First Fantasy Draft
I wanted to do an early draft to get a feel for things, so I originally selected a public league on saturday. After all this talk about drafting low risk, high potential old guys, I wanted to do a deep draft. I moved my draft to last night, and purposely selected a private league that was far deeper than the average public league, just to get a feel or things. There were some surprises, but not many. Hopefully all will benefit from this.
The league is a 5x5 rot. league with the default stat categories. The positions were as follows. C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, IF, LF, CF, RF, OF, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL.
Notice the corner infielder, middle infielder, and infielder, along with the specialized OF positions. There are 15 teams in the league and the draft only took about 2 hours for all 25 rounds.
Of course, I got the last pick in the draft, so all my picks were back to back. This of course changed my drafting strategy. Encouragingly, my team is still really good. Here's what the first round looked like:
1. Á. Rodríguez 2. A. Pujols 3. V. Guerrero 4. M. Teixeira 5. D. Ortiz 6. M. Ramírez 7. M. Tejada 8. Jo. Santana 9. Mi. Cabrera 10. M. Young 11. D. Lee 12. I. Suzuki 13. C. Zambrano 14. B. Abreu 15. D. Wright (Me)
I'll put a (!) next to major surprises to me. I have no idea why these guys were still around at the point I got them. My picks:
# 15. David Wright # 16. Carl Crawford
#45. Travis Hafner (!) #46. Adam Dunn
#75. Jhonny Peralta #76. Bret Myers
#105. Josh Beckett (!) #106. Felipe Lopez
#135. Jorge Posada #136. Eddie Guardado (my last chance to get an established closer)
#165. Scott Kazmir #166. Geoff Jenkins
#195. Zack Duke #196. Dan Johnson
#225. Chris Reitsma #226. Mike MacDougal
#255. Bill Mo Pena #256. Brad Radke
#285. Mike Piazza (!) #286. Austin Kearns
#315. Scott Linebrink #316. Jason Duchsherer
#345. Xavier Nady #346. Junior Spivey
Last Pick of the draft : Frank Thomas (!)
Other major surprises: nobody picked Roger Clemens until #137. This was a major oversight by myself and others. I kicked myself when I realized I had just picked Steady Eddie and could have had the Rocket.
Other notes: Victor Martinez went #38 and Mariano Rivera and Brad Lidge went #59 and #62.
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