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LABR FAAB Report: Week of June 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 June 2012 13:43

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly LABR FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well a the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this bid is tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

stephen-pryor

PLAYERS AWARDED

PRYOR, STEPHEN 9 USAT 5 RW - Liss 4 KFFL 4 Perry 1 NFBC
PUNTO, NICK 6 USAT
TOLLESON, STEVEN 3 Jason Col 2 USAT 1 Perry
LAIRD, GERALD 3 BHQ
PEARCE, STEVEN 3 RW - Liss 2 USAT 1 Perry
WORTH, DANNY 3 Shrink 2 USAT
O'DAY, DARREN 2 RW - Liss 1 Nate Ravi
VILLARREAL, BRAYAN 2 KFFL
MAZZARO, VIN 1 Full Moon
DUENSING, BRIAN 1 NFBC
JONES, NATE 1 Perry 1 Nate Ravi
NIX, JAYSON 1 Perry
MCGEE, JAKE 1 Nate Ravi 1 NFBC

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

PUNTO, NICK 3 Nate Ravi
DONALDSON, JOSH 1 USAT
UEHARA, KOJI 1 Perry 1 Nate Ravi
SANTIAGO, HECTOR 1 Perry

Perry Van Hook's Commentary

Well, I had two holes to fill this morning with Andy Dirks on the DL and Nathan Adcock sent to the minors – that would have been more interesting if there were some good players to bid on but the wire had bodies but not much interest this week. Or so I thought. I made one dollar bids on several decent relievers to fill my slot as there were no SP – topping Nate Jones, Koji Uehara, and Hector Santiago with a four dollar bid for the Mariners’ Stephen Pryor. Well Nick Minnix, KFFL also bid four and Chris Liss, Rotowire bid five but we were all short of USA Today’s Steve Gardner who put a nine spot on the hard throwing Pryor. That said I don’t see him getting very many save chances for a manager who said we brought him up out of necessity not to reward him for his pitching this year. Still relievers who throw 100 mph tend to grow on managers. Nate Jones who I landed also throws hard and if it weren’t for Addison Reed being a year ahead of him on the White Sox pecking order might have gotten some opportunities. I needed any hitter to take Dirks' UT spot and just tried a buck each for Steve Pearce, BAL; Steven Tolleson, another Oriole, and Jayson Nix, NYY who I won. Anyone bidding six dollars to get Nick Punto qualifies as desperate - but Gardner was replacing a hole on his roster and he did have to bid four to land the Boston middle infielder.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

brett-wallace

PLAYERS AWARDED

SIMMONS, ANDRELTON 26 RotoWire 21 Tristan 12 BHQ 9 BP Carty 5 USAT 1 Greg Ambr
1 Full Moon
CASTELLANOS, ALEX 21 Tristan 7 lawr mich 7 Full Moon 4 RotoWire 1 BHQ 1 BP Carty
DESCALSO, DANIEL 6 USAT 4 BHQ 4 BP Carty 1 Tristan
WALLACE, BRETT 4 BHQ 1 Full Moon
MARTINEZ, FERNANDO 3 Full Moon 1 Greg Ambr 1 Full Moon
RUGGIANO, JUSTIN 2 BP Carty 1 BP Carty
OUTMAN, JOSH 1 Shrink
TREANOR, MATT 1 Yahoo
QUINTANILLA, OMAR 1 Greg Ambr 2 USAT 1 BHQ 1 BP Carty
COLEMAN, CASEY 1 Greg Ambr
VALDEZ, WILSON 1 BHQ
MERCER, JORDY 1 BP Carty 1 Full Moon
SCHNEIDER, BRIAN 1 BP Carty
BYRDAK, TIM 1 USAT

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

GONZALEZ, MARWIN 2 USAT
SOLANO, DONOVAN 1 BHQ
NICKEAS, MICHAEL 1 BP Carty
NIEVES, WIL 1 BP Carty
THATCHER, JOE 1 USAT
MARTE, VICTOR 1 USAT
HOOVER, JJ 1 USAT
HENSLEY, CLAY 1 USAT

Lawr Michaels' Commentary

Lawr is covering the SF Giants game today for mlb.com, so he has entrusted Todd Zola to add his $.02 to the NL LABR FAAB.

