I know how much you love draft strategy. Whether it’s snake draft or auction draft. You gobble this shizz up. Okay, I wasn’t speaking literally, don’t eat your computer. Auction drafts are the best. They remind me of a time not that long ago when I wore a giant-fonted Yuuuuuuuuuup on my chest and bought twenty-four dollars worth of 1980′s wrestling action figures for $5600 just so Darrell Sheets couldn’t get them. I will enjoy putting those little plastic Greg “The Hammer” Valentine action figures into the figure four with my son, Lil’ Yuuuuuuuuuup; he officially changed his name at my behest. There’s ten U’s in my Yuuuuuuuuuup. If you use nine or eleven U’s, you are still infringing on my trademark. So, lots of you know my fantasy baseball auction tips already, but some of you just joining us — hey, close the door behind you!Please, blog, may I have some more?
For most of you, been there, read this shizz already, but there’s Razzball newbies (Razzbabies?) that need some coddling occasionally. If you know PEDS, skip ahead into the comments and discuss my mustache. So, there’s a BRAN (Balanced Roster After Nine) Drafting Strategy by Rudy “The Fro Knows” Gamble. He’s also touched upon some fantasy baseball drafting tips. It’s a year or so old, but it’s timeless so when you read it don’t bother looking at the clock. There’s also a LIMA Plan (Low Investment Mound Aces) by Ron Shandler. There’s been a ZIMA Plan by Matthew Berry; it involves a lot of stumbling around and the hiccups. There’s been a Punt One Category draft strategy. There’s been a Punt Two Categories draft strategy, which was conceived by a leaguemate of Punt One Category who just couldn’t stand being upstaged. And there’s the Forget When Your Draft Is So Your Team Is Autodrafted strategy. I love when my leaguemates use that one. Then there’s my fantasy baseball draft strategy, Performance Enhancing Draft Strategy or PEDS.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Here’s a post that’s gonna make you wanna slap ya mama and call her Frances Fisher. The other day I told you how to draft your pitchers for 2012 fantasy baseball. I laid it out to you nice and simple (if you have a degree in “What The Hell Is Grey Talking About?” Not a PhD, mind you. Just a BS.) Today, we forget all that jabberwocky on the who-ha and get down to business old school-style (which means if you don’t comprehend, I will hit you over the head with a baseball bat signed by Joe Clark.) What I’m hoping to lay out to you is who do you draft 2nd if you’ve drafted so and so first. I think it might be helpful to go through pairings for your 5 outfielders, all your middle and corner infielders too. I’m not sure I’ll have the time or patience to do them though. We’ll see! Or not. Your choice. For easy reference, the royal we will be using the top 10 2012 fantasy baseball rankings and the top 20 2012 fantasy baseball rankings. I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5, MI, CI, 5 OF, 1 Utility, 1 Catcher league. Anyway, here’s some pairings for the first two rounds of 2012 fantasy baseball drafts:
Miguel Cabrera – I’d put him with just about anyone, but another 1st baseman. The reality of the situation is you want to get someone that is going to give you a few steals, say, 10. A third baseman would work, but it might be unrealistic to think you’re going to get Longoria. That leaves you with Wright. That doesn’t sound too shabby. Think about how for the last five years prior to 2011 and you would’ve loved to have Wright and Miggy on the same team. I say, live in the past and do it. But I’d say “Do it” like Ben Stiller in the Starsky & Hutch remake. Now it’s totally not ideal to grab Wright if you think Miggy will get 3rd base eligibility. Right now, I put it at about 85% that he will have 3rd base eligibility within a few weeks of Opening Day, so if you wanna grab an outfielder instead, I’m not hating the game or the playa (that’s not Spanish for beach). I say grab Andrew McCutchen or Jay Bruce. Wanna go for a 2nd baseman? Kinsler might be there. Swiggy with one of those three looks real nice to me. Your team would be balanced heading off to the third pick. Someone like Reyes or Hanley would also work, though they might not be there. Now, the risk with not grabbing a 3rd baseman is if Miggy starts treating grounders at third like they’re empty beer cans and starts booting them. Then you may have punted 3rd and Miggy is sent back to first before his 3rd base eligibility kicks in. Kicks being the operative word. Really, as long as you avoid a 1st baseman, catcher and a starter while getting some combo of power and speed, you should be fine. For those of you who are thinking you can grab a 1st baseman and then move Miggy to 3rd two weeks in, you’re screwed if Miggy doesn’t get 3rd base eligibility, even if that possibility is only slim. And, yes, that’s the only time Miggy and slim will ever be used in a sentence. In summation, don’t put unnecessary risk on the table in the first two rounds.Please, blog, may I have some more?
With the Razzball Commenter Leagues sign ups in full swing, we look at what last year’s RCLs showed us. I.e., this is what it took to win these fantasy baseball leagues last year. Across thirty-six 12 team leagues, you would think you’d have some wide variations, but it’s amazingly close what you need in each category to do average vs.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Yes, that’s a fantastic neck curtain I’m rockin’. Besides the point. Don’t stare. What this IS is (who you callin’ stutterer?) an attempt to translate some nerd speak into some useful fantasy baseball draft strategy.
