2012 Yahoo Fantasy Draft

My bi-yearly self-indulgent post on my fantasy draft. Mock away...

You probably know the drill by now, but a reminder; it's a Yahoo points league with 9 offensive players (C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF, RF, Util) and 9 pitchers (4 SP, 3 RP, 2 Util) with 7 bench spots. Points are rigged in a way that stolen bases aren't nearly as valuable as roto leagues, i.e like real baseball. It counts as an extra base and if you get caught stealing it counts against the player. If it leads to more runs scored then that will show in the runs scored points. In other words, most of your fantasy guides aren't much use for the speedsters that get valued for their stolen bases. Middle infielders get a small defensive boost to put them closer to their corner position comrades. It's a 15-team league and we keep 6 keepers a year and draft those keepers in the appropriate round determined by their point value the year before. So a Miguel Cabrera is a first round pick and a Josh Johnson is a 25th round pick because of his injuries last year. My keeper options were Cliff Lee, Tim Lincecum, Albert Pujols, Starlin Castro, Evan Longoria, Matt Garza,  Paul Goldschmidt, Brett Lawrie and Mike Trout. I picked Lee, Lincecum, Pujols, Castro, Longoria and Lawrie. Then me and JD, whom you may know from the comments, pulled off a Jason Heyward for Brett Lawrie swap right before the draft. I picked 11th or 5th in each round, snake-style.

To my super-important draft...

  1. Cliff Lee (Keeper) - duh
  2. Tim Lincecum (Keeper) - duh
  3. Albert Pujols (Keeper) - duh, although he's getting near the age where I wouldn't mind moving him to get younger. Oh no, I gave away my strategy, what am I to do?
  4. Rickie Weeks - my first pick and it was the 11th overall in the draft when discounting other folks' keepers. I was thrilled at this. (2 players drafted before and after my pick not counting keepers: B. Gardner, J. Papelbon/M. Latos, A. Ethier)
  5. Starlin Castro (Keeper) - too young to give up and better things to come hopefully
  6. Evan Longoria (Keeper) - down year last year and hopefully he's over his injuries
  7. Miguel Montero - probably should have waited for a catcher later, but he was the last decent bat at that position besides Soto and I'm not convinced which Soto we're getting this year. (Melky Cabrera, S. Santos/F. Freeman, M. Scherzer)
  8. Y. Cespedes - potential power bat in center field, worth a shot, was hoping for J. Valverde but got nabbed just before. (Valverde, F. Cordero/B. Morrow, S. Marcum)
  9. J. Nathan - closers were already going including H. Street that I desperately wanted (Street, A. Sanchez/Maybin, Markakis)
  10. K. Farnsworth - must have closers although I was eyeing E. Santana (J. Santana, Bonifacio/E. Santana, J. Garcia)
  11. J. Willingham - Besides the utility spot, left field was the last position spot I needed and at least there is some power there with Willingham. Ultimately I seem to always have terrible luck at that position. (J. Guerra, C. Perez/G. Soto, F. Francisco)
  12. J. Broxton - well there's upside there if he gets the closer job (A. Lind, T. Lilly/F. Rodriguez, H. Kuroda)
  13. M. Thornton - him and Capps were the last 2 closers left. Was looking at Kendry Morales to stash on the DL. (I. Desmond, B. Boesch/J. Kubel, K. Morales)
  14. J. Danks - looking for starting pitching with some upside and Danks had a string of bad luck to start the year including a BABIP on the season that was well above his career norms. (D. Espinosa, D. Holland/V. Pestano, D. Murphy)
  15. C. Volstad - homer pick, hoping this is the year he catches up to his once-upon-a-time prospect status (Iannetta, Doumit/S. Baker, A. Escobar)
  16. R. Nolasco - Another BABIP victim last year, although the new park might hurt him. (Jurrjens, Altuve/Aviles, J. Lowrie)
  17. C. Headley - Could use a back-up for Longoria since I traded Lawrie away and he's young enough to possibly break out a bit. An early drop candidate if I need a roster spot. (L. Duda, Scutaro/L. Lynn, C. Pena)
  18. B. McCarthy - I can't imagine he'll do as well as last year, but worth a risk this late. And I like his Twitter feed. I did pass up on Cozart here hoping he'd last another round or two.  (F. Liriano, K. Wood/J.D. Martinez, Cozart)
  19. A. Soriano - spring training stats count, right? Between him and Willingham maybe I can ride out the hot streaks. (Ogando, P. Coke/Quentin, Ruiz)
  20. J. Mayberry - wanted a right fielder just in case JD balked on me and Mayberry's 4-position eligibility should be useful (M. Brantley, Vlad/Lidge, O' Flaherty)
  21. E. Bedard - he's the Pirates #1, he must be good. See how he does in the N.L. and a lefty-friendly park. (L. Cain, Lucroy/Revere, Viciedo)
  22. Rex Brothers - we do get credit for holds and Betancourt's tagged as a possible quick hook to lose his closing job. You always want 5 relievers in our league as well, since you rarely have that many of your starters going on the same day. (G. Floyd, J. Smoak/L. Perez, M. Harrison)
  23. G. Sizemore - stash him on the disabled list and pick up someone on waivers. (Infante, Gorzelanny/Dickey, C. Davis)
  24. Brett Jackson - homer pick, first to get waived if I need room. Hope that I can stash him though until he gets called up to replace losing Mike Trout...at least in my heart if not in the points. (Rizzo, Reimold/Thole, I. Stewart)
  25. Brett Lawrie (Keeper)