Todd Zola's Commentary

Geez, I wish I could play in a league with these bozos.

Andrelton Simmons was the big catch this week. Simmons almost broke camp with the Braves, but Tyler Pastornicky was given first dibs at the SS gig and obviously came up short. Simmons' walk and contact rates portend to decent on base skills, which could result in some steals for Rotowire's Dalton Del Don. This was a very nice pickup since Dalton is at the bottom of a tightly clustered group in the steals category so there are points to be had.

Alex Castellanos also drew some serious interest with Tristan H. Cockcroft of ESPN leading the way. Castellanos is also a stolen base threat. He's an outfielder by trade, but has dabbled recently at second base. His profile is a bit odd as he strikes out a ton, but also walks a ton. The amount of playing time he gets while Matt Kemp recovers from his hamstring injury will likely depend on which of those two skills carry over the the Bigs. If Castellanos can make decent contact, he can be a sparkplug type and the Dodgers have ample moving parts to get him in the lineup.

Brett Wallace is going to be interesting to follow and I suspect Doug Dennis is hoping he hits well enough in Carlos Lee's stead that Houston is comfortable dealing El Caballero, paving the way for regular at bats for Wallace.

MIXED LEAGUE

michael-fiers

PLAYERS AWARDED

CHISENHALL, LONNIE 13 Todd Zola 6 Rotowire 4 KFFL 3 Fred Zink 1 Mike Pod
EOVALDI, NATHAN 5 Rotowire 4 Fred Zink
GWYNN JR., TONY 3 Rotowire 1 Fred Zink 1 Tom Trude 1 Mike Pod
CABRERA, EVERTH 3 BBHQ 4 Todd Zola 1 Fred Zink
MATSUI, HIDEKI 2 James Qui
ROMO, SERGIO 2 USA TODAY
WIGGINTON, TY 2 Fred Zink
SAUNDERS, MICHAEL 1 Tom Trude 1 Mike Pod
FELDMAN, SCOTT 1 Tom Trude
WALLACE, BRETT 1 Mike Pod
MATHER, JOE 1 Bobby Col
COOPER, DAVID 1 KFFL 1 Todd Zola
CASTRO, JASON 1 KFFL
FIERS, MICHAEL 1 Fred Zink

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

POLANCO, PLACIDO 12 Todd Zola
WIGGINTON, TY 6 Todd Zola
CONSTANZA, JOSE 1 Mike Pod
HAGUE, MATT 1 Todd Zola
HAIRSTON JR, JERRY 1 Todd Zola
HARRELL, LUCAS 1 Tom Trude
SWEENEY, RYAN 1 Tom Trude

Todd Zola's Commentary

When you draft Troy Tulowitzki, you do so expecting a DL stint or two and hoping for that 3 week stretch where he is the best hitter on the planet -- one down, one to go. I opted for Lonnie Chisenhall (I have Sean Rodriguez to scoot around) instead of Andrelton Simmons, mainly because I am so far behind in steals it is not worth trying to catch up, I just take the "1" and try to pump up the other categories. Chisenhall appears to have handled his being set to Triple-A to begin the season well and is a good bet to keep the hot corner job in Cleveland.

In case you do not know of Fred Zinkie of mlb.com, he is quietly one of the better players in the mixed format and showed why with a nice snag of Michael Fiers, starting for Marco Estrada in Milwaukee. If Randy Wolf continues to struggle, Fiers could remain in the rotation even when Estrada is ready. It will be interesting to track Fiers versus Nathan Eovaldi, another young starting pitcher. Apparently, Fred wanted Eovaldi more than Fiers, but fell short to Rotowire's Derek Van Riper. I'm not so sure Fred won't be glad his Eovaldi bid came up a buck short.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 June 2012 14:47
 
Tout Wars FAAB Report: Week of June 4 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 04 June 2012 01:12

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Each week, your friends at Mastersball will post the results of the weekly Tout Wars FAAB run, featuring the winning bid as well as the runner-up bids. There are three LABR leagues, a 12-team AL only, 13-team NL only and 15-team Mixed League. You can see the complete standings for each league by clicking on the appropriate heading, located just under each player photo.

Tout Wars uses a modified Vickrey system to award bids. For a complete description of the Vickrey system, click HERE for the Tout Wars constitution.

