10-Team Auction Keeper Draft

This is a 10-Team weekly points league keeper auction draft. Power hitters and power pitchers are what you’re looking to acquire at each position.  The keeper costs froze from last year due to the shortened season.  Next year the costs will back up to $5 per season.  It’s an unprecedented time in this league with so many players kept. Here’s my roster and the 9 players I needed to draft. 

22 Frankie Montas Oak, SP $5 K

23 Michael Kopech ChW, SP $1 K

24 Jose Berrios Min, SP $11 K

25 Liam Hendriks ChW, RP $6 K

26 Gleyber Torres NYY, SS $11 K

27 Luis Robert ChW, CF $6 K

28 Ryan Pressly Hou, RP $1 K

29 Alec Bohm Phi, 3B $1 K

30 Walker Buehler LAD, SP $11 K

31 Nick Castellanos Cin, RF $6 K

32 Blake Snell SD, SP $11 K

33 Brady Singer KC, SP $1 K 

34 Sean Murphy Oak, C $1 K

35 Jo Adell LAA, RF $1 K

36 Cody Bellinger LAD, CF $26 K

37 Manny Machado SD, 3B $20 K

38 Pete Alonso NYM, 1B $6 K

144 Trevor Rosenthal Oak, RP $12

145 Brandon Lowe TB, 2B $20

148 Matt Olson Oak, 1B $22

179 Sonny Gray Cin, SP $14

180 Austin Meadows TB, LF $9

189 Didi Gregorius Phi, SS $15

198 Sandy Alcantara Mia, SP $5

206 Clint Frazier NYY, RF $1

214 Dylan Carlson StL, RF $5

With so many players kept I knew the costs would go up significantly. I left the draft with $11 remaining, maybe I can give that out as a Xmas gift. I should have been more aggressive in bidding on James Karinchak.  The Didi price isn’t one I’m thrilled about either.  Correa at $19 is a better value than Didi at $15. As is Tim Anderson at $17.  I had so many long term keepers that I didn’t draft sure fire players I would consider keeping at the costs for next year.  Frazier may be a $6 player next year and Carlson could be a $10 player.  Olson at $27 next year is going back.  

This team lost in the league championship game last season and has appeared in 3 consecutive finals.  While I believe this team is a contender, I may have to pay more attention to acquiring $1 keepers off waivers.  Cheap keepers that outperform the draft costs is one of the main ingredients to success.  

12-Team Auction Draft

This is a 12-team Auction Weekly Points league draft. The scoring setup favors power hitters and power pitchers. The lineup also has Corner Infield and Middle Infield spots. Keepers are 1.5 times the cost of last year and can be on your roster for up to 3 years then have to go back into the player pool. I strive to have $1 dollar keepers as they go to $2, then $3 at the end of the ownership.  $1 dollar keepers are so crucial to my success in this league. Here’s my full roster.