More statistically-inclined minds than my own (mainly a guy with the handle “matthan” at DRaysBay) have figured out a pretty reliable way to calculate expected Ks from pitchers.Please, blog, may I have some more?
For these pairings, I’m going to be using our 2012 fantasy baseball rankings. Notably, the top 20 starters for 2012 fantasy baseball, top 40 starters for 2012, top 60 starters for 2012 and the top 80 starters for 2012. Okay, now that we have our links and shizz done. What is a pitcher pairing? It’s how you plan on putting together a fantasy staff. It’s a plan of action. If you have A pitcher, which B, C and D pitcher goes with him? You should have six starters. The sixth starter is Brad Peacock or take whoever you want. I suggest an upside pick. Brad Peacock comes to mind. Or Mike Minor. Mike Minor also comes to mind. I’m going to assume you’re in a 12 team, 5×5 and some variation of 9 Pitchers league. (NOTE: What you are about to read is massively confusing. If it were found scribbled in a notebook, the FBI would be watching me.) Anyway, here’s some pairings for pitching staffs for 2012 fantasy baseball drafts:
If your first pitcher is from the tiers: “The top tier. Didn’t I already say that?” and “The aces that once were.” — These tiers are from Halladay to Greinke. There’s very little chance I have anyone in any of these tiers. If I do have one, I wouldn’t take another pitcher until the Gio tier that goes into the top 40 starters. Then I’d grab one guy from the tier of Moore/Scherzer and one guy from the flyer tier of Sanchez. Finally, I’d finish my staff off with — that just sounded like a phone sex operator — an out there flyer from the top 80 starter post (a pitcher in the top 80 post that I like, preferably), then I’d grab Peacock or Minor. So Greinke, Daniel Hudson, Beachy, Minor, Peavy and Peacock. That staff will probably have 13′s in every pitching category in a 12 team league.Please, blog, may I have some more?
There’s not much left to do. You’ve printed out the 2011 fantasy baseball rankings. You’ve paid attention when I went over my fantasy baseball sleeper posts. You even drew a mustache on your mirror so every time you look at yourself you look like me. The only thing left for you is actually taking part in a fantasy baseball draft. No sweat, you’ve been mock drafting for the last two months. First few rounds fly by. You’re cool with a capital Clooney. Rounds 5 through 8 come and go. Nothing to it! You pack a bowl for yourself for your glaucoma and shotgun it into your cat’s face. Round 9 comes and Pedro Alvarez and Aramis Ramirez are drafted right before you and now the first bead of sweat forms. Where are all of the third basemen?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Head-to-Head, or H2H if you’re into abbreviations that look like R&B groups, doesn’t change a lot from our 2011 fantasy baseball rankings. There are 300 billion suns in the Milky Way galaxy. There are 100s of billions of galaxies in the universe. There are at least 256,000 planets exactly like Earth. Yet, there’s one Albert Pujols. He’s still number one. (Though Palbert Ujols on Planet Crimea is pretty good too.) The strategy to play H2H changes. You aren’t hoping Dunn hits 40 homers by October, but whether or not he’ll hit two homers on Sunday or if you should sit him to try and win steals. It’s all about the match-ups, ya’ll! So you want to build a team that can match up well with any other team. (FYI, I’ve gone over this stuff before, but some might need a pine tree refresher hung from their rear view.) Anyway, let’s look at some Head-to-Head fantasy baseball draft strategy:
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The other day I went over my fantasy baseball strategy for snake drafts. Lots of you know my auction tips already, but some of you just joining us — hey, close the door behind you! — may not. Lots of the strategy for my snake drafts also applies here. If you ask me — and you kinda did ask me by reading this shizz — auction drafts are where it’s at, yo! You get in a room with your best fantasy baseball buddies. The guys you haven’t seen since last year’s draft. The guys you don’t want to see until next year’s draft. A few guys you actively despise. One guy, and there’s always one, has his phone on vibrate just in case the missus calls about Petey, their sick Schnauzer. Then you have the guy who will go the extra dollar for (fill-in favorite player from his favorite team). You know he’s his favorite player because he’s wearing his jersey. You have the guy who brings only Cheetos and turns everything he touches orange, and, if he touches something that was already orange, he makes it oranger. Finally, you have the guy who made plans at 5PM and begins to yell at everyone at 4PM that they’re taking too long. And, it always turns out, this day is the best day of the year. Auction draft day is better than your wedding day. As for online auction drafts, they’re just a’ight. Anyway, here’s some tried and true tips to help you through your auction fantasy baseball draft:
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For most of you, been there, read this shizz already, but there’s Razzball newbies (Razzbabies?) that need some coddling occasionally. If you know PEDS, skip ahead into the comments and discuss my mustache. So, there’s a BRAN (Balanced Roster After Nine) Drafting Strategy by Rudy “The Fro Knows” Gamble. He’s also touched upon some fantasy baseball drafting tips. Go read it.Please, blog, may I have some more?