Sunday, March 20th, 2016

Fantasy Baseball Draft 2016

This morning, my fantasy baseball league gathered for our annual draft. Our usual host had a conflict with the date, so we needed an alternate location. I've always joked that our auction-style draft is simply a bunch of college friends and co-workers sitting in a living room reciting players' names and counting by one. Believe me, if you've been a part of a fantasy auction draft, you know what I am talking about. It goes something like this:

"Max Scherzer for $20. $21...$22...$23...etc."

If you are not familiar with fantasy baseball, participants draft real players and use their actual statistics to build teams and compete against each other. This year our league has 10 teams. Our league is a mixed 5x5 league. That means we use players from both the National and American leagues and we use five offensive categories and five pitching categories (Runs, Home Runs, Runs Batted In, Stolen Bases, Batting Average, Wins, Saves, Strikeouts, Earned Run Average and Walks / Hits Per Innings Pitched). We draft two catchers (C), one first baseman (1B), one second baseman (2B), one shortstop (SS), one third baseman (3B), one corner (1B/3B), one middle (2B/SS), five outfielders (OF), one utility player (UTIL), nine pitchers (P), and seven bench players (B#).

Here's my 2016 opening day roster:

C Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals)
C Travis d'Arnaud (New York Mets)
1B Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds)
2B Jason Kipnis (Cleveland Indians)
SS Starlin Castro (New York Yankees)
3B Matt Duffy (San Francisco Giants)
1B/3B Eric Hosmer (Kansas City Royals)
2B/SS Ian Kinsler (Detroit Tigers)
OF Justin Upton (Detroit Tigers)
OF Carlos Gomez (Houston Astros)
OF Mark Trumbo (Baltimore Orioles)
OF Joc Pederson (Los Angeles Dodgers)
OF Jorge Soler (Chicago Cubs)
UTIL Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves)
SP1 Max Scherzer (Washington Nationals)
SP2 Jordan Zimmermann (Detroit Tigers)
SP3 Francisco Liriano (Pittsburgh Pirates)
SP4 Scott Kazmir (Los Angeles Dodgers)
RP1 Trevor Rosenthal (St. Louis Cardinals)
RP2 Cody Allen (Cleveland Indians)
RP3 Roberto Osuna (Toronto Blue Jays)
P1 Yordano Ventura (Kansas City Royals)
P2 Gio Gonzalez (Washington Nationals)
B1 Yu Darvish (Texas Rangers)
B2 Miguel Montero (Chicago Cubs)
B3 Hyun-jin Ryu (Los Angeles Dodgers)
B4 Ryan Zimmerman (Washington Nationals)
B5 Evan Gattis (Houston Astros)
B6 Trevor Plouffe (Minnesota Twins)
B7 Alex Cobb (Tampa Bay Rays)

I say this every year, so please allow me to repeat myself. I'm not sure what to make of my team, so ask me in October.

Tags:  baseball, fantasy
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