Many years ago, before I ever dreamed of becoming a fantasy sports analyst, I dreamed of competing in industry leagues. I had no idea how people were chosen and no idea how exclusive they were, but I had a dream that one day I would win Tout Wars, LABR, or CBS. I never thought it would actually happen, but when I joined the industry in 2014, that dream returned. I then learned that there were tons of industry leagues. Many were not exclusive, but those big three were. I figured it would take me the better part of a decade to get in. So, I started my own, the Bay Area Roto Fantasy league (BARF), which drafts its second season in about ten days. However, I still dreamed of being in one of the big three.
Then last week, something happened. Paul Sporer had to drop out of the CBS league and in a magnanimous show of faith, he chose to throw it out to the entire Rotographs staff and see if anyone could do it. I proceeded to call “dibs”. The “dibs” was not challenged, as that would be against the modus operandi of the code. The torch had been passed to me. It was a moment that I will never forget.
So, on Monday morning, I sat down and turned on my Facebook live, which you can find own my public Facebook profile if you want to watch the 4+ hour broadcast, and prepared to take on some of the industries best.
|1||George Bissell||Baseball Prospectus|
|2||Bryan Joiner||Baseball Prospectus|
|3||Heath Cummings||CBS Sports|
|4||Chris Towers||CBS Sports|
|5||Scott White||CBS Sports|
|6||Justin Mason||Fangraphs/Friends with Fantasy Benefits|
|8||Keith Cromer||Patton & Company|
|9||Tim McLeod||Prospect 361|
|12||Mike Kuchera||The Fantasy Man|
This was a 12-team, AL Only auction league. It uses standard 5×5 and roster positions. There was a seven round reserve determined by a snake draft.
As I briefly mentioned above, I did a Facebook live during the entire mock. Technically, I did two because there is a four hour time limit on them. I thought this would be a fun way to interact with people as I did the auction and also would keep my mind fresh since I had worked a graveyard the night before and would obviously be tired. I am lucky in this regard because I am a virtual unknown and only one person, Tim McLeod, from the league was currently following me on twitter or was a friend of mine on Facebook, though Clay Link did follow me halfway through the auction. At the beginning I used a mixture of Fangraphs Depth Charts projections for the auction calculator and Rotowire’s projection software as a starting point for my values, but later on used mostly the FG Depth Charts that I made a few changes to, as I touch on later. It was a fun experience, but definitely led to a misstep or two.
I went back and read some of last couple of year’s write ups and examined the results. I also talked with Baseball Prospectus writer and a must follow on twitter Mike Gianella. He mentioned to me that people in the CBS leagues were very aggressive and tended to lean more towards the stars and scrubs approach. The write ups I read confirmed this. He also warned me that while holding back and waiting for deals can be a successful strategy, it can be difficult to pull off with a league like this and the last thing you want to do is eat a bunch of money.
Typically, in an auction I come in with a set plan and then adjust from there. I am a big fan of outside the box strategies. However, since it was my first year in the league I decided to play it a bit more straightforward and not go crazy. Next year though, watch out! My plan was simple.
I would try and spend around 70% of my budget on hitting and 30% on pitching.
I was going to let the auction come to me. Look for the deals, but be willing to pay full price or $1 to $2 more than my values if need be. I would not overpay on guys because of positional or categorical scarcity.
I would attempt to stay balanced and limit my $1 players.
I would push hard to make sure I got a top tier 1st baseman, since I have the belief that it is the shallowest position in fantasy this year (outside of catcher.)
I would make a huge push for Jose Altuve, but would not spend more than $1-2 over my price.
I did not want catchers that gave negative value.
The pace was a lot like the time I spent in the Army. There was a lot of hurry up and wait. There were some issues people had with their browsers and we had to stop and pause a bunch. This worked to my advantage early because it gave me time to adjust values and talk things out in the Facebook live. However, as the auction went on, fatigue from not having slept set in.
