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Mauer, V-Mart, Hanley and Tulo on one team!?

Posted on: February 18, 2010 1:25 am
Edited on: February 20, 2010 1:27 pm
I just completed my first 12-team mixed-league auction for 2010, and though I came out of it with some of the usual regrets, I think my general plan worked out pretty well. Here's the rundown:

C - Joe Mauer ($29)
C - Victor Martinez ($24)
1B - Ryan Howard ($38)
2B - Ben Zobrist ($18)
3B - Chone Figgins ($14)
SS - Hanley Ramirez ($43)
MI - Troy Tulowitzki ($36)
CI - Justin Morneau ($22)
OF - Vernon Wells ($3)
OF - Chris Coghlan ($2)
OF - Nick Swisher ($2)
OF - Dexter Fowler ($1)
OF - Milton Bradley ($1)
DH - Hideki Matsui ($1)
SP - A.J. Burnett ($7)
SP - Edwin Jackson ($5)
SP - Ted Lilly ($1)
SP - Daisuke Matsuzaka ($1)
SP - J.A. Happ ($1)
SP - Ervin Santana ($1)
SP - Shaun Marcum ($1)
RP - Leo Nunez ($4)
RP - Jason Frasor ($1)

The first thing you should notice is I have both of the elite catchers. The second thing you should notice is I have both of the elite shortstops. I have a monopoly on two positions, meaning I have 100 percent assurance that nobody in the league will better me at either of them -- well, as much as you can have 100 percent assurance of anything in Fantasy.

That was one of my goals. The other was getting Albert Pujols, but when the bidding got up to $54, I had no choice but to back down.

Why was I willing to spend so much? Hey, it's a 12-team mixed league. In such formats, particularly ones that don't offer benches, the waiver wire is deep and the $1 bargains plentiful. Middle-dollar players won't take you very far with so many low-dollar players capable of rising up and outperforming them. I wanted studs, and with five first- or second-rounders -- six if you count Morneau -- I got them.

If I have one regret on spending, it's the $38 I devoted to Howard. If I knew I'd get Morneau for $22 a couple picks later, I would have let Howard go to someone else. Then again, the assurance he offers in home runs and RBI allowed me to target speedster Figgins as my starting third baseman, giving me potentially a more balanced offense.

As for those $1 bargains, most of them went toward my pitching staff. In fact, they comprised the majority of my pitching staff. With a $7 ace in Burnett -- who, for all his shortcomings, certainly does some things right -- I managed to spend only $22 on nine pitchers. That's $22 of $260, or 8.5 percent of my entire budget, on my entire pitching staff. For as much as I knock pitching, even I hadn't done anything that extreme before. I realize Lilly and Matsuzaka have injury concerns and Jackson, Happ, Santana and Marcum have risk factors of their own, but come on: If just three of those guys pan out, I'll have a good enough nucleus to survive with stopgaps off the waiver wire. And as for saves, someone will get a big enough advantage in the category to drop a closer sooner or later. That's how I got Andrew Bailey last year.

My biggest regret is leaving $4 on the table -- $4 that could have gotten me Gavin Floyd, a pitcher who could have conceivably become my ace. But again, I can't complain too much. As long as I'm willing to put a little work into my outfield and pitching staff -- two positions that always have talent emerging off the waiver wire -- this team should turn out a-OK.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2010 9:54 pm

Mauer, V-Mart, Hanley and Tulo on one team!?

5$ bucks for edwin jackson kinda hurt, but a solid draft I love the infeild, Chone is always a solid hitter and his duel elig make him that much more valueable, I like the power you took in 1b, but clearly didnt over pay for it, you have some very legit best players at positions, however you went super duper low on pitching, and and frasor losing his job so early puts you out onto the closer carosel very early, I mean the only SP who have had any success this year are AJ burnett, who while he gets the wins, is always a 4.00+ era (with a solid +k rate) and Marcum who is just good and I think a steal at 1$.  All in all great power, great avg, speed.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: March 4, 2010 11:35 am

Mauer, V-Mart, Hanley and Tulo on one team!?

Do you at all regret not taking a big OF.  I am picking at the 4th spot in my draft, the owner at number 3 has two OFs he kept so I am ecstatic that I will be getting Braun.  This is a head to head traditional draft with 12 teams.  I made a decision to keep pitchers that I drafted at a good position last year so I could focus my early picks on Offense.  Is there a reason you did not pursue a bigger OF?

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