Included with each league report will be commentary from a Mastersball staff member participating in that league. We invite you to ask questions and post comments at the bottom of the report.

All contingency bids for awarded players are included. Sometimes, this is a bid tied to a player that the owner received, so at times the bid amount is larger than the winning bid. We are including it to provide as much information and context as possible with each report.

hideki-matsui

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
HMatsui, TB 17 (10) Erickson 7 Berry 7 Shandler 6 Behrens 5 Siano 3 Wolf/Colton
SPryor, Sea 11 (10) Behrens 4 Liss 0 Siano 0 Erickson
PStrop, Bal 5 Schechter 2 Collette 0 Moyer
AGose, Tor 4 Behrens 3 Wolf/Colton
DWorth, Det 3 Wolf/Colton
WSmith, KC 3 Erickson 3 Wolf/Colton
SPearce, Bal 3 Siano 3 Erickson 3 Wolf/Colton
MMcCoy, Tor 3 Collette 0 Moyer 0 Berry 0 Wolf/Colton
JMcGee, TB 2 Collette 0 Siano 0 Erickson 0 Leibowitz
VMazzaro, KC 1 Siano
JMitchell, CWS 1 Liss
NJones, CWS 0 Moyer 0 Siano
JNix, NYY 0 Berry 0 Erickson 0 Wolf/Colton
NPunto, Bos 0 Shandler 1 Erickson 0 Wolf/Colton
CCrosby, Det 0 Erickson
STolleson, Bal 0 Wolf/Colton
ARosales, Oak 0 Wolf/Colton
MLowe, Tex 0 Leibowitz

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

JManship, Min 1 Erickson
AGonzalez, Tex 0 Wolf/Colton
CWade, NYY 0 Erickson
DWise, NYY 0 Berry
JHester, LAA 0 Erickson
JHowell, TB 0 Leibowitz
JIsringhausen, LAA 0 Leibowitz
JLobaton, TB 0 Erickson
JNorberto, Oak 0 Moyer
KGregg, Bal 0 Leibowitz
SAtchison, Bos 0 Erickson

Rob Leibowitz Commentary

Hideki Matsui received 6 bids and a $10 claim price from Erickson. Everyone here was fishing for a potential bargain/is not overly inspired by the former Yankee. Right now Matusi is actually healthy enough to be utilized as more than a DH and has smacked a pair of homeruns. While Matsui may see fairly steady playing time for the coming week, things could be well up in the air once Desmond Jennings comes off the disabled list a week from tomorrow, limiting him to pinch-hitting and part-time duty given the presence of lefties Matt Joyce and Luke Scott on the roster. Matsui will turn 38 next week and has not topped the 20+ HR plateau since 2010, but at least remains a disciplined hitter, so there may be something left in the tank if he can get the opportunity at consistent playing time.

As for my moves this week, I promoted Garrett Richards now that he is temporarily in the rotation and rather than chase Matsui, opted to add a cheap reliever who misses bats like Mark Lowe.

nate-eovaldi

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
ASimmons, Atl 26 (21) Cockcroft 20 Gianella 16 Kreutzer 13 Ravitz 8 Carty 1 Peterson
0 Gardner
NEovaldi, LAD 13 (10) Ravitz 6 Walton 6 Zola 2 Peterson 1 Cockcroft 0 Gardner
YGrandal, SD 10 Walton 3 Cockcroft
DLeMahieu, Col 7 Zola 6 Gardner 4 Kreutzer 3 Carty 1 Cockcroft 1 Gianella
0 Peterson
CNelson, Col 6 Kreutzer 4 Cockcroft 3 Gardner 2 Carty 1 Gianella 1 Peterson
0 Ravitz
JConstanza, Atl 6 Kreutzer 6 Zola 2 Walton 1 Ravitz 1 Carty 1 Gianella
JRuggiano, Fla 4 Carty 1 Kreutzer 0 Peterson 0 Walton 0 Gianella
CYoung, NYM 3 Hertz 2 Walton
CHensley, SF 2 Kreutzer 0 Ravitz 0 Hertz
JValdespin, NYM 1 Gianella 0 Cockcroft
TThornburg, Mil 1 Ravitz
ESanchez, StL 1 Hertz 0 Cockcroft 0 Ravitz
MDavidson, Ari 1 Melnick
BSchneider, Phi 0 Peterson 0 Carty
WNieves, Col 0 Carty
OQuintanilla, NYM 0 Carty 0 Cockcroft 0 Gianella
JMercer, Pit 0 Gianella 0 Carty
VRottino, NYM 0 Gianella
LForsythe, SD 0 Gardner

