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The Crawfish Boxes Fantasy League 2010 Draft Results and Breakdown

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Monday night was the blog's fantasy baseball league draft. Good fun was had by all, which usually portends to a competitive fantasy season as a whole. Let's be honest though: we're all smart people who are competitive about our baseball knowledge. Fantasy baseball is the perfect format to test one's abilities to evaluate players and play GM.

That being said, 11 readers, David, David's wife Kristen,  clack, Stephen and myself make up the 16 team league which engaged in just that sort of exercise on Monday. The draft order was as follows:

Pick Team Name Owner
1. Bud Norris Facts Bryan Trostel
2. Sluggin' Squirrels Kristen Vogel
3. Beltran's Ear Mole Evan Hochschild
4. Masked Mooners Tim De Block
5. Team 10 Andrew S.
6. Team 11 Richard Hosein
7. John Kruk's Ball Club Alan Bentrup
8. Team 4 Nathan Snellenberger
9. Ed Wade's Relievers David Coleman
10. Team 2 Stephen Higdon
11. Hangin' with Cecil Cooper Nick H.
12. Lucky Number Slevin Mr. Goodkat
13. MDC3's Pitching Coach Jeffrey Talty
14. Armadillos Clarence "clack" Johnson
15. Team 15 Steven Carter
16. Lancealot Ross Foreman


For the first five rounds (or the first 100 or so selections), I'll break things down like this:

  • Best Value: Which owner made the savviest choice of the round, compared to where the particular player chosen was ranked or projected to be drafted. So if somebody nabbed a potential stud earlier than the "experts" said he should go, then I'll say so. Or if a solid guy slips a round or two and he is picked up by an owner who needed to fill a need, I'll give credit where credit is due. Basically the "best" pick of each round will be detailed
  • Riskiest Selection: Was drafting Michael Bourn in round 2 too high? Is Jake Peavy not an ace despite being picked in the fourth round? (These scenarios didn't happen, don't worry). Did an owner select 12 hitters in a row to start the draft, and in round 13 select another hitter when he/she probably should have started to think "pitching"? This is the criteria I'll use to evaluate risk.
  • What I was thinking: Since I can't read minds (yet), I don't know exactly what everyone else was thinking with each selection they made. I can chronicle my thoughts into 3-4 sentence increments per round. I like to think of myself as a decent fantasy baseball player, and after missing last season's draft because I was traveling I wanted to redeem myself in 2010.
  • To clarify, the draft was a "snake" draft where the person who had the 16th pick (last pick of round 1) of the first round also has the 17th pick (first pick of round two), and so on until you get back to the owner who had the first pick overall. The process repeats itself until the 21 rounds are complete.

    Here is how it all went down.

    The Breakdown

    Round 1

    Best Value: Nick H.'s selection of Hanley Ramirez . Ramirez is far and away the best shortstop available. The potential for 30 HRs/100 RBI/110 R/30 SB/.315 BA far outpaces that of Troy Tulowitzki. Getting Ramirez sixth overall is a steal, which is hard to say in round one of a draft where every player selected is a star.

    Riskiest Selection: None. Maybe Joe Mauer who went fourth overall. It's no sure thing that the power will remain at its 2009 levels with Joe. I wouldn't be that surprised to see Brian McCann approach his stats in a 5x5 fantasy league.

    What I was thinking: Middle infield is shallow in most seasons, and this is especially true in 2010. In retrospect I should have gone with Hanley here, but in all honesty I assumed he was taken second. Imagine my surprise when I saw Fielder was taken second! Oh well, that'll teach me to pay better attention.

    Round 2

    Best value: Nick H. does it again with Matt Kemp. Getting the second best fantasy outfielder late in the second round is tremendous.

    Riskiest Selection: Steven Carter's choice of Justin Morneau with the 18th pick overall. I hope he was autopicking. If there is one position that isn't shallow, it's first base. Morneau may not even be a top 8 first baseman overall. Also qualifying: Miguel Tejada! I guess when you have the opportunity to pick a guy who hits few home runs and rarely steals in the second round, ya gotta do it.

    What I was thinking: Going with my middle infield philosophy, I picked up Jimmy Rollins with the 18th overall pick. This is later than he would go in most drafts, and considering the dearth of shortstops, I think this may qualify as the second best value in the round.

    Round 3

    Best value: Bryan Trostel's choice of Carl Crawford. He is typically a first round outfielder in ten team leagues. Third round pick in a 16 team league? Well done, Bryan.

    Riskiest selection: Jason Bay. Citi Field doesn't help his cause at all. Moving to the NL may help. He isn't really a .300 hitter and won't be a tremendous threat on the basepaths.

    What I was thinking: Dan Haren is my boy. Stephen can confirm I've picked him the past three years in fantasy and wanted to nab his 1.0something WHIP to anchor my staff. Considering what I'm about to do, I'll need his ace-ness quite a bit.

    Round 4

    Best: Bryan does it again. This time with Jacoby Ellsbury. Nabbing him with the 64th pick is beyond a steal. He's Michael Bourn with more runs, RBI, a higher BA and more homers.

    Riskiest: clack's pick of Josh Hamilton. Ham-bone can be a beast, and by that I mean he was a beast in one season. He is injury prone and doesn't have a real track record of success.

    Evan: Enter Sandman. 16 teams in this league, 30 teams in MLB. Not everyone in our league can have two closers to fill their roster. I seized the opportunity to draft Mariano Rivera, the game's best closer, to further take advantage of this fact.

    Round 5

    Best: Andrew S. CHOOses Shin-Soo Choo. The definition of an underrated performer.

    Riskiest: Bryan comes back after a great Round 4 pick with the riskiest player in 2010- Jose Reyes. Lots of upside. Lots of risk.

    Riskiest: I have a ton of confidence that I can find value in the late rounds, so picking Papelbon in this round doesn't scare me. Getting arguably the second best closer in baseball at this point was tremendous.

    After looking at the whole draft, who do y'all think did the best overall? Who is destined to be a cellar dweller? Did the Crawfish Boxes writers out-wit and out-draft their readers?

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