Before we jump right into this draft recap, let’s go over a little bit of background about the league and its details. This isn’t like the typical RCL 5×5 rotisserie league we often talk about in this space. LOEG is a 10×10 head-to-head keeper league, with 10 teams and four keepers per team from year to year. The league has been around for something like ten years and has been graced by the presence of yours truly for the past five.
Since the categories, scoring, and rules are a little different in this league I’ll break down all the details below. I think it’s important to break this down a bit first because not only do I want to bore you to death, but I want you to have all the information while you are going over the results and making fun of my team in the comments section. Anyway, here we go:
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- Batting: BA, BB, H, HR, KO, OPS, R, RBI, SB, XBH
- Pitching: BAA, BBI, ERA, HD, K, L, QS, S, W, WHIP
- 26-man rosters, with 18 active players, 7 reserves, and 1 minor league spot
- Active lineups, adjusted daily: C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF (3), Util, SP (5), RP (4).
- 5 Disabled List spots
- Maximum of 13 starting pitcher starts per week per team
- Minimum of 30 innings pitched per week per team
- Head-to-Head weeks start on Mondays and end on Sundays
- $200 league entry fee, $1 per free agent signing (injury replacements are free), $5 per-player for all trades.
That last detail is probably one of the bigger ones, as streaming in a money league can get expensive pretty fast. And that doesn’t even include the $400+ tab we ran up at Donovan’s Pub in Manchester, NJ during the draft or the money I spent to fly up to NJ from Fort Lauderdale. As you can see, the rosters and scoring settings are a bit different from RCL roto leagues. Anyway, let’s get to the results. But first, here are the keepers:
And now let’s get to the results…
Das Boot Recap: Das Boot picked first because, you know, they finished in last place in 2016. The early rumors had Charlie Blackmon going first overall, but the fake Ken PosenPaul account on Twitter broke the news early on Saturday morning that Blackmon was out (black men were very much still in for Das Boot, just Blackmon was out) and Jonathan Villar was in. My super projections currently have the Boot finishing 9th out of 10 teams (Sorry, Jay!). Perhaps it is because his four relievers are currently made up of three current St. Louis relievers and one former St. Louis starter, or maybe it is because his unofficial Guinness and Jack Daniels shooter count on Saturday was something like one per round. Either way, I have him finishing in the bottom third of the league in saves, WHIP, and ERA on the pitching side and BB, Runs, and OPS on the offensive side. I hope Das Boot was made for walking because they have some work to do.
Slime Recap: It is difficult to truly evaluate slime. It is, by definition, slippery, repulsive, and often difficult to define, at least on a case-by-case basis. This slime is no different. The Razzball community will no doubt dislike Slime taking a catcher so early, though Gary Sanchez might turn out to not be just any catcher. Even so, as the resident Frankencatcher Reporter, I must turn my nose up at such a pick. That being said, my lab mice came back with their projections and predicted Slime to finish 4th. They are impressively average or better in 19 of the 20 categories right now, with only K (batters) as an outlier (projected to finish dead last). If they can meet or surpass those projections, we are looking at a playoff team. Slime does, however, have some very risky starting pitching.
Big Tyne: The only surprising thing about Big Tyne’s draft was that they waited until the 9th round to take his first reliever. They were no doubt happy to be able to grab Charlie Blackmon at 5.03 after his brief draft day fall. Big Tyne also boasts my favorite minor league pick for 2017 in Cody Bellinger, who might provide some valuable power at what is a weak first base position. I hesitated on pulling the trigger on Bellinger for about four rounds before watching Big Tyne swoop in and capitalize on my hesitation. My secret algorithms have Big Tyne pegged for 5th place right now.
Mermen Recap: The Mermen took Joey Votto with their first pick of the day, after yours truly kept Daniel Murphy over him :::ducks from the crowd throwing rotten vegetables:::. I love Votto, but he burned me the last two years in April and May, to the point where I almost had to drop him. You can weather extreme slumps in roto leagues, but they can be devastating in H2H leagues, where points matter every week. For the Mermen’s sake, I hope Votto actually gets out of the gate this season. The Mermen took a gamble by grabbing Ian Desmond at 8.07, as they are no doubt hoping for him to return sooner rather than later and produce like he did last season. I like this team overall, except for the backend of the rotation, but the super computer currently has this team projected to finish 8th.
|MOTOR CITY MASHERS|
Motor City Mashers Recap: When I look at this roster with my heart, I like it, but I don’t love it. The powers that be (creating my projections), however, have the Mashers winning the whole dang thing. They obviously started with a stacked outfield of keepers and one of the best first baseman in the game, and they added to that infield with Trevor Story and Alex Bregman in the first two rounds. I don’t love taking Tanaka and his brittle UCL that early, but I get it. I’m just not into taking a starting pitcher with such an injury risk as my first arm. And I think they grabbed Ben Zobrist wayyyyyyy too early. And Jharel Cotton is too early for my liking, as well. They will also have to add another starter, at least, to be able to compete with the numbers of some other teams when they go head-to-head, otherwise, the raw numbers will catch up to them. When I look at the numbers of my projections, there is little room for error for the Mashers, as they are just percentage points above some other teams in many categories, and those categories are likely to be compromised when they are forced to make what look to be some necessary roster moves (they have seven pure outfielders right now) early in the season. But, at least for now, the Mashers are your preseason paper champs.