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

DCarpenter, Hou 4 Zola 1 Kreutzer
RBrothers, Col 3 Zola
BConrad, Mil 2 Kreutzer 0 Gianella 0 Carty
JOutman, Col 1 Hertz
CWallace, Hou 1 Walton
CColeman, ChC 1 Kreutzer 0 Zola 0 Hertz
BConrad, Mil 0 Gianella
HBlanco, Ari 0 Carty
JGiambi, Col 0 Gianella
MCairo, Cin 0 Carty
MGonzalez, Hou 0 Carty 0 Gardner 0 Gianella
MKotsay, SD 0 Gianella
MMaldonado, Mil 0 Peterson 0 Zola
MRzepczynski, StL 0 Zola
RBelisario, LAD 0 Ravitz
SElbert, LAD 0 Hertz
TByrdak, NYM 0 Ravitz
TGorzelanny, Was 0 Hertz
VMarte, StL 0 Ravitz 0 Hertz

Brian Walton's Commentary

What might have been?

A player I took in the reserve rounds but gave up on after a poor start in Double-A elicited the highest bidding of the week. Atlanta’s new shortstop Andrelton Simmons was an earlier victim of our very limited four-man reserve rosters but is now the property of Tristan H. Cockcroft for $21 ($26 Vickrey). Simmons can pick it, but the open question is whether he can hit enough to stick. Tyler Pastornicky knows all about that.

Last week, I made a pre-emptive $4 bid on the Dodgers’ Nathan Eovaldi before he was called up. It would have been a winner, but was overridden by my successful offer for Matt Hague. After a taste of success with the Dodgers, Eovaldi, a callup from Double-A with 2011 MLB experience, drew five bids this time around, with the winner paying $10 ($13 Vickrey).

Speaking of $10, I claim a mulligan on my $10 offer for Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal. On Friday, when I placed my bids, the top prospect was in the majors with the expectation that he would step in for struggling Nick Hundley. By Sunday night, he was sent back to Triple-A. Working the Sunday night game at Citi Field and doing a draft during the game, I didn’t check player news before the midnight deadline and ended up paying $6 too much for a player who may or may not be back in the majors anytime soon. I never want to root for another player to do badly, but pox on you, Nick Hundley!

lonnie-chisenhall

MIXED LEAGUE

PLAYERS AWARDED

PLAYER WINNING BID
LChisenhall, Cle 16 (10) Heaney 2 Schwartz 1 Flowers 0 Minnix
MRamirez, Oak 7 Mack
NEovaldi, LAD 6 Van Riper 1 Heaney 0 Minnix 0 Trachtman
GRichards, LAA 4 Van Riper 0 Heaney
UJimenez 4 Mack 3 Swanay
SLombardozzi, Was 4 Flowers
MFiers, Mil 4 Swanay
BPena, KC 3 Swanay
FMartinez, Hou 2 Schwartz
SPryor, Sea 2 Singman
TGreene, StL 2 Swanay
JLyles, Hou 2 Swanay
RSweeney, Bos 1 Flowers 0 Minnix
BWallace, Hou 1 Heaney
GKottaras, Mil 1 Singman
DGee, NYM 1 Davitt 2 Swanay 0 Minnix
KMillwood, Sea 1 Heaney 1 Van Riper
WSmith, KC 0 Heaney
GBalfour, Oak 0 Minnix 0 Heaney
NMorgan, Mil 0 Minnix 0 Schwartz

