SAGNOF? I like the rest of the team though. Good luck. Wallace at CI is the best available?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, CI got picked over quickly & I was handcuffed after the max-bid on Frazier… Also have a soft spot for Wallace, so he’ll suffice for now.

      And I’m a believer in SAGNOF, but I’ve always had an easier time finding saves than finding speed, so I prefer balance on the offensive side of things. But you’re right, I’m a little steal-heavy in the OF.

      • Bourne says:
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        @Scott Evans: I do like your team. Secret Treasure Loaf looks pretty good too though but most of the teams wouldn’t scare me. You should get that site to link Razzball and the league too since the writer is bragging about practicing what he preaches.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Treasure Loaf = Andy Behrens & I agree his team looks strong. And you’re saying that sons of roto should link to us & to the league? Would be a nice gesture… maybe I’ll troll them on the league page til it happens.

  2. You should have had at least two more $25-$35 range players.

    There were a lot of great CI options going for $20 and under.

    Instead of spending on 1st – 3rd round talent (which looks like the soft spot of the draft at least in hindsight), you overpaid for middle of the road guys. At least they are likely to hold their roster spots, but they won’t provide value nor take your team to above average.

    WTF with the autodrafted (i hope) teams with $60 and $138 leftover. Cardinal sin of auction drafting.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Can’t argue with ya, but I overspent a tad on Pujols & I tightened up, stupidly. And yeah the autodrafters were totally obnoxious. I guess there were some extenuating circumstances — one guy was held up by a flight delay… There was talk of re-drafting, but nothing materialized. One of those teams as already spent $80+ FAAB to compensate… not sure what the other is waiting for…

  3. Dingbat says:
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    Who the heck is Fleder Mice? $138 left at the end? Was he trying to prove a point?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Auto-draft. Two guys were absent, actually. Extremely annoying.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Oh, Fleder = Nick Fleder from Hardball Times

  4. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I really like the following guys you got for their prices: Aoki, Brett Anderson, Rosenthal and Coke. Anderson looked pretty good in his first start. He does need to stay healthy though. That’s rough about Rizzo. Someone got a steal on him.

    It looks like you could use some pitching help. With your $100 FAAB, what would you be willing to spend for someone like Jose Fernandez (assuming he is available in your league, or hypothetically speaking if he isn’t, but he is in mine and I was just curious :)

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      I just looked, Fernandez was picked up for $11 off of waivers. Gyorko went for $30. Do you feel those $ amounts are about right? Offense in a 15 team league is probably a little harder to come by, so I can see Gyorko being that expensive. He’s available in my 12 team league, so I’m trying to gauge what I should pay for him and Fernandez.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        yeah about right… the dude who purchased Gyorko had been screwed by auto-draft, so he might’ve overpaid a bit…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I bid $5 on Fernandez, but he sold for $11… Back end of my staff is kinda weak, I agree. The Stream-O-Nator will be my friend this season. Thanks for your thoughts!

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks for your reply. Yeah I’m excited for the stream-o-nator. This will be my first year using it. Any idea when it will be fully operational?

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Scott Evans: Nevermind, I found it on the stream-o-nator page. April 8th. Hopefully I don’t eff up my start/sit choices until then.

  5. Wake Up says:
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    Halladay and Haren are surprising.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, I know. I used PECOTA as my baseline projections & they were really high on both those guys. I honestly thought Haren would go for 12 or 13… really didn’t want him, but got caught bidding up. With Halladay, it was like a momentary delirium — I had this vision of dominant Roy Halladay in my head & then I see PECOTA has him at $22 & then I click bid & then I own him. I’m hoping he settles into a groove by summertime. Might have to bench him while the weather is cold, but he’s getting a trial run today.

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Scott Evans: I hear ya…I have G Cole above Bundy…If J Fernandez is a young Halladay…who is a G Cole comp?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Sabathia/Price.

  6. Ryan says:
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    Frazier or Moustakas?? I have both and have to start one….do I try to trade the other or just keep one on the bench to fill in?
    Thx
    10 team standard

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like Frazier, but not a bad idea to hang onto both & play the matchups. If they both excel, trade value balloons…

  7. uncdrew says:
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    A Coke and a Smile

    Wow, Phil Coke blew a save in what appeared to be a glorious manner. At least from a Al-Al owner’s perspective. Curious to see what Detroit does in the next save situation.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yup… Hoping for Dotel…

  8. 12 team keeper with the first waiver wire pick-up. Who would you take Jose Fernandez or Jedd Gyorko.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Fernandez for sure in a keeper

  9. Scooterboy says:
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    A guy in my 8 team H2H league didn’t show for draft and autodrafted a outfield of Braun, J. Upton, Heyward, Bruce, Ellsbury, Bourne, Rios, Crawford. The bad news is he has no closers. I could definitely use some more offense on my team. I expect he wouldn’t give up the first five but may give up Rios who he has wasting away on his bench. I have J.J. Putz, Addison Reed, Chris Perez, and Ernesto Frieri. Which of these closers should I offer for Rios and do you think it would be a good trade for me. I’m first time fantasy player so I hope this question wasn’t to stupid. I really enjoy all the posts on this site. Really helps us first timers. Thanks.

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @Scooterboy: seeing as frieri only currently (could keep it later, but not as likely as the others) has the closing job due to the soon to be over Madsen injury, you should TRY him, but yr opponent likely knows that. If he does, try Perez.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d set my sights higher & target someone better than Rios. Bourn maybe? And Jason’s suggestions on whom to offer are good advice.

  10. mike says:
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    Which SP would u drop out of Bud Norris, Wei Yin Chen and Wily Peralta?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Peralta

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