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It started with a twitter murmur.  Hey Sky, you up to do a draft?  Well, I say, I’m already in five leagues.  What day?  What is the set up?  Are pants mandatory or optional?  But of course with only 140 characters available, I had to abbreviate to ‘In 5. Day? Set Up? Pants? Lulz’.  I don’t know why I said ‘Lulz’.  I think it’s required to put in one text word into every tweet you send out or you get your account suspended.  Ef you @Seaworld!  Sorry, inside joke.  Let’s move along.  Suffice to say, over a long course of contact and back and forth I eventually joined into the fray that is The League Of Street Cred thrown together by Ryan Hodge of Fantasy Insiders.  The title tells you exactly what you get by winning this league.  Street Cred.  That’s right, no money involved, unless Street Cred has an exchange rate.  I’m assuming mine is worth one Bitcoin at this point…all this to say, the evite was accepted and I hopped in and drafted with this cadre of the fantasy expert macabre below…

Team Name Site Twitter Handle
Fantasy Insiders FantasyInsiders @RotoHobo
XN Sports FantasyBaseball XNSports @JoshCollacchi
Wisco ManBearPuigs EDraftSports @NickSlegel
Mr. Steal Your Girl NumberFire @InsiderFantasy1
Team Raducanu FantasyTrade411 @FantasyTrade411
askROTObaseball Fantasy Squads FantasySquads @AskROTObaseball
Hats and Tats HatsAndTats @Shakabrodie
Say Hey Whatchya Say FP911 @DanStrafford
T Whudey FantasyTrade411 FantasyTrade411 @WHUDEY
Fantasy Chef RotoInfo @MatthewRBeck
Team Miller Rotowire @reneemiller01
Razzball Sky Razzball @Sky_Razzball

Alright, now that we know who the players were, we can talk about how we drafted…uh…players.  This was a 12 team roto style league, with two catchers and two DL slots.  It was also an Auction league which – when everyone has time for it – is da bestest.  Of course, the ‘when everyone has time’ part is the rub usually but somehow Ryan accomplished the feat.  Everyone had a $260 budget to spend and I swear everyone spent it in like two rounds.  No really, I couldn’t find a deal anywhere until around the 4th or 5th round and even then I was just getting market price.  There was some heavy spending going around and as we all know, that’s pretty anti-Razzball.  So I sat back and relaxed, languidly sipping my brew of choice while the chum got thrown in the water for the sharks to gorge on.  Needless to say, you’re not going to see any Miguel Cabrera or Andrew McCutchen on this team:

Pick Player Auction Price
37 Ian Desmond, Wsh SS $19
44 Eric Hosmer, KC 1B $19
58 Giancarlo Stanton, Mia OF $24
61 Jose Bautista, Tor OF $18
75 Jay Bruce, Cin OF $19
96 Wilin Rosario, Col C $19
119 Sonny Gray, Oak SP $11
125 Gio Gonzalez, Wsh SP $15
132 Koji Uehara, Bos RP $9
134 Archie Bradley, Ari SP $2
144 Nolan Arenado, Col 3B $12
153 Hisashi Iwakuma, Sea SP $8
159 Evan Gattis, Atl C $8
189 Jedd Gyorko, SD 2B $11
191 Justin Masterson, Cle SP $8
198 Adam Lind, Tor 1B $4
201 David Robertson, NYY RP $7
210 John Axford, Cle RP $3
222 Bobby Parnell, NYM RP $3
231 Avisail Garcia, CWS OF $7
234 Francisco Liriano, Pit SP $8
245 Jonathan Villar, Hou SS $3
256 Oswaldo Arcia, Min OF $1
269 Jim Henderson, Mil RP $6
274 Chris Carter, Hou 1B $3
283 Mike Moustakas, KC 3B $3
291 Dee Gordon, LAD SS $1
Amount Left Over = $9