The advice given to me by Gianella was accurate and worse than I could possibly imagine. The majority of the league went with a stars and scrubs approach and the bidding was outrageous at points. Saves and stolen bases were at an expensive premium. People spent a ton early. I knew this would lead to deals, but I also didn’t want to be left out of certain positions and categories in spite of my above stated strategy. For the most part, I stayed true to my strategy as you will see below.
|C||Brian McCann C | HOU||$14||$13||-$1|
|C||Matt Wieters C | BAL||$5||$8||$3|
|1B||Miguel Cabrera 1B | DET||$34||$32||-$2|
|2B||Starlin Castro 2B | NYY||$11||$17||$6|
|3B||Adrian Beltre 3B | TEX||$22||$25||$3|
|SS||Jose Iglesias SS | DET||$3||$13||$10|
|MI||Franklin Barreto SS | OAK||$1||$0||-$1|
|CI||Matt Duffy 3B | TB||$7||$12||$5|
|OF||Miguel Sano 3B | MIN||$22||$22||$0|
|OF||Lorenzo Cain CF | KC||$25||$24||-$1|
|OF||Kevin Pillar CF | TOR||$8||$16||$8|
|OF||Corey Dickerson LF | TB||$6||$14||$8|
|OF||Josh Reddick RF | HOU||$8||$16||$8|
|DH||Victor Martinez DH | DET||$12||$10||-$2|
|P||Corey Kluber SP | CLE||$32||$30||-$2|
|P||Carlos Carrasco SP | CLE||$25||$26||$1|
|P||Aaron Sanchez SP | TOR||$13||$12||-$1|
|P||Brad Boxberger RP | TB||$2||$2||$0|
|P||Tyler Thornburg RP | BOS||$1||$2||$1|
|P||Tyler Skaggs SP | LAA||$6||$13||$7|
|P||Glen Perkins RP | MIN||$1||$2||$1|
|P||Andrew Cashner SP | TEX||$1||$0||-$1|
|P||Trevor May RP | MIN||$1||$1||$0|
|RES||Ben Gamel RF | SEA||$0||$0||$0|
|RES||JaCoby Jones 3B | DET||$0||$0||$0|
|RES||Andrew Bailey RP | LAA||$0||$2||$2|
|RES||Danny Santana CF | MIN||$0||$0||$0|
|RES||Zack Burdi RP | CHW||$0||$0||$0|
|RES||Adam Rosales 3B | OAK||$0||$1||$1|
|RES||Ariel Miranda SP | SEA||$0||$0||$0|
How did my strategy manifest?
I spent $178 on hitting and $82 on pitching. This gave me a pretty close to a 70%/30% split. Near the end of the auction I bought Skaggs for $6 and went a few dollars over my pitching budget but I think of that as a more fluid guideline.
I did not spend more than a dollar or two over my values and did not jump into the bidding wars over speed and saves. I stayed fairly disciplined.
I also feel in spite of the stars and scrubs motif of the auction, I stayed pretty balanced. I have five $1 players, but two of them (Perkins and Thornburg) should have gone for more.
I got my elite first baseman in Miguel Cabrera. I almost bought other guys in order to drown the pool, but they always went a few bucks more than I was willing to spend.
Altuve went for $46 to the same team that drafted Mike Trout for $46. My max bid on Altuve was $42, which was $2 above my value. I hated to let him go, but I wasn’t going to break from my strategy, especially that early in the auction.
I got my elite starter. I actually got two of them. In hindsight, it may have been a mistake to buy Carrasco along with Kluber, but I couldn’t allow him to go for under my value and am ecstatic with the top of my rotation being Kluber, Carrasco and Sanchez.
Both my catchers should offer positive value as long as Wieters signs in the American league. If he doesn’t, I lost out on $5 which isn’t horrible.
I should have overspent early on elite closer. I have been a big proponent of getting one of the big three closers in mixed drafts this year and with two of them in the AL, I should have gone a few bucks over my values to make sure I got one. Chapman went for $25, which was $1 above my value and Britton went for $26, $3 above. The remaining closers all went for too much and now I will spend the season chasing saves. I feel good about my speculation picks in Perkins, Bailey, Thornburg and May, but I hate to have to waste FAAB throughout the chasing down closers.
I got distracted while talking on Facebook live and completely missed out on Bradley Zimmer, who I love. I assumed he would be a reserve pick, but Rudy Gamble snuck him past me.
I had a poor set up in terms of having my draft sheets, projection software, and Facebook live all accessible at the same time. Early into the auction, I abandoned the projection software.
I am light on speed. The prices stayed pretty high throughout the auction. I feel good that I have enough to keep me in the conversation, but I will need to hit on some of my reserve guys with speed or trade for it in season. I do like to trade, but industry leagues like this can be challenging to do so.
I didn’t grab a catcher in the reserve round in case Wieters doesn’t sign or signs in the AL. Once Perkins is put on the DL to start the year, I will remedy this.