|YOU’RE F**KING OUT|
You’re F**king Out Recap: In an unofficial preseason poll, the ownership team for YFO was voted the most hated in the LOEG. The somewhat-trained chimpanzees creating the preseason projections may have taken that into account when predicting them to finish 6th. Or maybe they just took taking Yasiel Puig five rounds above his ADP into account. Or maybe the thought of David Price losing range of motion in his throwing arm just made them want to fling excrement at this squad. I don’t know for sure; they haven’t mastered the art of communication. They’re just here for the projections. The A.J. Pollock pick makes me nervous, and I didn’t even have Pollock on my big board heading into the draft because I knew someone would take him before I did. There is just too much to hate: injuries, the fact that he has only ever had one good season and never displayed much power before his breakout (career high in HR was 8 before 2015, including the minors), the fact that I have to look up how to spell Pollock every time I write it. Pollack. Pollok. Polack. Blegh, gross. Anyway, I get it, if he returns to 2015 form and stays healthy, then getting him in the fifth round is a steal. I just don’t see it.
|OKLAHOMA CITY TRUMPNECKS|
|Oh, Seung Hwan||RP||STL||9.07|
Oklahoma City Trumpnecks Recap: Behold, the Trumpnecks. No offense, Trumpy, but this is my least favorite team. My interns punched your team into their TI-84s and projected the Trumpnecks to finish 7th, but they are only interns and I’m not sure why they needed graphing calculators. OKCT were lucky to get Christian Yelich in the 6th after passing him over for McCutchen in the 5th, so that helps things a little. But then they followed that up with Dustin Pedroia in the 8th, J.T. Realmuto (not that I don’t love me some Jacob Tyler Realmuto, as you all know) in the 10th, and DJ LeMahieu in the 11th. All reaches in my books. And I don’t hate any of those players, it’s just that none of them have a high enough ceiling to justify taking them that high. They were also the first team of the day to use their minors pick, grabbing Julio Urias in the 16th round. Who knows, maybe Greg Bird will hit 80 home runs in Yankee Stadium and save them, but I see dark times ahead for Trumpneck Nation.
|Edwards Jr., Carl||RP||CHC||23.08|
Evil Empire Recap: The Evil Empire were at a disadvantage heading into this draft, as they had dealt their 2nd and 4th round picks at last season’s trading deadline to try and make a playoff run. They compensated for that by trading out of the first round and acquiring a couple picks. So, just know that the numbers listed above for two of their first for picks are slightly off by about half a round or so. The Empire wanted Gary Sanchez with their first pick of the night but traded out of the round in disgust after watching Sanchez go second overall to Slime, of all teams. They did pick up two potential catchers with their first three picks, though, as they grabbed Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras early. One might question the strategy behind taking two catchers that early, but one is expected to be mostly an outfielder and the other at least has OF eligibility. The latter, though, was taken three rounds above his ADP. The preseason projections, unfortunately, have the Empire finishing, gulp, dead last. They have the Empire ranking last in XBH, H, R, RBI, and HLD, and second-to-last in SB, QS, WHIP, SO, W, and SV.
|ROYALS WITH CHEESE|
Royals with Cheese Recap: Ladies, Gentlemen, and in-betweeners, your mighty Royals. Number one in your hearts and number two in your league standings the last two seasons :::cut to commercial so I can get in a quick cry and pull myself together:::. Overall, I’m pretty happy with how things fell for me. I was able to keep the Seager brothers together for the third time this draft season, and a happy home is a healthy home. My projections have me finishing in third place, which is bull because they are my projections and I should just always adjust them until they have me winning it all or, at the very least, finishing in second place for the third straight year. My team can absolutely mash the baseball, and I am projected to finish first in HR, RBI, BB, and OPS. What I do not have is any kind of speed whatsoever, as I ended up just punting steals. My lineup depth is great, but I could use one or two SP upgrades. If I can tweak that just a little, I really like my chances this season.
Downtown Academy Recap: Downtown Academy had nothing to prove after winning the league last season, but they showed up to the draft anyway. I have some major questions about this squad, but when I plugged all of these teams into MLB 2015 The Show and simulated an entire season, they projected DA to finish second. The David Dahl injury makes me worry about that pick, and 7.10 is way too early for Evan Gattis for me, especially since we are talking about roughly 400 at-bats in a H2H league. The rest of the squad, though, is solid and very balanced. I only have them in the bottom third for BB (offense).
So, there you have it. The secret sauce (or maybe I was just secretly sauced when creating them?) projection module have the Motor City Mashers topping Downtown Academy in the championship. Will that really happen? Of course! These are projections! Projections are always right, just like polls run by CNN!
More importantly, but do you guys think? Who has the best and worst team? What are the best and worst picks? Many of the members of this league read this posts, so feel free to let them have it.
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