This league allows daily pickups where all adds/drops take effect the next day. The biggest challenge is that this is the news sharkiest expert league ever created so there is NO WAY I’m ever landing a player based on breaking news (there are three from Rotoworld, two from Rotowire, and Yahoo’s Scott Pianowski. If they get by those 6, then there’s Grey. I had some success in 2014 grinding to a 6th place finish with a mediocre draft leveraging the Streamonator and Hittertron (and even out-sharking people on two closers) but that advantage was nixed when a move cap of 125 was added in 2015.
In addition, several members have no problem drafting in an unorthodox way (the hit/pitch splits this year ranged from 48/52 to 80/20!). This has put me in some uncomfortable spots in past drafts.
All that said, I felt good going into the draft for three reasons:
- There are only 12 teams for 2016 where historically it has been 14 teams. Grey and I are used to streaming in RCL and – while the 125 transaction + 1,400 IP cap makes it slightly different than RCL – I felt more comfortable waiting on SPs after acquiring two top pitchers.
- I had a good feel how the draft would go based on my ADP research and previous drafts. Even if Jeff Erickson, Chris Liss, and Dalton Del Don followed through on their SP-heavy 2015 strategy and Scott Pianowski did some gambit, I felt comfortable enough that I wouldn’t be caught off-guard.
- I got the 3rd pick.
Here is my team:
|C||Brian McCann (C/1B)||14.166|
|1B||Chris Davis (1B/OF)||3.27|
|CI||Danny Valencia (3B/OF)||22.262|
|B||Juan Nicasio (SP)||24.286|
|B||Yasmany Tomas (3B/OF)||25.291|
|B||Brad Miller (2B/SS/OF)||26.310|
General Draft Observations:
- Check out the below hit/pitch splits – it’s rare that you ever see teams dip below 60% of their draft on hitting but Rotowire’s Liss & Erickson hit levels (48.6% and 53.0%) that I’ve never seen in a draft. Dalton and Rotoworld’s D.J. Short are also below 61%. Conversely, only one team went 70+% hit but that was Pianowski who went 80.3% hit and didn’t draft any starting pitchers.
|Team||Hit Inv||Pitch Inv|
|Razzball – Grey||66.4%||33.6%|
|Razzball – Rudy||65.2%||34.8%|
|Rotoworld – Boyer||68.3%||31.7%|
|Rotoworld – Short||60.7%||39.3%|
|Rotoworld – Dougherty||65.7%||34.3%|
|Y! – Behrens||69.8%||30.2%|
|Y! – Del Don||58.6%||41.4%|
|Y! – Funston||69.0%||31.0%|
|Y! – Pianowski||80.3%||19.7%|
- For hitting, my focus was solidifying power early (bundled with speed or AVG where possible) and using later rounds to flesh out speed and average. I planned on two bench spots for hitting and targeted Rockies (Parra, Lemahieu – just missed out on Paulsen) who I could potentially rotate out for road games. I ended up taking 3 bench hitters because Josh Reddick came at such a good price.
- For pitching, I wanted to draft 4-5 SP and 5-6 RPs which is similar to my RCL draft strategy. The deep ‘ace’ pool gave me the courage to ignore the SP-heavy drafting of Liss/Erickson/DDD and take bats on my 2nd/3rd picks (Marte, Chris Davis). I was happy that Kluber fell to me in the 4th and nabbed his teammate Danny Salazar in the 6th round. I liked the prices on my other three SPs (Shark, Liriano, and Chen) who have been targets of mine all draft season. On the closer front, I wanted 2 definite closers and a shot at a 3rd. I nailed that with Rosenthal, Giles/Gregerson, and Jumbo Diaz. I decided to take a flier on Juan Nicasio versus a weaker RP.
- In all, the draft went about as well as I could have hoped. Based on my dollars, I drafted a top 4 hitting and pitching team. But it is going to be tough to keep pace with these sharks once the season starts.
- As for Grey (here’s his recap), our draft executions were quite similar on hit/pitch split (near identical) and on hitting (I think he has the 3rd best offense behind Pianowski and myself). But I feel like I got better starter pitching value as his staff is a lot more upside-y + WHIP-challenged than mine.