The National Fantasy Baseball Championships – Main Event

On Saturday at 10 am in a Bellagio conference room in Las Vegas, six 15-team leagues (90 of the 420 total players in the competition) gathered to draft their Main Event teams. I had drawn the No. 2 overall pick in my league, and assuming Mike Trout was off the board at No. 1, I was going with Clayton Kershaw and likely two big bats in Rounds 2-3. Had Bryce Harper, Ryan Braun, George Springer and Jacoby Ellsbury been taken, I was open to Chris Sale should he fall, but I expected the latter to be gone, and two of the former to be available. And that’s exactly what happened. For the full results, click on the grid below:

Box Score Breakdown — From The Westbrook To The Wall

Honestly, I spent most of the day enjoying the season 2 Game of Thrones marathon. That dovetailed into my preparation for Championship Week. Those unaware, if you want a player on your roster in standard Yahoo! leagues, you must add him before 3 AM EST the night prior. Having one remaining player add to spare from Week 22, and armed with the knowledge my opponent has five extra games on the table this week, much of my attention was spent on projecting the week’s outcome with furrowed brow. I hope numbers lie; otherwise, this five seed could face extinction in the title matchup by midweek. It’s not a humble brag. On the contrary, after everything I’ve written, from playoff schedule rankings to monthly primers, luck won out in the form of injuries, mainly to my opponents’ teams. My story is no different than many still playing for bragging rights. All of the preparation in the world couldn’t account for teams resting players and fabricating injuries. Front offices either want to ensure their chances of landing a top pick or finish the marathon with as many healthy bodies entering the postseason. In the words of Cersei Lannister, “When you play fantasy basketball, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

Week 23 Fantasy Basketball Player Rankings: Nearing the End

This is our weekly cheat sheet based on our player’s projected output and number of games. It assumes an eight-category league with the following categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, three-pointers made, free-throw percentage, and field-goal percentage.

These are my rankings. They do not necessarily correspond with the RotoWire cheat sheet or our projections for the season. I use both as a rough guide, but I primarily factor in number of games played for the week, current player trends and pertinent information about the team (injuries, timeshare situations, etc.). The weekly player rankings are written up following Saturday’s games. We will try to update the meter with any breaking news that happens on Sunday, but in most cases, any injuries, lineup changes, etc. that happen on Sunday won’t be accounted for in the rankings until the following week.

Week 23: March 30th – April 5th
Four Games: BKN, BOS, CHA, DET, GSW, HOU, IND, LAC, LAL, MIA, MIL, PHI, POR, SAC, SAS, TOR, UTA
Three Games: ATL, CHI, DAL, DEN, MEM, MIN, NO, NYK, OKC, ORL, PHO, WAS
Two Games: CLE

 

King of the Dish: 14-team Auction Review

Draft season is flying by.

On Wednesday, I took part in my seventh draft/auction of the season. Only two more to go.

Wednesday’s auction was perhaps the most interesting one I’ve taken part in so far this spring. Put on by the kind folks at SportsVault, King of the Dish is a 14-team, 5×5 mixed rotisserie league that uses OBP instead of average and saves-plus-holds instead of saves. Each roster consists of 23 active players (14 hitters, nine pitchers), including two catchers, and three bench spots. Each owners had $300 to spend in the auction to fill those 26 spots.

Nine Pitchers Who Could Reach 20 Holds

Hold the phone.

You’re telling me more people are incorporating holds into their fantasy leagues? It sure seems that way, whether it’s as a standalone category or as saves-plus-holds, rather than just saves. I’ve come around to the stat myself.

Counting holds adds another wrinkle and element of strategy to fantasy baseball. Holds make monitoring back-end bullpen battles a lot of fun, and in saves-plus-holds leagues especially, auctions and drafts play out much differently. Owners are typically hesitant to spend much on closers in that format, and rightfully so, meaning there is more being spent elsewhere. While closers generally rack up more saves than the top setup guys, holds are far more plentiful around the league and rather easy to find on the waiver wire. That said, pinpointing the premiere holds contributors can separate you from the pack.