First off, ESPN hated this draft.  I think it placed it in the 11th, maybe 10th if Snafu Larry was having a good hair day.  So if you’re of the like mind it looks like you’re not alone and kudos to you.  Personally, I was fairly pleased with how my draft went minus a few things here and there.  But before I get to that, here.  That’s a link to look at the mess that is my team in an actual format you can understand better.  Yes, that means it’s a publicly viewable league so if you’d like to peruse the draft fallout or how other teams look, you now have been given the key to castle.  We good?  Good, moving along.  I went closer heavy because I had way too much money at the end of the draft…but it wasn’t my fault!  So many players early on that I wanted went above and beyond most of the action prices I saw for them on our Razzball 12 Team ESPN Auction page.  Sure, I spent a little over here and there on guys I wanted but that was my auction bible and I stuck by it to the end where I had too much scratch to not splurge on guys I wanted.  Looking back, Anibal Sanchez going for $17 was my chance to have an SP1-like pitcher but I settled for upside and guys that I just liked overall.  When Iwakuma comes back I’ll still be happy with Gio, Masterson, and Liriano flanking him and Gray bringing up the caboose.  Why Archie Bradley you ask?  Ehhhh, I don’t have a good answer other than $2.  He doesn’t have to be Jose Fernandez to come up good for me at that price and if he does nothing well he gets to go back into the FA pool where tons of arms are still swimming around…that’s a grossly used analogy now that I see it in type.  But besides, this league has a 200 start cap.  Yes, that’s 20 more than the usual RCL setup.  That simply means there’s gonna be plenty of streaming to keep the numbers high and who knows, maybe I package a closer plus an SP for an upgrade there down the road.  Either way, not something I’m worried about.  Oh and Dee Gordon is now on every team I’ve drafted so far this year.  That would be four teams.  I still have two more drafts to go.  God save me…from both this amount of leagues and not being able to quit Flash Jr.  Anyways, there you have it.  Feel free to like this on Facebook or whatever it is you kids do nowadays.  I’m out!

  1. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    Lot of power, very little reliable speed. AVG could also be a problem. I like the pitching generally, and you obviously likely won’t have to worry about saves. Overall, I like the team, even if it is a little bit unbalanced. I think it’s a competitive team.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, it’s power heavy for sure. But the flipside is speed comes along on waivers a lot more often than power does, typically. If I need to move parts, I feel I’ll be trading from a desirable surplus in power/saves to do it.

    • TJ says:
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      @RandomItalicizedVoice: I’m sure Sky will get a little SAGNOF-y once things start

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Definitely the plan

  2. mauledbypandas says:
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    I love reading draft breakdowns.

    Agree with RIV about the speed, but overall I like that team quite a bit

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Dyson is still out there. I’m more inclined to stream/find speed on FA than anything else, personally. And I do think we all have assumed Dee Gordon is dead and gone. He’s Billy Hamilton to me but minus the cost or having to take up an OF spot. He’s definitely a TBD guy, though, I’ll fullly admit that. But if he comes on hot and heavy, him and Villar could balance my power-heavy team out quite a bit. I really wanted Aoki but chickened out when it seemed like I was gonna get into a bidding war. I wanted him and Avisail as my OF4/5 so bad. But again, I’ll do my best to find FA steals as I go or make a trade if I need to.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Sky: That’s a fairly good point about Villar and Gordon. Assuming both of those guys get a few hundred AB’s this year you just need some streaming SB luck

        I like to get several of the 15-20 HR/SB guys so I am not committed to just a few speed guys, but the raw power you have is insane and probably worth the trade off.

        Auction drafts are fun, I tend to agree with your thinking and avoid the really big names and load up on the “good” players

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I wanted guys like Choo but he went for $23. Feel I already got him in Hosmer for $19 and didn’t want to double down on that stat line. I do like getting those solid across the board contributors but there were just some crazy pricing of guys, IMHO. Just had a hard time pulling the trigger to get what I wanted.

          I feel with Bautista/Giancarlo/Bruce, I have 3 solid top 25 guys for basically $12 more than it cost someone to draft Trout. I’ll take it.

  3. Principle Blackman says:
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    That is one ridiculous outfield. Love it.

  4. Seattle Mack says:
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    I don’t like this squad. Too much $$ on catchers, money left on the table and no real cornerstone bat or arms to build around. Nice outfield and bullpen. If your low cost bp arms pan out, you might have a few chips to deal.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Seattle Mack: Mauer went for $18. It’s a 2 catcher league and I want to eventually stream catchers and move Gattis to OF from time to time.

