Results tagged ‘ Fantasy ’

Working the Wheel

Good afternoon gentlemen,

I am in a 3-keeper, 10-team, 6×6 Roto w/OBP & L as the extra categories. I have the snake pick for my draft on Sunday. My three keepers are Pujols, Rollins, and Holliday. Which two would you pick with the 10th & 11th picks out of these possibilities?

Lance Berkman
Adam Dunn
Aramis Ramirez
Russell Martin
Justin Verlander
Hunter Pence
Alex Rios
BJ Upton
Robinson Cano
Brian Roberts

Thanks for the info. Keep up the great work guys.

Dale A. Sensenig


These are all pretty solid options to choose from.  With the exception of Pence and Verlander, every name on this list is a clear top five rounder, even in a 10 team league.  Martin should definitely be one of the two, as the catcher pool drops off dramatically after the first five or six.  The fantasy staff here at would surely agree with this decision, as they’ve got Martin ranked #43 overall, awfully close to your draft spot, equivalent the 40th and 41st selections!  As for the other pick, I’d say Upton with Rios close behind.  Upton’s 2B eligibility is what does it for me, further enhancing his status as an elite power/speed threat.  I always like to fill second base as early as possible with a player who has an excellent shot at 30+ steals.  Upton’s HR and RBI potential is the added bonus here, separating him from Roberts.  Add Martin and Upton to the fearsome trio of Pujols, Rollins, and Holliday, and only one thought pops into my mind.  I’m glad I’m not in your league!

Zach Steinhorn,   

Reverse Psychology

Hey guys, Quick question for you if you have the time to give me your thoughts. 

I have been a competitive force in FBB using a very unorthodox method and I wanted your ideas about my strategy. 

I have been in a 5×5 12-team Plus league for three years now (we started as a public league but decided to hang together the next year).  Anyway, I digress. 

I go for SPs and CLs in the early rounds and try to utterly dominate the 5 Pitching categories week in and week out.  It works very well.  Seeing as there are only 10 competitive categories if I win four or five of them each week in pitching I only need one or two batting categories to grab a win or draw for the week.  While everyone else goes for the A-Rod and Ryan Howards of the world (they can’t help it) I grab Santana, K-Rod, Peavy, Nathan etc.  I dominate in pitching although my weekly wins are usually close (6-4, 5-4 etc) since I don’t have many of the big name batters..  Last year at the end of the season I had the most wins, saves, Ks, lowest ERA, lowest WHIP etc of any team in the league and never lost a pitching matchup. 

Our league will be a keeper league this year with each team keeping five from last year. Mine will be Santana, Peavy, B. Webb, K-Rod and Nathan (I’m having to put the likes of Kazmir, Harang, F. Carmona, T. Hoffman and Izzy back into the draft pool). 

The last piece of my strategy is to get the best of the remaining batters during the draft and carefully study the waiver wire and free agents to pick up solid day in day out players to fill my offense (There are usually one or two diamonds in the rough available during the year).  All I have to do then is remain competitive on that side and 7-10 times I get a win for the week. 

As experts in FBB I just wondered what you thought of my "bush-league" strategy. 

Augusta, GA


Although your strategy seems to be working out well, it’s a very risky one, and I wouldn’t fall in love with it too quickly.  The key factor helping you out here is that everyone else is doing just the opposite, greatly increasing your chances of sweeping the pitching stats on a weekly basis.  But even if the other teams continue their hitter heavy approach, you’re walking a very thin line between domination and devastation, especially in a weekly H2H league, where a bad start or two by one or more of your top pitchers would result in an almost certain ERA and/or WHIP loss.  Wins are also very fluky.  Even the best starters at times struggle to pick up wins despite pitching well.  Relying on a consistent week to week dosage of wins is asking too much.  Strikeouts are easily attainable without investing in the top-tier names.  Guys like Rich Hill, Matt Cain, or Javy Vazquez provide solid strikeout rates, and can all be had in the middle rounds.  It’s OK to try to stack up on closers, as saves are scarce.  But all in all, I’d much rather assemble a more balanced team, one that will contend in each and every category each and every week.

