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The Best Day Ever – The Sixth Annual Fantasy Baseball Auto Draft!

Fantasy 22 March 2013 | 0 Comments

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Fantasy baseball draft cheat sheets?

Throw ‘em away.

All your research on position scarcity?

Don’t need it.

Projections, sleepers, busts, and breakout players?

Burn ‘em.

If you are a hardcore fantasy baseball fan, stay away. This is not the draft for you.

But if you are a man who enjoys heavy drinking, chicken wings, disgusting shots, and watching a tiny computer screen automatically select baseball players for your team, then get ready. Buckle up.

Tomorrow brings with it one of the greatest days on the baseball calendar – the 6th annual PEGS fantasy baseball league auto draft.

What makes this league so unique from others? Why is this league, the one that I play in each year that requires no draft strategy, my ultimate favourite? Please, join me in the ultimate guide to the auto draft to find out.

The History

It all started in 2008 when a group of 10 friends decided to set up a fantasy baseball league. The draft was set for 5 pm on a

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Wednesday. Each member of the league planned to stay in the office late in order to draft from work. Unfortunately, it turned out that the majority of the league was blocked from running Java, meaning they couldn’t access Yahoo’s live draft.

So, instead of drafting, the members of the league convened at a pub and drank multiple pitchers of beer, logged into a laptop, and watched as Yahoo automatically filled our rosters. The amount of fun, joy, and hilarity that ensued was unexpected, but amazing.

The auto draft was born.

The Draft

From that point on, it was decided that the league would continue each year, and the auto draft would continue as well. In order to keep the draft standard each year, the following rules were established:

- Only one member of the league is allowed to log in, and only one laptop can be used

- No member of the league is allowed to alter his pre-draft rankings. Doing so results in his execution (figuratively).

- Every pick must be made by the Yahoo auto draft system.

- The draft must take place at a pub. Every member of the league must either be there in person, or at least be there in spirit (via text).

- Each member of the league who is at the bar must drink a least three beers, though the commissioner (me) would prefer to see everybody have at least twelve.

The League

Believe it or not, it takes some very shrewd managing to win the league. Since all teams are essentially random, the GM who makes the best free agent pickups and trades will rise to the top.

In addition, the man who comes in last place faces one of two punishments:

1. He must purchase a round of rye shots for the entire league at the next year’s draft, or

2. He is ruthlessly cut from the league, tarred and feathered and paraded through the streets.

The Penalty Shots

Before the draft the league nominates several players, debates them, and ultimately confirms a final list. Whenever any of those pre-determined players are drafted, the owner who is stuck with that player must drink a pre-determined shot. In 2011, there were a total of six penalty shots. In 2012, because we are cruel, we expanded the list to nine. This year the penalty shot list is as follows:

Coco Crisp

Jonathan “The Self Cleaning Anus” Papelbon

Nick Swisher

B.J. Upton

Alex “Who gives an eff” Rios

Bryce “Clown Question” Harper

Yunel Escobar

Brett Lawrie

Shane Victorino

Any Member of the Houston Astros

The list of potential shots is endless, but will definitely include Rye, Jack Daniels, Tequila, Captain Morgan, Jagermeister, Goldschlager, Hawaiian Lion, and a Bear Fight (made of an Irish Car Bomb immediately followed by a Jagr bomb, as shown below). Good luck gents.

The Trades

As mentioned, it is important to be active in the trade market to win this league. Trading, especially at the draft, and especially before the draft is over, is highly encouraged.

Each year at least one trade has been made during the draft. Generally these trades are completely random, such as a 21st rounder and a 24th rounder for a 22nd rounder and a 23rd rounder. For the sake of the draft, one can only hope that one of the penalty shot players is involved.

The Final Words

Tomorrow’s draft takes place at Gabby’s on King East in Toronto. The fun gets going at 6:00.

Who will be this year’s champion and join this exclusive list?

2008 – The Forward Claps

2009 – ionionionionionion

2010 – Bear Fights

2011 – The Five Holers

2012 – Dad’s Magic Wiener

We’ll find out soon enough.

To all my competitors in the league – get ready. It’s time.

The Best Day Ever – The 5th Annual Fantasy Baseball Auto Draft

Fantasy 30 March 2012 | 0 Comments

Fantasy baseball draft cheat sheets?

Throw ‘em away.

All your research on position scarcity?

Don’t need it.

Projections, sleepers, busts, and breakout players?

Burn ‘em.

If you are a hardcore fantasy baseball fan, stay away.  This is not the draft for you.

But if you are a man who enjoys heavy drinking, chicken wings, disgusting shots, and watching a tiny computer screen automatically select baseball players for your team, then get ready.  Buckle up.

Tomorrow brings with it one of the greatest days on the baseball calendar – the 5th annual PEGS fantasy baseball league auto draft.

What makes this league so unique from others?  Why is this league, the one that I play in each year that requires no draft strategy, my ultimate favourite?  Please, join me in the ultimate guide to the auto draft to find out.