The Rest of the League’s Teams:
|Rudy Gamble of Razzball||Tim McLeod of Prospect361||Mike Kuchera of The Fantasy Man|
|C||James McCann C | DET||$5||C||Bruce Maxwell C | OAK||2||C||Caleb Joseph C | BAL||1|
|C||Luke Maile C | TB||$1||C||Roberto Perez C | CLE||1||C||Austin Romine C | NYY||1|
|1B||Chris Davis 1B | BAL||$22||1B||Eric Hosmer 1B | KC||19||1B||Mike Napoli 1B | TEX||15|
|2B||Jason Kipnis 2B | CLE||$23||2B||Raul Mondesi 2B | KC||11||2B||Jose Altuve 2B | HOU||46|
|3B||Kyle Seager 3B | SEA||$21||3B||Alex Bregman 3B | HOU||25||3B||Chase Headley 3B | NYY||3|
|SS||Andrelton Simmons SS | LAA||$2||SS||Carlos Correa SS | HOU||35||SS||Eduardo Escobar SS | MIN||1|
|MI||Alcides Escobar SS | KC||$10||MI||J.J. Hardy SS | BAL||3||MI||Brett Lawrie 2B | CHW||6|
|CI||Yoan Moncada 3B | CHW||$11||CI||Mike Moustakas 3B | KC||13||CI||Trevor Plouffe 3B | OAK||3|
|OF||Seth Smith RF | BAL||$6||OF||Kevin Kiermaier CF | TB||22||OF||Mike Trout CF | LAA||46|
|OF||Justin Upton LF | DET||$23||OF||Adam Jones CF | BAL||22||OF||Jose Bautista RF | TOR||19|
|OF||Khris Davis LF | OAK||$20||OF||Tyler Naquin CF | CLE||5||OF||Melvin Upton LF | TOR||1|
|OF||Nomar Mazara RF | TEX||$13||OF||Eddie Rosario LF | MIN||4||OF||Mallex Smith CF | TB||1|
|OF||Bradley Zimmer CF | CLE||$2||OF||Charlie Tilson CF | CHW||1||OF||Peter O’Brien LF | KC||1|
|DH||Albert Pujols DH | LAA||$15||DH||Kendrys Morales DH | TOR||18||DH||Byung Ho Park DH | MIN||1|
|P||Matt Boyd SP | DET||$2||P||Jose Quintana SP | CHW||20||P||Zach Britton RP | BAL||26|
|P||Michael Pineda SP | NYY||$13||P||Masahiro Tanaka SP | NYY||19||P||Ken Giles RP | HOU||23|
|P||Sam Dyson RP | TEX||$17||P||Santiago Casilla RP | OAK||4||P||Felix Hernandez SP | SEA||18|
|P||Cam Bedrosian RP | LAA||$11||P||Marco Estrada SP | TOR||7||P||David Robertson RP | CHW||16|
|P||Danny Salazar SP | CLE||$16||P||Joe Musgrove SP | HOU||4||P||Michael Fulmer SP | DET||10|
|P||Kevin Gausman SP | BAL||$9||P||Ervin Santana SP | MIN||3||P||Sean Manaea SP | OAK||12|
|P||Collin McHugh SP | HOU||$6||P||Nate Jones RP | CHW||9||P||Sean Doolittle RP | OAK||3|
|P||Jake Odorizzi SP | TB||$7||P||Blake Snell SP | TB||8||P||Trevor Bauer SP | CLE||5|
|P||Jose Berrios SP | MIN||$1||P||Brad Brach RP | BAL||2||P||CC Sabathia SP | NYY||1|
|RES||Ryan Rua LF | TEX||$0||RES||Jeremy Jeffress RP | TEX||$0||RES||Steven Moya RF | DET||$0|
|RES||Clint Frazier LF | NYY||$0||RES||Rymer Liriano RF | CHW||$0||RES||A.J. Reed 1B | HOU||$0|
|RES||Justin Wilson RP | DET||$0||RES||Tyler O’Neill RF | SEA||$0||RES||Tyler Austin 1B | NYY||$0|
|RES||Jesse Chavez RP | LAA||$0||RES||J.T. Chargois RP | MIN||$0||RES||Colby Lewis SP | TEX||$0|
|RES||Daniel Mengden SP | OAK||$0||RES||Carlos Ruiz C | SEA||$0||RES||Rob Refsnyder RF | NYY||$0|
|RES||Tony Zych RP | SEA||$0||RES||Ryan Flaherty 3B | BAL||$0||RES||Luis Cessa SP | NYY||$0|
|RES||Shane Greene RP | DET||$0||RES||Abraham Almonte RF | CLE||$0||RES||Tyler Clippard RP | NYY||$0|