Zach Steinhorn, 

The Second 411 Chat

Just a reminder that the second 411 chat will take place on MONDAY, MARCH 17 at 3:00 PM ET.   A link will be available on the homepage.  Please note that you need an user ID and password to participate.  Refer to the previous chat post for a link to the signup page for your free account.  Get your questions ready!

Save the Closer!

Hi guys,

Last year of 3 year, 12 team, 5×5 keeper league.  We get to keep 5 guys so I need help choosing my 5th guy.  My current keepers are Johan, Reyes, Matt Holliday, Aramis Ramirez.  I have CB Young (OF), Bedard, Torii Hunter, Putz & K-Rod to choose from.

Tried shopping to upgrade but no one is biting.  I also have the snake pick since I won the league last year.  Keeper deadline is this Wednesday.

Josh in NY


Nice keeper list.  I can see why you won the league last year!  Neither CBY nor Torii Hunter are clear cut top five rounders.  Despite Young’s immense power/speed potential, his low batting average keeps him in the rounds 6-8 range.  Although Bedard has gone before Putz/K-Rod in almost every mock draft I’ve seen, and as much as it pains me to pass him up, you’ve already got Johan!  I’m also at the wheel in one of my keeper leagues (13 team 5 keepers), and it’s just too risky to leave a top closer unprotected.  There are only about 8 or so safe options as your #1, and it’s very likely that at least 2 unprotected closers will be taken before you make your first selection.  If you’re lucky, that leaves you with the likes of Jose Valverde/Huston Street, both of whom bring significant risk (tendency to implode, injury history).  Now here’s the tough part…which closer should you keep?  I’d lean slightly towards Putz due to some health concerns surrounding K-Rod over the past couple of years and the mileage on his arm, but you can’t go wrong with either of these guys.  Flipping a coin might be the best solution!

Zach Steinhorn,

No Need to Run Wild

Hey Guys,

I was asked to inherit a team in a 7×7 mixed roto keeper league.  I’ve only done non-keeper head-to-head leagues and could use your opinion…I get to keep four players and Jose Reyes will definitely be one of them.  Which three would you recommend keeping out of these players:  Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano, Carlos Beltran, Chone Figgins, Scott Kazmir, and Dan Haren?  Also, I have first overall pick in the draft.


Rockville Centre, NY


I’d go with Teixeira, Beltran, and Cano.  Beltran’s a legit second rounder in mixed leagues this year while Teixeira is a great late second-early third round pick.  Beltran played much of last season with tendonitis in both knees and though offseason surgery will likely keep him out of early Spring Training games, he should be near 100 percent by Opening Day.  Beltran may not run quite as much as he used to, but 20 steals to go along with 35-40 homers and 100+ RBI sounds like a keeper to me!  Teixeira’s in line for a monster season after belting 17 homers and knocking in 56 in just two months with the Braves last year.  As for the pitchers, I’d pass on both.  Reports today of a possible Kazmir elbow injury are very concerning considering his fragile health history and though I like Haren, you’re almost certain to get him (or an even better pitcher) back with the first pick in the draft.  So the choice comes down to Cano or Figgins, and the key here is that you’ve already got Reyes.  You don’t need Figgins.  Stolen bases shouldn’t be a problem!  Hang onto Cano and enjoy the 90 plus RBI from your second baseman.

Zach Steinhorn, 

In with the Young, Out with the Old

Hey guys.  Good to have you back for another season.  One quick question.  In a ten team league where we have 5 keepers (which for me are Hanley, Pujols, Tulowitzki, Ichiro, and Bedard), would taking Russell Martin with my first pick (6th round) and Sheff with my next be the beginning of the end for my draft??

Tucson, AZ


Even with the lack of depth at catcher this year, I’m not one to advocate taking a backstop too early (third round or earlier).  But snatching up Martin in what amounts to the 6th round (even in a ten teamer) is a flat out steal.  Getting a potential .300/20+/85/20 guy at this position who’s only 25 years of age is something you shouldn’t even think twice about.  As for Sheffield, I’d stay away…far away!  The 39 year old has been hampered by injuries for the past two seasons, and last year saw his batting average drop by over 30 points from his career mark.  Though hitting in an outstanding lineup should give Sheff plenty of RBI opportunities, I’m just not convinced he can stay healthy for an extended period of time.  Selecting him in the mid rounds (12 and later) as a low risk high reward pick is fine.  Targeting him as an elite option is simply asking for trouble.

