Friday, April 1, 2011

Fantasy Friday: Auction Drafts

Prior to this year, I had never taken part in an auction draft for a fantasy baseball league.  However, last week I managed to draft a pretty good team, at least in my estimation.  My league has 12 owners, and each of us started with the standard ESPN 260 "dollars" to draft a roster of 21 players.  Here is my roster:

C- Victor Martinez (easily one of the best hitting catchers, and DHing in Detroit should only help his offense)
1B- Kevin Youkilis (even though he'll be at the hot corner for the Red Sox)
2B- Howie Kendrick (solid offensively for a second baseman)
3B- Aramis Ramirez (he had better have a bounce back year)
SS- Elvis Andrus (I'm banking on at least 40 steals)
OF- Ryan Braun (he should be good for around 30 home runs)
OF- Josh Hamilton (defending AL MVP)
OF- Torii Hunter (he has not hit below 20 home runs since he arrived in Anaheim)
UTIL- Bobby Abreu (he hit 20 homers last season, but he could be out of this spot early on because of age)
BENCH- Juan Pierre (I only drafted Pierre for his steals)
BENCH- Adam Lind (solid overall and could end up as my regular utility player)
BENCH- Angel Pagan (solid fantasy backup)
BENCH- Carlos Lee (if he has a bounce back year, he could be a good sleeper)
BENCH- Mitch Moreland (could be primed for a breakout season)

SP- Carlos Zambrano (just like fellow Cub Aramis Ramirez, I'm banking on a bounce back season)
SP- Trevor Cahill (he's only 23 and he's an absolute stud)
SP- Chad Billingsley (only went 12-11 last season, but still recorded a 3.57 ERA in 191.2 innings)
P- John Danks (15 wins in over 200 innings last season for the White Sox)
P- Hiroki Kuroda- (despite a losing record, he still had 3.39 ERA)
RP-Carlos Marmol (his 138 K's in only 77.2 innings was more than some starters rack up in an entire year)
RP- Francisco Rodriguez (not as good as he once was, but still can record a good number of saves)

If you've never done an auction draft before, it may be difficult to decide what strategy you want to use when drafting.  Check this out if you want some advice: Auction Draft Strategies

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