With about a month and a half in, I figured I’d go over where my (Rudy and my? Rudy and I? Rudy and me? Did I miss this day?) fantasy baseball teams are in their respective leagues. I know most of youse only care about your teams and how they’re faring, so I’ll keep this brief. I won’t bore you with all the tremendous moves I’ve made — Oh, there’s been some doozies. I also won’t bore you with all the lousy pick-ups I’ve made — Thanks, Hochevar! I’ll touch on a few key transactions and where I currently am in the standings. Anyway, here’s my fantasy baseball team updates:
15 Team, mixed league, roto; host: Tim of RotoRob, Currently in 4th place, 9.5 points out of first.
Key Trade — Moved my Heath Bell and Huston Street for Dan Haren and David Aardsma. This trade isn’t quite as lopsided as it seems because at some point I needed to make the hard decision between C.J. Wilson on waivers or holding Aardsma. I went with Wilson because Morrow was just pitching poorly and Frank Frank was actually hurt. In hindsight, I would’ve held tight, but hindsight has Wade Boggs vision. Anyway, the trade is still in my favor because I’d still want Haren over Street and Bell.
Key Pickup — Michael Bourn. No idea where the guy from last year went, but someone’s been *pinkie to mouth* re-Bourn.
Egregious Pickups — Ah… Where do I start? Actually, this reminds me of a valuable insight that you’re all going to enjoy. No need for your thinking caps either; I’m thinking for you! All of my terrible pickups (Hochevar, Grabow, Julian Tavarez, Shawn Hill, Wang and Anthony Reyes) and I’m still less than one good week out of first place. This shows you that you can take fliers on guys as long as your core is fine.
16 Team, mixed league, roto; host: Andy Behrens of Y!, Currently in 3rd place, 17.5 points out of first.
Key Pickup — In a 16 team league (this one is much deeper than even the 15 team league with more outfielders and bench spots), there’s really not much out there. My best pickup so far is Randy Wolf. Yee-haw!
Egregious Pickups — Again, there’s been quite a few. Most of the same schmohawks as the other league as I tend to like the same guys across leagues. And end up disliking the same guys.
12 Team, mixed league, roto; host: FSWA, Currently in 1st place, 2.5 points in front.
Key Trade — I’ve made one trade and it happened today. Pending approvals, I receive Jose Reyes for Adam Dunn and Ryan Theriot. It’s an OBP league, so Dunn has a lot more value than in a regular league. I’m hurting most for steals and Reyes should correct that problem. I plan, nay, hope Reyes goes on the DL and misses a few weeks. This way he returns to doing what he do by July at the latest. I figure July through October of Reyes will be all I need for steals and can play a waiver guy at shortstop for the next few weeks. Since this is only 12 teams deep, there’s waiver guys to be had.
Key Pickup — LaTroy Hawkins. This league I had a few things working for me that actually worked against me thus far. I’ve been in first for 95% of the season, so I didn’t want to mess with success (Isn’t that a Deepak Chopra book?) and I had a solid core of pitchers (F-Her, Wandy, Wolf, Bedard, Scherzer, Papelbon, Rodney and Broxton) so I couldn’t grab closers or starters as I like to do.
Egregious Pickup – Kenshin Kawakami, Spaz and Cameron Maybin didn’t do me any favors, but they were all drafted. Haven’t had any egregious pickups in this league, because I haven’t needed to take many gambles thus far.