My Yahoo F&F Team - Reach For Drew Stubbs EditionChris 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.