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.

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