      Cornerstone bats/arms aren’t always the most expensive. No one pays $33 for Chris Davis last year and Bautista isn’t that far removed from a similar year to him. Plus I have a much more balanced hitting squad than most because I didn’t do any of that ponying up. It’s a strategy that I like to follow.

      The eventual plan is to move a bit of power or some RPs for a possible pitching upgrade but again, it also depends on arms you believe in or don’t. I’d rather have 4 SP2s – which I feel I have – than pay big for one SP1.

      Either way, appreciate the read!

  5. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    Heyo Sky! I’ve got an dynasty league auction draft tonight and wondering what your thoughts on keeping Heyward at $25, Reyes at $23, and Prince Fielder at $51. League has been going 5 years now so there is considerable inflation, but are those prices too high even factoring inflation? Thanks!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @Dan Pants: Thos seem pretty high to me at this stage. I’d maybe consider Reyes but those prices Heyward/Fielder are high for my tastes.

  6. $8 for Avi + Oswaldo is excellent value. One of those two is gonna be a monster… perhaps both… Question is: will you be willing to reach higher than me in RCL #1?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha, TBD my friend, TBD! I’ve already seen Khris Davis and Aoki go rounds 13/12 and I think Avisail around the same. Let’s just say what we call a reach around (unintended dirty pun point?) here isn’t a reach like we all consider.

      BTW, I’m packing my bags and showing up in Chi-town for Nick’s ‘gig’. We gonna kick it while I’m there?

      • @Sky: Hell yeah — you coming for the 8/30 thingy or the 4/3 pre-thingy? I think I’m booked for both…

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          I’m going for the whole trip from Chi-town on so you’re stuck with me. What are we doing in Chi-town? I’ve never been.

          • @Sky: Hanging in my apartment & watching a crappy stream of some Low-A baseball.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @Scott Evans: Is it at least on a flat screen that’s wider than your waistline?

              • @Sky: Wait, so 4/3 or 8/30 or both — I’m still confused… need to get this on the calendar — “take pacific-northwesterner on tour of extremely dangerous housing projects”

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  All: landing in Chicago, driving around with Nick and the gang and then flying back from Denver

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  And HA. Just remember to bring me back please!

                  • Excellent! Well I’m not sure where Nick is planning on meeting up. I live on a fun strip of bars on the west side, but last we talked, sounded like he was aiming for north side wrigleyville action… either way, it should be a blast…

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      I’m totally excited. Wish it was more like 32 in like 45 days so I could catch a baseball game at Wrigley or something, though!

                  • they’ve also built up a nice little entertainment district right near ohare, if that’s where you’re flying into… it lacks the urban chicago vibe that we’re probably looking for, but could be an easy spot to meet up & get the boozing started

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Where there is booze, that is where I shall be. I’m flying to Chicago to get into a Winnebago with Nick, Jay and some camera/crew guys to talk fantasy and drink a bunch of alcohol. There’s no words to describe how nuts that is.

                  • mauledbypandas says:
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                    @Sky: I wish you guys were coming to NYC for the road trip! I am sure you will have a blast though

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      If I could do the whole tour, I would. Sadly, no way in hell I get all of August off with where I work and even if I could…that’s like a million vacation hours! No way I could get away with that with the Mrs when she says ‘wanna go to the coast for a day’ and I say ‘I’m out of PTO because Nick et al drug me around the US drinking and drafting fantasy football teams’.

  7. Jimbo says:
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    Does anyone else get mixed up with Avisail Garcia, Oswaldo Arcia and Marcell Ozuna?

    That said, this looks like the type of team I would draft. OF thins out really quickly as does power. With all those closers I would try to trade for a speedy OF or more reliable source of BA

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Haha, Avisail and Arcia tripped me up but only because I picked them up at almost the same time last year together.

      Yeah, there’s an eventuality to it for me. Again, if Dee Gordon shows up, though, my need for speed isn’t as dire as everyone is making it out to be. Plus there are guys I believe in more than others (Avisail/Arenado/Gyorko) whom I think can balance me out a bit in the BA department. Agree that OF thins out fast. It’s why I had my targets circled for the draft. Wanted a better 1B to pair with Hosmer but no one was falling to a reasonable price overall.