31 Sixto Sanchez Mia, SP $2 K

32 Liam Hendriks ChW, RP $3 K

33 Ryan Mountcastle Bal, LF $2 K

34 Nate Pearson Tor, SP $2 K 

35 Luis Robert ChW, CF $2 K

75 Nick Castellanos Cin, RF $16

89 Shohei Ohtani LAA, DH $8

90 Nolan Arenado StL, 3B $26

97 Willson Contreras ChC, C $8

108 Gleyber Torres NYY, SS $20

112 Eugenio Suarez Cin, 3B $18

123 Marcus Semien Tor, SS $14

132 Jose Altuve Hou, 2B $17 

142 Austin Meadows TB, LF $4

177 Jesus Luzardo Oak, SP $8

181 Sandy Alcantara Mia, SP $5

187 Eric Hosmer SD, 1B $2

198 Ke’Bryan Hayes Pit, 3B $7

199 Lance McCullers Jr. Hou, SP $5

205 Clint Frazier NYY, RF $1

216 Jordan Hicks StL, RP $12

217 Richard Rodriguez Pit, RP $5

220 Daniel Bard Col, RP $3

241 Emilio Pagan SD, RP $1

242 Brady Singer KC, SP $2

244 Aaron Civale Cle, SP $5

253 Justus Sheffield Sea, SP $1

264 Jo Adell LAA, RF $1

Because I kept cheap players I had the money to spend on almost anyone I wanted.  I tend to stick to my pricing and don’t go nuts if the bidding gets out of hand.  In an auction, I look at it as a numbers game.  You may have the elite big name players, but my combination of 2nd tier stars combined  with upside young players will beat your stars and scrubs approach more often than not.  Having players outperform the draft cost is the goal each auction.  Pitchers were obnoxiously priced in this draft so I passed and loaded up on hitters. The management of innings this year scares me so why spend big money on the unknown.  For example all 9 of my starting pitchers add up to $38 dollars. Gerrit Cole and Jacob de Grom each went for $37 dollars.  My guess is we will see phantom DL stints to keep the innings down for everyone. In a normal MLB season, Ohtani wouldn’t have as much value as many SP because his innings would be significantly lower than most others.  However in a season with innings limits Ohtani may have more value.  That explains my $8 dollar gamble.     

Luzardo is one of my favorite breakouts this year so I was willing to spend on him regardless of cost. I was very happy with the upside of my rotation.  There’s enough depth to be able to wait on Sanchez and Pearson to get up to speed.  The bullpen is cheap and underrated.  I was willing to gamble on Hicks since I held up on Jordan Romano.  My belief is Hicks will be the Cardinals closer at some point this season.  In the free agent bidding process Hicks would go for more than $12.  My bullpen at the end of the year is often different than at the start. 

The goal with the lineup was to try to maintain the power advantage at each position.  Once I found out Suarez was going to be the Reds Shortstop to start the season, he flew up my draft board.  Errors are not scored in this league so I could care less if he butchers balls. All I need is for Suarez to play 10 games at SS and I have another elite power hitter at a premium position.  The $14 on Semien was an overspend, but I needed a 2B/SS eligible player and Semien was the best of the rest.  Altuve at $17 is a good buy, I am anticipating the playoff Altuve vs the regular season version of 2020.  At age 31, Altuve has a lot of good baseball left.  Arenado for $26 dollars is stealing.  Jose Ramirez went for $35.  I find it hard to believe that Ramirez is worth $9 more than Arenado.  The move away from Colorado shouldn’t impact Arenado much.  Arenado is the best 3rd baseman to come along since Michael Jack Schmidt in my opinion.       

I held up on quite a few players as the draft costs got too rich for my blood.  In particular, I held up on Ian Happ $14 at pick 80 and Jeimer Candelario $6 pick 157.  If I kept bidding and won those players in theory it would have cost me $22. Holding up on Happ allowed me to throw money around more in the middle of the draft.  That’s often when I do my damage.  I was the last player to win a bid in this draft and the first to exit with a full roster.  Happ is a really good player, but is he worth $10 more than Austin Meadows $4? The Happ money turned into Ke’Bryan Hayes $7, Austin Meadows $4, Emilio Pagan $1, Justus Sheffield $1, and Jo Adell $1. Would you rather have Happ or those 5 players?  The Candelario money was spent instead on $2 Eric Hosmer, $3 Daniel Bard, and $2 Brady Singer. What package is better those 3 players or Candelario?       

As the Reigning Defending League Champion, I believe this team should contend for the crown again.  Keeper options are on the roster to build around or use as the ever so important trade chip at the deadline.  Most importantly, I was the first owner to pay my league dues.

Daily Categories League Draft

This is a 12-team snake draft for a daily categories league. The categories are the normal ones with Errors and OPS added for hitters, while Quality Starts, Holds and  SO/9 are added to the pitching side.  With the 8th pick I was able to construct this roster. 

