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2009 Media Bashers…

April 11, 2009

That would be the name of my fantasy team by the way….

Was slotted first, ten team league, snake draft…

Avg/R/HR/RBI/SB for offense, W/S/K/ERA/WHIP for pitchers

1) (1)Hanley Ramirez SS This scoring system, this player? Other than Reyes scores across the board at this position as well or better than anyone else

2 (20)Brian McCann C Another guy that gives a positional edge over 90+% of the league

3 (21)Jon Papelbon RP What’s not to like?

4 (40)Felix Hernandez SP I think this is the year it all comes together. Polished 4 pitch guy

5 (41)Kevin Youkilis 1B The homers were no fluke. 41st pick nets me a 4 category guy…

6 (60)Matt Kemp OF Didn’t know a ton about him until the research started, then surprised he was still there…

7 (61)Brad Lidge RP Lidge/Papelbon? Oh my…

8 (80)Ichiro OF With the offense already in place is going to help tons in 3 categories….

9 (81)Chris Carpenter SP I believe he’s fixed (and if he is he’s a 1st or 2nd rounder), 1st outing backs that up…

10 (100) Chipper Jones 3B I think one of the steals of the draft. Too many people think he’s past being good, I’m not one of them

11 (101)Andre Either OF Hate having 2 guys in the same lineup, but both have potential to boost multiple categories

12 (120)Joba Chamberlain P Going to put up good to great K/ERA/WHIP and possibly wins as well

13 (121)Jermaine Dye OF Needed a huge assist in the HR department and hoping he helps me there

14 (140)Heath Bell RP another closer, could be a sick bullpen

15 (141)Chris Young SP Wins will suffer, but great ball park, will give me WHIP, ERA and some K’s

16 (160)Erik Bedard SP Could be a HUGE steal if he’s healthy

17 (161)Clayton Kershaw SP Took a flier. Stuff is unquestionable

18 (180)Howie Kendrick 2B needed best multi-category guy I could find at 2B, almost went with Aviles but used personal experience to make this pick…

19 (181)Shin-Soo Choo OF could be another huge steal if he gets off on a good note and stays consistent

20 (200)Todd Helton 1B Personal memory killed me here. In addition to being the last hitter I ever faced, I just can’t see him not being an awesome offensive player (so awesome I moved him for Adam Lind 30 minutes after the draft)

21 (201) JJ Putz RP nice filler for the pen and the occasional save along with great WHIP seemed appealing (until I moved him after the draft for Grant Balfour)

Players I wanted and missed by a pick Greinke, Oswalt, Capps, Bonifacio, . Players I had on list but didn’t take at the end, Werth, Burrell, Verlander, Hoffman.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Donna permalink
    April 12, 2009 12:31 am

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and informing us of what players you have chosen. It is always great to hear your perspective. I personally,since my top choice is no longer available(that would be you)would go for pitching with Johan Santana. I do not think that,among the active players,you can get any better than he is. To have him pitch,followed by Jon Papelbon or K-Rod would be a dream team. Would have expected you to go with Santana. What do you think?..I also must mention the tragic and sudden death of Nick Adenhart. It is truly a case of a young talent being cut down in the prime of his life. Just wondering if you have any thoughts of him as a player,as I do not know if you had any knowledge of him or any dealings with him prior to his death. Regardless of wht team we support or want to win,his death hits everyone from a human being standpoint…

  2. Jacob permalink
    April 12, 2009 1:47 am

    Interesting you grabbed a catcher so early.

  3. John permalink
    April 12, 2009 11:48 am

    Some nice players there, I’ve got Kemp, Choo and Kershaw too…I think you took too many relievers though.

  4. Cruiser permalink
    April 13, 2009 6:46 am

    I’m going to let Carpenter’s parents know that you drafted him. I had told them you had been the one to purchase the signed Cy Young photo of Chris and they loved hearing that. They shared with me that Chris had bought one of your signed shirts at a fund raiser as well.

  5. Josh permalink
    April 13, 2009 9:16 am

    Curt,

    I know you love Papelbon (I do too), but 3rd round? Waaaayyyyy too early to take a closer, any closer, in a fantasy league. Especially in a 10-team league, and especially in a league where he’s only really going to significantly help in one category (saves). He won’t total enough to help much with K totals and one tough outing (like Saturday) could blow up the ERA and/or WHIP numbers. If the league had a rate stat or two such as K/9, he might be more worth such an early selection. I’m betting he’d have been there for you a little later if you’d waited. Might not have missed out on Greinke or Oswalt.

    But the way you’ve constructed the roster, it looks like you are punting wins for saves and Ks anyway so it could balance out. And with the yutzes you’re playing with, that could be plenty good enough to dominate. Good luck Curt.

    PS…love the McCann pick. I’m a believer in getting a solid offensive catcher and there are only four or five really good fantasy catchers out there. Gotta take one early if you have the chance. I ended up with Soto and Mauer in my league. Good catching = good trade chip later.