I was pretty thrilled with my keepers going in, so I was going to be happy with my team regardless and flipping Lawrie for Heyward hopefully netted me another long-term keeper option while filling a position of need. Past my 2 horses, starting pitching tends to be more about wise waiver manuevering and good old fashioned luck when it comes to the mid-tier guys so we'll see how that pans out. I think my offense is pretty damn solid though with the outfield being the question mark, but there's upside there.

Comments

I love those keepers too!

I like Danks.

But I'm going to go out on a limb and say this will be Soriano's worst offensive year evah.

So you guys can pick what round you draft keepers? How does that work? Or am I missing something?

All players are ranked by the total points they scored last year. Keepers are then slotted in where the rank point wise.

So if Tito Dawson scored the 150th most points last year, he would be drafted as a keeper in the 10th round (15 team league).

it's kinda hard to determine value based on the points..."top" points are position guided...top tier C usually give 400+ points, a good 1st or OF can give 500-700 points...top pitching 600-900 points...

plus, the FA talent at draft time that's non-keeper gets sketchy past round 2-3...and anything after the first few picks of round 1 wouldn't even qualify as a "true" 1st round pick in an open "all-players" draft. all of the solid players (aside from closers) are pretty much off the board by round 8-10.

I took Ryan Madson in round 6. Pure genius.

I think this is your year!

Once the North Koreans get you

I'm back in the US, though that is still a possibility due to my extreme nationalism.

You were worried about ME balking? I was worried about YOU balking!

I was more worried someone else would make an offer. I know your Internet word is more solid than the unbreakable vow.

Also, cub carpenter is getting surgery. Any got A link to that Boston writer?

http://m.weei.com/sports/boston/this-just-in/...

Bone spurs, not too bad, yet still a good bit of schadenfreude.

cub carpenter is getting surgery. Any got A link to that Boston writer?
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http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/_/id/7748...

Apparently it was leaked by Carpenter's own tweet. Elbow surgery for spurs by Dr. Andrews in Birmingham, AL
He's only thrown 2 IP this spring.

Cubbery or Luccinery?

HAHAHA, awesome.

Douchebag Luccino.

So Chris Carpenter may indeed be the PTBNL in his own trade (the double-PTBNL giving the Red Sox the right of return if Carpenter wasn't the pitcher they hoped he would be).

The comments make for a fun read. Sox fans sure do hate Theo for, um, not sure, I guess, leaving?

http://muskat.mlblogs.com/2012/03/28/328-chri...

