The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

My favorite time of the year has come, which is the moment right before the baseball season starts. That time to put my thinking cap on, and do some fantasy baseball drafting.

When participating in fantasy baseball drafts, my preferred drafting option is an auction draft. I like the idea of getting whoever I want, unless keeper picks are involved. You know you can’t get the top player at each position, but you will certainly try.

Snake drafts are ok, but not a fan of them anymore.  If I wanted Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw on my team, the odds of getting either one of them on my team are slim, and there is also a strong possibility of getting neither one. In an auction draft, I can get both, and just build my team around them.

Bidding wars are fun too, especially when you’re trying to budget your winning team.  Watching Bryce Harper and Chris Sale go for big bucks, and than watching Albert Pujols and Felix Hernandez fall of the planet with low bids, you take your chances on either of those decisions, and you hope to end up for breakout seasons all around.

So how did my draft go? I like my infield and pitching staff, but my outfielders could use some help. I like Andrew Benintendi and Nomar Mazara, but Cabrera and Desmond weren’t in my plans. But someone will emerge in the free agent pool, I have to hope so.

 

Arizona Diamondbacks v Boston Red Sox

 

My draft rules were as follows,

  • $300 salary to fill starting roster of 20
  • $8 for 6 bench and 2 minor leaguers, done in snake draft style, after everyone’s starting roster are full. Everyone is $1.
  • * denotes keepers from last year’s roster, up to 6 players

 

Greg Bird NYY 1B $18
DJ LeMahieu COL 2B $16
*Xander Bogaerts BOS SS $14
*Adrian Beltre TEX 3B $6
Maikel Franco PHI CI $1
*Trevor Story COL MI $1
Buster Posey SF C $26
Ian Desmond COL OF $8
Melky Cabrera CHW OF $3
Andrew Benintendi BOS OF $18
Nomar Mazara TEX OF $3
*Corey Seager LAD-SS U $15
*Madison Bumgarner SF SP $41
*Justin Verlander DET SP $10
Chris Archer TB SP $27
Aaron Sanchez TOR SP $17
Jake Odorizzi TB SP $3
Jerad Eickhoff PHI SP $10
Mark Melancon SF RP $11
Greg Holland COL RP $1
Brent Honeywell P TB M $1
Austin Meadows OF PIT M $1
Pablo Sandoval BOS-3B B $1
Raisel Iglesias CIN-RP B $1
Steven Wright BOS-SP B $1
Josh Reddick HOU-OF B $1
Collin McHugh HOU-SP B $1
Travis Shaw MIL-3B B $1

 

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My only regret in this year’s draft was leaving $51 on the table. I do like to hold some money for players I think will get bid up in the end, but some I got at a cheap price. I thought Maikel Franco would have gone for more money, but I won’t complain about getting him for $1. Jake Odorizzi was a nice bargain too, at least in my mind.

I think I would give myself at least a grade of B for my draft, but I have a feeling I’ll be trying to squeeze for a win each week. Going to need a lot of quality starts from my pitching staff.

Either way, I’m ready for baseball, and I’ll be firing up MLB.TV while catching up on my players.

But a quick note for all you youngsters out there. If you’re new to fantasy baseball, don’t give up on any of your players in April (unless they suffer a long term injury). Players have had bad starts in a season, and turned it around by May. Don’t trade your stud players for players having a good two weeks into the season. Otherwise, have fun, no matter how long the season seems to be.

GOLDBERG! GOLDBERG! GOOOOLDBERG!

Congratulations are in order for the new WWE Universal Champion, Goldberg.

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While I was kind of looking forward to this match, and kind of had a feeling of what the outcome of the match was going to be, I really wanted a swerve or a “Dusty Finish”. I wanted Owens to remain champion, anyway he could. But Chris Jericho spoiled it. He’s never coming off the List of KO now.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a Goldberg fan. I am also a Kevin Owens fan. I just didn’t want to see Goldberg vs. Lesnar for the title at Wrestlemania. Granted, for the biggest PPV of the year, you want all the big names at the top, and no two names are bigger right now than these two. But you take Goldberg, who will probably hold the title for 4 weeks until Wrestlemania, to face Brock, who will probably get the title, than wrestle about 4 times in 6 months.  Boring. Unless Goldberg retains the title, then we’ll get him to wrestle the 4 times in 6 months. Still boring. Seems like a waste of time on RAW’s main title.

I’m not shitting on either one of these guys. Both are great draws, and well worth the price of admission. Lot of people on Twitter are pretty upset about the title change, saying it’s not fair to Kevin Owens. While I would like to agree, I wonder to myself, if Sting was healthy, and he did this same thing, the internet would be ecstatic by the outcome.

But now we have all the buildup of Kevin Owens right after the Festival of Friendship, breaking killer promos against Goldberg, and now he’s not even in the main event of Wrestlemania. After getting squashed in 21 seconds at Fastlane, just makes me shake my head at the WWE. There has to be more for Owens. There must be more.  But what I want is not important. It’s all about what’s good for business. The Kevin Owens Show will be back. I’m sure of it.