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48 leagues made 14,400 selections at the draft table in March. 440 different players were chosen, with 218 being selected in all leagues. Another 15 were drafted in 47 of the 48 leagues. 33 were taken in just 1 league.

Last year Albert Pujols was the first choice in 37 of the 38 leagues, but this year there was a bit more variety. Miguel Cabrera led the way with 28 selections at #1, while Pujols trailed with 10. Ryan Braun (5), Matt Kemp (4), and Jose Bautista (1) also were honored with a first-overall pick.

Those 5 went in the first round in every draft, along with Joey Votto. A total of 20 different players were drafted in round 1, including Alcides Escobar, surely by someone thinking they were in a Fantasy Razzball draft. First basemen dominated round 1 with 207 selections, followed by outfielders (170), third basemen (87), shortstops (67), and second basemen (39). Pitchers were selected 6 times, with Roy Halladay (4) and Justin Verlander (2) taking those spots.

Miggy had the top ADP at 1.8, followed by Pujols at 2.1. The rest of the top 10 consisted of Kemp (4.1), Braun (4.2), Bautista (5.1), Votto (6.2), Troy Tulowitzki (6.5), Evan Longoria (9.6), Adrian Gonzalez (10.2), and Robinson Cano (10.4). Cabrera’s face injury may have worried a few drafters, as Pujols had the slightly better ADP (1.7 to 2.0) over the last 2 days (11 drafts). Roy Halladay (19.4) was the top pitcher, 18th overall, followed by Clayton Kershaw (22.6) and Verlander (22.9). Craig Kimbrel was the first relief pitcher chosen 45 times and finished with a 70.7 ADP.

Hanley Ramirez: Despite the horrible 2011 from the consensus 2nd-overall pick, drafters weren’t giving up on Hanley. He went in the first round 18 times, and the 2nd round in the other 30 drafts for a 13.6 ADP.

Carl Crawford: People were not as willing to trust Crawford would return to form, and he was generally chosen in the 6th or 7th rounds.

Eric Hosmer: Razzers are all in, driving his ADP to 41.4.

Ian Kinsler: Was taken in the 2nd round of every draft, improving on his 2011 ADP by 17 spots.

Giancarlo Stanton: Lots of love for the man they used to call… I want to say Mark, but that doesn’t sound right. Anyways, he usually went in round 2, but did fall to the early 3rd on 4 occasions.

The Defending Champion: Random ItalicizedVoice is back to defend our title (I was in his league, so I must have had something to do with it) and picking out of the 10th slot started his team with the Gonzalez Gang, Adrian and Carlos, followed by Ryan Zimmerman. Now, don’t embarrass us, RIV.

The ECFBL: The toughest 2011 league has returned and once again followed their own path, drafting fewer starting pitchers than any other league. With the average being 80 starters per league, the ECFBL took just 64. Pitchers they ignored who were drafted in the other 47 leagues include Jhoulys Chacin, Bud Norris, Wandy Rodriguez, Ted Lilly, Ryan Dempster, and Justin Masterson.

We Like You More Than Grey Does, Mr. Bourn: Ranked 125th by Grey in his top 300, RCL drafters still valued him highly. He was picked as early as 25th, with an average of 47.4. Also in this category would be David Ortiz (184th/ADP: 85.1), Ben Zobrist (96th/ADP: 53.1), Ichiro (148th/AD:97.3) and Dee Gordon (165th/ADP 108.6), along with pitchers James Shields, Matt Cain, and Matt Moore.

We Can’t Agree: David Freese was drafted as early as 109th , and as late as 283rd, a 174 slot difference. Jose Tabata was picked 124th and also 292nd. Jason Kubel’s ranged stretched from 98 to 264.

What Does Grey See That We Can’t, Roger? Grey has Roger Bernadina ranked 201st, in a tier called, “You may get a top 20 OF from any of these guys. Or a guy you want to drop by April 15th.” Every other OF in this tier was grabbed at least once, but not Mr. Bernadina.

>>You can find all the draft numbers here.

Looking forward to another great year of Razzball Commenter League action. I’ll be posting stuff in the fantasy baseball forums all season, so check it out. Good luck!

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  1. Eddy says:
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    Great job, Vin.

    I’m a numbers geek so I love these posts. That Alcides fact actually made me laugh.

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @Eddy, Alcides being picked made quite a few managers laugh at that draft…..except for the manager that picked him, who unfortunately quickly left the draft after that.

    • VinWins

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      @Eddy, Thanks!

  2. John Butte says:
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    I finished third in RIV’s league last year. Why wasn’t I invited back? RIV kicked all our butts, I wanted another shot.

    Of course, I got drunk and missed the draft for my new league. Yay Cliffly Verlander Bourn and Ortiz! I know grey hates you, and ordinarily so do I, but lets put that behind us.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @John Butte, Sorry, I just accepted the first 11 who emailed me. Anyways, I think we’re an alcohol-free league.

    • RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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      @John Butte, I wasn’t drunk…and I drafted both Bourne and Ortiz (although I imagine I got them a bit later than you did). I did even more zagging this year than I did last. We’ll see how it works out …

  3. Bourne says:
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    Rcl 6 is going to be good this year.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @Bourne, You mean that league with the clever name, “Cracking The WHIP?”

      • Bourne says:
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        @VinWins, I didn’t name it, but I am 1/12th of the awesomeness

        • Paulie Allnuts

          Paulie Allnuts says:
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          @Bourne, Sorry, You may want to unleash the Crackin’ but ECFBL rules. And yes, the secret is out – Starters are overvalued across the board. But you best be able to calculate streaming, as that practice can easily backfire.

          • Chris says:
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            @Paulie Allnuts,

            Paulie has it exactly right. Until standard ESPN leagues use an IP cap instead of GS max, SPs will always be overvalued. And the pre-set shallow benches certainly don’t help either.

            • AL KOHOLIC says:
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              @Chris, yeah,it bit my butt last year,thought i had it in the bag till you streamed me

  4. ChillmanCometh says:
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    Vin, not really sure if the Moore disparity is all that noteworthy. Grey comically underrated him to the point that he even acknowledged it in a comment somewhere in the past few months.

    • VinWins

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      @ChillmanCometh, OK, noted. He was still going too early for me.

  5. Whiskey Diet says:
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    The ‘toughest’ league doesn’t draft Chacin? He’s a 3.50 ERA guy with an 8 K/9 for his career.

    That’s not tough/savvy/logical, that’s just passing on value.

    • VinWins

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      @Whiskey Diet, Sounds reasonable. But I guess they’ll take care of it with good moves during the season.

      • Paulie Allnuts

        Paulie Allnuts says:
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        @VinWins, Let it also be noted that it was Fred from the ECFBL that chose Joey Bats the highest in any league. I think it was in the 2nd round? Maybe wrong. He started out with Miggy and Bats. Not a bad combo for your first two picks…

        • VinWins

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          @Paulie Allnuts, True, he took Jose 23rd overall. Of course, then he took Adam Dunn at #26. Maybe Bautista would have been there at #26, and he could have had Jose Reyes at #23.

          No doubt, the ECFBL has great players who work at it. I fully expect your league to be one of the top leagues again. Hopefully, other leagues will try to best the ECFBL.

          Good luck!

    • Paulie Allnuts

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      @Whiskey Diet, We shall see which league prevails at the end of the year. Anyone out there want to make a gentleman’s bet against the ECFBL?

    • Chris says:
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      @Whiskey Diet,

      It may not make conventional sense, but there’s a method to the madness. Although we’ve gone to a bit more extreme lengths this season (and with good reason), the proof is in last year’s league index. I have no doubt we’ll be at or very near the top in 2012 too.

    • Simply Fred

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      @Whiskey Diet, the ECFBL tran count to date stands as:

      trades: 4 (really two trades)
      acquisitions: 52
      activations: 61

      8 of our 12 teams have ranks above blanks due to streaming the two games in Japan.

      The ‘season’ started when the draft began.

      We are already waaayyyyyy ahead on the Fun-ometer

  6. brett says:
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    Thanks Vin, great post. I’m pretty ecstatic about my team. Look out for Poison Control in twelve after twenty.

    • VinWins

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      @brett, With good reason, I’d say, starting with Longoria, Fielder, Bruce, Lawrie, and Jennings.

      • Paulie Allnuts

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        @VinWins, And yes, VW, great post indeed…

        • VinWins

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          @Paulie Allnuts, Thanks!

  7. Hawk says:
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    Why can’t opening day (the REAL one) BE HERE ALREADY!!!???!?!!111!!!1!! I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting to open my presents!

    I am tired of looking at zeroes from my teams. I keep thinking they’re slacking off!

    • Hawk says:
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      @Hawk,

      And by REAL ONE I mean the one after which they STOP playing Spring Training games!

      • VinWins

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        @Hawk, I like to think of the 2 Japan games as early presents. And your team probably is slacking off.

        • Hawk says:
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          @VinWins,

          They are! Day after day they put up nothing but zeroes!!!

          Scrubs, all of em!

          • Simply Fred

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            @Hawk, see #5.

  8. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    The ECFBL guys trend to streaming sp,s,thus i;ll follow suit.I will tell you one thing,they will all play thier team day in and day out from start to finish despite thier place in the standings.If you snooze you loose in this league,there will be 700 transactions and 50 trades,its a blast.I was leading till the last week last year when retro(chris) came from nowhere to eclipse me.Im just hoping to be in contention again this year,Plus we have paulie with his histiry post that are always awesome and Fred the stats guy.Good luck to all razzers this year

    • VinWins

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      @AL KOHOLIC, Yeah, last year there were a few leagues staying with you in Competitive Index, but the ECFBL pulled away at the end.

      • Paulie Allnuts

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        @VinWins, We have the 3:30 AM club – a number of these guys stay up to snatch players off the waiver wire when their time is up. They are truly nuts. And try to get a prospective closer – someone like AL KOHOLIC will snatch him up about five minutes after he is chosen.

