My Ideal NL-Only Roster

On Thursday, I discussed the results of a recent AL-only auction I took part in, my second “real” auction/draft of the season. All the rest have been mocks.

It got me thinking ahead to my upcoming NL-only draft. That league is a 10-team, head-to-head 7×7 format, with OPS, batter strikeouts, holds and pitcher losses serving as the additional categories. Net stolen bases and net saves replace the standard SB and SV categories.

The Search For The Next Dellin Betances

Nobody drafted Dellin Betances last year, but a lot of people, myself included, were able to ride him to championships. By definition, this year’s Betances — a set-up ace who can be picked up off waivers — will go undrafted, and likely won’t be pegged by me in this blog post. But if you want to structure your pitching staff around a handful of trustworthy starters and about five relievers, including one or two set-up aces who can be taken among your last four or five picks, here are some guys to consider:

AL-Only Auction Results

You can’t win your league on draft day, but you can lose it.

So the old adage goes.

Thus, while I feel confident about the team I assembled in an AL-only auction Tuesday, I know I will have to stay on top of FAAB every week and make the correct lineup decisions throughout the year to have a chance at winning. The competition in this league is stiff to say the least, with the likes of Al Melchoir and Scott White from CBSSports.com, Todd Zola and Ryan Carey from Mastersball, Keith Cromer from Baseball Prospectus and RotoWire colleagues Paul Sporer and Andrew Fiorentino all included, among others.