What Went Wrong – AL Tout Wars

It’s often said that you learn more from your mistakes and defeats than in your victories. 2016 was not one of my best fantasy baseball seasons. I won one league and finished in money spots in three others (not all were $ leagues), but all in all I came in short of expectations. Winning one league is a baseline expectation when you play in 10+ leagues every year. Even worse, I finished last in AL Tout Wars, was never competitive in the NFBC Main Event and had a couple of other bottom-division leagues. So I’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn, I suppose!

I’m going to try to break down each of my leagues to determine what went wrong and what I (and hopefully, you!) can learn from it. Mistakes clearly were made, but was there a consistent theme? Do I make strategy errors more often than not? Was I overlooking a particular category? Or was it simply a case of player evaluation error?

NL East fantasy division preview

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Arrivals

OF Adam Eaton, Nationals: Debate over the trade aside, his power-speed combo, though not great, complements his path to nearly 700 plate appearances and helpful batting average. He’s a safe middle-rounds piece.

Divisional Round Observations

I grudgingly admit the Cowboys-Packers game was a great one, and I say “grudgingly” because it was nearly derailed by poor officiating, worse announcing and even worse coaching. The reason I know it was great is I was so exhilarated afterwards I wasted time watching the first quarter of the Steelers-Chiefs live – at 1:00 – 2:00 am Portugal time before catching the last three in half an hour via the condensed version Monday morning.

AL West fantasy division preview

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Arrivals

SS Jean Segura, Mariners: A brighter on- and off-field year helped him sizzle for Arizona. Seattle’s park will hinder his power, but he’ll must double-digit homers, and a 25-steal, .270-average season is in the cards again. This top-10 fantasy shortstop will come at a bigger discount than the wave of early-round blue-chippers.

AL Central fantasy division preview

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Arrivals

1B Edwin Encarnacion, Indians: He walks the parrot to, surprisingly, a better hitting park and — at this stage in the offseason — lineup than Rogers Centre. Even at age 34, he’s a logical pick for power in the second or third round.

Stabbing At The Truth

WARNING: This post may only of interest to folks who are into media criticism (which should be everybody, if you ask me, since we now live in the era of “fake news”) or the Marlins’ farm system, but as I’m dead center on that particular Venn diagram, I’m going to write it anyway.