RotoWire's AL LABR Squad

Drafted our LABR squad today at the Arizona Republic offices in downtown Phoenix. Here are the results.

Pos Player $
C Matt Wieters 22
C Russell Martin 9
1B Justin Morneau 7
2B Ian Kinsler 30
3B Alex Rodriguez 24
SS Derek Jeter 20
CI Chone Figgins 12
MI Macier Izturis 3
OF Curtis Granderson 29
OF Austin Jackson 16
OF Lorenzo Cain 13
OF Dayan Viciedo 13
OF Travis Snider 5
U Brandon Guyer 1
P Derek Holland 14
P Clay Buchholz 13
P Alexi Ogando 6
P Phil Hughes 6
P Rick Porcello 7
P Carl Pavano 2
P Brett Anderson 3
P Tyson Ross 1
P James Paxton R
R Dylan Axelrod R
R Brian Dozier R
R Luis Valbuena R
R Cord Phelps R
R Jose Lobaton R

Here's a link to the rest of the league.


By: jdo78
On: 3/4/2012 6:41:00 AM
offense looks outstanding, but some real AB questions makes it high risk/reward. Guess it comes down to how much pitching you can find in FAAB or trade. Good luck
By: WillieMac
On: 3/4/2012 10:09:00 AM
A couple of waiver wire pickups and I see good things ahead...need your pitchers to start fulfilling their potential...kinsler for MVP 2012
By: rkinigson
On: 3/4/2012 10:17:00 AM
Overall, not a bad team. But I never like punting any category, even saves.

I love Holland at $14, Ogando at $6 and Pavano at $2, but I hate Figgins at $12.
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/4/2012 11:55:00 AM
Punted saves the last two years also. With run scoring being down, the wins and Ks from starters typically don't cost you as much in ERA and WHIP as it used to.
By: schoenke
On: 3/4/2012 3:43:00 PM
$7 opening bid on Morneau? That's high.
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/4/2012 4:20:00 PM
I wasn't throwing him out there to start a bidding war. I wanted to get crickets.
By: Zenguerrilla
On: 3/4/2012 5:37:00 PM
Not in love with Morn, Jet, Arod and Weiters was pricey but thought Liss rebounded well. He is a savvy player. Even if Morneau is a bust, $7 won't kill him. I don't understand how you didn't get a back up 1b though????
By: rkinigson
On: 3/4/2012 7:24:00 PM
How many games before a player is eligible at a position? If it is 1 or 5, Liss may get Wieters or Viciedo to qualify at 1B at some point. Even so, I agree with Zen that having Morneau as you lone 1B on opening day is scary.
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/4/2012 7:52:00 PM
It's a 12-team AL only league! Last year my corners were Adam Dunn, Brandon Inge and Chris Davis, and I won the league. You don't get to backup all your positions in a league of this depth. If a guy doesn't pan out, that's how it goes.
By: Danchenko
On: 3/5/2012 7:11:00 AM
A-Rod and Wieters I think are great buys and Morneau is a good pick up at 7. Good amount of risk but much higher reward. The only one I think may be a tad high is Jeter, but I like this team a lot.
By: Scott Pianowski
On: 3/5/2012 9:10:00 PM
Interesting that Morneau was the first throw of the day - Liss said "seven" and crickets followed. I call that a Priceline bid - you come out strong with a number that might stick, then let the market take over. Works best if there's a sharp, quick auctioneer.
By: Chris Liss
On: 3/5/2012 9:26:00 PM
Auctioneer was not especially quick, but since everyone's got all their money, and every great 1B is still avail, no one wanted to fill the slot for $8. Was debating to call him out at $7 or $8 to get the crickets and glad I went with $7.
By: Scott Pianowski
On: 3/5/2012 9:58:00 PM
According to The Hardball Times, Chone Figgins had the unluckiest BABIP last year - they estimate that his BABIP should have been 99 points higher. Given that Figgins is getting a shot as Seattle's leadoff man, I think we have to remain open-minded here.
By: Erickson
On: 3/6/2012 1:11:00 AM
You've got a sick offense. If Ogando gets into a fantasy-friendly role and Anderson comes back strong, you're going to be tough to beat. And I defended the Jeter price on Twitter during the auction - I think it's pretty much at value, and in a league that prices up hitters, I'll take at value anytime.
By: Scott Pianowski
On: 3/6/2012 4:45:00 AM
I don't agree with the Jeter panning. In a mono league, he's a very safe, reliable commodity. Durable. Parked at the top of a bankable offense (second, first and first in runs). I think some of the critics were applying a mixed-league mindset to a much different format.

It's been said that golf isn't about your best score, it's about your worst score. The same theme applies to an AL-only or NL-only league. Get stars in a mixer. Get depth in a mono.
By: Zenguerrilla
On: 3/6/2012 8:01:00 AM
"Get stars in a mixer. Get depth in a mono." Ya, I don't agree with this at all. Sure if you are playing in shallow leagues or public leagues maybe. I thought Ambrosius had one of the best if not thee best draft in the AL and NL Labr. In deep mixed leagues I often bypass round 1 guys and load up on guys in the next 2 tiers and have done well with that. It is no secret that in Industry Leagues guys save their money to over bid on guys $10-$24. It has happened almost every year I have paid attention to it. It seems to me as of late anyways that the stars and scrubs strat has been more efficient there....
By: Scott Pianowski
On: 3/6/2012 9:43:00 AM
When I say "get depth in a mono" I'm talking about leagues like Tout and LABR, deep leagues, industry strength. But as always, your mileage may vary. You know your opponents better than I do. And there are several ways to make it work.

And as Gene McCaffrey likes to say, show me a good strategy, and I'll show you a team that's in first, and in last, using that strategy. Or, in a simpler vein, any strategy will work if you pick the right players.
By: Zenguerrilla
On: 3/6/2012 3:20:00 PM
Yeah I like that McCaffrey quote! No argument there but those AL/NL Tout/Labr leagues play like a local league. Everyone knows everyone first of all. So trading is much easier. Most everyone has drafted with everyone else before so they have a decent read on what will happen too.

The $10-$24 range of players by far had the biggest inflation with almost all of it being on bats. Very few players went in the $5-$9 range. Knowing this data, it is hard for me to not attack a stars and scrubs start. You need to play the hand you are dealt? No? To many guys saved their money for bargains only to over pay for guys like Ryan Roberts at $19. That NL Labr draft was whacked. No one wanted to price enforce but 2 teams. Kershaw for $26? I nearly sh#t myself.....

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