  8. The Thumb says:
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    Didn’t have it in you to shell out $10 for Salazar? C’mon Sky haha

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      As much as I love Salazar – and I really do out of the young pack coming up – I wanted Gray just a bit more. But when it’s that early in the game – that was the 19th pick and I hadn’t drafted anyone yet – you’re waiting to see what values occur. I wasn’t ready to pony up on a pitcher of his style yet. Wanted to see if a better value came up later. In some ways, I was forced to overpay for Gray because others were deploying similar strategies. One of the few times chucking out a guy like Salazar early actually worked in favor of whoever wanted him.

  9. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I like the deals you got on Bruce, Gyorko and Bautista. You got some power on that team! You have some trade chips as well (closers, corner infielders, OFs). I think you set yourself up for a good year in that league.

    The Twitterverse is an odd place. Trying to warm up to it. Any “must follows” you can advise on? Other than the razzball writers and porn stars (J-FOH strongly advocates for that). Jose Canseco? Justin Bieber?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Hahaha, twitter is a weird place. I use it as my news source for sports so besides the Razzball follows, I have a few I really like in the industry. Baseball, gotta follow @jasoncollette…actually, you should go look at my lists on my twitter account. I think they’re all public. That’ll give you a good starting point to guys I follow and why.

      And back to my team. Yeah, I feel like I’m in the driver’s seat for trade conversations so I’m not all worried. Plus there are still so many good arms in the FA. Can’t wait to stream and solidy my team as I go. Feel definitely built for success in here.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Sky: Cool, I’ll check out who you follow.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Jimbo: Ha, I’ll check it out after work. Thank ya.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Shake N Bacon: I could close my door so I checked it out at work. Stunner no doubt.

          My favorite twitter follow whom you could consider a ‘normal’ hot woman is @michellebbbbbb. That woman is gorgeous, hilarious AND a potty mouth. I’m kinda in love with her but my wife won’t move to Utah so what can a man do?

  10. centerfield_ballhawk says:
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    I had an auction draft and like you I ended up without a true ace, a strong bullpen and one Nolan Arrenado. I won him at the end of the draft for $3. Do you like him to earn the $12 that you paid for him, or was he an overpriced commodity?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      He was overpriced for sure. But people were going a little nutty about 3B and he was one of the few I really had my heart set on so I spent the money. Like I said, I really played the waiting game. I only took guys I wanted. I didn’t care someone got a deal on Yoenis. He wasn’t my guy. I’m not getting into a bidding war just to get someone cuz they’re cheap. I still think Arenado can return 20 HRs and a near .300 average. The kid hit the crap out of the ball last year and has a great swing. I have a hard time believing he fails in 2014.

  11. JDW says:
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    I would LOVE to get Desmond for $19 in our 12 team (keep five) keeper league. I already have $30 set aside for him and thought maybe that wouldn’t be enough. $19 would make my draft!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      @JDW: Very nice 20/20 MI to build around. I’m being honest when I said I used Razzball’s auction values as a guide. Definitely keep it open in another window while you’re drafting. And of course, go after your guys. It’s nice to get a deal but I don’t care how much Aramis Ramirez went for in my draft, Nolan Arenado was worth every penny to me.

      • JDW says:
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        @Sky: Happy to hear you say that about Arenado. Longoria is the only “top” 3B who wasn’t kept so there is going to be an expensive free for all for him. Arenado is the ONLY reason I won’t be part of the melee for Longoria. So, now if it takes $12 to get him I won’t let it freak me out.

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          @JDW: Oh, and I WILL have the Razzboys Razzball numbers open in another window. Windows 7 isn’t much but the SNAP feature is fantasy baseball goodness.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Don’t be afraid to jump in on Longo if he goes at the right price, of course, but yeah I watched Nolan pretty intensely last year. I drafted him in a keeper in 2013. Unlucky BABIP and a thumb injury hampered him but that kid has a powerful swing. Should play really well in Coors and have a healthy average.

  12. TheTinDoor says:
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    “ESPN Hated this draft, placed 11th,..”
    where can you see these projected standings on ESPN? Is this available on all their drafts?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I think it’s only available in the draft window. Basically, it’s all off of ESPN projections. They have Liriano finishing close to a 4.00 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP or something. Clearly I don’t agree. Lots of things like that. Same with Gyorko having low counting stats and a .249 BA. In the end, I only looked so I could communicate it to the readership. Definitely not something I feel reflects the team I drafted.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Sky: Dee Gordon and pretty much anybody who has played their way into a job recently will be totally off.