|Keith Cromer of Patton & Company||Dean Peterson of NFBC||Chris Towers of CBS Sports|
|C||Russell Martin C | TOR||$15||C||Wilson Ramos C | TB||7||C||Mike Zunino C | SEA||6|
|C||Yan Gomes C | CLE||$5||C||Jason Castro C | MIN||4||C||Omar Narvaez C | CHW||1|
|1B||Mitch Moreland 1B | BOS||$8||1B||Jose Abreu 1B | CHW||26||1B||Hanley Ramirez 1B | BOS||21|
|2B||Ian Kinsler 2B | DET||$23||2B||Rougned Odor 2B | TEX||33||2B||Brian Dozier 2B | MIN||24|
|3B||Todd Frazier 3B | CHW||$21||3B||Jurickson Profar 3B | TEX||6||3B||Luis Valbuena 3B | LAA||3|
|SS||Xander Bogaerts SS | BOS||$27||SS||Elvis Andrus SS | TEX||20||SS||Danny Espinosa SS | LAA||6|
|MI||Didi Gregorius SS | NYY||$12||MI||Devon Travis 2B | TOR||15||MI||Tyler Saladino 2B | CHW||2|
|CI||Cheslor Cuthbert 3B | KC||$2||CI||Greg Bird 1B | NYY||7||CI||Chris Carter 1B | NYY||6|
|OF||Blake Swihart LF | BOS||$5||OF||J.D. Martinez RF | DET||26||OF||Mookie Betts RF | BOS||46|
|OF||Kole Calhoun RF | LAA||$14||OF||Alex Gordon LF | KC||9||OF||Jorge Soler LF | KC||11|
|OF||Shin-Soo Choo RF | TEX||$11||OF||Leonys Martin CF | SEA||15||OF||Carlos Gomez CF | TEX||21|
|OF||Matt Holliday LF | NYY||$9||OF||Byron Buxton CF | MIN||15||OF||Steven Souza RF | TB||6|
|OF||Cameron Maybin CF | LAA||$14||OF||Avisail Garcia DH | CHW||1||OF||Norichika Aoki LF | HOU||1|
|DH||Aaron Judge RF | NYY||$5||DH||Nick Castellanos 3B | DET||16||DH||Kennys Vargas 1B | MIN||8|
|P||Aroldis Chapman RP | NYY||$25||P||Roberto Osuna RP | TOR||23||P||Danny Duffy SP | KC||20|
|P||Ian Kennedy SP | KC||$12||P||Brandon Kintzler RP | MIN||13||P||Edwin Diaz RP | SEA||21|
|P||Chris Devenski RP | HOU||$2||P||Dylan Bundy RP | BAL||7||P||Huston Street RP | LAA||8|
|P||David Price SP | BOS||$25||P||Drew Pomeranz SP | BOS||4||P||Luke Gregerson RP | HOU||3|
|P||Jason Hammel SP | KC||$8||P||Mike Fiers SP | HOU||3||P||Dallas Keuchel SP | HOU||17|
|P||Jordan Zimmermann SP | DET||$5||P||Luis Severino SP | NYY||2||P||Sonny Gray SP | OAK||6|
|P||Hisashi Iwakuma SP | SEA||$5||P||Chad Green SP | NYY||3||P||Will Harris RP | HOU||3|
|P||Lucas Giolito SP | CHW||$2||P||Keone Kela RP | TEX||2||P||Matt Shoemaker SP | LAA||10|
|P||Chris Tillman SP | BAL||$5||P||Nathan Karns SP | KC||3||P||Drew Smyly SP | SEA||7|
|RES||James Shields SP | CHW||$0||RES||Derek Holland SP | CHW||$0||RES||Yonder Alonso 1B | OAK||$0|
|RES||Aaron Hicks RF | NYY||$0||RES||Yovani Gallardo SP | SEA||$0||RES||Gleyber Torres SS | NYY||$0|
|RES||Ubaldo Jimenez SP | BAL||$0||RES||Martin Perez SP | TEX||$0||RES||Frankie Montas RP | OAK||$0|
|RES||Jake Marisnick CF | HOU||$0||RES||Christian Vazquez C | BOS||$0||RES||Yohander Mendez RP | TEX||$0|
|RES||Anibal Sanchez SP | DET||$0||RES||Matt Davidson DH | CHW||$0||RES||Curt Casali C | TB||$0|
|RES||Steve Cishek RP | SEA||$0||RES||Chris Young LF | BOS||$0||RES||Tyler White 1B | HOU||$0|
|RES||John Axford RP | OAK||$0||RES||Shawn O’Malley RF | SEA||$0||RES||Jorge Bonifacio RF | KC||$0|
