Tagged: Fantasy

La to the Jolla DiMags

Fantasy baseball has seemed intriguing for some time now. However I have never been brave enough to join a league. I gave fantasy football a shot earlier this year, and that was ill fated, at very best. I found that I am too loyal to players who are not really fantasy super stars. I ended up drafting Eli Manning first (second overall) and that was only because Peyton was taken. The rest of my team was mostly Colts. The problem with this was that Eli is not a very good fantasy quarterback, and doesn’t get you a lot of points at a position where you should be racking them up. And the problem with drafting the rest of your players from one team? One not all of them are going to be good fantasy players, and two once the bi-week roles around you are guarenteed a loss because you don’t have any one to play. I think I had a total of two wins.

So I kept this experience in mind when I joined my first Fantasy Baseball league the other day. I joined a random public league through ESPN, and it is free, so pending a situation similar to football, no harm no foul. I thought it best to have my first go at this on someone elses check and not my own considering the history here. That also means there are no cash prizes, but I’m more than fine with that. To be honest this is just a way for me to learn how to play and, what I hope will be an interesting way, for me to keep up on this years stats. So I tried not to draft players based only on who I want to do well, but also who I think will do well, and this is what I came up with:

C- Jason Varitek
1B- Kevin Youkilis
2B- Craig Biggio
3B- Hank Blalock
SS- Orlando Cabrera
OF- Torri Hunter
OF- Jeff Francoeur
OF- Scott Podsednik
UTIL- Frank Thomas
BENCH- Mike Napoli
BENCH- Jeff DaVanon
BENCH- Robb Quinlan
BENCH- Alex Gonzalez

P- Johan Santana
P- John Lackey
P- Barry Zito
P- Scot Shields
P- Adam Wainwright
P- Brian Fuentes
BENCH- Andy Pettite

I’m thinking my lineup looks pretty decent. Its a standard rotisserie league. Our points are based on Runs, Home Runs, RBIs, Stolen Bases, and Average for batters. For pitchers they are based on Strikeouts, Wins, Saves, ERA, and WHIP. I’m hoping that this turns out to be a fun experience, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be.

And the name of my team? The "La to the Jolla DiMags," I’m liking it already.