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Sunday
Mar212010

Fantasy Baseball Draft Results

Evan Longoria (TB - 3B) Drafted 6th overall.Phew!  I just completed the nerve-wracking experience of drafting a fantasy baseball team.  It is the pinnacle of commitment for any fantasy owner, as baseball requires daily monitoring and lineup tweaks.  So unless you really like baseball and can devote at least 15 minutes a day for half a year, don’t waste your friends’ time by fielding a ghost team. 

This is my third year in this league, and the stakes are higher than ever.  After bolstering the competition with dedicated players, the commissioner also enacted a rule that the last place owner has to pay double the entry fee at year’s end!  Now that’s incentive.  Also new this year is a payout for both regular season finishes as well as playoffs, which is exciting given the fickle nature of fantasy baseball postseason. 

Even though I was mercilessly chided for taking my time during the draft, we still clocked in under 90 minutes, and despite my relative unpreparedness, I’m pretty happy with my team.  I don’t have a single player from my 2nd place team of last year, but I’m okay with that.  I like drafting players I’ve never owned before. 

I went for a more balanced team than last year, where I relied largely on star pitching.  While I do have some aces and top closers, my batters have well-rounded power numbers.  Today’s draft got me excited for Opening Day, which is less than three weeks away. 

Who are your top picks this year?

My Team

Starting Lineup

Jorge Posada (NYY - C)
Adrián González (SD - 1B)
Ben Zobrist (TB - 2B,SS,OF)
Evan Longoria (TB - 3B)
Derek Jeter (NYY - SS)
Shin-Soo Choo (Cle - OF)
Torii Hunter (LAA - OF)
Shane Victorino (Phi - OF)
Jason Kubel (Min - OF)
Brad Hawpe (Col - OF)

Starting Pitchers

Félix Hernández (Sea - SP)
Javier Vázquez (NYY - SP)
Scott Baker (Min - SP)
John Danks (CWS - SP)
Randy Wells (ChC - SP)

Relievers

Mariano Rivera (NYY - RP)
Huston Street (Col - RP)

Bench

Todd Helton (Col - 1B)
Cody Ross (Fla - OF)
Franklin Gutiérrez (Sea - OF)

Jeff Niemann (TB - SP)
Roy Oswalt (Hou - SP)
Johnny Cueto (Cin - SP)

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Reader Comments (4)

Nice balanced team, should score lots of runs. Fingers crossed for your pitching staff to stay healthy.

Glad to see the rule changes, the playoffs are always a bunch of crap.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJon Labes

Thanks, Jon! Yeah I'm pretty happy with my offense, and I got Hernandez, who I really wanted. It is always about staying healthy.

March 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

I like the Choo Choo train - he could be a top 5 Outfielder. Shane Victorino may have more RBI opportunities hitting 7th. I have never even heard of Randy Wells. Overall, a solid team with some good veterans and a few young studs.

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBigBalls

Thanks for the comment! Randy Wells is a good young pitcher who had 12 wins and a 3.05 ERA with the Cubs last year. He's currently third in their rotation behind Zambrano and Dempster while Lilly is out. He'll prob get some starts for me until I see if Oswalt is fully back in form.

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

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