Fantasy Draft #1

I had my first fantasy baseball draft over the weekend. I tried a new strategy this year and took a few pitchers in the early rounds rather than building a scrapheap rotation and trying to trade for an ace in July. This is a 6×6 league: R,HR,RBI,SB,AVG,OPS | W,K,ERA,WHIP,SV,K:BB. 23 man roster.

C: Brian McCann

1B: Carlos Pena

2B: Chase Utley

3B: Chone Figgins

SS: Stephen Drew

OF: Justin Upton

OF: Julio Bourbon

OF: Ryan Ludwick

Util: Adam Laroche

Util: Nick Swisher

Bench: Kyle Blanks

Bench: Vladimir Guerrero

SP: Dan Haren

SP: Justin Verlander

SP: Ricky Nolasco

RP: Chad Qualls

RP: Leo Nunez

RP: Bobby Jenks

P: Matt Cain

P: Matt Garza

Bench: Erik Bedard

Bench: Ervin Santana

Of course, Santana’s elbow had to act up right after the draft. Bedard won’t be available until May or later, but he’s a good bet to perform well when he’s on the mound. I’m crossing my fingers that Santana is healthy and ready to deliver on another big year, but I’m keeping my eye on a few waiver wire pitchers just in case.

With two more drafts coming up on Sunday, one in the Sports of Boston league, I’ll have more to say. There’s pressure on me to do well in that league, or I’ll have to face those guys as the writer who lost!

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