Posted on: April 3, 2011 12:58 pm

2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft #5

       The 2011 MLB season has finally begun & the good news is this will be my last fantasy draft post related to Baseball! Last weekend I participated in my 5th and final Draft. Please see the draft results below. This draft was the 2nd of my two money league drafts that I am participating in this year. It also happened to be through Yahoo! Sports and is a 10 team H2H league ($25 buy in). This will be my third season taking part in this particular league, and the first year that it will have a cash prize. I should actually state that this will be the first year with a buy-in to participate as in the past it was a free league with the rare or unheard of cash prizes!! It is always a highly competitive and really requires that the team owner stays active and works the free agent wire frequently in order to gain a slight upperhand on the rest of competition. I have little doubt that the excitement and competitive nature of the league will only increase with the cash payments, etc. The other unique aspect to this league is the fact that there are so many more bench slots than starting lineup positions so it definitely requires research and frequent player comparisons/stats in order to determine who to play and who to sit. It can be frustrating to have a decision backfire or leave statistics such as HR's or RBI's on the bench, but it happens and is part of the game. The team owner who is able to minimize leaving stats or avoiding injuries will be in a good position to win the league or at the very least make the Playoffs. The other part of this league that is rare is the use of 5 DL slots on each team roster which can be a blessing if the injury bugs happens to hit your team, but can also make it tough who to drop when players recover or become healthy. I really enjoy this league the most because of the high level of competition as well as the need to really manage your team roster if you want to be successful and compete for the the league title and cash prizes.    
         Overall, this draft and the results are in between Draft #4 and the first few drafts in terms of how happy I am with my selections and roster. I had the 8th overall pick in this year's draft, and it was the most difficult draft to date. The combination of a tough pick slot and the overwhelming knowledge of my fellow team owners made every pick extremely important, and this was evident in the time taken between each owners picks. The total time of this draft was easily the longest draft I participated in out of the others.
         I selected Ryan Braun with my first draft pick followed by Adrian Gonzalez, Jon Lester, Justin Upton and Brandon Phillips to round out my first 5 selections. I was pleased that I was able to draft a variety of players that I hadn't had a chance to obtain in past drafts in this particular draft by selecting Braun, Phillips, Alvarez and Drew respectively. I debated over my first pick for some time as it was between 3 players in my mind with Carlos Gonzalez, Roy Halladay and Braun. I thought about Roy for a bit too, and decided that I could get a #1 in Lester a few rounds later, and so as far as proven or the most consistent player offensively Braun had more of track record than 'CarGo' (so I decided to pass on one of my best draft selections from last season), and went with Ryan. I just felt that one amazing season in fantasy by Gonzalez didn't outweight the consistency of Ryan Braun, eventhough I believe Carlos is for real and will be a force for year's to come. However, the money value this year I felt it was hard to beat Braun who had a fellow teammate (Fielder) in a contract year which would be tough to pass on. Also to my surprise this was the first time I have owned Braun since I was fortunately enough to pick him up as a waiver wire free agent way back in his Rookie campaign. Eventually when I have more free time I will try and post a draft recap that totals each draft and the postition/players and results. Please see the draft results below and feel free to comment or advise! Thanks!

Team Name: H&R BlockZ

C- Carlos Santana
1B- Adrian Gonzalez
2B- Brandon Phillips
3B- Pedro Alvarez
SS- Stephen Drew
OF- Ryan Braun
OF- Justin Upton
OF- B.J. Upton
U- Billy Butler [1B]
BN- Vernon Wells [OF]
BN- Gordon Beckham [2B]
BN- Adam Jones [OF]
BN- Freddie Freeman [1B]
BN- Alex Gordon [3B/OF] *FA signing*
DL- Domonic Brown [OF]*Injured*

SP- Jon Lester
SP- Clay Buchholz
SP- Trevor Cahill
SP- Brett Anderson
SP- Ricky Romero
RP- Joe Nathan
RP- Chris Perez
RP- Brandon Lyon
BN- Daniel Bard *Dropped*
BN- Joel Hanrahan [RP] *FA signing*
BN- Carl Pavano [SP] *FA signing*

BN- Edwin Jackson
DL - Mat Latos [SP]*Injured*
Posted on: March 29, 2011 6:59 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2011 7:07 pm