        I usually take it as a good sign if ESPN doesn’t project me too well

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Well they don’t heart Gyorko either. Lotta people giving him extremely repressed R/RBI and a lower than .250 average. Guess I just think he’s more a .260 guy with the ability to bat higher.

          Either way, yeah I rarely care if the ‘bots don’t like my team. I know where my deficiencies lie and they aren’t in hard to get areas so I’m snuggle up comfortable with this team.

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Sky: that’s the spirit! I completely agree though. I always form a consensus from a few ‘perts I trust and stuff like ZIPS and Steamer. I just immerse myself in rankings and go with my gut on some players (I’ve been reaching on Gray this year)
            It’s usually fairly reliable though, sometimes you miss on a player or get screwed on injuries but that’s what the waiver is for.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              @mauledbypandas: Exactly. When it comes to drafting, you have guys you like/would draft and guys you wouldn’t. People make it way too complicated. I’m not building a forever team in the draft, I’m getting what I find to be hard to get later and work on building a fully functional team from there on out either via trade or FA moves. Too many people want a balanced team from the get go. Those are usually the worst teams because they don’t account for all that could go wrong.

              Anyways, I started writing on this site by picking guys that either Grey didn’t like or was orerlooking like Wilin Rosario so I’m quite fine going against any grain presented :)

              • mauledbypandas says:
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                @Sky: I love Grey (in a strictly platonic and virtual sense) but yeah, there are a ton of guys with value that he doesn’t go for. That’s cool. Everybody has a strategy. I always go back to the fact that I won the overall title last year taking 3 pitchers in the first 7 or 8 rounds…

                I didn’t even like my team from last year that won either after I drafted it!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  Ha what were the pitchers, BTW?

                  Strategy is a tricky subject. On the one hand, there are some general ideas one should adhere to but the reality is, every draft is a reaction to your surrounding drafters. Our draft together, everyone went power heavy early and took some major big bombers earlier than I would’ve expected. So I actually built a more balanced team than I’m used to early. That league had me taking CarGom in the 2nd, Choo in the 3rd and Hosmer in the 4th. Typically not guys I’m drafting in those rounds if my other likes are available. That team was basically what I’d call my ‘plan B’ team for about the first six rounds. But I don’t think I overreacted and went after guys with power too early to compensate. Always a balancing act and I love the hell out of it.

                  • mauledbypandas says:
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                    @Sky: Kershaw Darvish and Weaver

                    http://games.espn.go.com/flb/tools/draftrecap?leagueId=39780 is the link to the draft recap. I wish that league was still going (sadface)

                    I always fight the tendency to get the same players across multiple teams. You are absolutely spot on about reacting to the draft. That’s where having as broad of a knowledge of player’s values comes in handy. If you can just see players honestly without the positive or negative blinders on you can really find some great value in most drafts. That being said, the FCL draft was crazy!

                    • Sky

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                      Link says the draft isn’t done yet…maybe it expects it to have a 2014 draft? Either way, interesting. Darvish/Kershaw played out great but I’m sure looking back the Weaver pick was pretty meh. Did you get Chris Davis?

                      FCL was completely nucking futs. Hamels went ridiculously late as did Iwakuma. So much value surrounding arms and 20/20 or 20/15 guys. Lots of people went big on power early which surprised me given some of the earlier draft conversations. Either way, I haven’t drafted a team yet this year that I’m extremely unhappy with minus a regret here and there.

                    • mauledbypandas says:
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                      @mauledbypandas:
                      I didn’t get Chris Davis, I remember thinking I could wait until about 120 for him but he went a few picks before me. It’s crazy looking back and seeing how some players have jumped around in their perceived values. Weaver.. ugh yeah that was me thinking I was smarter than everyone else and hoping he would bounce back. I am not sure on my drafts this year. I don’t totally hate them, but I definitely have some work to do

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      We all do :)

                      Even the best outthink the room sometimes. Weaver has always been in the good not great camp for me so he’s never on a team of mine. Just goes too high for my tastes. I had a team of Fielder/Ike Davis/Moustakas/Espinosa/Gallardo/BJ Upton last year. Trust me when I say I’ve had my share of bad turnouts. Team finished 6th but it took alot just to crawl out of the cellar there.

