Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Fantasy Baseball Draft 2012 is Complete

This morning, my fantasy baseball league gathered for our annual draft. 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 style draft, you know what I am talking about. It goes something like this:

"Justin Verlander for $20. $21...$22...$23...etc."

If you are not familiar with fantasy baseball, you draft real players and use their actual statistics to build your own teams and compete against each other. This year, our league once again has nine teams. That's slightly smaller than we've had in the past, but is still quite competitive. Our league is 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. 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 2012 opening day roster:

C - Geovany Soto (Chicago Cubs)
C - Nick Hundley (San Diego Padres)
1B - Mark Teixeira (New York Yankees)
2B - Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies)
SS - Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia Phillies)
3B - Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays)
1B/3B - James Loney (Los Angeles Dodgers)
2B/SS - Ben Zobrist (Tampa Bay Rays)
OF - Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers)
OF - Justin Upton (Arizona Diamondbacks)
OF - Alex Gordon (Kansas City Royals)
OF - Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle Mariners)
OF - Colby Rasmus (Toronto Blue Jays)
UTIL - Ryan Roberts (Arizona Diamondbacks)
P - Matt Garza (Chicago Cubs)
P - Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals)
P - Gavin Floyd (Chicago White Sox)
P - John Danks (Chicago White Sox)
P - Aroldis Chapman (Cincinnati Reds)
P - Ubaldo Jimenez (Cleveland Indians)
P - John Axford (Milwaukee Brewers)
P - Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta Braves)
P - Tommy Hansen (Atlanta Braves)
B1 - Mark Trumbo (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim)
B2 - Trevor Cahill (Oakland Athletics)
B3 - Ryan Dempster (Chicago Cubs)
B4 - Yuniesky Betancourt (Kansas City Royals)
B5 - Aaron Hill (Arizona Diamondbacks)
B6 - Johan Santana (New York Mets)
B7 - Roy Oswalt (Unsigned Free Agent)

I'm not sure what to make of my team, so ask me in October.

Tags:  baseball, fantasy
Bill, how much did Josh Hamilton and A-Rod go for in your draft? What is the reward at the end of the season?
BeanCounter37   Monday, April 2, 2012
I'm not sure how much Hamilton and Rodriquez cost. The top two teams win money. That, of course, means I'll finish third this season.
Bill Pearch   Monday, April 2, 2012
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