My NL Tout Wars Squad

I just finished drafting my NL Tout Wars squad at the MLB advanced media headquarters in New York. It's a 13-team NL-only league with a $260 budget and the standard roster spots. Here are the results:

0os Player Price
C Buster Posey $22
C Geovany Soto $19
1B Brandon Belt $8
2B Rickie Weeks $24
3B Scott Rolen $13
SS Paul Janish $2
CI Brett Wallace $9
MI Danny Espinosa $17
OF Jason Bay $19
OF Alfonso Soriano $17
OF Seth Smith $15
OF Nyjer Morgan $9
OF Kosuke Fukudome $8
U Aaron Rowand $2
P Cole Hamels $22
P Francisco Rodriguez $17
P J.J. Putz $13
P Jonny Venters $8
P Travis Wood $7
P Homer Bailey $4
P Brandon Beachy $3
P Jon Garland $1
P Joe Saunders $1
R Matt Gamel $0
R Rubby De la Rosa $0
R Yuniesky Maya $0
R Tyler Greene $0

This isn't like any of my previous single-league drafts in which I usually buy stars and scrubs. It just shook out that way as many of the players I liked went for full price, and I had to adapt by getting stats for my money in different places (saves, catchers, some speculative buys).

Incidentally, here's what my rough cheat sheet looked like (I don't have everything in the exact order, but close enough). You can see how deep it goes and the prices of other NL players.



By: Kevin Payne
On: 3/20/2011 2:09:00 PM
I'm actually being serious here, do you think you got bid up on Soriano, given your penchant for landing him almost every year? I think Bay was a tad high, it wasn't like he was raking before the concussion.
By: bogfella
On: 3/20/2011 2:17:00 PM
An intriguing team ... with several guys I really like to have up years this season. I think Belt and Wallace were great value buys as I have a hunch the Giants are going to make room for Belt and Wallace might just be a great post-hype guy. The best buy - Yunesky Maya. At some point he will contribute and he is a favorite sleeper of mine. There are a couple of arms I would be really nervous about, but overall a good squad. Nice work.
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/20/2011 2:21:00 PM
I let him go last year, so if you didn't want him, it would be a mistake to bid him up just thinking I'd go the extra dollar. If someone went to $18, I would have let him go. It's a pretty sophisticated room, and no one's going to presume that anyone's going to automatically pay whatever it takes. The second anyone thinks a player is overpriced, they're out.
By: Zenguerrilla
On: 3/20/2011 2:30:00 PM
Espinoza for $17 took me back a bit. I liked the Belt pick a lot. Team doesn't look to should be able to work with this core. It has been at least 10 years since I kicked it old school with a hard copy....ah the memories. :)
By: Mark Stopa
On: 3/20/2011 4:53:00 PM
I use a hard copy every single time. It's too easy to forget someone if you rely on the computer program
By: mvbb17
On: 3/20/2011 5:00:00 PM
I really like the 2 solid C's. Not sure why so many people throw away the catcher position, especially in an "only" league. I'd much rather take a flyer on a $1 OF/IF who has some chance of providing stats than a $1 C who has no chance. Plus, you can also fill the OF/IF spot through FAAB much easier than C. Would you rather have D.Navarro/Ross or Thames/Rowand/Blank/Gwynn/Janish/Emaus/Cantu ...?
By: palagator
On: 3/20/2011 5:14:00 PM
Chris, how high would you have gone to land Rickie Weeks?? What kind of numbers do you see from Bay this year??
By: Dave Regan
On: 3/20/2011 5:55:00 PM
Paper should be outlawed at all fantasy drafts. This is the 21st century. :-)... seriously though, I will be using the Rotowire software tomorrow night for my next-to-last draft, but only because it's an "offline" (non-Yahoo type) draft. I have Soriano as a potential NL-only keeper at $15 next year, so $17 isn't bad at all...
By: schoenke
On: 3/20/2011 7:18:00 PM
Brooks Conrad is on the cheatsheet. Now that's deep.
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/20/2011 11:21:00 PM
Espinosa was because I realized everyone was holding cash, and I had to spend what I had before I got stuck. Omar Infante also went for 17 after that, so I'm glad I did it. Ideally, though I would have spent that money earlier.
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/20/2011 11:22:00 PM
I think Weeks is a $28 player, but I wouldn't have gone much higher that $24 - otherwise there isn't much profit. 25/25/.265 seems reasonable.
By: Scott Pianowski
On: 3/21/2011 12:35:00 PM
For what it's worth - generally not a lot - here is a set of projected standings that I ran today, using Rotowire's draft software. It's only based on your starting players (though I did swap out Schneider for Mesoraco on Cory's team, and I had two "similar" players submitted for two players that lacked projections).

Gianella - 93
Cockroft - 91
Pianowski - 81
Wilderman - 74.5
Walton - 72.5
Schwartz - 71
Kreutzer - 70
Liss - 69.5
Leibowitz - 64
Gardner - 59.5
Ravitz - 58
Hertz - 54
Melnick/Greco - 52
By: Edwincnelson
On: 3/22/2011 11:51:00 AM
I love the overall strategy of laying off the really high priced guys and creating a balanced team.

However, it appears you are putting a lot of faith in Bay and Morgan in the outfield and I wonder if maybe spending 27/28$ on either Rasmus or Victorino might have been a safer play? On the other hand if Bay somehow returns to what he was this could be a really great team.

It will be interesting to see how your team measures up with the antiLiss team of Nate Ravitz's.
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/22/2011 8:25:00 PM
Funny because I usually play it like Ravitz did - Stars and Scrubs. But the guys I liked got bid up, so I went more for value. Morgan at $9 was just a gamble that he'll win the job. He'd have been $18 if he had it. Don't love Bay, but he was one of the decent players left at that point and wanted to get my money in for some of them. In retrospect, maybe Rasmus would have been better, but you gain information as the auction goes on, and I think Rasmus came up fairly early.
By: million_dollar_sleeper
On: 3/23/2011 1:09:00 PM
a group of you rotowire writers needs to get together and hold an intervention for Liss. someone please tell him that Alfonso Soriano sucks ass.
By: Edwincnelson
On: 3/23/2011 1:59:00 PM
Ravitz kind of called his team the antiRavitz team when he was evaluating it on his podcast, but kind of like you he felt he had to switch gears when the early bidding got aggressive on 1B in particular.
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/23/2011 3:17:00 PM
Yeah, I think a bunch of us realized that for whatever reason there was a lot of money left and not a ton of players, so it was time to spend even if we didn't love all the values. Once I missed out on some of my high-end targets, I realized I had to get the money out on the best of what was left like two catchers and some mid-tier OFs. The worst thing you can do there is hold out too long and end up spending way too much money in the end game third and fourth tier guys.
By: catalin
On: 6/6/2011 6:19:00 AM
This list seems to be one of the most important list of the year. Maybe the next year you will make some comparison between these lists. asigurari casco

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