FallGuyStuntmanAssc.
1.(8)Mike Trout (LAA – OF)
2.(17)Manny Machado (SD – 3B,SS)
3.(32)Alex Bregman (Hou – 3B,SS)
4.(41)Whit Merrifield (KC – 2B,OF)
5.(56)José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
6.(65)Gleyber Torres (NYY – 2B,SS)
7.(80)Nick Castellanos (Cin – OF)
8.(89)Jose Altuve (Hou – 2B)
9.(104)Ian Anderson (Atl – SP)
10.(113)Chris Paddack (SD – SP)
11.(128)Sonny Gray (Cin – SP)
12.(137)Yasmani Grandal (CWS – C,1B)
13.(152)Jordan Romano (Tor – RP)
14.(161)Alex Verdugo (Bos – OF)
15.(176)Richard Rodríguez (Pit – RP)
16.(185)Dallas Keuchel (CWS – SP)
17.(200)Jordan Hicks (StL – RP)
18.(209)Germán Márquez (Col – SP)
19.(224)Justus Sheffield (Sea – SP)
20.(233)Ryan Mountcastle (Bal – 1B,OF)
21.(248)Nate Pearson (Tor – SP)

The priorities in this league were to take stable well-rounded hitters and grab value/upside on the pitching side. Offensively my roster has depth that should score runs, hit homers, drive in runs and have a high OPS. I should have the power advantage at most positions each week.  Strikeouts and lack of steals could be my downfall.  Merrifield is my main stolen base threat.  I’m banking on around 10 steals each from Bregman, Altuve, Machado, and Verdugo.  That could be wishful thinking.  Altuve in the 8th round is a steal if he stays healthy.  I’m banking on 2020 playoff Altuve instead of the .219 regular season numbers.  At soon to be 31, I don’t see Altuve falling off that far from his previous great seasons.  Alex Verdugo is my pick for the biggest breakout of hitters this season. Verdugo was solid in 2020, but will be an All Star in 2021.      

Pitching is more volatile than hitting so I tend to load up on hitters and weave my way through pitchers.  I can afford to have a high draft choice blow out an elbow and miss the season. I was the last person to take my first pitcher and did so in the 9th round.  Anderson, Paddock, and Keuchel all pitch on playoff contending clubs. Anderson and Paddock are emerging pitchers that won’t get drafted this late next season. Gray will miss the first few weeks of the season which I believe made his draft stock fall. Marquez has 3 consecutive seasons WHIP’s under 1.3. (1.20, 1.20, 1.26)  At age 26 and multiple years under contract Marquez could be a valuable track chip for the rebuilding Rockies.  The career home ERA of 5.10 and road ERA of 3.51 would tell you to stream Marquez carefully.  Entering his 6th big league season, I’m willing to gamble an 18th round pick that he figures it out.  The Yankees will regret giving away Sheffield.  I don’t anticipate a high win total pitching for the Mariners, however I believe he will give the team  Quality Starts and help with ratios.  Pearson is a lottery ticket with a high SO/9.  Because my starters didn’t have as high of a SO/9 as the frontline starters, I tried to bridge that gap with high velocity relief pitchers.  Romano, Rodriguez, and Hicks should help to win that category.  I love Romano as a breakout pitcher for this season.  Hicks may not close right away, but I believe he will soon enough. If not,Hicks should help in the Holds category.  

The best part of drafting pitchers late is there’s no emotional attachment, so cutting bait is easy.  There’s a good chance most of this pitching staff will not be on my roster by the end of the season.  I funnel through pitchers every season and have had success doing so. 

Recapping A League Championship

10-Team PPR Snake Draft

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10-team PPR snake draft from the 7th pick. Yahoo gave this team a B grade for the draft. 