  13. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    I actually think the team looks pretty freakin good Sky. It looks like alot of my teams this year in that it’s a little light on speed (SAGNOF) and AVG, but lots of power, and upsidey starting pitching with good closers. What’s up with the $9 left on the table though?

    I like to see these draft breakdowns for the different leagues you guys are in, and assuming they are publicly viewable like to have a look in at them every once in a while to see how Razzball is doing. What I’d love to see to make my life easier, because let’s face it that’s what it’s all about, is a link under that “Leagues” menu at the top of the page. That link would go to a page with links to all the publicly viewable leagues that you’re in Sky, and I guess the other Razzball Writers while we’re at it. Come on, talk someone into making my life easier Sky! You can do it!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks! Was holding back early and then late a few teams nodded off here and there and started becoming autobid monsters, pushing prices up. Plus you have to realize everyone has their vices. HatsAndTats wanted to draft like every Oakland A’s player. I got into a bidding war for Moss and pushed him up to $14. That’s just crazy. People were outbidding by a large margin on some guys and I wasn’t willing to stand in there way.

      As I’ve said, if Dee does what everyone hopes Billy Hamilton will do, I’m fine on steals and can work from there.

      Ha, I’ll see what I can do. Maybe we can just make a splash page with that info available. IDK, I’ll run it up the flag pole and see if the idea sticks.

  14. Rags says:
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    $300 Auction budget, H2H points keeper league with an emphasis on OBP and hits. I have too many arms in a keeper league, need a 2B and a util bat.

    Would you trade Smyly @ 6 and Cozart @ 1 for Dozier @ 9 and Crisp @ 9? I’d get some cash back as salary cap relief this year, too.

  15. burningbridges247 says:
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    Sky,

    Me and some of the boys in the RCL had a discussion about having an auction draft available next year for the Razzball leagues. Any plan to do that format. And your team looks a lot like my teams, and my teams are AWE$OME, so there you go.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, thanks Burning Bridges!

      The problem is we try to keep the RCLs static so we’re looking at the same format for Rudy to do some crazy math/research on in the background. Overall, not against there being some but I don’t think we could weave them into the RCLs for that reason.

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        @Sky: Totally understandable…but MAN! That would be suh-weet! Thanks, Sky!

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          Ha, no prob. Auction really is the best way to play. Just have to get a room of 11 other people who’re willing to draft for over 4 to 5 hours in one sitting. It’s either that or you do slow auctions starting like New Years Day.

  16. Cram It says:
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    This is only my second year doing an auction draft. This year, I’ve created an “ideal team” using Yahoo’s avg cost in drafts. I’ve allowed room to pay a couple of more bucks here and there. Thankfully none of them are Razzball readers so I’m not expecting relatively cheap guys get their price driven up. I have a backup plan at each position so I won’t freak out when someone goes well out of his price range. We’ll see how it goes!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wish you luck, my man. I wasn’t in love with Ian Desmond but just like him. He’s Jason Kipnis at short to me and went at the right price. Once I saw the corner infield trend of overpaying I just waited until my OF guys that I liked came to me. Didn’t think I’d get all three of Bats/Stanton/Bruuuce for a total of $62. Thought that was kinda nuts. I mean, I got three players who could/should hit a total of 100+ HRs for $17 more than what Kershaw went for!

      Don’t forget to have a neutral pool of players. Guys where you’re like ‘I don’t mind them’. Sometimes those are the best guys to own. But the key of all things in auction is to circle your guys and not overpay for them unless you’re at the point of the draft you feel comfortable doing so.

      • mauledbypandas says:
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        @Sky: this year its like Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear power, powweerrr POOOWWWWEEERRR

        There is so much pitching….

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          The reference admittedly went over my head. Googled so at least now I know who you’re talking about. That said, #PitchingIsSoDeep…

          • mauledbypandas says:
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            @Sky: It’s a great show, probably better if you know anything about cars, which I do not, but a great show none the less. The 3 hosts have a great comedic timing together.

