My Yahoo F&F Team - Reach For Drew Stubbs Edition

You've already seen Chris Liss' team, here's my squad - drafting out of the first spot. Here are the full results.

1. (1) Albert Pujols (StL - 1B)
2. (28) Dustin Pedroia (Bos - 2B)
3. (29) Andrew McCutchen (Pit - OF)
4. (56) Justin Verlander (Det - P)
5. (57) Drew Stubbs (Cin - OF)
6. (84) Dan Haren (LAA - P)
7. (85) Heath Bell (SD - P)
8. (112) Casey McGehee (Mil - 3B)
9. (113) Geovany Soto (ChC - C)
10. (140) Jason Bay (NYM - OF)
11. (141) Joel Hanrahan (Pit - P)
12. (168) Howie Kendrick (LAA - 1B,2B)
13. (169) Adam Jones (Bal - OF)
14. (196) Ricky Romero (Tor - P)
15. (197) Alcides Escobar (KC - SS)
16. (224) Derrek Lee (Bal - 1B)
17. (225) Matt LaPorta (Cle - 1B,OF)
18. (252) Bud Norris (Hou - P)
19. (253) Alexi Ogando (Tex - P)
20. (280) Jhonny Peralta (Det - 3B,SS)
21. (281) Brandon Belt (SF - 1B)
22. (308) Sean Burnett (Was - P)
23. (309) James McDonald (Pit - P)
24. (336) Jonathon Niese (NYM - P)
25. (337) Anibal Sánchez (Fla - P)

Here's my take on the Stubbs pick. You've seen my rankings and projections for Stubbs, so while I'm following that projection, I might have considered waiting later if I hadn't been on the end of the draft. There's a lot better chance he makes it back to me in 10-14 picks than a full 26. I seriously contemplated taking two top starters there (paired with Verlander), but instead rolled the dice with my speed + power option.

If there's a regret, it's passing on Zack Greinke at 6.14 and going with Haren instead - I just couldn't pull the trigger because of the latest injury news. But with an innings-cap league, that shouldn't matter as much, and I regretted passing on him almost as soon as Andy Behrens took him at 7.3.

Once I got blocked from Jose Reyes in the second round, I resigned myself to waiting late on shortstops, so I was pretty happy to get Alcides Escobar late and back him up with Jhonny Peralta even later - especially with such a thin bench, Peralta's dual-eligibility helps.

In the past I've waited too long pitching, particularly closers, so I made sure that didn't happen this year with Bell and then again with Hanrahan. Had I passed on a closer in that second closer spot, things would have gotten awfully gnarly pretty quick.

Scott already mentioned that my team rates well in the draft tool standings function - of course, it should, as they're my projections and I used the draft tool extensively during the draft. Nonetheless, I'm happier with my team this year than I have been in recent years. It's a tough league and I'll have to do a better job of the day-to-day management to really do well.


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