RB Dalvin Cook Vikings

WR Davante Adams Packers

WR Allen Robinson Bears

RB Melvin Gordon Broncos

WR Keenan Allen Chargers

TE Darren Waller Raiders

QB Kyler Murray Cardinals

WR Will Fuller V Texans

RB Jordan Howard Dolphins

RB Antonio Gibson Washington

QB Matt Ryan Falcons

RB Damien Harris Patriots

RB Sony Michel Patriots

Bills Defense

K Harrison Butker Chiefs

WR Bryan Edwards Raiders

RB KeShawn Vaughn Bucs

I can honestly say Michael Thomas was the player I wanted at pick 7. However he went with the 4th overall pick in the draft. With the Davante Adams pick I passed on Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Julio Jones, and DeAndre Hopkins. I’m willing to stand by that pick because of Adam’s target share and TD potential in the Packers offense. I knew going in that if I passed on Kelce/Kittle there I would need to be prepared to go up for Zach Ertz or Darren Waller. Having an elite TE is always a priority for my fantasy football teams. Allen Robinson was drafted ahead of JuJu Smith-Schuster, DJ Moore, Odell Beckham Jr, Adam Thielen, and Robert Woods. My Bears fandom aside, Robinson is the number 1 threat in the Bears offense. Robinson puts up WR2 type numbers despite less than stellar QB play.  Melvin Gordon is the pick I received the most heat for because I passed on James Conner. Gordon was the pick for me because he’s scored 8 or more TD in 4 consecutive seasons. I don’t want to have early round picks bust and Gordon has less bust potential than Conner.  The plan in Round 5 was either a TE or a WR depending on positional depth.  Keenan Allen was the selection ahead of Courtland Sutton. Again I know what I’m getting with Allen, Sutton didn’t perform that well with Drew Lock under center.  I own Sutton in a dynasty league, however this year I believe Allen performs better. My 3 top WR are all potential 90 plus catch players.  Zach Ertz went at the end of Round 5 and I knew Waller had to be my pick in the 6th.  Cam Akers was my target in Round 7, but went 2 picks ahead of mine.  Time to pivot to my must have QB Kyler Murray.  JK Dobbins was the hope in Round 8 yet again went 2 picks in front of me.  Will Fuller V was the selection over Raheem Mostert.  I saw more RB’s I liked late so I went with Fuller V.  Jordan Howard became my selection as Zach Moss went earlier in the round.  In Round 10 or later I’m looking for value or upside. Gibson fits into the upside category.  Everyone is told to wait on QB’s because there’s so much depth. I say Bullshit. Matt Ryan in Round 11 is a great value.  I like having 2 great QB’s for multiple reasons. 1. Kyler Murray is a smaller running QB, I have a high-end replacement if he gets dinged up. 2. Matt Ryan can’t be used to defeat me. Opponents may have to stream a lesser QB against me. 3. If I have an area of my team to address, Matty Ice is a valuable trade chip to fill holes.  Having Damien Harris and Sony Michel means I have a strong chance of owning the top Patriots runner. Another thing fantasy analysts say to do is wait on defense and kicker until the last 2 rounds. I say Bullshit. Why fall behind on those 2 spots when going up a round or two earlier may give you a positional advantage?  Defense and Kicker are point scoring roster spots so I’m not waiting.  My last 2 picks were lottery tickets in Bryan Edwards and KeShawn Vaughn.  This draft was done before Leonard Fournette was released by the Jaguars.  If Edwards and or Vaughn don’t pan out so be it. I’ll cut them for the next best option of waivers.  I had to pivot a few times in this draft as players went off the board.  I’m happy with the talent on this team. My regret in this draft is not getting Cam Akers, JK Dobbins, or Zack Moss. 

This team ended up winning the league championship with a better than expected draft. A majority of the 31 transactions were used to stream defenses and blocking opponents from using players against us.  The best move out of all 31 was the first transaction of the season cutting Ke’Shawn Vaughn and picking up James Robinson. Some of the other moves were solid like picking up Marvin Jones Jr., T.Y. Hilton, and Cam Akers, however Robinson was the difference maker.  Robinson ended up being the 4th highest scoring RB in our league.  I was hoping Robinson would be a bye week replacement for Melvin Gordon. A majority of our players ended up ranking in or near the top 10 at their respective positions.   

Dalvin Cook 2nd

Antonio Gibson 12th

Kyler Murray 3rd

Davante Adams 1st

Allen Robinson 7th

Keenan Allen 9th 

Darren Waller 2nd

Harrison Butker 8th

Colts Defense 4th

My before the season analysis on some of these players proved to be correct. Adams has more receiving TD than 5 NFL teams entering play Week 17. Adams, Robinson, and Allen each caught 100 balls. Waller caught 98. Gordon wasn’t I had hoped for, but still outscored Conner and Fournette by a wide margin. This is one of the most complete teams I’ve ever put together in fantasy football.  Fantasy Football season never ends.  I’m looking through all my other drafts to figure out where I missed and prepare for next season. 