2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft #4

         With the start of the 2011 MLB season just days away I participated in my 4th Draft this past Sunday (5 fantasy drafts total). As with my past posts I will detail the draft results below. This particular draft was the 1st of my two money league drafts that I am participating in this year. It is through Yahoo! Sports and is a 10 team H2H league ($25 buy in). In the past this has been a free & highly competitive league, but this year we decided to make it a pay league to increase the excitement and competition even more! In fact this is the longest running league I have ever been associated with and it has become a tradition of sorts each season. I was fortunate enough to win the league last season and hope to defend my title, but it won't be easy! This will actually be the 6th season with the same group of owners! The other difference between this draft and the others I have posted on here is that my younger brother also competes in this league so the sibling rivarly is also there, and adds to the overall enjoyment of this league in what can be a dreadfully long fantasy season.        
         Overall, I wasn't as happy with this draft and the results as in previous ones, but I was able to get decent value considering I had the last pick in this year's draft (#10 pick). I did draft players that I knew were injured (Utley & Morales), but I couldn't pass them up at the spots where I was able to select them within the draft, Utley  and Morales respectively. I think my SP staff is decent with proven innings eaters in Lackey and Nolasco to fill out the bottom of the rotation. Lester and Soria are probably what many would consider reliable or safe selections and I had to make a point of selecting a few key players like this throughout that specialized in certain categories and were almost guaranteed not to fail. Some other players like this included Ichiro (STL & HITS & AVG.)
and A-Rod (HRs & RBIs). I am gambling on a huge season from Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Upton, and also hope that Jose Reyes returns to form. My RP other than Soria is probably my biggest question mark on this particular roster as both Rodney and McGee's roles as Closer are far from secure. As in past seasons I will go to the waiver wire or trading block to land more consistent sources of Saves as well as work on improving my lineup and rotation too. Please see the draft results below.


C- Carlos Santana
1B- Adrian Gonzalez
2B- Chase Utley *Injured*
3B- Alex Rodriguez
SS- Jose Reyes
OF- Justin Upton
OF- Ichiro Suzuki
OF- B.J. Upton
U- Pablo Sandoval
U- Kendrys Morales *Injured*
BN- Starlin Castro  SS
BN- Gordon Beckham 2B
BN- Jason Bay OF
BN- Freddie Freeman 1B

SP-Jon Lester
SP-Mat Latos
SP-Chris Carpenter
RP-Joakim Soria
RP-Fernando Rodney
RP-Jake McGee
P-Clay Buchholz
P-Trevor Cahill
P-Ricky Nolasco
BN-John Lackey SP

        As always comments or advice are welcome. I will post my results for Draft #5 on Thursday or Friday of this week which will then be followed by a recap of all of the drafts, and a look at player selections/positions, etc. Stay tuned & again many thanks for taking the time to read my posts!
Posted on: March 22, 2011 11:22 pm

2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft #3

       The 2011 baseball season is nearly here, and will officially begin March 31st. I participated in another draft last week, but haven’t had a chance to post the results until now. I was caught up in all of the March Madness and the NCAA Tournament!! My favorite time of year!! Unfortunately my bracket was busted along with my favorite team the Syracuse Orange who were upset over the weekend by Big East foe Marquette. I hate to see Rick Jackson graduate as he was the team's most consistent presence on both ends of the floor and the clear leader as a Senior. But with defeat and sadness brings hope for next season and the arrival of two 5-Star freshman recruits in Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams.  I look for the continued improvement of Brandon Triche, Fab Melo, CJ Fair, Dion Waiters, James Sutherland, and Kris Joseph already said publicly that he will return for his Senior season. If Scoop can limit his turnovers and overall poor shot selection next season could definitely bring potential for the Orange, but enough College Basketball. Let's focus on Baseball and below is another one of my fantasy teams and the corresponding draft results.     
        For this particular draft it was a Free Agent Draft for a 12 Team H2H Dynasty/Keeper League where each team owner only received 3 picks total (Note: These picks could also be traded too). I'm not really sure its fair to call it a draft when it is so short, but that's the beauty of Dynasty leagues and in this particular one each team owner kept their entire roster of players (minus 3 players from season to season).
       The other twist with this league and what varies greatly from the other drafts that I have posted in the past on CBS is that this league also deals with Minor League players! I feel this is a unique element of fantasy baseball that I feel adds a whole new dimension in drafting and roster stylings from year to year. I should mention that before this FA Draft this league also conducted a 3 player minor league draft to include the MiLB roster size from 10 to 13. So with these two drafts (FA and MiLB) combined it adds up to six total picks and while the drafts were held at separate occasions they were for the same overall team and purpose, and will be referred to as
Draft #3
       But before I reveal my picks for my team
Los Angeles Dodgers I will provide a little background on the league first. This will be my third season in this league and year after year it is the most challenging league that I am a part of and that includes money leagues. This league is competitive, yet free and is also unique for the sheer number of players that each team owner has to keep track of between the MLB and MiLB rosters. Each owner manages 13 minor league players and up to 26 major league players (with the 2 DL slots) which is 39 total! It is a league where you definitely have to remain active throughout the season which isn’t always easy with the excruciatingly long Baseball season. Keeping up on player news or rather team news is important on tracking the top stars of the future and also maintaining a solid current fantasy roster. Please see below my fantasy roster before Draft #3 which is followed by the players I selected with my draft picks in the MLB Free Agent and MiLB Draft respectively. I have divided up my team below between the MLB and MiLB rosters. I have also included the roster rules for MiLB player status to help out. Be sure to check out my team, and as always any comments or advice are welcome!!

