2017 BARF Review
BARF – or Bay Area Roto Fantasy – is a group of local pro’s, and some average joe’s, who meet up once a year for a fantasy baseball draft, and once a year for a football draft. In late February we had the 12-team mixed league baseball draft. My squad didn’t win the league, but it was a successful entry in 17.
LEAGUE SIZE: 12 TEAM, MIXED LEAGUE
LINEUPS: 14 hitters, 9 pitchers, 5 bench spots
LEAGUE SETUP: 5x5 Offense (OBP, HR, RBI, Runs, SB) and Pitching (QS, ERA, WHIP, K, SV)
*NOTE: We use OBP and quality starts, replacing batting average and wins.
C: J.T. Realmuto (10), Francisco Cervelli (21)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt (1)
2B: Javier Baez (12)
3B: Anthony Rendon (6)
SS: Corey Seager (2)
MI: Joe Panik (19)
CI: Mike Napoli (22), Mitch Moreland (26), Matt Duffy (28)
OF: Christian Yelich (3), J.D. Martinez (4), Carlos Gonzalez (5), Billy Hamilton (7), Randal Grichuk (17), Jason Heyward (18), Brandon Drury (25)
PITCHERS: Julio Teheran (8), Marcus Stroman (9), Craig Kimbrel (11), Andrew Miller (13), John Lackey (14), Jake Odorizzi (15), Aaron Nola (16), Taijuan Walker (20), Brandon Kintzler (23), Ian Kennedy (24), Hector Rondon (27)
Two trades went down.
I dealt away Ryan Zimmerman who had an unbelievable deal. Note that I had the best of the best from him on my team as his 33 games led me to a .418 OBP, 12 homers, 34 RBI and 26 runs scored. I sent out Zimmerman and Kevin Pilar and in return I received Justin Upton and Todd Frazier. Upton appeared in 115 games with a .351 OBP, 25 homers, 84 RBI, 72 runs scored and 11 steals. Frazier had a .358 OBP, a strong number that boosted his value way above traditional batting average leagues. He also hit 18 homers with 48 RBI and 47 runs scored in 96 games. I obviously “won” this season.
I made another fantastic trade as well
On May 30th I sent out Billy Hamilton. In return I got a terrible Matt Moore. Why was it a “fantastic” trade? I also added Jose Abreu in the deal. In 100 games with my team Abreu had 19 homers, 67 RBI, 58 runs scored and posted a solid .357 OBP.
KEY WAIVER-WIRE ADDITIONS
I added Ryan Zimmermann in Week 1 for $17 (out of $1,000). I also added Trevor Bauer ($7). Interestingly, I ended up dropping Bauer only to add him back for $23 on May 29th.
On May 8th I added Justin Bour ($29) while dropping Mike Napoli. Bour was a star, around injuries, going .391-13-29 in 34 games. He wasn’t in my lineup enough due to a glut of infielders.
On May 22nd I added Bradley Zimmer ($178). I also added Cole Hamels ($142). Zimmer stole 13 bases with a .297 OBP. Hamels had a 4.35 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and just seven quality starts.
June 12th, I added Zach Davies for $24. I dropped him two weeks later to add Melky Cabrera ($13). Melky was dropped two weeks after that to add Cesar Hernandez. The Phillies infielder had a .404 OBP and he scored 34 times with nine steals in 60 games. Oh, I added Davies back on August 28th for $23.
August 7th, I added Arodys Vizcaino for $78. The righty picked up nine saves with a 1.06 WHIP and 22 strikeouts in 17 innings.
On August 21st I dropped Tyler Clippard to add Eddie Rosario ($8). Rosario had eight homers and 23 RBI in 33 games. I also added Robinson Chirinos ($7) who had a .417 OBP over 26 games.
On August 28th I added Ozzie Albies for $11. In 32 games he had a .377 OBP with 20 runs and six steals.
WHAT WENT RIGHT?
Positive returns: Realmuto, Goldy, Baez, Rendon, Seager, Yelich, JDM, Hamilton, Stroman, Kimbrel, Nola, Kintzler.
Goldschmidt was a star (.404-36-120-117-18). At least my first-round pick was correct.
Seager was really good (.375-22-77-85-4). Too bad injuries held him to games.
Yelich (.339-18-81-100-16) and JDM (.376-45-104-85-4) came through in spades. Ditto Rendon (.403-25-100-81-7).
Neil Walker had a .434 OBP in 20 games.
Matt Olson hit nine homers with 15 RBI, 14 runs an d a .394 OBP over 16 contests.
WHAT WENT WRONG?
Negative returns: Cervelli, Panik, Napoli, Duffy, CarGo, Grichuk, Heyward, Drury, Teheran, Lackey, Odorizzi, Walker, Kennedy.
As you will note if you’ve read more than one of these reviews, I’m of the opinion that you identify players, and try to roster them in all your leagues. Guys I missed on that cost me everywhere include Teheran, Odorizzi, Lackey.
Carlos Gonzalez failed until late in the year (.339-14-57-72-3). It was like he forgot to hit for half the season.
Because of my need to chase starting pitching, I only had two men with 10 saves (Kintzler and Kimbrel).
Because of all the struggles of my starting pitchers, only one man had more than 17 quality starts – Marcus Stroman with 20.
John Lackey was given too much rope. He posted a 5.36 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 122.2 innings.
I didn’t have one true hit on the pitching staff from the waiver-wire additions. This was one of those odd leagues where pitching was scarce, but hitting bountiful, on waivers.
I made some nice waiver moves.
I made two winning trades.
I made a few nice selections, especially on offense.
In the end my pitching staff let me down, leading to a huge dilemma as I ponder 2018. Do I reach for starters earlier in a draft knowing that in many of my leagues starting pitching was an issue for my squad. Conversely, with pitchers seemingly heading to the DL on a daily basis, and hardly any hurlers even able to throw 180-innings anymore (), is it wise to invest more heavily in assets that I know will need to be replaced in season. It’s something I will ponder all offseason.
By the way, I finished third in BARF.