Muskat on Chris Carpenter...including a quote from the Carpenter tweet:

“Stayin positive and prepared to work harder than ever to come back as soon as I can this season!”

Nick Caffardo:

"The bones spurs are terrible and certainly cannot help the Red Sox organization...we are therefore expecting significant compensation in exchange for them."

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  • Chapman shouldn't be reserved anymore on 40 man.

    chitownmvp01 1 hour 53 min ago view
  • Interesting split on Heyward according to ESPN. As a CF, his slash line .292/.363/.375/.738. At RF: .212/.204/.300/.604. 21/72 as a CF, 58/273 as a RF.

    He's also been better when batting 2nd, but he had a nice start in the 6 hole, but has slumped ever since. He was heating up before the All Star break, but is only hitting .108 in the 2nd half.

    chitownmvp01 2 hours 1 min ago view
  • When we played the Reds with Chapman, I always thought of it as an eight-inning game. So now other teams have eight innings to try to get a lead against the Cubs. Should be a challenge, assuming three or four Cubs ever start hitting again.

    I don't really try to get to know and like these players personally. I'm rooting for laundry, for the most part. Exceptions might be when a player makes trouble in the clubhouse or in the dugout. (Zambrano and Bradley come to mind. Also Papelbon.) But I don't think Chapman is one of those jerks.

    VirginiaPhil 5 hours 33 min ago view
  • Unfortunately, a pretty good summary. It looks like next year Heyward will be getting yet another batting stance adjustment.

    The recent good news has been Baez. I'm afraid about the next league adjustment on him, though, which is probably right around the corner.

    Bryant I don't worry about too much. Just not seeing the ball well right now. He'll turn it around. Russell's been good with men in scoring position all year and he's 22ish. He'll be fine but next year is likely to be his breakout year.

    Old and Blue 7 hours 36 min ago view
  • If Travis' back-to-back-to-back walks cost Hendricks the ERA title, that would really suck.

    billybucks 16 hours 39 min ago view
  • Edit: "A lifeless loss to a lousy Sox team."

    billybucks 17 hours 22 min ago view
  • This place is a real downer after a loss to the Sox.

    Charlie 17 hours 33 min ago view
  • I expect they will go 5-9 games above .500 the rest of the year. 96-98 wins will win the Division.

    They should have one more 2-3 week hot streak in them.

    However, several players are just "average" for the last month: Zobrist, Ross, Russell, Ceasar. Montero is terrible, plus he cannot throw anyone out. -WAR. Heyward is abysmal at the plate, but a plus in the OF. Still with RISP he has been terrible. KB has not been driving in runs as of late. But Apparently the team is still above average with RISP according to S Sahadev.

    The E-Man 17 hours 39 min ago view
  • I came to that realization tonight. I kept expecting them to play better, but now I realize they aren't going to. They are a .500 team now.
    - They have one reliable starting pitcher. Jake's magic is gone, and it doesn't look like it's coming back. Lester has been lousy recently. Lackey's ERA goes up every time he pitches.
    - Heyward has been dead weight all year. I can't remember a single series where he was a significant offensive contributor. Not one. Great defense, but but if he were hitting .270 with 10 HR and played average defense, the Cubs would be better off.

    billybucks 17 hours 43 min ago view
  • new rule...no one's allowed to throw k.bryant a changeup

    crunch 17 hours 54 min ago view
  • Team is .500 since early May and is playing like a .500 team. Lack of offense seems to be putting a lot of pressure on the pitchers...and they aren't handling it terribly well.

    .500 the rest of the way still may win the division though.

    blockhead25 18 hours 12 sec ago view
  • ...i hate espn.

    nothing like settling into a cubs game to get a few minutes cutaway for an ortiz AB in the 6th inning of the det/bos game.

    oh, at least they're doing split screen now...i guess.

    crunch 18 hours 15 min ago view
  • I'm liking this rookie Nathan.

    CTSteve 18 hours 16 min ago view
  • Richard DFA'd. Meh...

    The E-Man 21 hours 7 min ago view
  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 23 hours 40 min ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 1 day 12 min ago view