10-Team Auction Dynasty Draft

This is a 10-team weekly locking roster with a lineup breakdown of positions including corner infielder, middle infielder, and utility.  The pitching lineup breaks down to 3 starting pitchers, 2 relief pitchers, and 3 pitchers. In this total point’s league, scoring for hitters is slanted more for Home Runs and RBI. While Strikeouts, Wins, Saves, and Holds are the major scoring categories for pitchers.  This is an auction draft and the first 9 players are this year’s keepers with costs going up $5 each year. 

This team has won the championship in consecutive seasons. Being able to have Pete Alonso, Gleyber Torres, Cody Bellinger, Nick Castellanos, and Luis Robert as building blocks is huge. I drafted Torres in another league for $26 dollars. Bellinger is well worth the $26. Alonso and Castellanos at $6 is a maximum return on cost.  Robert is a $6 gamble I’m taking.  

This is the most money I believe I’ve ever spent on keeping pitchers.  Walker Buehler, Blake Snell, Jose Berrios, and Liam Hendricks also give me a good base.  Buehler is a Cy Young candidate. Snell is coming off injury and won the Cy Young. Berrios is incrementally taking steps forward each season. I want to own him when the full breakout takes place.  Banking on this being the year. Hendricks would have gone for double his cost if among the player pool. As much as I despise spending money on pitching, these pitchers justify their costs. 

Walker Buehler LAD, SP$11

Nicholas Castellanos Cin, RF$6

Blake Snell TB, SP$11

Cody Bellinger LAD, RF$26

Pete Alonso NYM, 1B$6

Jose Berrios Min, SP$11

Liam Hendriks Oak, RP$6

Gleyber Torres NYY, SS$11

Luis Robert CHW, CF$6

Kris Bryant ChC, 3B$20

Alex Bregman Hou, 3B$34

Manny Machado SD, 3B$20

Paul Goldschmidt StL, 1B$19

Adalberto Mondesi KC, SS$10

Frankie Montas Oak, SP$5

Taylor Rogers Min, RP$7

Ken Giles Tor, RP$6

Franmil Reyes Cle, RF$6

Sean Murphy Oak, C$1

Craig Kimbrel ChC, RP$4

Francisco Mejia SD, C$1

Mike Foltynewicz Atl, SP$6

Michael Kopech CHW, SP$3

Mitch Keller Pit, SP$1

Jo Adell LAA, CF$1

Kevin Newman Pit, SS$2

Moving to some of the players I drafted, the resumes for the top hitters in the lineup speak for themselves.  I’m going to focus more on the multiple position eligibility assembled among my core players. Kris Bryant can play 3 positions in this lineup configuration.  Alex Bregman and Manny Machado can play 4 positions. Gleyber Torres can play 3 positions. Cody Bellinger fills out 3 spots in my lineup. Kevin Newman helps out in 3 positions.      

Bidding up other owners cost me twice in this draft.  I wanted to mess with one owner in bidding up Paul Goldschmidt.  I was willing if he dropped Goldy on me at that price. Matt Olsen was the player I was going to target at 1B.  Olsen ended up going for $15 dollars. That $4 more dollars on Goldschmidt could have gone into another good player. That’s a risk I felt was worth taking.  Adalberto Mondesi was me bidding up an autobidder and trying to spend her money. My intention wasn’t to draft Mondesi, however I’m ok with the result. Bidding up other owners is part of the play in an auction draft.  I tend to not bid up players I wouldn’t want just in case they get dropped on me.  

Franmil Reyes and Frankie Montas were my 2 middle-late must haves in this draft.  My Tammy Wynette came out for those 2. Reyes with full-time at-bats is a cheaper version of Nelson Cruz in my opinion.  Montas went for $11 in my previous draft. Playing in multiple leagues I tend to draft some of the same players. Mike Foltynewicz and Mitch Keller were keepers from my other draft.  Foltynewicz burned fantasy owners with 3 months ERA’s over 6.00. His August ERA in 5 starts was 3.90 and in 5 September/October starts the ERA was a sparkling 1.50. The blowout in Game 5 vs. the Cardinals doesn’t carry much weight for me as a fantasy owner.  Foltynewicz pitched hurt early last season and was sent to the minors. Physical health and something clicked in the minors as he came back up to pitch like an ace the final 2 months of the season. 3 other owners play in both leagues and knew of my thoughts on Foltynewicz so I had to spend more on this go-round.  Keller’s xFIP made me a believer. HIs ERA was 7.13 last season but the xFIP came in at 3.47. With a new coaching staff and new approach to pitch sequencing, it’s possible Keller takes a step forward. I view him as a building block for next season.   

My relief pitching left something  to be desired in the first draft, so I spent a bit more this time around.  Taylor Rogers, Ken Giles, and Liam Hendricks give me safe options while Craig Kimbrel is a wild card. Giles is in a walk year and possibly could be moved at the deadline. I’d rather wait and see for that to happen, than miss out on production in the meantime.  Kimbrel’s 13.0 SO/9 was my reasoning for the selection.  

The catching position is where I had to go cheap with more money spent on pitching than usual.  Sean Murphy and Francisco Mejia give me 2 young options with solid minor league track records. Whether they can put it together in the show is another story.  

Michael Kopech and Jo Adell are my cornerstone guys for next season.  I anticipate both making major splashes at some point in the 2020 campaign.  The plan is for them to stay on my roster all season regardless of what league they are at the moment. 

Overall I’m happy with the power and multiple position eligibility assembled in my hitters. Pitching wise these players fit my M.O. has younger arms with high SO/9.  My team is built to defend the crown and has some blue chip talent to build around for next season. The window on this group is closing in 2020 as some of the keeper costs will be too rich for my blood.            

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