Breaking Down The Darvish Sell Off

The Cubs trade of Yu Darvish and Victor Caratini to the Padres for Reginald Preciado, Owen Caissie, Ismael Mena, Yeison Santana, and Zach Davies has drawn a lot of criticism.  Outside of Davies, only Santana has played professional baseball. Before the trade, I had no clue who these players are and had to do some research.  Santana is 20, Mena, 18, Caissie 18, and Preciado 17.  The projected major league arrivals of these players is between 2023-2024.  Selling off a Cy Young contender for a package of teenagers signals a rebuild to the fanbase.  The economics of baseball at the moment means clubs are having to make tough financial decisions.  The Cubs will only have to pay $5 million dollars of the $59 million dollars remaining on Darvish’s contract.  I consider that a victory.   

Looking into these prospects may help to explain the Cubs decision.  Preciado looks to be the centerpiece of the trade. He was signed for $1.3 Million dollars by the Padres in 2019.  The signing is the highest ever given to a player coming out of Panama.  As a Switch-hitting shortstop, Preciado gives the Cubs another infield option up the middle along with Ed Howard. Caissie was a 2nd round pick for the Padres in 2019.  The selection made him the highest ever Canadian outfielder drafted.  His profile is as a corner outfielder.  Power from the left side plays well in Wrigley Field and Caissie has it.  Mena is another left-handed power hitting outfielder.  His arrival to the Padres was to the tune of $2.2 million dollars in 2019.  Imagine signing a contract for $2.2 million dollars as a 16-year-old.  Santana is the old man of the group, but still can’t legally buy beer.  He’s the only one with professional AB’s and profiles as a shortstop.  What’s nice about shortstop prospects is they are often capable of transitioning to other positions in the future.  Zach Davies is a back-end of the rotation starter that may help in 2020 or get flipped for more prospects. 

Looking into the prospects helps to understand the trade.  It takes two to tango in making trades.  If the Cubs had already received a better offer for Darvish, don’t you believe they already would have made the trade? Ready now prospects like MacKenzie Gore probably weren’t an option.  This was the best they could get in today’s market.  The lottery tickets make sense as the farm system is depleted from trades and having to draft late.  I believe a major reason the Cubs were forced to move Darvish is because he’s the big contract another team actually wanted.  I don’t see anyone helping get the Cubs off the hook for Craig Kimbrell (1 yr $16 million with a buyout) or Jason Heyward (3 yrs $65 Million).  The Cubs would have to pay off a majority of the money to expedite a trade of either player.  The bad money of Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Tyler Chatwood, and Brandon Morrow off the books also helps the Cubs save money.  Non-tendering Kyle Schwarber was also another clue that the Cubs main objective this offseason was to shed payroll.      

I see getting out of $54 million dollars and paying $5 million dollars for 4 lottery tickets as worth the gamble.  Darvish is a terrific pitcher, but has only thrown 200 innings in a season once.  At age 34, the time to sell would be now coming off a Cy Young runner up.  At the moment the Cubs projected starting rotation top 3 is Kyle Hendricks, Alec Mills, and Zach Davies. Now we’ll have to see if the savings are reinvested in Javy Baez or being aggressive in free agency.  I would think some of the money will be spent on veteran starting pitching.              

Week 2 Fantasy Basketball Circle Of Trust

Cavaliers PG Darius Garland

Owned in roughly 50% of fantasy basketball leagues, Garland has been dynamite to start the season.  43 points, 18 assists, and just 4 turnovers in his 2 games.  Garland plays 3-games this week vs. the Knicks at home, followed by road matchups with the Pacers, and Hawks.  I was thrilled to be able to sneak Garland in at the end of the draft for $1.  

Thunder SF Darius Bazley

15/10 in his season debut vs. the Bobcats.  Bazley should be able to contribute defensive stats along with improved scoring in Year 2.  4-games this upcoming scoring period including home tilts with the Jazz, Magic, and Pelicans.  Then it’s back on the road vs. the Magic.  Bazley was drafted for $1 in the middle of the draft.  All you heard was crickets as the timer expired.  Power Forward eligibility should be on the way.  

Pistons SG/PG Delon Wright

4-games this week on the road with the Hawks followed by home matchups with the Warriors and Celtics (2).  Derrick Rose may get rested on the B2B and Killian Hayes has looked overmatched to start the season.  Wright may pick up more primary ball handling duties in the short-term which makes him a worthy streamer.    

