The year is 2011 and you've been tricked into a snake draft league. If that weren't bad enough, the dastardly randomization tool just stuck you with a late first round pick. Hanley Ramirez went No.1, Troy Tulowitzki fell to No.5 and before you know it, you're on the clock. Telling the positional scarcity crew to hop on a grenade, you select the high-production pair of Carlos Gonzalez and Alex Rodriguez. After 10 minutes, the evil thoughts you've been wishing upon the Hanley owner subside and you plan a cunning strategy to select Alexei Ramirez after the hobgoblins of the league draft Jimmy Rollins, Derek Jeter and Elvis Andrus. Suddenly a dog-faced gremlin singles out Alexei while Jeter and Elvis are still wading in the player pool. A panic strikes the league igniting a run of Shorties, Jeter and Elvis: gone. Reaching into your bag of tricks, you come up with Plan C: Stephen Drew. Plan C is not pretty. Drew is OK, he'll give you useful numbers (.272-16-81-64-8), but nothing that is worthy of pulling the Stretch Armstrong. Your cool head does not react to the run of Shortstops and continues drafting high production players. Then, the shit hits the fan and someone snaps a tendon while reaching for Stephen Drew's 16 Home Runs. What is Plan D? Do we even have a Plan D? Looking over the remaining Ug Lees, you decide it doesn't matter if you draft a Shortstop now or in Round 21; you're going to get the same numbers from whichever jobber is left from the remaining tier. You forge ahead and continue filling your UT, SP, RP slots with more-than-useful players, ignoring your starting SS position. Round 21 finally arrives and you decide to grab someone before your sworn enemies start filling their bench slots with Middle Infielders. You've just punted Shortstop, who is your late round gem? The right-hand sidebar awaits your decision.
Jon Lester 19 Wins (from 20)
Justin Verlander 19 Wins (from 20)
Brett Anderson slight bump to BABIP/WHIP/ERA
Hiroki Kuroda slightly improved ERA
Jeremy Hellickson improved BABIP/WHIP/ERA
Brian Matusz ERA from 3.83 to 3.84!!!
Joel Pineiro ERA from 3.86 to 3.87!!!
Jaime Garcia 14 Wins (from 13)
The NL East SP Projections should be posted late Thursday or early Friday.
The Top 100 SP Corporate Ladder will be posted in a couple days (3-4).
The Top 100 Overall Player Corporate Ladder will be posted in a week or so.
Relief Pitcher Projections will be posted some day.
New poll on the right-hand sidebar: Punting Shortstop.
Starbonell Station, 7:00 PM Central on Thursday.
The NL Central is Wainwright's World and it's party time. The Wolf Man will kick off the event as our opening emcee. Tonight's performers will be Marky Marcum and the Funky Bunch along with Bronson Arroyo's garage band. Just to warn you, like most parties, we have a few meatheads roaming around. Carlos Zambrano and Brett Myers could slap someone at a moments notice. If you see Carlos Silva, please steer him away from the Four Loko supply. Put on your best t-shirt, tap the keg and make the jump for your NL Central Starting Pitcher projections.
The NL West plays home to the majority of Fantasy Baseball's best Starting Pitchers. One is so good he doubles as a musician. Unfortunately, pitching and playing music halves Barry Zito's talent so he sucks at both. I'm only kidding (or am I?). All joking aside, there is plenty of talent to be found in this division. Make the jump to see why DLR makes me hot for teacher.
Today, February 9th, 2011, a date which will live in infamy. The MillionDollarSleeper.com blog and all of its Million Dollar Managers were suddenly and deliberately attacked by Charlie Saponara of the empire known as FB365. The Million Dollar Managers were at a moment of peace with FB365, looking toward maintaining said peace in the Fantasy Baseball blogosphere. Indeed, one hour after, Mr. Saponara commenced bombing. As commander and chief of our armed forces, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. I speak for the will of all the Million Dollar Mangers when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will see to it that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again. I, therefore, declare war on Charlie Saponara and the empire of FB365. After the jump, more information on the FB365 vs MDS Blog League. Enlist today, Uncle Andrew wants you!no comments
This season you will see countless Fantasy Baseball articles comparing a Pitcher's xFIP or FIP to their ERA. They're going to tell you who has been "lucky" or "unlucky", they're going to tell you who is going to regress or bounce back. The majority of them will be wrong because FIP and xFIP are flawed statistics. I'm a fan of Socrates' question everything philosophy and I have one question which brings down the entire ERA forecasting formula, how are you going to calculate ERA without using Base Hits, Team Defense or Ball Park Factors? Make the jump to see exactly what I am talking about and why I'm able project ERA much better than FIP or xFIP.
Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball has opened registration. 100 minutes in, I already had eight teams! How about you? If you want a challenge, there is always the Million Dollar Challenge. A true test of Fantasy Baseball skills, the MDC is a 14-16-team, rotisserie league with an expansive and balanced scoring system. Later, I will announce another blog league (head-to-head) that uses similar stats. I only get to choose six of my finest commenters for that one. Stay tuned.
Blog Wars is up and running. The lineup of Fantasy Baseball bloggers/writers will be announced, eventually. You should be able to view the teams and auction draft results, in due time.
Now the bad news. Them mothe*****ng coc******rs at Yahoo did not give us a Weekly Max IP option for custom head-to-head leagues. I've been waiting for this for three years now. First I tried asking, then I started demanding and this year I began to beg. Do I have to tell them I have cheeseburgers? A Weekly Max IP option is the ONLY way to prevent streaming. Limiting moves does not get rid of the true problem behind streaming, the scoring systems are rewarding whomever starts the most SP during the week. Whether you have one move or unlimited moves, the goal is the same: start the most SP. With a Weekly Max IP, your goal is to get the best stats with what you're allowed. True fantasy baseball. Be sure to email Yahoo and tell them off.
Take a deep breath MDS... goosefraba. It could be worse, you could be playing at ESPN or CBS.
Our tour through the Starting Pitcher projections now takes us through the American League West, home of King Felix. If you're going to pitch in the American League, this is the division to do so. The Mariners, A's and Angels all play home games in pitcher parks and the presence of Nolan Ryan in Texas makes all Pitchers ride the gravy train with biscuit wheels. You don't squat on your spurs and you don't step up to Nolan without your A game.You also don't travel through the AL West without paying royalties to King Felix, be sure to honor thy king before making the jump.
The AL East is known for it's big bats, but there is plenty of good pitching to go around too. Jon Lester reigns supreme as C.C. starts to slow down. David Price, who goes about 10 picks after C.C., will outpitch him too. The division also plays hosts to some quality sleeper picks in Jeremy Hellickson, Brian Matsuz and my personal favorite so far, Brandon Morrow. Make the jump for some American League East Starting Pitcher projections.