Winning TGFBI: Every Pick & Every Pickup

Earlier today, Brian Slack of BaseballHQ asked if I had posted a write-up about my TGFBI-winning team. I never really had the chance — we were right into the magazine, which you can order here, by the way.

 

I thought I would take a little time on this lazy Sunday to look back at my draft and a full list of in-season transactions:

 

1.9 Giancarlo Stanton

2.22 J.D. Martinez

3.39 Christian Yelich

4.52 Aaron Nola

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5.69 Jose Quintana

6.82 Xander Bogaerts

7.99 Trevor Story

8.112 Jose Berrios

9.129 Brad Hand

10.142 Manuel Margot

11.159 Kevin Kiermaier

12.172 Blake Treinen

13.189 Evan Longoria

14.202 Mike Clevinger

15.219 Jason Kipnis

16.232 Victor Robles

17.249 C.J. Cron

18.262 Wilson Ramos

19.279 Mallex Smith

20.292 Walker Buehler

21.309 Yoshihisa Hirano

22.322 Eduardo Rodriguez

23.339 Logan Forsythe

24.352 Jack Flaherty

25.369 Keone Kela

26.382 Andrew Toles

27.399 Albert Almora

28.412 Dominic Leone

 

MARCH 25

 

Add: Jose Pirela ($71)

Drop: Andrew Toles

 

APRIL 8

 

Add: Keynan Middleton ($132)

Drop: Dominic Leone

 

Add: Christian Villanueva ($51)

 

Add: Howie Kendrick ($31)

Drop: Albert Almora

 

Add: Robert Gsellman ($5)

Drop: Yoshihisa Hirano

 

APRIL 15

 

Add: Teoscar Hernandez ($32)

 

Add: Wilmer Flores ($16)

 

Add: Drew Steckenrider ($6)

 

APRIL 22

 

Add: Mike Soroka ($52)

Drop: Victor Robles

 

APRIL 29

 

Add: Alex Verdugo ($54)

Drop: Jason Kipnis

 

Drop: Robert Gsellman

 

Drop: Wilmer Flores

 

MAY 6

 

Add: Christin Stewart ($1)

 

MAY 13

 

Add: Freddy Peralta ($119)

Drop: Alex Verdugo

 

MAY 20

 

Add: Seranthony Dominguez ($120)

Drop: Keynan Middleton

 

Add: Eloy Jimenez ($0)

Drop: Drew Steckenrider

 

MAY 27

 

Add: Willy Adames ($98)

Drop: Freddy Peralta

 

JUNE 11

 

Drop: Christin Stewart

 

JUNE 17

 

Add: Cory Spangenberg ($22)

 

Add: Christin Stewart ($12)

Drop: Eloy Jimenez

 

JUNE 24

 

Add: Freddy Peralta ($42)

 

Drop: Keynan Middleton

 

JULY 1

 

Add: Jose Bautista ($12)

Drop: Christin Stewart

 

JULY 8

 

Add: Niko Goodrum ($4)

Drop: Logan Forsythe

 

JULY 9

 

Drop: Jose Pirela

 

JULY 22

 

Add: Jonathan Lucroy ($2)

 

JULY 30

 

Drop: Cory Spangenberg

 

AUGUST 5

 

Add: Trevor Richards ($36)

Drop: Keone Kela

 

AUGUST 12

 

Add: Anthony Desclafani ($3)

 

AUGUST 19

 

Add: Rich Hill ($71)

Drop: Christian Villanueva

 

AUGUST 20

 

Drop: Jonathan Lucroy

 

AUGUST 26

 

Add: Matt Holliday ($4)

 

AUGUST 27

 

Drop: Niko Goodrum

 

SEPTEMBER 3

 

Drop: Freddy Peralta

 

That’s it. There weren’t many impact pickups, and in fact some of those are pretty embarrassing, but I got windows of worthwhile contributions from Teoscar Hernandez, Christian Villanueva and Seranthony Dominguez early on, and later from Niko Goodrum, Rich Hill and Trevor Richards.

 

I guess my biggest takeaway here is that I should continue loading up on offense early because my strength as a fantasy player is finding value on the pitching side. I got an ace starter (Nola) and an ace reliever (Treinen) at non-ace costs, and tons of profit from Clevinger, Buehler, Rodriguez and Flaherty.

 

Hoard talent. Gamble on high-upside players late in the draft, with more weight on talent against context. Not every pick is going to be a winner, but the overall body of work is what matters (think of that Margot-Kiermaier 10-11 stretch as just a two-week slump in a six-month season).