Zach Steinhorn,      

More Draft Orders Revealed!


1.    The Cali Hens
2.    Land O Lakes BB
3.    New York Giants SB42
4.    FlyingHampsterWeasels
5.    Godzilla
6.    The Crawdaddyfish
7.    Ernie McKraken
8.    Assdrubal My Hero
9.    Da Chicks
10.    Elijah Dukes
11.    Fantasy God
12.    Joahn MANtana
13.    The Crawdogs
14.    Ghouse
15.    Welch’s Grape Juice
16.    GMAN


1.    Golden Arms
2.    Las Vegas Jacks
3.    Jose Offerman
4.    Bronx Bombers
5.    Neil of Fortune
6.    Ghetto Revival
7.    Team Darkness
8.    He Must Have Misremembered
9.    Doozer the Abuser
10.    Robbie
11.    Secretary Not Sure
12.    Paramount


1.    MPLS Mashers
2.    Kyle Gass Project
3.    Belesta Chiefs
4.    Beamer Woodsiders
5.    USC
6.    Tom Tucker
7.    TheFolksyPhoenicians
8.    Border Reivers
9.    Liquid Revolution 4
10.    Dusty Baker’s Dozen
11.    Charlie’s Husslers
12.    Warning Track Power


1.    Spartans
2.    Johan’s Mets
3.    Degeneration-X
4.    Satan’s Little Team
5.    Mud Hens
6.    WVU Mountaineers
7.    Team Dime
8.    Wicked Jays
9.    Wright5Vilma51
10.    Reyes Is God
11.    Team Bring It
12.    Traded For Kobiaski


1.    Coffey is for Closrs
2.    Hollyweird Champs
3.    Manhattan Marauders
4.    The Blackening
5.    I See Death People
6.    Montgomery Biscuits
7.    Ukranian Love Tank
8.    Paper Champs Again
9.    Roid Rocket
10.    Love Me Sexy
12.    Hommage totheSchmooz
13.    Waylon’s Warriors

411 Chat Transcript

The first ever 411 chat was held this afternoon.  Here’s a link to view the Transcript                       



Show Notes for 2/19


1.  COREMAR   (Michael Needle)
2.  Minneapolis Muelkicks   (Chris Mueller)
3.  Donny Baseball   (Glenn in Chester)
4.  Giants 2010   (Paul Schnur)
5.  ND Blizzard   (Sam Sand)
6.  Ditmars Diamond Kings   (Bill Castro)
7.  Avenging Blowfish   (Tony Bartlett)
8.  Hammers Hitters   (Christine Hammers)
9.  MillerGold   (Casey Stern)
10. Round Trippers (Zach Steinhorn)
11. BATS OUT OF **** 08   (Steve Using)
12. The Archivers   (Johnny Archive)
13. Chopper Rodriguez   (Tucker Dahlberg)

2008 THE RIGHT WAY DRAFT ORDER (Marc’s league)

1.   Nasty Nate
2.   Chicago Neeko
3.   CJ’s Wild 9’s
4.   The Aces
5.   The Rynos
6.   Austin City Limits
7.   Bronx Bombers
8.   JazMeat NoVegetables
9.   Serenity Now
10.   Plainview
11.   Amazin’s Yo-Ho’s
12.   Burkinator

And finally, here’s a link to the draft results of a recent mock in which Siano (Sianimals) and Cory (Hombre X) both participated.  Thanks to Tony in Jacksonville for putting this file together.          Download fantasy_mock_draft_217.doc


Let the draft prepping begin!


411 News & Notes

As the fantasy season draws near, here’s what to look forward to in the coming weeks:

-The 411 will be going daily starting on Tuesday, February 19 and can be heard from 2 to 3 pm ET with Casey Stern joining Mike and Cory as your hosts during the 2008 season.

-The inaugural 411 chat will be held on Friday, February 22 from 3 to 5 pm ET.

-Mike and Cory will both participate in a mock draft this Sunday…I’ll post the results on Tuesday.

-Mark your calendars!  The annual sleepers and busts show comes your way March 10.