Tuesday, October 04, 2005

fantasy baseball postmortem

I ended up improving my standing in most of my leagues. From worst to best again...

9. sluggin' uvula
Yahoo! Private League, 6x6 (OPS, K/9), 12 teams
7th place (77 pts.)

I pulled it together in the hitting department, with Helton and Hafner having huge second halves. The only downside was a loss of position flexibility. Beltran never panned out though. I feel like my lineup at the end of season was as good as anyone's in the league. Too bad it's not a Keeper.

8. scrumtulescent
CBS Sportsline Public League, 5x5, 10 teams
5th place (57 pts.)

No movement here. I basically gave up on this league and lost interest due to its weekly roster move restriction.

7. San Ramon Uvula
Yahoo! Winner League, 5x5, 12 teams
4th place (76 pts.)

Added a couple points but didn't go anywhere in the standings (though I briefly claimed 2nd place). The guy who won was ahead all year by a healthy margin. Having Delgado, Kent, Reyes, A-Rod, Andruw Jones, Jason Bay, Furcal, Pedro Martinez, K-Rod, Zach Duke, Colon, Beckett and King Felix will do that for you, I guess.

6. Fistful of Uvula
Yahoo! Private League, 11x11 (includes 1B, 2B, 3B, K, E, OPS for hitting, and CG, SHO, GIDP, HLD, K/BB, K/9 for pitching), 8 teams
3rd place (119 pts.)

I moved up, but not enough to win. I would've done better if not for the bullshit categories like errors, shutouts and batting strikeouts. I feel sorry for the guy who finished second because he had two more batting k's than the guy in first. I hate 'negative' stats (except for Turnovers in h2h Basketball, which are a necessary hedge against over-rotating one's roster). I also did poorly in pitching Strikeouts. Mark Mulder was a pretty worthless fantasy player in this league.

5. Mean Mr. Moutard
Yahoo! Private League, h2h, 20 teams
1st place, 121-74-15, lost in the first round of the playoffs, then lost the consolation to finish 4th

That's the thing that sucks about a h2h league, especially in a long baseball season. I beat out 19 other teams to claim the #1 seed in the playoffs, and then my lineup suddenly stopped hitting. Thanks Miguel Tejada.

4. scrumtulescent
Yahoo! Winner, h2h, 12 teams
1st place, 125-83-12, won the playoffs

At least I didn't blow this one. In fact, it wasn't even close, as I won the finals 9-1. My starting lineup was awesome: V-Mart, Pujols, Lugo, Cabrera, Peralta, Tracy, Berkman, Holliday, Reyes, with Chavez and Lofton on the bench. Matt Cain and John Patterson were good second half pick-ups for the rotation.

3. chubby earls
Yahoo! Public League, 5x5, 12 teams
1st place, 95 pts

Came from behind to win the only non-Winner public league I played in. My already imposing lineup was beefed up by Ryan Howard and Jonny Gomes, and it was just a matter of judiciously spotting my starters to keep my ERA and WHIP down.

2. San Ramon Uvula
ESPN Public League, 5x5, 10 teams
1st place, (80 pts)

So apparently I win a t-shirt or a pennant or something for winning an ESPN league. This one wound up not even being close, as my pitching continued to dominate and I slowly raised my average and power stats.

1. Vorndam Scrumtulescent
ESPN Keeper League, h2h, 12 teams
1st place, (154-106), won the playoffs

I scraped by with a narrow playoff victory. Thanks Jimmy Rollins! However, I don't think he'll be one of my five keepers. Right now, I'm thinking Vladimir Guerrero, David Wright, Roy Oswalt, Ben Sheets and Carl Crawford. That leaves out Mr. Rollins, A.J. Burnett, and scores of promising rookies (Cain, Blanton, Maholm, Morneau). I firmly believe in the "play for this season, not the next season" philosophy for Keeper Leagues.

So I won 4 of my 9 leagues, and finished in 1st during the regular season in 5 of them. Not bad. I'm hoping to get into some highly competitive leagues next year, and would be interested in any openings, particularly if you're starting a keeper league.

Lastly, my votes for the awards would be:

AL MVP: Alex Rodriguez
AL Cy Young: Johan Santana
NL MVP: Albert Pujols
NL Cy Young: Roger Clemens
AL Rookie of the Year: Huston Street
NL Rookie of the Year: Ryan Howard

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