NL Tout Wars draft recap
Special thanks to Jason Collette of Rotowire.com for doing — as we say in 411 parlance — yoeman’s work to post the complete draft results of today’s NL Tout Wars draft. Here’s how it came out for yours truly:
As you can see I took a pretty much straightforward "stars and scrubs" approach, but unfortunately I got not enough stars and too many scrubs. For my fourth straight year in Tout Wars, I took one too many hitters in the $15-18 range, leaving myself unable to make competitive bids on the handful of useful $5 players sprinkled throughout the end game. As a result, I not only ended up with a bunch of fill-in players, I don’t even have five active Major Leaguers to put in my outfield! At least I have a killer infield and Russell Martin…
One thing I did do well though, which I started doing last year, is using some of my end game picks on the prospects who would usually go in the reserve round; in particular this year that meant Matt Antonelli, Steve Pearce and Chris Perez. If the alternative is to take cannon fodder like Jose Castillo (I did that too!) or a guy who might actually help me in the second half of the season. Unfortunately that’s how I ended up without a fifth outfielder, but after a week or so of games, either Jason Marquis or Odalis Perez will be cut loose to make room for someone from free agency, if anyone even slips through.
As for the projected standings, well, they’re not too favorable to this unit, putting me near the bottom of the league. But my strategy is to have reinforcements ready for the second half — possibly including Barry Bonds for a dollar! — so hopefully I can make a run after the All-Star break.
Look for AL and mixed recaps from Siano and Cushing, respectively, in the next day or so.