|Scott White of CBS Sports||George Bissell of Baseball Prospectus||Bryan Joiner of Baseball Prospectus|
|C||Evan Gattis DH | HOU||$17||C||Gary Sanchez C | NYY||27||C||Chance Sisco C | BAL||2|
|C||Sandy Leon C | BOS||$4||C||Francisco Mejia C | CLE||1||C||Martin Maldonado C | LAA||2|
|1B||Brandon Moss LF | KC||$8||1B||Joe Mauer 1B | MIN||6||1B||Brad Miller SS | TB||14|
|2B||Robinson Cano 2B | SEA||$29||2B||Dustin Pedroia 2B | BOS||18||2B||Jonathan Schoop 2B | BAL||16|
|3B||Evan Longoria 3B | TB||$20||3B||Pablo Sandoval 3B | BOS||8||3B||Yuli Gurriel 3B | HOU||15|
|SS||Jean Segura 2B | SEA||$25||SS||Manny Machado 3B | BAL||44||SS||Troy Tulowitzki SS | TOR||13|
|MI||Jorge Polanco SS | MIN||$7||MI||Francisco Lindor SS | CLE||30||MI||Jed Lowrie 2B | OAK||6|
|CI||Joey Gallo 3B | TEX||$1||CI||Steve Pearce 1B | TOR||2||CI||C.J. Cron 1B | LAA||9|
|OF||Mark Trumbo RF | BAL||$23||OF||Jose Ramirez 3B | CLE||25||OF||Rajai Davis CF | OAK||18|
|OF||Jackie Bradley CF | BOS||$14||OF||Danny Valencia 3B | SEA||10||OF||Jarrod Dyson CF | SEA||16|
|OF||Mitch Haniger CF | SEA||$8||OF||Matt Joyce RF | OAK||6||OF||Michael Brantley LF | CLE||14|
|OF||Brett Gardner LF | NYY||$12||OF||Brandon Guyer LF | CLE||1||OF||Carlos Beltran DH | HOU||8|
|OF||Jacoby Ellsbury CF | NYY||$18||OF||Brock Holt LF | BOS||1||OF||Lonnie Chisenhall RF | CLE||1|
|DH||Melky Cabrera LF | CHW||$6||DH||Dan Vogelbach 1B | SEA||7||DH||Colby Rasmus LF | TB||1|
|P||Cole Hamels SP | TEX||$21||P||Yu Darvish SP | TEX||33||P||Francisco Rodriguez RP | DET||18|
|P||Rick Porcello SP | BOS||$16||P||Marcus Stroman SP | TOR||19||P||Ryan Madson RP | OAK||14|
|P||Francisco Liriano SP | TOR||$7||P||Jharel Cotton SP | OAK||6||P||Craig Kimbrel RP | BOS||29|
|P||J.A. Happ SP | TOR||$11||P||Garrett Richards SP | LAA||11||P||Alex Colome RP | TB||25|
|P||Steven Wright SP | BOS||$2||P||Joe Kelly RP | BOS||1||P||Chris Archer SP | TB||28|
|P||Jose De Leon SP | TB||$2||P||Matt Andriese SP | TB||1||P||Alex Cobb SP | TB||7|
|P||Eduardo Rodriguez SP | BOS||$3||P||Charlie Morton SP | HOU||1||P||Tyson Ross SP | TEX||2|
|P||Josh Tomlin SP | CLE||$5||P||Brent Honeywell SP | TB||1||P||Kyle Gibson SP | MIN||1|
|P||Reynaldo Lopez SP | CHW||$1||P||Francis Martes SP | HOU||1||P||Hector Santiago SP | MIN||1|
|RES||Pedro Alvarez DH | BAL||$0||RES||Teoscar Hernandez LF | HOU||$0||RES||Tyler Collins CF | DET||$0|
|RES||Adam Lind 1B | SEA||$0||RES||Joey Rickard RF | BAL||$0||RES||Logan Morrison 1B | TB||$0|
|RES||Jake Bauers RF | TB||$0||RES||Chris Heston RP | SEA||$0||RES||Cody Asche LF | CHW||$0|
|RES||Casey Gillaspie 1B | TB||$0||RES||Adam Engel CF | CHW||$0||RES||Jason Vargas SP | KC||$0|
|RES||Phil Hughes SP | MIN||$0||RES||Mychal Givens RP | BAL||$0||RES||Mark Canha 1B | OAK||$0|
|RES||Miguel Gonzalez SP | CHW||$0||RES||Joe Jimenez RP | DET||$0||RES||Mikie Mahtook LF | DET||$0|
|RES||Bruce Rondon RP | DET||$0||RES||Carson Smith RP | BOS||$0||RES||Dan Otero RP | CLE||$0|
