Fanatic Fantasy

I’ve had quite a few people email me over the past few weeks asking me how my fantasy baseball team looks this year. Well let me first start off telling you that my dreams of finding a group of people up to the task of playing a fantasy baseball keeper league were finally fulfilled. The company that I write my minor league baseball column “Minor Details” for (Most Valuable Network – MVN.com) put together a fantasy keeper league. There are 16 teams (all 16 are fellow baseball columnists that work for MVN) and each team has 20 roster spots. Needless to say it was a long draft.

Some more details are that it is split into two leagues of 8 teams (American and National League), it is head to head, we use the typical 5X5 scoring, and we are each allowed to keep 5 players each year. I had the 8th overall pick so I was dead center in the middle of each round. Here’s how my team (the Flux Capacitors) shaped up after our draft last weekend:

C – Gerald Laird, TEX
1B – Jason Giambi, NYY
2B – Chase Utley, PHI (1st pick)
3B – Adrian Beltre, SEA
SS – Orlando Cabrera, LAA
OF – Johnny Damon, NYY
CF – Andrew Jones, ATL (2nd pick)
OF – Raul Ibanez, SEA
UTL – Mike Jacobs, FLA

BENCH – Cameron Maybin (my last pick, I couldn’t pass up)
BENCH – Jose Guillen, SEA

SP – Jake Peavy, SD
SP – Daisuke Matsuzaka, BOS
P – Brett Myers, PHI
P – Boof Bonser, MIN
P – Juan Rincon, MIN
RP – Takashi Saito, LAD
RP – Ryan Dempster, CHC

BENCH – Mike Pelfrey, NYM
BENCH – Andrew Miller, DET
BENCH – Jon Garland, CHW

DL – Pedro Martinez, NYM

A few notes about my team. I think considering the number of teams and roster spots (and after looking at the other teams) that I came away with a very solid draft. I was able to get some very good players who went under radars late in the draft (Beltre, Guillen, and Ibanez – all Mariners oddly enough) and a couple of young guys with my last two picks (Maybin and Miller – both Tigers) who I didn’t have to blow higher picks with and have great keeper possibility. I am also very please with my rotation. I love the Peavy/Matsuzaka/Myers triad as well as my other options. I do worry about my closer situation but I went in with the thought that I did not want to draft pitchers high – especially closers – and I stuck to my guns. I will make sure to watch the waiver wire closely as there are usually always new closers that pop up each year. And finally, my big transaction. I picked up Pedro as a free agent and threw him on to my empty DL slot just in case the old Pedro returns this summer. In that case I just picked up a free ace to add to my already solid staff.

Please let me know what you think of my team and draft. I’m alway interested in what others think. Also if for some reason you haven’t drafted in your league yet, stop on by my column I wrote about fantasy baseball keeper drafts and how you should handle prospects. The column is called “Living in a Fantasy World” and I think you’ll like it.

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2 Responses to Fanatic Fantasy

  1. […] crschmidt wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptWell let me first start off telling you that my dreams of finding a group of people up to the task of playing a fantasy baseball keeper league were finally fulfilled. The company that I write my minor league baseball column “Minor … […]

  2. Christine E. says:

    Interesting Draft…I am suprised you only have one Red Sox player on it…but then again, if the Sox are going to win the World Series this year, I am sure our players are in high demand…;-)

    Hope the new writing gig is going well…

    Happy Opening Day!

    Go Sox!

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