It must be remotely close to a new fantasy baseball season as the Fantasy Roundtable returns from a couple months of dormancy.

This week’s Fantasy Roundtable is being hosted by the roundtable creators over at FantasyPros911 – the only fantasy baseball blog that my namelganger Rudy Giuliani reads.

THE TOPIC: What were your biggest mistakes in 2009?


  1. Bobby Nice says:

    Why is it that no one ever reccomends picking a top closer? I’m assuming we all play in competitive leagues where everyone is eyeing the waiver wire and waiting for any borderline closers to blow a save so they can jump on his back up. In some cases the back ups are already rostered just in case, every league has that guy. I guess my point is why wouldn’t you take a Nathan or a Papelbon with your 5th or 6th pick and then scoop up who ever is left in the 14th – 17th rounds. This way you can count on 30 – 40 and still wait for a run or two later in the draft to fill out the position? It may help you sleep better during the season.
    I know I’d rather have Nathan then say Chone Figgins or Alfonso Soriano. But then again maybe I’m a complete boob.

  2. peter says:

    Biggest mistake of 2009? Thanks for reminding me of my Corey Hart tramp stamp tattoo. Way worse than Pujols..

  3. Critter Nagurski says:

    I love these, by the way. Just wanted to register that sentiment….

  4. matthole says:

    @Rudy Gamble: Hi Last year you wrote a piece on the “BRAN” Strategy that I found helpful as a draft guideline. Do you still abide by the method?

    Its long so i’ll post just an excerpt as a reminder, etc (accidenally just posted it under CQ Sleeper post):

    Anyway, here are the objectives of the BRAN strategy:?1) Get as much value as possible out of our first 9 picks which means keeping flexibility to take advantage of bargains.
    2) Remain balanced enough w/ your roster to take advantage of bargains at any position in rounds 10-25 – i.e., if you stack up on OFs in the 1st 9 rounds, you have to ignore OF bargains in favor of backfilling other positions (like pitcher).
    Here is the plan:?In the first 9 rounds, fill 6 set positions (1B, 2 OF, 2 SP, RP) and 3 ‘flex’ picks that can be used on the best values across any position

  5. @Critter Nagurski: Cool. We’ll keep doing them as long as our ’roundtable’ partners keep posing questions…

  6. big o says:

    the biggest mistake i made in 2010 was taking crawford instead of ellsbury .

    (thought i’d get this in , ahead of time) .

  7. GopherDay says:

    @big o: The biggest mistake I made in 2010 was taking either one of Crawford or Ellsbury when Pierre was available in the last round!

  8. Keith says:

    Around July I traded Rollins in a keeper league for Bartlett. That was by far my worst deal. I stole Reynolds in April for Bedard and I traded Heath Bell, Sizemore and Cantu for Fielder in April but the Rollins deal annoys me.

  9. Dave says:

    Biggest mistake in 2009 was dropping J-Upside in my keeper league.

    My biggest mistake in 2010 was overpaying for Am-Ram because I panicked in the draft and 3b seemed shallow just to watch Beckham break out huge in June.

    PS: Rudy, I love all of your strategy posts. That closer article is spot on.

  10. Dave says:

    I think that’d be helpful Rudy. It looks like every offensive position except 1b and OF is shallow this year. If you follow a BRAN strategy it seems like you’ll be stuck leaning on a sleeper break out in at least one if not two infield slots. I don’t like having my high risk players in hard to replace positions.

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