That’s all I got now, but I’ll periodically (once a week?) be posting about the headlines.
March 29, 2012
March 20, 2012
Well it's mid March and Fantasy Baseball drafts are in full swing. Two of my leagues have completed their drafts and the third is about halfway done (slow auction draft). I've also participated in many mock drafts, put together my own rankings and projections (the ClubhouseGM Draft Kit can be found here ClubhouseGM 2012 Draft Kit) and read countless articles across the web over the past couple weeks and months. Needless to say we now have a good sense of where players are being drafted, who the 'must have' sleepers are and which players are being avoided like the plaque. Below I take a look at 15 players taken in the first 10 rounds that I believe are still being drafted too high. For the ADP's I took the average from a couple different sites over the past 2 weeks.
Here they are, the 15 players I feel are being drafted too high (and why)....
Player- Ryan Braun
|Average Draft Position (ADP)- 7|
Reason; Prior to the drug testing fiasco I would have had Braun in the 3-5 range. After losing Price and with the possibility that last year was aided by performance enhancing substances I'm dropping him more than a couple spots. If he falls in to the mid-late 2nd I'd think about it, but not in the 1st round, too much risk for my #1 pick.
Three players typically drafted later I'd rather have; Joey Votto, Adrian Gonzalez, Evan Longoria
Three players at same position I'd be ok getting later; Jacoby Ellsbury, Justin Upton, Andrew McCutchen
March 14, 2012
$25! $30! $55! $68!
Only muffled whispers could be heard amongst the crowd. “Did he just spend what I think he just spent?” “I’d never spend that much.” Being in a keeper league based in Michigan, I guess we kind of expected Cabrera’s price tag to reach that high, but then again, hearing the price of $68 for 1 player, when the total amount every team has to spent on their respective team is $260 and there are 25 spots to fill (11 hitters, 8 pitchers, and 6 bench spots) was voice-grabbing. Going once…going twice…SOLD! That set the tone. Once Miggy went for that much the floodgates were open. Money started flying like we were bank owners eagerly awaiting our government bailout. Kemp for $57, Tulowitzki for another $57, Albert Pujols for $62 and many more followed. The big boys were out, and they wanted to play.
Even though I, and most others in the league, calculated the players above to go for a lot more (around $70) using the inflation formula (which can be found by Googleing “How to calculate draft inflation”), it was still a shocker to hear $68. In the past managers were more reserved when doling out the cash or moola if you’ve just arrived from the 80’s. Managers in the past wanted to fill their roster throughout with “solid” players, but I guess in 2012, the big hitting, flashy names, and bright lights attracted all the kiddies. Either that or the complete unpredictability later in the draft.
That right there is why I love auction drafts, the unpredictability. To me, it’s the only way to draft. If Snake Drafts are a Toyota Corolla, Auction Drafts are the Mercedes Benz E Class. The giddiness I feel before drafts is like none other. I think while I was drafting a let out a few schoolgirl giggles –Tee-Hee! The ability to get any player I want is great. Wherein Snake Drafts it’s totally planned out. If I get the #8 pick I know I’m not getting these guys, but will get these. Auctions are utter chaos! If I want Troy Tulowitzki, I get him! If someone starts a bidding war I can just slap my Mike & Ikes on the table and say “Let’s Go! Troy is mine!”
Which brings me to the next best thing about auction drafts, price enforcing. Is there anything better than making someone pay an extra premium for a guy they want? It’s like what ballparks do with beer. They know you have to drink at a baseball game. They know you’ll bitch about paying $8.00 for a beer that would cost you $1.00 anywhere else. They also know you’ll fork over that $8.00 and sit your ass down and watch your game. Just like in auctions, when you see a guy going someone they want it’s great…nah..fabulous to jump in and start a bidding war. Making that dude pay an extra few bucks is priceless. Suck it big boy! You just dropped $25 on Bobby Abreu…oh wait that was me. Sad face.
I recently finished up with 2 auction drafts in 2 long running, phenomenal leagues. This article is more about my excitement for the fantasy baseball season (Christmas in March) than anything else. However, if this does sway you into changing the format of your league from Snake to Auction then good, I’ve done my part.