Baseball Crank
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March 31, 2004

Well, I'm feeling much better now about coughing up $22 for Jorge Posada for my rotisserie team. I also have a second team, an AL-NL league, auto-drafted on Yahoo, 5x5 (traditional 8 categories plus Runs Scored and K), head-to-head, ten franchises, so each one is quite a bit stronger than your regular roto squad. Here's how mine came out in yesterday morning's auto-draft:

CJason Kendall15
1BMike Sweeney12
3BHank Blalock9
CIMark Teixeira13
2BAlfonso Soriano1
SSDerek Jeter11
MIMarcus Giles10
OFVladimir Guerrero2
OFBob Abreu3
OFIchiro Suzuki4
OFShawn Green8
DHCarl Crawford14
BenchKazuo Matsui20
BenchAdam Dunn21
BenchJosh Phelps22
PJavier Vazquez5
PJohan Santana6
PKevin Brown7
PBrad Penny16
PRich Harden17
PFrancisco Cordero18
PJose Contreras19

I may live to regret ranking Soriano above Barry Bonds, but with the outfield I got, it should work out just fine. Seeing as I'm plenty stacked in the outfield and short on closers, I immediately cut Dunn and Phelps to pick up Rocky Biddle and Joe Nathan. This looks like an offensive juggernaut to me, even in the context of this type of league, although I can't say I'm thrilled to have to root for 3/5 of the Yankees rotation . . . Jeter went way, way low in this draft, after the likes of Carl Everett, Jay Payton and Randy Winn.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:19 AM | Baseball 2004 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

You look pretty stacked (keep an eye on Harden....I cut him loose after he was demoted to 5th starter, which makes him situational instead of full-time). You should be able to build up a lead in steals (which are hard to come by) & then trade for some power (which is much easier) for a high price when some folks start to see how slow their teams are.

I don't know what to say about the Jeter guess is that Yahoo's auto ranking had him pretty low & folks didn't see it.

Posted by: Ricky at April 1, 2004 12:00 PM

Yeah, having snagged Harden for both my teams, I'm worried that I've overinvested in him. But he may move up from the 5 slot by late May if he pitches well.

Since it's a head-to-head league, it's harder to make trades (you start from zero every week), but not impossible.

It's possible that some people who joined the league late didn't get that far down the auto-ranks.

Posted by: The Crank at April 1, 2004 12:45 PM
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