UNAWARDED CONTINGENCY BIDS

ASimmons, Atl 2 Swanay
EJohnson, TB 2 Swanay
JHapp, Hou 2 Swanay
TPlouffe, Min 2 Swanay 0 Heaney
HNoesi, Sea 1 Van Riper
JArrieta, Bal 1 Van Riper
KKendrick, Phi 1 Van Riper
ACrow, KC 1 Swanay 0 Heaney
BRyan, Sea 1 Swanay 0 Flowers
BSchneider, Phi 1 Swanay
CSnyder, Hou 1 Swanay
GLaird, Det 1 Swanay 0 Singman
JArredondo, Cin 1 Swanay
JBenoit, Det 1 Swanay
JLobaton, TB 1 Swanay
MOlivo, Sea 1 Swanay
RTheriot, SF 1 Swanay
YGrandal, SD 1 Singman
DHernandez, Ari 1 Minnix
ACastellanos, LAD 1 Flowers
JLopez, Cle 1 Flowers 0 Heaney
MLaPorta, Cle 1 Flowers
TGwynn, LAD 1 Flowers 0 Heaney
VGuerrero, Tor 1 Flowers
LMarson, Cle 0 Singman
BVillarreal, Det 0 Minnix
GHolland, KC 0 Heaney
PWalters, Min 0 Heaney
RCook, Oak 0 Heaney
SPodsednik, Bos 0 Heaney
TWood, ChC 0 Heaney
ACallaspo, LAA 0 Flowers
CBarmes, Pit 0 Flowers
CFiggins, Sea 0 Flowers
CRansom, Mil 0 Flowers
DDescalso, StL 0 Flowers
EHerrera, LAD 0 Flowers
EYoung, Col 0 Flowers
JArias, SF 0 Flowers
MHague, Pit 0 Flowers
SRobinson, StL 0 Flowers

Zach Steinhorn's Commentary

This week was a rare week in Mixed Tout FAAB bidding, as saves were nowhere near the main focus. Instead, Lonnie Chisenhall garnered the highest bid, $16 by Tim Heaney. Vickrey reduced his price tag to $10, however, as the next highest bid was a mere two bucks. Chisenhall, fresh off the minor league DL, was called up by the Indians last week and has enjoyed a productive start to his big league season, going 6-for-18 (.333 AVG) with two homers, three RBIs and two steals through five games. Chisenhall lost out to Jack Hannahan in the competition for the Indians’ starting third base job this spring, but with Hannahan now on the DL, the 23-year-old former top prospect has a golden opportunity to wrestle the job back should he perform well.

Eric Mack opted to shell out seven bucks for Manny Ramirez, who could join the A’s later this month. I honestly thought about bidding on Manny, but after getting burned by his former teammate, Johnny Damon, I’m officially staying away from aging DH types who missed all of spring training.

It was another one of Mack’s purchases that caught my eye, however. Ubaldo Jimenez has had a terrible season so far, and he’s been pretty awful since joining the Indians last summer, but is he worth a $4 bid based on past performance? Probably. It really is amazing how far Ubaldo’s stock has fallen in less than a year.

I was just about to enter a bid for Padres’ top prospect Yasmani Grandal when I noticed that he was optioned back to the minors after just one big league at-bat. Wow, that was fast. So instead, I became one of the five owners who did not bid on anyone.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 June 2012 17:12
 
Double Duty Drafting - Twice the Fun PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Sunday, 03 June 2012 13:19

Doing double duty drafting Sunday evening on the computer. In the first, competing in a FF mock draft with several other well-known site/players at 8 PM ET and in the second, doing a monthly free agent draft for the XFL starting at 9 PM ET. So I thought I would let those interested follow along as we zig and zag between FF and FB. I will be updating as both drafts progress but here are the basics going in.

The fantasy football mock is for a 12 team league starting QB/RB/RB/WR/WR/WR/TE/Flex/K/DST with five bench spots. I will be drafting tenth out of twelve and hoping for a TE/WR or RB/WR start but of course you can’t really predict what nine others will do and the first pick will change the second.

It will be interesting to see how these sites/writers draft their Quarterbacks

  • BFD Fantasy Football - John Duckworth
  • Roto Experts –Adam Ronis
  • FF Pools – K. Bross
  • Rotowire – Howard Bender
  • Draft Calc.com
  • Rotowire – Mike Gottlieb
  • Faketeams.com – Mike Gallagher
  • Reality Sports Online
  • GridironExperts - Mike Rodriguez
  • Mastersball – PVH
  • Erik Siegrist
  • GridironGod.com – Craig Macchi

Personally I am old school there and would never draft a quarterback in the first round and likely not in the second round (although I can see a case for taking Aaron Rodgers early in the second). I suspect there will be two quarterbacks taken before my pick in the first round which should mean I will get a better RB or WR than I might if everyone held off on getting a passer. And the sound argument for waiting is that while the top quarterbacks will outscore the other positions there isn’t much variance in the top PPG amongst the top ten although clearly Rodgers makes the counter argument.

