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The Draft I Wish I Had

I'm in seven leagues, and rather than root for and against the entire player pool, I tried to create as much overlap as possible. As a result, I have Giancarlo Stanton in five, Justin Morneau and Bryce Harper in four and many other players in three and two leagues. Because the players on whom I went big aren't doing too well, most of my teams aren't either. Knowing then what I know now, I would have done a few things differently.

Keep in mind with the benefit of hindsight, there's no reason to take Miguel Cabrera or Mike Trout in the first round - I can win without them - and besides, I never had a top-three pick anyway. Let's assume I had 1.5 like I did in a couple places (and originally took Stanton).

1.5 Paul Goldschmidt - yeah I shocked the world, and I know you think I should have gone Matt Kemp.

2.10 Chris Davis - I don't even need a first baseman here, but why not fill the CI slot early? Sorry, not interested in scrubs like Josh Hamilton.

3.5 Jean Segura - Sure he would have been available 15 rounds later, but I wanted to secure my shortstop slot, and who cares what you think anyway?

4.10 Domonic Brown - love post-hype sleepers and need to start filling my OF. You think my team's a joke? Your team's a joke.

5.5 Starling Marte - OF is getting awfully thin. Need to get a second one. Yeah, you're a genius for taking Matt Cain here.

6.10 Josh Donaldson - Locking down solid corners is key in this game. Yes, I know he doesn't qualify at catcher anymore.

7.5 Michael Cuddyer - Need more OF, and besides, dude will be gold in Coors Field.

8.10 David Ortiz - so what if he's injured. Dude will be fine in May, and plus need a UT filler.

9.5 Matt Carpenter - was neglecting 2B, can't believe he lasted this long.

10.10 Everth Cabrera - could win regular PT, and plus I need SB.

11.5 Bartolo Colon - Need a staff ace, and there's no weight limit in this league, right?

12.10 Shelby Miller - Dude is a big-time prospect.

13.5 Clay Buchholz - it's obvious he has another level in him.

14.10 Travis Wood - Theo wouldn't have traded for this guy unless he knew something

15.5 Hisashi Iwakuma - I need a dominant No. 5 starter.

16.10 Patrick Corbin - have a feeling he'll make the leap.

17.5 Jason Castro - Need a catcher who can rake.

18.10 John Lackey - love Red Sox starters this year except for Lester.

19.5 Edward Mujica - Mitchell Boggs blows, and no way Motte comes back.

20.10 Kevin Gregg - he'll find a job somewhere.

21.5 Even Gattis - He has no chance to play, but I'll draft him for the story.

22.10 Yasiel Puig - Mike Trout meets Vlad Guerrero - decent 4th OF.

23.5 Nate McLouth - need a few extra bags, plus he was good five years ago

The merits of this team are:

(1) There is a 100 percent chance it would be in first place by a prohibitive margin in all my leagues;

(2) I could have made side bets up to the very limits of what my leaguemates could afford; and

(3) This would have happened after I got destroyed by every reader, colleague, competitor and troll on the entire internet.

Who's laughing now, b******?

Sadly, this is just a fantasy. My actual teams are worse than usual, a risk I took when I went all-in on Stanton.

Comments

By: Kyle McKeown
On: 7/8/2013 10:58:00 PM
I've been comparing Puig's hitting to Vlad since his first week in the majors. Glad to see someone else saw the same thing.
 
By: bebobri
On: 7/10/2013 6:23:00 PM
I'm not understanding something here... yes your hindsight draft is a good list of players, but if you take them too far above their ADP all the value is GONE. In my 15 team, 25 man roster draft, Goldschmidt was around a 6th rounder, Segura more like a 14th, D. Brown 15th round... that's how you win. Stanton? MARLINS. Morneau? Never been the same post concussion. Love Harper but he plays too hard to stay on the field for 150 games.
Actually, there are lots of reasons to take Cabrera and Trout in the first round. They are blue chip players that won't be there in the second.
 
By: Chris Liss
On: 7/11/2013 3:18:00 PM
Actually, this team would win easily, but the point wasn't to create the perfect team - it was to create a winning team that seemed ridiculous at the time, so you could sidebet everyone and have the last laugh.
 

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