Home League Draft

I just finished a 15-team mixed draft for my home league. It has a couple quirks, one being that it's 5 x 4 (no WHIP) and the other being that there's no U slot, so it's 13 hitters and nine pitchers. The lack of utility slot is actually a big deal at the draft because if you take two first basemen, for example, then you're locked out of the position no matter how good of a bargain you see in the later rounds. As such, a big consideration is to draft only a 1B, one 3B and leave your corner slot open. (The same is true when you get to five OF). I picked 13th and drafted the following roster:

1.13 Hanley Ramirez (Stephania Bell assures me he's healthy)

2.3 Ian Kinsler (took him over Dustin Pedroia and Mike Stanton)

3.13 David Wright (he's got a good chance to make it back by Opening Day)

4.3 Felix Hernandez (wanted Lincecum, but he went right before me).

5.13 B.J. Upton (best player on the board, needed to fill OF slots and retain IF flexibility)

6.3 Jason Heyward (possible error as I was considering Matt Wieters, and Heyward might have been there on the way back. None of the elite catchers were).

7.13 Matt Moore

8.3 Cameron Maybin

9.13 Jordan Zimmermann

10.3 Jayson Werth

11.13 Derek Holland (I was determined to punt saves at the draft and go nine starters, and trade for them midseason with a big lead in wins and Ks)

12.3 Jeremy Hellickson

13.13 Geovany Soto (I was determined to have two productive catchers)

14.3 Wilson Ramos

15.13 Carlos Pena (wanted Adam Dunn, but he went one pick before)

16.3 Shaun Marcum (He's a little behind scheduled, but too good to pass up here)

17.13 Mitch Moreland (last decent CI option)

18.3 Lorenzo Cain (filled up OF, but felt it was worth it for value)

19.13 Mike Leake

20.3 Brian Matusz (buying into the spring results)

21.13 Tyler Greene

22.3 Rick Porcello (no WHIP helps)

R Bryan LaHair
R Sean Rodriguez
R Travis Snider
R Brian Fuentes
R Hisashi Iwakuma
R Greg Holland

By Position:
C Geovany Soto
C Wilson Ramos
1B Carlos Pena
2B Ian Kinsler
3B David Wright
SS Hanley Ramirez
CI Mitch Moreland
MI Tyler Greene
OF B.J. Upton
OF Jason Heyward
OF Cameron Maybin
OF Jayson Werth
OF Lorenzo Cain
P Felix Hernandez
P Matt Moore
P Jordan Zimmermann
P Derek Holland
P Jeremy Hellickson
P Shaun Marcum
P Mike Leake
P Brian Matusz
P Rick Porcello
R Bryan LaHair
R Sean Rodriguez
R Travis Snider
R Brian Fuentes
R Hisashi Iwakuma
R Greg Holland


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