Current basic ADP at MDC for drafts in the last three weeks in fact shows four QBs – Rodgers, Brees, Newton, and Brady all going in the first round, along with seven RBs – Foster, McCoy, Rice, MJD, Forte, Johnson, and Mathews. That leaves only one WR – Calvin Johnson and no tight ends being drafted. Seems odd – let’s see what comes of the board tonight:

1.01- Arian Foster, RB, HOU

1.02 - Ray Rice, RB, BALT

1.03 - LeSean McCoy, RB, PHL

1.04 - Calvin Johnson, WR, DET

1.05 - Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB

1.06 - Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAX

1.07 - Drew Brees, QB, NO

1.08 - Chris Johson, RB, TEN

1.09 - Cam Newton, QB, CAR

1.10 - Jimmy Graham, TE, NO

1.11 - Victor Cruz, WR, NYG

1.12 - Andre Johnson, WR, HOU

 Pretty happy the way it went and I got the Charger's Ryan Matthews with my second round pick

I expect that we should draft four rounds – maybe well into the fifth in the first hour in this draft and then I will have to make my first pick in our monthly free agent draft in the XFL. I will have the seventh pick in the first round as I am currently 9th in the fifteen team league (was 8th yesterday having just gone up to the next group with total points in the 80s this week).

I need to get the best MI I can with Tulowitzki now on the DL and of course there is always the need for more pitching. I probably won’t have the internal debate again on Quintin Berry as I suspect a team drafting ahead of me may either consider him a possible $10 keeper for next year or just need the stolen bases to move up this year. The problem of full time at bats affects the MI choice – really only Cody Ransom is a full time player although for a while at least Everth Cabrera may be in the lineup every day with Andy Parrino now on the DL. It would be a tough choice if both Ransom and my top pitcher, another Brewer – Mike Fiers were both available but let’s see…………

Okay here is how the mock draft went for me for the first ten rounds

1.01 - Graham

2.03 - Mathews

3.10 - Mike Wallace, PIT

4.03 - Steve Smith, CAR

5.10 - Willis McGahee, DEN

6.03 - Eli Manning, NYG

7.10 - Ben Jarvus Green-Ellis, CIN

8.03 - Santonio Holmes, NYJ

9.10 - Tony Gonzalez, ATL

10.03 - Nate Washington, TEN

Amazingly we finished the fifteen rounds in one hour - all the picks weren't the best (sorry fellas) but they were Fast.

Here is the rest of my draft - will add analysis later. If you have any questions it is better in the FF Forum on the message boards than here.

11.10 - Tim Hightower, WAS

12.03 - Davone Bess, MIA

13.10 - Steelers DST

14.03 - Randall Cobb, GB

15.10 - K....for me Rob Bironas, TEN good leg with a late bye

Okay, over to the chat room for the XFL draft where it turns out I had plenty of extra time to turn off the extra laptop and get set up.

As I suspected Lawr took Berry with the first pick, so with my first round pick I actually had my choice of starting pitchers and took Kyle Kendrick over Mike Fiers who was grabbed later in the round.

Still had all my MI choices in the second round and didn't try and get cut and took Cody Ransom......actually if I had noticed that Gene McCaffrey was below me that way maybe I would have taken Pacheco but for my team he would be more of a next year hopeful and I am trying for a run to the top five this year.

With my third round pick I wanted one of the SP with an upcoming two start week and like Scott Feldman's schedule (@ OAK and @ SF) over Travis Blackley or Cole Devries.

I took one more player (we used to only get three picks per month but expanded it to as many as you could make room for). I had strongly considered the Athletics Ryan Cook who could well be there closer next year but fortunately for me and my shiny coin he was taken before my next turn. So I took Jerry Hairston Jr. who can and hopefully will play all over the Dodger infield - not a big leap given the drek and youth they have on the team. If he gets to be a regular I will play him otherwise he is a great backup for my team.