Week 16 Fantasy Football Circle Of Trust

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts

Dual Threat QB is a worthy streamer vs. the Cowboys. Hurts is in all of my DFS lineups. Carson Wentz future in Philly will be an intriguing offseason storyline.

Rams RB Darrell Henderson

I believe he has a more stable workload vs. the Seahawks than Malcolm Brown. 

Browns WR Rashard Higgins

PPR double digit scoring in 3 consecutive contests. The Jets, despite coming off their first win of the season are still a matchup to exploit. 

Broncos TE Noah Fant

In an earlier matchup with the Chargers went 7 for 47. The Chargers have not dazzled us with their play allowing 10 TD to opposing Tight Ends. 

Bears K Cairo Santos

Scored in double figures in consecutive games. Jacksonville can’t stop anybody. Bear Down. 

Washington Defense

Talented front four gets after Teddy 2 Gloves. 

IDP

Jets LB Neville Hewitt

5 games this season with double-digit total tackles. The Browns rushing attack should provide plenty of tackle opportunities. 

Fantasy Basketball Auction Draft

This is a 10-team weekly points league auction draft. The top 2 players were keepers.  Scoring heavily favors points along with bonuses for double-doubles and triple-doubles. I tend to draft young players that will play most back-to-back sets. I also look for high usage players on bad teams. Youth and depth are priorities at the back end of my roster. With it being a weekly league being able to maximize games played is key. In this draft I had $12 dollars remaining.    

NO.PLAYER
19Luka Doncic Dal, PG$9
20Jamal Murray Den, PG$9
24Donovan Mitchell Utah, SG$22
43Domantas Sabonis Ind, PF$22
47LaMelo Ball Cha, PG$6
68John Collins Atl, PF$20
69Christian Wood Hou, C$16
88Tyrese Haliburton Sac, PG$3
89Andrew Wiggins GS, SF$16
99Darius Bazley OKC, SF$1
105Jerami Grant Det, SF$3
118Marvin Bagley III Sac, PF$1
125Wendell Carter Jr. Chi, C$7
126Dillon Brooks Mem, SG$2
131Darius Garland Cle, PG$1

The $12 dollars left really pisses me off. I saved money for the middle to end of the draft so I could fill out my roster with depth.  The biggest regret is not continuing to spend and letting Khris Middleton go for $16.  Andrew Wiggins at that cost is awful. I do believe Wiggins will improve year 2 in Golden State, but he’s not worth the price of Middleton.  I had too much money to spend and the supply of proven SF was low.  The one player I wanted that went for too much was Jayson Tatum at $40.  Sabonis, Collins, Wood, and Wiggins were significantly more expensive than the site auction price. Sabonis, Collins, and Wood are perfect for this league setup. All 3 have PF/C eligibility and should accrue plenty of double-doubles.  Because I had Doncic and Murray so cheap, I was willing to spend more targeted players.  Donovan Mitchell at $22 is a better value than a $33 dollar priced Devin Booker.  I was saving money at the end, but held up on James Wiseman $10 and Lauri Markkanen $14.  Marvin Bagley III was a target I wanted to have money for at the end. I would have been willing to go into double digits to draft him this year.  Many in the draft were stunned I was able to sneak Bagley III thru for $1.  LaMelo Ball may not start right away, but I find it hard to believe he will ride the pine all year in Charlotte.  Bazley, Grant, Brooks, and Garland are high usage players on bad teams.  I love Bazley this season as a young player on a bad team that should play a lot. Grant was paid heavily in free agency by the Pistons. He should see a lot of shots on a bad team.  Haliburton is more of a keeper prospect/trade chip at the deadline.  Carter Jr. is a project that I really liked coming out of college. Carter Jr. is a post hype sleeper that I can wait on this season.  The other thing I did was not have multiple guys from the same team.  Bagley III and Haliburton are the only teammates.  Spreading out across different teams helps to cut down on roster crunches on short-weeks. I believe this team will be competitive and has depth.  Not my best effort leaving $12 on the table.