|Draft & Hold League at Arizona First Pitch|
|Written by Pasko Varnica|
|Wednesday, 07 November 2012 10:02|
Last year BaseballHQ ran four fantasy leagues for the symposium attendees: two NFBC style Draft&Hold leagues, a Rotisserie Auction league and a Scoresheet Sim league. The draft was Saturday afternoon. So, I jumped at the chance to play in one of the Draft & Hold formats.
The rules are a standard mixed-league 5X5 Rotisserie format with a 50-man roster and no free agent access during the season. The leagues are great fun because, well, other than it’s fantasy baseball (so what’s not to like?), the leagues offer an opportunity to think baseball year-round.
As for the draft, my 2012 squad tanked by August. My downfall started with losing Daniel Hudson for the season. I had made a critical mistake of not drafting a sufficient number of pitchers, especially painful as last season was particularly rough on hurlers. Still, I should have had the proper position players to pitchers ratio for drafts held this early in the season. According to Lord Zola that ratio is 24 arms to 26 position players.
This year my strategy was vengeance. The draft is estimated to be completed by mid to late December. By the time we are done, my plan is to hit Lord Zola's ratio; that is, plenty of pitchers.
On Saturday we completed 23 rounds. I had the 11th pick. The first 10 picks were, in sequence: Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Robinson Cano, Andrew McCutchen, Matt Kemp, Carlos Gonzalez, Joey Votto, Josh Hamilton, and Giancarlo Stanton. So, I had no choice but to get .Albert Pujols
Braun, Cabrera and Trout were the first three picks in all three leagues, although not always in this order. The experts’ consensus is:
Here are a few of the experts’ opinions about players who are on my team that I drafted Saturday as discussed at Arizona First Pitch:
I would say that the most difficult aspect of an early draft is remembering player eligibility. There are no sites that I am aware of with eligibility updated for 2013 as of yet and a bunch of players had acquired new or lost their 2012 or even their traditional eligibility. For example, Edwin Encarnacion qualifies at 1B and OF and not at 3B anymore.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 November 2012 11:57|