The History

It all started in 2008 when a group of 10 friends decided to set up a fantasy baseball league.  The draft was set for 5 pm on a Wednesday.  Each member of the league planned to stay in the office late in order to draft from work.  Unfortunately, it turned out that the majority of the league was blocked from running Java, meaning they couldn’t access Yahoo’s live draft.

So, instead of drafting, the members of the league convened at a pub and drank multiple pitchers of beer, logged into a laptop, and watched as Yahoo automatically filled our rosters.  The amount of fun, joy, and hilarity that ensued was unexpected, but amazing.

The auto draft was born.

The Draft

From that point on, it was decided that the league would continue each year, and the auto draft would continue as well.  In order to keep the draft standard each year, the following rules were established:

– Only one member of the league is allowed to log in, and only one laptop can be used

– No member of the league is allowed to alter his pre-draft rankings.  Doing so results in his execution (figuratively).

– Every pick must be made by the Yahoo auto draft system.

– The draft must take place at a pub.  Every member of the league must either be there in person, or at least be there in spirit (via text).

– Each member of the league who is at the bar must drink a least three beers, though the commissioner (me) would prefer to see everybody have at least twelve.

The League

Believe it or not, it takes some very shrewd managing to win the league.  Since all teams are essentially random, the GM who makes the best free agent pickups and trades will rise to the top. 

In addition, the man who comes in last place faces one of two punishments:

1. He must purchase a round of rye shots for the entire league at the next year’s draft, or

2. He is ruthlessly cut from the league, tarred and feathered and paraded through the streets.

Sadly, last season’s ultimate loser picked up and moved to Vancouver, so forcing him to do six consecutive shots is impossible.

The Penalty Shots

Before the draft the league nominates several players, debates them, and ultimately confirms a final list.  Whenever any of those pre-determined players are drafted, the owner who is stuck with that player must drink a pre-determined shot.  In 2011, there were a total of six penalty shots.  In 2012, because we are cruel, we expanded the list to nine.  This year the penalty shot list is as follows:

Jeff Francoeur

Coco Crisp

Jonathan “The Self Cleaning Anus” Papelbon

Nick Swisher

Yu Darvish

Yoenis Cespedes

Nyjer Morgan

Edwin Encarnacion

Kevin Youkilis

The list of potential shots is endless, but will definitely include Rye, Jack Daniels, Tequila, Captain Morgan, Jagermeister, Goldschlager, Hawaiian Lion, and a Bear Fight (made of an Irish Car Bomb immediately followed by a Jagr bomb, as shown below).  Good luck gents.

The Trades

As mentioned, it is important to be active in the trade market to win this league.  Trading, especially at the draft, and especially before the draft is over, is highly encouraged.

Each year at least one trade has been made during the draft, and we can already confirm one trade this year: Honey Nut Ichiros and Game of Rules have agreed to swap their respective 24th round selections.  For the sake of the draft, one can only hope that one of the penalty shot players is involved.

The Final Words

Tomorrow’s draft takes place at Gabby’s on King East in Toronto.  The fun gets going at 6:30. 

Who will be this year’s champion and join this exclusive list?

2008 – The Forward Claps

2009 – ionionionionionion

2010 – Bear Fights

2011 – The Five Holers

We’ll find out soon enough.

To all my competitors in the league – get ready.  It’s time.

Rejoice! The 4th Annual Fantasy Baseball Auto Draft is HERE!

Fantasy 25 March 2011 | 0 Comments

An iconic trade at the 2010 Auto Draft

 

Fantasy baseball draft cheat sheets?

Throw ‘em away.

All your research on position scarcity?

Don’t need it.

Projections, sleepers, busts, and breakout players?

Burn ‘em.

If you are a hardcore fantasy baseball fan, stay away.  This is not the draft for you.

But if you are a man who enjoys heavy drinking, chicken wings, disgusting shots, and watching a tiny computer screen automatically select baseball players for your team, then get ready.  Buckle up.

Tonight is one of the greatest days on the baseball calendar – the 4th annual PEGS fantasy baseball league auto draft.

What makes this league so unique from others?  Why is this league, the one that I play in each year that requires no draft strategy, my ultimate favourite?  Please, join me in the ultimate guide to the auto draft to find out.

The History

It all started in 2008 when a group of 10 friends decided to set up a fantasy baseball league.  The draft was set for 5 pm on a Wednesday.  Each member of the league planned to stay in the office late in order to draft from work.  Unfortunately, it turned out that the majority of the league was blocked from running Java, meaning they couldn’t access Yahoo’s live draft.

So, instead of drafting, the members of the league convened at a pub and drank multiple pitchers of beer, logged into a laptop, and watched as Yahoo automatically filled our rosters.  The amount of fun, joy, and hilarity that ensued was unexpected, but amazing.

The auto draft was born.

The Draft

From that point on, it was decided that the league would continue each year, and the auto draft would continue as well.  In order to keep the draft standard each year, the following rules were established:

– Only one member of the league is allowed to log in, and only one laptop can be used

– No member of the league is allowed to alter his pre-draft rankings.  Doing so results in his execution (figuratively).