That was actually fun - two drafts in less than two hours. Good company and barbs and comments back and forth without making me late for dinner. Now for a good bottle of red wine and some television with wifey. Juggling my rosters and lineups can wait until tomorrow morning.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 June 2012 10:53
 
Wainwrong will soon be Wainwright again PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Todd Zola   
Sunday, 03 June 2012 00:00

adam-wainwright

I've answered this question so many times the past week I figured it would be easier to put a blog post and just link it.

Adam Wainwright will be just fine, TRUST ME!!

First a little vent. If you own the Cardinal right-hander, you very likely got him at a discount as he was a risk coming off of TJS. Furthermore, unlike Stephen Strasburg, Wainwright was not able to get in a couple of starts last September. Strasburg, the National's phenom, was able to get over the mental hurdle of throwing a ball in anger, so he could spend the off-season in a fairly normal manner, prepearing for the 2012 season. Wainwright was rehabbing, then had to get over that mental angle in the spring. Meaning expect a slow start and a gardual return to form as the season progresses.

Perhaps the fact Wainwright tossed a complete game shutout in mid-May fooled everyone into thinking he was back. Folks, the guy had a major procedure done on his elbow. Cut him some slack. He's actually doing BETTER THAN CAN BE EXPECTED!

Wainwright's career K/9 is 7.5. This season it is 7.9. His career BB/9 is 2.6. This season it is 2.8.

OH THE HUMANITY!

Granted, the career HR/9 is a bloated 1.1, up from it's historical .7 mark. Maybe Wainwright left a couple of fat ones over the heart of the plate, or maybe it is just a sample size anomaly.

Wainwright's BABIP is up a little, .317 as compared to a career .290, but this is well within expected fluctuation.

His 4.98 ERA is well over a run higher than most of the expected ERA calculations (xFIP, FIP and SIERA, tRA is not so kind).

Even if you compare the peripherals to Wainwright's stellar '09 and '10 campaigns, he's not that far off.

Hang in, better days are Wainw-RIGHT around the corner.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 June 2012 08:02
 
Luck in the Transactions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Perry Van Hook   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:25

Well I suppose some of you need to Look at the transactions first but there are a lot of lineup changes that need to be made on Tuesday.

Unfortunately most of us set lineups on Mondays for the current week. If none of the news in this column helps you today, consider this for next year – Get your league to allow midweek transactions for players put on or returning from the DL or to replace players sent to the minors or called up after Mondays.

Toronto OF Eric Thames has been slumping all of May – hitting 190 after hitting over 300 in April gets the bad news – teammate Rajai Davis who should get the majoring of those at bats on the good side.

Angels pitching ace Jered Weaver left Monday night’s game after facing only three batters with back pain. Weaver who will have an MRI today faces the bad news while Garrett Richards who broke with the club after a great spring training taking Jerome Williams spot in the rotation until he came off should be the one who gets the call with the good news.

I needed to add a catcher in a league where we only play one for the H2H matches because of Miguel Montero’s groin (maybe he got it just thinking about picking up checks from the Diamondbacks for the next five years) and lost out on my first choice of the Brewers’ Jonathan Lucroy. When he was put on the disabled list today my pickup of Jarrod Saltalamacchia looked even better than after yesterday’s home run. Also good news for those of you who have George Kottaras as your second catcher in deeper leagues.

Upcoming bad news for either the Randall Delgado or Mike Minor owners as one of them will lose their rotation spot to the Braves’ Kris Medlen who was sent down today to stretch him out and will be back for one of those spots in three weeks or so.

Of course some players create both good news and bad news with the same outing – yesterday it was both Nate Adcock who really found out what his fantasy owners who activated him for a nice two start week vs CLE and OAK thought when Ned Yost had some extra words for him after taking him out in the third inning of yesterday’s pitiful performance – Hey Adcock, you are on the next bus to Omaha cry on somebody’s shoulder down there; or Ryan Raburn of the Tigers who lowered his average to about a buck fifty after going 0-4 yesterday and making many laugh with Jim Leyland’s rant after the game which should get him a bus ticket to Toledo when Austin Jackson returns later this week.

I hope you get some more good news today.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 May 2012 15:59
 
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