2016 Catchers

So, I’ve started prepping my new spread sheet for the fantasy baseball 2016 season. Starting with catchers I have begun to fit every stat I feel meaning ful like age, bat r,l or switch. Place in the batting order. What home park the play in. Injury history, position eligibility, hard hit rate, wOBA, k rate, walk rate and z contact rating. To name a few.

I’ve decided to zero in, mostly on players between the age of 23 through 30. Im pretty sure I will get proven wrong many times but, I feel like these are guys in their prime years that have the best chance of NOT runing out of gas by the start of my playoffs.

As you can imagine the posey, shwarber, Santana, mcCann

Me trying to see if I can catch lightning in a bottle with a big break out ro Swihart, d’Arnaud, Realmuto

I drafted d’Arnaud last year and he proceeded to tear the cover off the ball. Until he broke his hand came back for a game or two and got hurt again. I had Stephen Vogt so I dropped d’Arnaud for a two start pitcher I needed during a tough H2H matchup.

I have Swihart on my roster for the moment and I would love if he could be an incredible bargain as a $1 keeper. He started to turn it on at the end of the season and he was quite a hitter in the minors. Oh and he happens to have a home park which right handers seem to love!

So as I keep entering data I suppose my next job will be to figure out which ones will carry the most weight in the grading process. To be continued.



Doing it the right way

Wow. Just wow. If you would have told me a few years ago that the Royals and Mets would be playing in the 2015 World Series I would have thought yeah, right, that might be the first World Series where no one would money on tickets for.

Now I find myself thinking that these are 2 carefully crafted teams. Both of these clubs are so deep and with most players in their prime. 

I remember when the Mets traded RA Dickey coming off a CY Young trophy a few years back. I thought to myself they were crazy…what a Met move. Getting Syndergaard and d’Arnaud. Now it’s more like “What are the Blue Jays thinking”?

Being a very loyal NY Yankees fan growing up I’ve seen bad teams (in the 80’s) and I’ve seen domination(in the 90’s) now a days we have seen how spending a ton of money (Yankees, Tigers, Mariners, White Sox, Dodgers) no longer leads to the same success. This has become the age of the younger ball players.

Finding teams willing to exchange top prospects for a guy who is having/had a great season but might be a few years on the wrong side of 30 seems to be one of the keys to success.

Acquiring top prospects, developing your own, a strong presence in the international market, holding on to and collecting top draft picks seems to be the best way for future success. Kudos the the Royals and Mets for seeing the future and being patient enough to stick with it!


Fantasy Revenge

Hey There !

I am starting this blog as a way to both voice my frustrations and share my thoughts going forward in fantasy baseball. Hopefully I will get some good ideas back from others as well.

The reason for my frustration comes from the fact that I dominated my 12 team H2H Points Keeper league this past season. By dominate I mean I was in First place from day 1 through the end of the regular season. So of course what happens? I get bounced in the first round of the playoffs. It was to the defending champ who had a very strong team.

I believe a great secret to my success was a strong team from top to bottom. This is a ESPN auction league so we get the basic $260 as a budget to buy a team. 5 keepers are allowed to be named from your team at the cost they were bought for in the auction. If a player was not in the auction then he can be kept for $1 the next season. A player can only be kept for 3 years then he must re-enter the auction.

Going into the auction I kept… Kershaw($32), Bumgarner($12), Arenado($8), Corey Dickerson($1), Kris Bryant ($1)

So i had $201 going into the auction. After doing countless mock drafts to develop a knowledge of who might go for a discount I noticed that there was quite a lot of quality players in the $10-$5 range. As my league mates started to buy all of the well known stars (At an inflated price i might add) I just sat back and watched the carnage. When things slowed down I pounced. Finding very good values in  Travis d’Arnaud, Carlos Carrasco,  Matt Carpenter, Lance Lynn, Adam Lind, Collin McHue, Lorenzo Cain, Brandon Belt, Danny Salazar and Yasmoni Tomas. along with some key pickups along the way…Stephen Vogt, Matt Duffy, David Peralta, Noah Syndergaard and Ken Giles.

At our trade deadline I made a deal with a team out of contension giving up Kris Bryant, Syndergaard and Lance Lynn for Paul Goldschmidt and Adam Jones. I figured this would give me the late push i needed as i was all in to win…Oops.

My team started to slump and get very “banged up” at the end of  the season. This has led me to rethink the type of players I hone in on at the auction. I will be taking a look at age, Injuries, L vs R splits, home park, team w%, starters or platoon, placement in the batting order etc. As i start to get going on the spread sheet i create I will share hopefully to help others and to gain some helpful things from you as well.