– Every pick must be made by the Yahoo auto draft system.

– The draft must take place at a pub.  Every member of the league must either be there in person, or at least be there in spirit (via text).

– Each member of the league who is at the bar must drink a least three beers, though the commissioner (me) would prefer to see everybody have at least twelve.

The League

Believe it or not, it takes some very shrewd managing to win the league.  Since all teams are essentially random, the GM who makes the best free agent pickups and trades will rise to the top. 

In addition, the man who comes in last place faces one of two punishments:

1. He must purchase a round of rye shots for the entire league at the next year’s draft, or

2. He is ruthlessly cut from the league, tarred and feathered and paraded through the streets.

The Penalty Shots

Though this technically began last year, a new wrinkle to the auto draft will be officially added in 2011: penalty shots.  Before the draft the league nominated several players, debated them, and confirmed a final list of six.  Whenever any of the six is drafted, the owner who is stuck with that player must drink a pre-determined shot.  This year the penalty shot list is as follows:

Adam LaRoche = Jagermeister

Corey Hart = Goldschlager

A.J. Burnett = Southern Comfort

Coco Crisp = Sambuca

Nick Swisher = Rye

Jonathan “The Self Cleaning Anus” Papelbon = Kahlua

The Trades

As mentioned, it is important to be active in the trade market to win this league.  Trading, especially at the draft, and especially before the draft is over, is highly encouraged.

Last year I traded Johnny Damon for Brett Anderson within 90 seconds of Damon being autodrafted to my team.  This year, I have already made a trade – my 21st round selection for the 21st round selection of “#AlphaRules #Winner”.  Hopefully he has to drink my Coco Crisp shot.

The Final Words

Tonight’s draft takes place at Gabby’s on King East in Toronto.  The fun gets going at 5:30. 

Who will be this year’s champion and join this exclusive list?

2008 – The Forward Claps

2009 – ionionionionionion

2010 – Bear Fights

We’ll find out soon enough.

To all my competitors in the league – get ready.  It’s time.

The Upside of J.P. Arencibia

Fantasy 11 March 2011 | 1 Comment

Arencibia - 2011's breakout player? (image from daylife.com)

It’s that time of year again – Fantasy Baseball time.

I hate fantasy football.  I hate fantasy hockey.  I hate fantasy basketball. 

So, as usual, as soon as March rolls around, I get over excited, bite off more than I can chew, and join way too many fantasy baseball leagues.

This year I am in six (6!!!) different leagues:

– MLB.com’s weekly head-to-head league

– Yahoo – standard public league

– Yahoo – auction draft

– Yahoo – winner’s league

– Yahoo – heavy drinking, blind drunk, auto pick draft extravaganza

– Yahoo – bloggers league

Yesterday marked my first draft of the season, and I was put in an instant dilemma after the 13th round (of a 23 round draft): who should I draft as my catcher?

Already off the board were:

– Buster Posey (2nd round – way too early)

– Joe Mauer (3rd)

– Victor Martinez (4th)

– Brian McCann (5th)

– Carlos Santana (7th)

– Geovany Soto (10th)

Of the remaining catchers, I had my eye on Miguel Montero of Arizona, over guys such as Mike Napoli, Matt Wieters, and John Buck – each of whom went in the 11th round.  But after Montero was snagged seven picks before I targeted him, I was left with nothing. 

One look at who was leftover and one thought came to mind: these guys are all the same.  Seriously – Jorge Posada, Kurt Suzuki, Ryan Doumit, John Jaso, Russell Martin, Carlos Ruiz, Miguel Olivo, Yadier Molina, A.J. Pierzynski, and Rod Barajas.  In my mind, these guys are interchangeable.  They will all end up with the same stats, and none of them really have a chance to do something exciting.  Aside from Suzuki and Jaso, they are all grizzled veterans.

But one row below that list was this name: J.P. Arencibia, Toronto.

It might be because I am a Jays fan and a homer, but Arencibia excites me.  He has HUGE upside, and enormous untapped potential. 

I know he has done nothing but struggle lately.  His .143 average and .532 OPS in 11 games last season combined with his .087 average and .337 OPS this spring tells me that.

But this is a guy who destroyed triple-A last year.  This is a guy who had one of the most memorable debuts in baseball history last year.  And this is also the guy who will likely carry the bulk of the load behind the plate for John Farrell’s Jays this year. 

The challenges of being a rookie catcher far exceed the challenges of being a rookie position player.  Catching is both more physically and mentally demanding.  We’ve seen highly touted rookie catchers struggle – think Matt Wieters.  But success as a rookie catcher is possible: just ask Mr. Mauer, Mr. Posey, or Mr. Soto.

Is it possible that Arencibia is a bust?  Sure.  He might hit .215 with 3 HR and lose his starting job.  He might even fail enough to be sent back to Vegas.  But the downside of that in fantasy is I drop him for another bum.

I drafted J.P. for his upside, for the potential of him hitting .275 with 30 HR and 95 RBI.

Is it possible? I don’t see why not. 

Is it likely? For the sake of the Jays and my fantasy team I sure hope so.