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Ah, I’m not a big car guy at all. Will have to give it a go sometime if it’s more about the conversation than the cars, though.

              • mauledbypandas says:
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                @Sky: Just make sure it is the UK version. They play it on BBC America all the time. I don’t know much about cars or care about them, but the UK Top Gear is worth a watch.

            • Shake N Bacon says:
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              @mauledbypandas: Great show! My favorite episodes are when they go on their adventures. The one to Bolivia (I think, or maybe Chile) is my all time favorite.

              Sky, you should check it out on Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video (APIV)

      • Cram It says:
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        @Sky: Yeah that OF you got is ridiculous for how cheap it came. Variations like that you can’t account for until it happens. I like Desmond, he’s on my FCL!

        • Sky

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          Exactly, there’s no such thing as a normal auction. Guy gets called early in the game and maybe people spend more or less for them, ya just never know. I think Fielder will end up being a steal at $28 but after getting those three OF for less than him apiece, I don’t feel so bad not diving in. So much about auction is waiting. Just have to remember that and pace yourself.

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      @Cram It:
      Attempted this same strategy, and it was an abject failure. The projected values give you a false low end cost, and the avg cost is a false ceiling as well. Don’t get locked into your values entirely would be my unsolicited advice. Pay attention to the overpays, and be ready to overpay by a smaller percentage. That way you donmt get priced out of the great players, but still come out with better positioning in the end game. Just be flexible to the room. Good luck.

  17. Joe G says:
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    Sky i have sonny gray,garret colé,tony cingranni, zach wheeler in my pitching rotation which one you recomend me trade him because you dont trust him much?….there is RA dickey in the waivers and archley bradley

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      I really don’t get the hype surrounding Cingrani, personally. Great fastball but…nothing else. At least not to date. I’d move away from him, personally. I like Dickey this year. I’d gamble on him first before Bradley.

      • Joe G says:
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        @Sky: this guy wants to trade me adam jones and a pitcher of his rotation for my David wright and a pitcher of that ones i mention….he has danny Salazar, tyson ross and tanaka

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          offer Cingrani and Wright, take Jones and Tanaka if he’s that crazy, Jones & Salazar if he’s not. Ross is owned by Dickey isn’t? Weird league.

          • Joe G says:
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            @Sky: jajajajajajja i will offer that

            • Sky

              Sky says:
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              Good luck, Joe!

  18. Jaret says:
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    Great info here. Like your picks. Anyway to get a recap of the full draft for further analysis? Thanks

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Glad to help. There’s a link that guides you to the league in the last paragraph. Can click ‘league’ and then ‘Draft Recap’. Lemme know if you need anything else and thanks for reading.

      • Jaret says:
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        @Sky:
        Thanks a lot. Overlooked that earlier.

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          No worries, long article and fairly easy to miss. I think I just highlighted the word ‘here’ :)

  19. Jjb says:
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    What are the chances that asche makes it through the whole season for the Phil’s. Frankel looks like he has the bigger upside

    • Sky

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      Personally not an Asche guy myself. The only thing he has going for him is Philly history of holding their prospects down on the farm a lot longer than other teams do. I’m with you in thinking Frankel is a good bet to come up this year but don’t think it’ll happen until Sept for a cup of coffee.

  20. Ellen Palm Ivory says:
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    Note to you: $9 leftover = poor job cheapy!

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Thanks. I’ll put your notes where they belong, ML

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Sky: he’s back, after having one decent human convo.

  21. Joe G says:
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    Sky would you trade yadier molina and Nelson cruz for wil myers and Wilson Ramos ?

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      I wouldn’t

      • Joe G says:
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        @Sky: yadier is too valuéble right?

        • Sky

          Sky says:
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          @Joe G: You’re just overpaying at this stage. Yadier just a bigger name overall considering his numbers last year. I like Myers but think you can squeeze out a bit more reliable C in return.

  22. Clam Backin' says:
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    Hey Sky!

    Got offered BJ for Javy Villar, thoughts? I have Segura and B.Miller and heavy on speed overall (A.Jones, Ellsbury, Martin), but light on power. Should I pull the trigger and hope for a bounce back or stay away.