  6. April 13, 2009 11:17 am

    way too early to take a catcher and relievers imho. good luck

  7. Justin permalink
    April 13, 2009 11:30 am

    Love the Adam Lind trade! I saw him and Snyder up here in Double A Manchester, NH. TREMENDOUS potential for both players.

  8. April 13, 2009 1:12 pm

    Just curious if you’ve played much fantasy baseball before. Normally you’d want to cement power and speed before trying to get saves–Papelbon in the 3rd round is ludicrous, even if he is a former teammate. McCann in the 2nd is also a major reach (and I’m a Braves fan).

    Obviously Hanley is great, but the offensive depth overall will be a serious problem. But hey, it’s a learning experience, and you’ll be better next year 😉

  9. Bill permalink
    April 13, 2009 1:34 pm

    Harry Kalas 😦

  10. April 13, 2009 1:41 pm

    I have Joba, Youk, Paps, & Hanley Ramirez as well.
    I’m doing salary cap fantasy though — I think the scoring is different? Or maybe it’s the same and there’s just no draft? I don’t know, this is all new to me – but it’s fun anyway. 🙂

  11. Jim permalink
    April 13, 2009 3:13 pm

    You had a pretty good draft. You have some questionable early picks, but made up for it with some good late round value. McCann is the best catcher in fantasy…but that means he should be taken in the 6th or 7th round, rather than the 10th round+ where the other C get taken, and definitely not the 2nd round. Catcher is also a bit deeper this year with guys like Doumit, VMart back (and looking healthy), Soto, Napoli, Ianetta. Pap is a stretch in the 3rd, but I can obviously see why you took him. Felix is a reach in round 4, but he’s looking strong and might prove to be a good pick. I like the value you got with Youk, Chipper, Carpenter, Joba and Dye. Bedard in the 16th was robbery – he might challenge for the Cy Young this year. Helton is done, so the move to swap him out for Lind was a good one.

    You should be in pretty good shape across the board among the scoring categories, especially in pitching where you should be top 3 in wins and saves with good K, ERA and WHIP numbers as well.

    You might need one more big bat, b/c you could be a touch light on HRs. Perhaps consider trading a pitcher for a slugger.

  12. sdl1 permalink
    April 14, 2009 11:33 am

    Gee…

    Doesn’t anybody play APBA or Strat-O-Matic anymore? 😉

  13. Lucas permalink
    April 15, 2009 12:13 pm

    Your offense is really lacking — and taking a catcher and reliever so early is a mistake imho.

  14. April 28, 2009 6:40 am

    Interesting you grabbed a catcher so early

  15. Brendan Faulkner permalink
    May 3, 2009 9:38 am

    How about this?

    NASLUND TO SKATE OFF INTO THE SUNSET By LARRY BROOKS

    May 3, 2009 — Proud and classy to the apparent end, Markus Naslund has told his Rangers teammates he is retiring despite having one season at $3 million remaining on the two-year, $8 million free agent contract he signed last summer, The Post has learned.
    It is believed that the 35-year-old Naslund, who woe down dramatically as the season and then the seven-game series against the Caps progressed, notified GM Glen Sather of his decision at his exit interview on Thursday, though The Post has not been able to confirm that.
    Naslund, whose total of 46 points (24-22) represented a fifth straight season of decline from his career-high of 104 (48-56) he registered with the 2002-03 Canucks, owns a no-movement clause in his contract, meaning that the Rangers could not have assigned him to the AHL Wolf Pack next year in order to escape his $4 million cap hit.
    The Blueshirts, however, could have — and assuredly would have — bought out Naslund for $2 million during the June 15-30 buyout period. Under that scenario, the team would have been hit with a $2 million cap charge for 2009-10 and a $1 million charge for 2010-11. Knowing that, Naslund simply could have said nothing and collected the $2 million to which he would have been entitled.
    But that wouldn’t be Naslund; that wouldn’t be the man he is, and the classy individual he has been throughout a 15-year NHL career during which he recorded a total of 395 goals and 869 points in 1,117 games. Naslund was a first-team All-Star left wing three straight seasons, from 2000-01 through 2002-03, scoring 41, 40 and 48 goals, respectively.
    Naslund came to New York hoping to rejuvenate his game after 11 seasons in Vancouver. But while the heart and the head were willing, his legs weren’t. The winger just could not keep up. As such, he would not have fit next year in coach John Tortorella’s high-octane system. Hence, the likelihood of the buyout.
    But Naslund’s retirement — pending an official announcement, of course — eliminates that prospect. It also critically gives the Rangers additional cap space with which to work and to accommodate potential Group II offer sheets to Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky.
    Without Naslund, the Blueshirts have approximately $37.87 million committed to nine core players under the cap that is expected to come in between $56-57 million if the NHLPA exercises its 5-percent bump.

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