|Clay Link of Rotowire||Heath Cummings of CBS Sports|
|C||Jonathan Lucroy C | TEX||$27||C||Welington Castillo C | BAL||11|
|C||Stephen Vogt C | OAK||$10||C||Salvador Perez C | KC||13|
|1B||Edwin Encarnacion DH | CLE||$31||1B||Carlos Santana DH | CLE||18|
|2B||Whit Merrifield 2B | KC||$2||2B||Joey Wendle 2B | OAK||1|
|3B||Josh Donaldson 3B | TOR||$38||3B||Ryon Healy 3B | OAK||14|
|SS||Tim Anderson SS | CHW||$23||SS||Marcus Semien SS | OAK||16|
|MI||Marwin Gonzalez 1B | HOU||$1||MI||Tim Beckham SS | TB||1|
|CI||Yunel Escobar 3B | LAA||$4||CI||Justin Smoak 1B | TOR||2|
|OF||Ben Revere CF | LAA||$8||OF||George Springer RF | HOU||30|
|OF||Andrew Benintendi LF | BOS||$20||OF||Nelson Cruz DH | SEA||26|
|OF||Max Kepler RF | MIN||$13||OF||Ezequiel Carrera RF | TOR||1|
|OF||Robbie Grossman LF | MIN||$1||OF||Nick Franklin LF | TB||2|
|OF||Paulo Orlando RF | KC||$1||OF||Hyun Soo Kim LF | BAL||4|
|DH||Jefry Marte 1B | LAA||$1||DH||Billy Burns CF | KC||1|
|P||Kelvin Herrera RP | KC||$20||P||Chris Sale SP | BOS||33|
|P||Justin Verlander SP | DET||$26||P||Cody Allen RP | CLE||21|
|P||James Paxton SP | SEA||$15||P||Andrew Miller RP | CLE||17|
|P||Matt Strahm RP | KC||$5||P||Dellin Betances RP | NYY||14|
|P||Matt Bush RP | TEX||$4||P||Darren O’Day RP | BAL||2|
|P||Andrew Triggs RP | OAK||$3||P||Carlos Rodon SP | CHW||12|
|P||Daniel Norris SP | DET||$5||P||Lance McCullers SP | HOU||17|
|P||Ricky Nolasco SP | LAA||$1||P||Ryan Dull RP | OAK||3|
|P||Kendall Graveman SP | OAK||$1||P||Joakim Soria RP | KC||1|
|RES||Delino DeShields CF | TEX||$0||RES||Trey Mancini DH | BAL||$0|
|RES||Lourdes Gurriel CF | TOR||$0||RES||Willy Adames SS | TB||$0|
|RES||Rowdy Tellez 1B | TOR||$0||RES||Michael Kopech SP | CHW||$0|
|RES||Greg Allen CF | CLE||$0||RES||Carson Fulmer RP | CHW||$0|
|RES||Ryan Pressly RP | MIN||$0||RES||Travis Wood P | Unaffiliated||$0|
|RES||Jason Grilli RP | TOR||$0||RES||David Paulino RP | HOU||$0|
|RES||Darwin Barney 2B | TOR||$0||RES||Hunter Dozier RF | KC||$0|
Overall, I like my team. I feel like I put together a squad that can compete in most categories and the ones where I am light, I can chase via FAAB or the trade market. I have a good mix of upside, safety, and bounce back potential. According to my values, my team was a net $53 of value. If my team can stay relatively healthy, I should be competitive.
The Facebook Live was a resounding success. Many people who watched or participated loved it. It will definitely be something I do again in the future. Possibly for the BARF league, which is a live draft and Tout Wars, which I will be attending, but not participating in the drafts?
If I am lucky enough next year, I will maybe try a more out of the box strategy, take the night off of work before the draft, and be better prepared if I do a live stream.
Again, big thanks to Paul Sporer for being too busy this year!
Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.