    • Sky

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      Even if BJ bounces back, he’s not that big of a power source. I’d hold

  23. Joe G says:
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    Sky which side you like moré yadier molina and Nelson cruz or Wilson Ramos and wil myers?

    • Sky

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      @Joe G: You asked me this up above in a different way…

  24. DiRo says:
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    Good stuff! Just got done with my auction league and left some dollars on the board also.

    I need your opinion on a trade in a keeper league; Kinsler and Wright for Pedroia and Machado, which side do you like most?

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      @DiRo: I tried not to but a lot of factors made it happen, re: money on the table

      That’s an ‘am I competing now or later’ question. Competing now, I want the Wright side, competing for later I want the Manny side.

  25. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Feels like the type of auction team I always tend to put together. Trying something different this year with trout and miggy on a team for the right price. More risk in that losing one = 1st is out of the question, but less risk in that fewer players matter on your team overall no? Works in the shallower (10-12) team formats imo.
    Anyway, aside from that, it’s often the case that the rate of inflation for the top guys is actually lower than that of the 2nd tier guys (not in your league obv with the deal you got on your OF), because so many managers wait and then panic because they don’t have a stud, and going in with the mindset of “i won’t overpay for top guys,” can end up hurting you. Values are abundant in the late rounds, and elite production from one position is generally more valuable than great production from 2.
    Fwiw though, I really like your team, and your general philosophy. Roster isn’t locked in, don’t need all your balanced production in preseason projections. Accumulate wealth in scarce/valued categories (power/saves), get an idea of how the field is playing out during the season, and then make trades from a position of power with surplus in the most desirable areas. Understanding the difference between actual value and trade value is so vital, and you seem to obviously have the nuances figured out. (Btw, there’s almost no such thing as being speed-lite right after the draft imo, and I agree with your take that your speed situation isn’t nearly as dire as others claim it to be. I’ll take that extra power anyday.)
    Long post, but tl;dr: Interesting draft. I’ll be trying the opposite strat soon to see if I can succeed with it. Good luck, and rep razzball with the win Sky! I want the bitcoin value to at least double!

    • Sky

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      @Alky Sobrera: Long comment so TL;DR…ha!

      I’m not certain that it has to be Miggy or Trout to be effective but I could’ve ponied up bigger cash for some other bats like E5 or Votto. Just always crept out of range I was willing to pay. I was in the bidding on plenty of guys and when they hit the top of my pay out plan, they went for another $5 to $7 on top of it. It was kinda nuts. My 3 OF were the nature of the room being financially spent as I got them in almost rapid succession. No one could challenge.

      Your inflation suggestion can be valid. Really depends on the room you’re drafting with, like you said. And I can’t say I necessarily agree with the sentiment about hurting you about not approaching a top guy. I’ll still take my 3 OF over the one Miggy any day and mine only cost about $12 more. To me it’s more about value. If a top guy falls to a reasonable price, dive in. But $50 player/$260 budget = about 19% of your budget and if you follow the 70/30 rule, that’s supposed to account for 27% of your hitting. I’m just saying you put yourself at the risk of having to really get lucky late with your cheap plays. You’re putting yourself behind the 8-ball early and have to micro-manage your budget the entire draft from that point on. Not everyone is going to fall to reasonable prices late. Had plenty of guys who were ticked they couldn’t get the players they wanted in that draft because I wasn’t throwing huge money at the big players in the beginning and had actual cash to get the parts to assemble a whole team. In the end, both sides have their flaws. I’d just rather have the side that has cash at all times to make my own decisions and not let my wallet be the one deciding for me.

      I see you’re picking up what I’m putting down. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad strategy. But seriously, Dee Gordon takes off, I have very little concern about speed. Saves were just the value left to me in the draft so I took it. And it’s roto so if I have a ridiculous amount of saves by the end of April, I start looking at trades for whatever I need. And you’re right about trades. So rare are people trading/moving parts from a neutral position. There’s usually one who has what the other needs. I hope to be this person.

      And thanks! Here’s to 100% bitcoin growth! Two whole bits!

  26. American baseball has been very good to me. I just start play this fantasy baseball . I like a very much your team and write.

    • Sky

      Sky says:
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      Ha, thanks Pedro!

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