Four of my eight drafts are in the books. All four were auction drafts (I refuse to snake draft) and all four were head-to-head leagues. The second leg of my draft season will be comprised of roto leagues. I didn't plan my draft schedule this way, but I'd actually prefer the split. Looking over my teams, patterns are starting to emerge. One of them may be disturbing. I thought I'd share with the group. Make the jump to see whom I've chosen to draft multiple times.
Has my love affair with Brandon Morrow gone too far? Morrow is on all four of my teams and I'm making plans for an eight-team, clean sweep. I don't care what it costs. Maybe I do, but maybe I don't. I have yet to be pushed to the breaking point, if there is one. I've paid $21, $15, $15 and $12 for his services. Twenty-one bucks is a bit much, but I had to restore my dominance after losing a bidding war for Kevin Youkilis. I had to to send a message to the opposition. How can you not love Brandon Morrow? His 10.95 K/9 was a full strikeout better than the league leader, Tim Lincecum (9.79 K/9). Morrow has been known to lack control, but his BB/9 was a solid 3.22 after the month of May. The kid just needed some experience in the role. Seattle mismanaged Morrow, tarnishing his rep in the process. He'll push $25 plus in 2012.
Why can't I land Hanley Ramirez? I go into every draft targeting Hanley, but I can't pay more than $60 for any player not named Brandon Morrow. This is why I have three shares of Yunel Escobar. I've expressed my enthusiasm for Yunel here and ranked him inside my Top Ten Shortstops here. I've paid $14, $6 and $5 for Escobar. That $14 bid came at the end of an auction where some ass hat, who had a bunch of leftover money from mismanaging his funds, bid up Yunel just to get under my skin. That's the influence I have on others.
Will Jason Bay be David Wright 2.0? The similarities between the two are striking. Both struggled to hit Home Runs in their first season at Citi Field and they were both took a fastball to the beanie. The only difference between the two is that Jason Bay is a couple months older than David Wright (51 if you're counting at home). I like Bay's chances of a bounce back and the fact that he's on three of my teams backs that up. I've paid $8, $7 and $3 for Bay. I have him ranked 36th among my OF. 2011 Projection: .267-25-92-94-9 (565 AB)
Why did Grey have to do that to me? Daniel Hudson could be sitting atop this list with Brandon Morrow if it weren't for Grey Albright from Razzball. When Hudson was dealt to Arizona (for Edwin Jackson) he shrugged off the early season struggles and went on to dominate the NL West. In 79.2 IP with the DBacks, Hudson posted a 7.91 K/9 and a 1.81 BB/9. It's always nice to own ratios like that. Rostering Hudson also makes me feel l ripped off Kenny Williams in that trade. Suck it Kenny! I've paid $17, $11 and $10 for Daniel. Grey got Hudson for only $9 because I had to save money for positional players and Saves. The person who pushed me to $17 used Grey's rankings so those Razzball boys are messing up my drafts even in leagues where they're not involved. Hudson is usually a late nomination so sometimes a guy has to do what a guy has to do at that point in an auction. Hudson is ranked 15th among my SP.
Do you enjoy fishing? I do, especially at the SP position. I'm willing to roll out a rotation that uses a Mat Latos or Brandon Morrow and my SP1 with sleepers filling out the rest of the slots. It's no surprise to me that I have Michael Pineda, Travis Wood and Mike Minor on three of my four teams thus far. These three were all apart of the deep sleeper series found here.
Clay Hensley (Holds/Nunez handcuff)
smart move, i would have shin soo on all my teams if i didn't have to pay so much for him. Like your Brendan morrow, i'm only willing to overspend on Jay Bruce.
My Douple Dippers
For the record i've only done two auctions so far. As long as Kendry keeps going for so cheap ( I've paid 17$ and 19$ for his services) i'll continue to buy. Lester will be the AL CY Young winner this year, and I love that so far he isn't coming at an overwhelming price ($25 in both leagues). Pretty sure that once more auctions of mine are completed, Shaun Marcum, Jeremy Hellickson, Joel Hanrahan, Andre Ethier, Corey Hart, and Matt Wieters are bound to join the list. Mike Minor can come too. Let's hope the Marcum shoulder stiffness is just temporary though and that it drives down his price a little.
Good read btw MDS, I always find ti useful to examine ones own draft tendencies.
Choo cost me $27 in the Roto Arcade Pro-Am (14 teams) and $30 in the FB365 vs MDS blog league. I paid the extra dollar in the FB365 league because I wanted SB without hurting my OBP/SLG. Hard to find those players.
Rajai Davis would have ended up on a few of my teams, but these leagues used some form of OBP or OPS.
Morrow had a 1.24 WHIP after May, there's no way he posts a WHIP above 1.30. Million Dollar Guarantee. These leagues were either 14 or 16-team leagues.
i have morrow projected as: 185 ip, 11 W, 205 K, 3.697 ERA, 1.362 WHIP
currently valued at $14.55 in MDC format and $14.83 in yahoo default with innings cap.
these numbers always change with the changing of other players projections but will usually only vary by a few pennies. so even if he only reaches my projections (which based off of yours would be a big letdown) you still basically break even. good gamble i say.
I concur with Latos, Morrow, Texeira, Nolasco, Minor and Pineda, have them in multiple places. I also seem to wind up with Braun, Kinsler, Jimenez, Rajai Davis, Magglio, Axford and Nathan an awful lot too...