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Charging the Mound – Players We Targeted and Avoided

Chris (7:29 PM PT, Wednesday, April 1):

The last of my drafts – “Beat Chris Liss 2″  – took place Monday night, and I didn’t realize, but it was my 10th league this year, and that’s not counting our Scoresheet League which you basically run, and for which I occasionally consult. Ten is an all-time record for me, and I’m not proud of it. Ideally, I’d have 3-4 good leagues, and live and die with their results. With 10, it’s too easy to write off the ones with bad injury luck or where things don’t break your way, and nearly impossible to do well in all of them. And whichever ones in which you do poorly – even if you kill eight others – there will always be some ******* who can hold it over you. Moreover, with so many players in play – and with my increased participation in DFS this year – I’ll probably be rooting for and against everyone in every game at the same time which diminishes the joy of watching live baseball.

Slugging For Jude

Last night I took part in an “expert” league draft for a 12 team, 5×5 NL-only league put together by Todd Zola of Mastersball. While there was nothing unusual about the league structure, Zola is running the league as part of the Slugging For Jude drive. Jude is the young lad getting his Skywalker on in the picture above (along with the Yoda ear of his little brother Finn), who’s currently in a battle with leukemia. Todd has pledged to make a donation based on how many of us manage to beat him in the standings in this league, so the incentive is certainly there for all of us to make sure he finishes as close to the basement as possible.

For my part, I’m going to make a similar donation at season’s end based on how many teams finish ahead of me in each individual category. Should I win the league, I’ll flip it and donate based on how many teams are below me in each individual category. If you’d like to make a donation yourself, you can use their GoFundMe page, and you can get updates on how Jude is doing here.

My team, and draft strategy, are below the fold.

NFBC From The Wheel – Jeff Erickson’s Draft

At the same time that Chris Liss was drafting in the NFBC Main Event, I was also drafting, albeit in a different league. I had the 15-spot in the draft, meaning that I was going to miss out on the clear top-8 players, plus a handful of other first-round quality players. Drafting on either end, but especially on the wheel, requires extra planning on when you are going to attack certain commodities – especially closers and catchers. With 28 selections between your two picks, you need to be able to begin “runs” rather than try to react to them.

While my draft didn’t have the big names like Chris’s draft did, there were still some awesome players – including two of the top-50 career earnings leaders, Jeff Dobies (#17, and second overall in career auction earnings there) and Michael Edelman (#49). For the second time in four years, I’m also playing against actor/director Nick Cassavetes, who won the league the last time I played against him. I don’t mean to insult anyone else by omission – there were plenty other skilled players at the draft. I also had the unique problem of facing off against RotoWire’s Vlad Sedler, with whom I’m sharing a team in the RotoWire Online Championship. There was also one less-prepared player in the draft – more on that later.