        • VinWins

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          @Paulie Allnuts, That doesn’t sound crazy at all…

          • Chris says:
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            @VinWins,

            Closers in our league are valued WAY higher than any other I’ve ever been a part of. It goes against everything the SAGNOF philosophy preaches, but it’s a product of the super active league environment and default ESPN system. You’re not falling into a newly appointed closer without A LOT of luck or advanced foresight.

            It can certainly be exhausting at times…

            • VinWins

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              @Chris, Yeah, closers are scooped up quickly in most of the RCL.

              The RCL is actually set up to create more SP management by changing the default from 200 GS limit to 180.

              • Paulie Allnuts

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                @VinWins, By around mid-season, a top closer is worth as much as, say, someone of the caliber of Jay Bruce. It seems wildly out of line, but thats what happens. There is a wide selection of guys to pick up for extra steals, homers, runs scored, etc. But closers are a closed commodity, no pun intended. I had a short conversation about two years ago with Rudy, and we both agreed that closers took on too much value in the RCL, but you take it as it is. Essentially, our league plays the system as a group better then other leagues, and no one quits, or I won’t have them back the following year. Some money in the pot helps perk up the interest as well.

  9. nightpandas says:
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    another closer down???

    who replaces FF….Rauch or Parnell? FF getting an MRI done on his wonky knee

    • VinWins

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      @nightpandas, If you want Grey’s advice, please ask on the previous post. If you want mine, you’re in trouble! I’m guessing Rauch.

      • slew says:
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        @VinWins, I hope not. Just grabbed Parnell in our league.

        • VinWins

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          @slew, Well, I hope that works out for you.

          • slew says:
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            @VinWins, prolly not, but such is the life of a saves whore.

  10. MattTruss223 says:
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    Thanks Vin, gotta love fun with numbers!

    • VinWins

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      @MattTruss223, You’re welcome.

  11. TheNewGuy says:
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    Great work Vin. RCL21 should be fun, my first year joining you Razzheads.

    • VinWins

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      @TheNewGuy, Thanks! Glad you joined the RCL this year. Good luck.

  12. Bob says:
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    I somehow landed Votto at #10 and Upton at #15 in my RCL draft. Very surprised given their ADP’s here.

    • VinWins

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      @Bob, Votto only lasted to #10 4 times, and the same for Upton at #15, so you were definitely in the right place at the right time.

  13. Aaron says:
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    Love the RCL, thanks for the work everyone.

  14. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    It’s the commenters that make it great!

    • chata says:
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      @VinWins,

      rcl 1st timer .
      we drafted on march 26th .
      since then , there has been 20 transactions and one trade !

      is this par for the course ?

      • VinWins

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        @chata, Glad you’re in the RCL this year! Only a few leagues have made trades already, but 20 transactions is not too unusual. Several leagues have been less active, though.

        I think the average last season was around 30 per week, so 20 at this stage is probably higher than I would have expected.

      • Simply Fred

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        @chata, see #5 above.

        • chata says:
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          @Simply Fred,

          holy moly

          • Paulie Allnuts

            Paulie Allnuts says:
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            @chata, the thing is, 3 out of the top four finishers were at or near the top in transactions, so they weren’t making moves just because they are ADD, although some of us very well might have the creds for that DX:) Streaming low level players pays off incrementally. Fred, like Grey, picked up a dinger on opening day with his pick-up of Smoak. Moves like that add up over the course of the season. The small bench and one DL spot add more incentive to streaming, as well as the tendency to jettison players quickly. If the guy isn’t a stud or near stud, you just can’t afford to keep him on the bench without production for a long period of time.

          • VinWins

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            @chata, It also should be noted that there have been a lot of RPs picked up, dropped, and picked up again as the news changes as to who will be closing, running up the transaction count in some leagues.

  15. Dave the PSYCHOTOAD! says:
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    Don’t be to concerned with total transactions Chata, just focus on your team and what can ultimately help you. Being in the ECFBL was fun challenge last year and expect even more this year. I have not made a single move yet. I really like the team I got, even short on saves as I am. Sometimes you can’t bring yourself to drop Revere or JD Martinez from your bench and that can be a good thing.

    • Simply Fred

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      @Dave the PSYCHOTOAD!, Hat’s off to you Dave!

      3 of last year’s top 4 in ECFBL have between them so far this year:

      2 separate trades
      32 acquisitions
      43 activations

      Already rank #1, #3, and #5.

      hmmm…

      • Simply Fred

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        @Simply Fred, really, just trying to stir up enthusiasm for ‘playing the game!’

        • Paulie Allnuts

          Paulie Allnuts says:
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          @Simply Fred, And nothing stirs up enthusiasm like a bit of trash-talking! But notice that none of us builds up himself, but the league as an entity. The only problem with playing in the ECFBL is burnout towards the end of the season. It does take a toll.

  16. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Thanks for the shoutout, Vin. I like my team a lot this year, especially the offense. We’ll see how it goes.

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