Team Name : Los Angeles Dodgers 


·     C -   Geovany Soto

·     1B – Lance Berkman

·     2B - Gordon Beckham

·     3B – Evan Longoria     

·     SS – Rafael Furcal

·     OF – Alex Rios

·     OF – Adam Jones

·     OF – Delmon Young

·     U  -  Austin Jackson

·     U -   Manny Ramirez

·     BN – Carlos Quentin

·     BN – Ian Stewart


·     SP – Jon Lester

·     SP – Chris Carpenter

·     P -   Trevor Cahill

·     P -   Jaime Garcia

·     P -   Rick Porcello

·     P -   Fernando Rodney

·     RP – Ryan Franklin

·     RP – John Axford

·     BN – Johan Santana


Free Agent Draft Picks:
SP – A.J Burnett, NYY - Taking a chance that he returns to form, possible trade bait.
SP – Brett Cecil, TOR - Hoping for successful follow-up season to 15 wins a year ago. Underrated.
OF – Cameron Maybin, SDG - 24 y.o., 5 tool player, but little success at MLB level, hoping for breakout season.

Minor League Draft Picks:
SS - Manny Machado, BAL 
1B/OF - Jonathan Singleton, PHI
SP - Zach Lee, LAD

Minor League players dropped after the conclusion of the draft:
OF-Slade Heathcott, NYY
OF-Carlos Peguero, SEA
SP-Phillippe Aumont,PHI

Minor League players signed as replacements:
OF- Michael Choice, OAK
SP-Felix Jorge, MIN
3B-Nick Castellanos, DET




MiLB Rules:
- Minor League Batters must have no more then 300 career at bats in the majors
- Minor League SPs must have no more then 150 career innings pitched in the majors
- Minor League RPs must have no more then 75 innings pitched
- Minor League Swingmen (eligible at SP and RP) lose their eligibility at 100 Innings pitched
- Once a player exceeds the eligibility for Minor League status, that player must be either brought up to the Major League Roster, be traded or put on waivers within 7 days after exceeding the rules.
-once 2011 MiLB draft is done nobody can add anybody from that draft
- max roster is 15


The players I drafted for the Minor league draft have been underlined below. 
* - Signed as Free Agent MiLB player 

MiLB Roster:
1. KC, C- Wil Myers
2. Phi, 1B/OF- Jonathan Singleton
3. KC, 3B- Mike Moustakas
4. Det, 3B- Nick Castellanos*
5. Bos, SS- Jose Iglesias
6. Bal, SS- Manny Machado
7. Fla, OF- Logan Morrison [206 AB]
8. LAA, OF- Mike Trout
9. Oak, OF- Michael Choice*
10. Min, SP- Felix Jorge*
11. Det, SP- Jacob Turner
12. LAD, SP- Zach Lee
13. NYM, SP/RP- Jenrry Mejia [39.0 IP]
Posted on: March 12, 2011 12:19 pm

2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft #2

Baseball's almost here! As promised here is the second fantasy squad that I drafted last evening. I posted my first team Hanley Time that I drafted last month for CBSSports.com, and that team was part of a 10 Team H2H league. In that particular league I had the 3rd overall pick; however, last night when I drafted my second fantasy draft for Yahoo! I had the 10th overall pick in a 12 team H2H league. One other noticeable difference between last night and the February CBS Sports Draft was that every single team owner showed up to draft with the exception of one! They had informed the league owner that they wouldn't be there beforehand. It was an overall impressive showing and the draft took under an hour and a half to complete with 12 teams. It was an extreme change from the other draft where at most 3 team owners appeared at some point to pick their players and that was only 10 teams! Check out how I did drafting last night, and any thoughts or comments are welcome as always!

Team Name : MARLO's_WIRE 


  • C -   Matt Wieters
  • 1B - Adrian Gonzalez
  • 2B - Gordon Beckham
  • 3B - Ian Stewart
  • SS - Alexei Ramirez
  • OF - Jason Heyward
  • OF - Michael Stanton
  • OF - Domonic Brown
  • U  -  Starlin Castro
  • U -   Adam Jones
  • BN - Desmond Jennings (OF)
  • BN - Adam Lind (1B, OF)
  • BN - Mike Moustakas (3B)*Dropped*
  • BN - Cameron Maybin (OF) *Dropped*
  • BN - Sean Rodriguez (2B,OF) *Added*


  • SP - Roy Halladay
  • SP - Jon Lester
  • P -   Mat Latos
  • P -   Jake Peavy
  • P -   John Lackey
  • P -   Brian Matusz
  • RP - Joe Nathan
  • RP - Drew Storen
  • BN - Brandon Webb
  • BN - Jair Jurrjens *Added*
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