2017 FSTA Review
Way back in January the Fantasy Sports Trade Association held their annual baseball draft, the first of the fantasy season each year. It was January 23rd, 2017 in Nashville. Seems like a lifetime ago. The 13 team, mixed league, was auction style, and I ended up with the 9th selection in the draft. In what follows I’ll break down how the club performed over the course of the season. Solid it was, but it lacked that extra little to make it a special squad.
13-team, mixed league, 5x5 scoring, $1000 in season FAAB for waivers.
ROSTERS: Each team will draft 2-C, 1-1B, 1-3B, 1-CI, 1-2B, 1-SS, 1-MI, 5-OF, 1-DH, 9-P, 6 reserves.
*Round in parenthesis.
C: Yadier Molina (14), Austin Hedges (22)
1B: Anthony Rizzo (1)
2B: Javier Baez (7)
3B: Anthony Rendon (6)
SS: Carlos Correa (2)
MI: Elvis Andrus (12)
CI: Yoan Moncada (17)
OF: Christian Yelich (3), J.D. Martinez (4), Hunter Pence (10), Randal Grichuk (15), Jason Heyward (18)
UT: Yulieski Gurriel (24)
PITCHING: Jon Lester (5), Julio Teheran (8), Craig Kimbrel (9), Marcus Stroman (11), Danny Salazar (13), Sonny Gray (16), Brandon Maurer (19), Jeff Samardzija (20), Nate Jones (21)
BENCH: Chris Carter (23), Fernando Rodney (25), Santiago Casilla (26), Brandon Kintzler (27), Colin McHugh (28), Lewis Brinson (29)
Trades in this league rarely happen, and you’re limited to being able to do a 2-for-2 deal at the top end (no more than four players can be exchanged). You are also limited to just one trade per team meaning that, at most, you could make 12 trades (one with every team besides yours of course).
I dealt Craig Kimbrel, given my impressive saves total, for Justin Verlander. Turned out to be a wonderful deal for my squad as Verlander went nuclear on opponents with a 10-3 record, 1.92 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 127 strikeouts over 108 innings. Tremendous deal for my squad. No one had any inkling that Verlander would do that, least of all me. I would have been happy with a 3.50 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with a strikeout per inning.
KEY WAIVER-WIRE ADDITIONS
I added Logan Morrison for $39 in Week 8 (we had $1,000 to spend for the season). He appeared in 78 games for my squad going .246-23-46-45.
I added Nick Williams for $37 in Week 16. In 65 active games for my team he went .284-9-46-38.
WHAT WENT RIGHT?
Fernando Rodney (25th), Santiago Casilla (26th) and Brandon Kintzler (27th) produced a total of 84 saves. That was a massive win right there.
Molina and Hedges were solid adds at the cost.
Rizzo did his normally terrific thing, and was extremely stable yet again (.273-32-109-99-10).
Correa was on the way to giving me a stupendous 1-2 punch. Injuries hurt Correa, but he was still very successful (.315-24-84-82-2).
Yelich (.282-18-81-100-16) and JDM (.303-45-104-85 in just 119 games) crushed it.
Rendon was a winning add without question for that 6th round cost (.301-25-100-81-7).
My first six hitters all lived up to expectations, if not exceeded them.
The hits just keep coming in the 12th round as Elvis Andrus crushed it too with the best effort of his career (.297-20-88-100-25).
On the hill I had the three cheap ass closers listed above and Craig Kimbrel. I crushed the bullpen.
For starters, Stroman and Gray were strong adds. Samardzija had a mere nine wins and a 4.42 ERA, but given his cost, the 205 strikeouts and the 1.14 WHIP, he was still a positive add.
WHAT WENT WRONG?
Yoan Moncada was delayed in the minors much longer than expected. He also did not hit well (.231/.338/.412) or steal any bases (three) when he arrived.
Hunter Pence stunk.
Randall Grichuk hit 22 homers. That might have been the highlight of his season.
Jason Heyward... never again.
In Week 2 I bid $17 on Ryan Zimmerman. I was outbid by a mere $6 If I had only gone $24 on Zimmerman it would have been the add of the year.
I spend $111 on Matt Chapman and $111 on Derek Fisher in Week 12. Chapman was fine, but Fisher an obvious bust.
My relievers were great... my starters not so much.
Lester had the worst season he’s produced in seven seasons (13-8, 4.33 EREA, 1.32 WHIP in 180.2 innings). He finally showed his age.
Teheran went 11-13 with a 4.49 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in a dreadful season after four solid campaigns.
Salazar only threw 103 innings.
I really could have used one more starter. When you build a team on the bullpen, and with offense, your starting pitchers need to come through. Overall, mine didn’t.
I finished in fourth place out of 13 clubs. Not bad, but nothing to get overly excited about. Doing a draft in January is extremely challenging. We have little understanding on the injuries players are dealing with, and many of the bullpens are total crapshoots at the time of the draft. It’s always challenging, and I look forward to next January when I’ll get another crack at the FSTA League.