So I did a real draft yesterday for a keeper league but early last week I did a this mock draft. I’d post the keeper one but the keepers throw off who gets drafted where. Here’s who I took and why. Just a little tool you can use to see where someone may go, who drops, and who people reach for. I love this team and wish it was a real draft.
I changed all the team names to what their draft order was so you can see each draft slot and what’s around later in the draft.
If you’re interested in fantasy baseball, we’re still looking to fill the last spot in a new dynasty auction league. Message me your email address. (plus, you have all my strategies)
(1) 1st overall - Mike Trout CF
(2) 2nd overall - Miguel Cabrera 3B
(3) 3rd overall - Carlos Gonzalez LF
(4) 4th overall - Andrew McCutchen CF
(5) 5th overall - Paul Goldschmidt 1B
(6) 6th overall - Clayton Kershaw SP
(7) 7th overall (sportspage) - Jacoby Ellsbury CF
(8) 8th overall - Edwin Encarnacion 1B
(9) 9th overall - Chris Davis 1B
(10) 10th overall - Robinson Cano 2B
1st round I went with Ellsbury. He’s going to have a great year in New York. He will almost single handedly win you steals and I think his swing in his new home stadium will add a few more home runs. On the converse, I think Cano will drop off this year. He’s still going to be a top-3 second baseman. But power numbers will drop off. If he’s still around middle of second round or later, I think it’s an all right pick but I’d rather wait for Kipnis or Pedroia. In fact, there are great 2b bargains low this year.
On another note, I’d be really wary of building my team around Chris Davis or Edwin Encarnacion.
Today the Tigers traded for SS Alex Gonzalez from the Orioles, basically guaranteeing that they won’t sign Stephen Drew. It’s been a long offseason for Drew since rejecting the Red Sox arbitration offer of around $14M. Boras seems to always reject arbitration and it appears as if Boras has lost for once. At least for now. Are we allowed to cheer against agents? I usually root for the players over the owners but for some reason the way that Boras conducts his clients rubs me the wrong way. There were instances in the past where it looked like players passed up resigning with their happy situation because Boars wanted them to test free agency to end up with the highest bidder. As a Red Sox fan, part of me wants to see Drew sign somewhere before the draft so the Sox get a pick but it seems like a bigger victory for Boras to take a loss. I say all this but in the end it always seems like he finds a contract for his clients. Why do owners keep falling for his tricks? As recently as Saturday Boras claimed that Drew has a 3 yr $39M contract on the table. So why not take it? Boras is going through a similar circumstance with Kendrys Morales. Teams are starting to value the draft picks more than ever. Is there something wrong with the way Boras conducted his offseason or are the compensation rules of MLB the real problem?
We’re trying to start a deep dynasty fantasy auction league. It’s going to be a blast. I’d like at least 16 teams. Are you interested? You need to be very committed for years to come. If you are, message me with your email and why we should choose you. We have a few openings left.
Another Episode of Ridiculous NBA Trades That Won't Happen
Not too long ago I had one of those drunken adventures on the NBA Trade Machine. There were some interesting ones, some terrible ones, but one I felt was decent sent Jeff Green to Houston for Asik. It was one of those trades that made too much sense so there was zero chance it would happen. However, today rumors came out that the Rockets were interested in Green.
If I were the Celts, I wouldn’t trade Asik straight up for Green. Especially since Asik hasn’t played a game since December 2nd, so what good is he doing Houston. However, if Houston would throw in a first round pick (which wouldn’t be very good anyway) I’d pull the trigger. I know Houston was originally asking for picks, but why not improve your team now to make a run?
An even more intriguing trade (seen above) would include the Pacers sending the underutilized Granger to the Celtics. This would also get a future draft pick from each team (the next one Indy is allowed to trade) to Boston (both probably very bad picks). While the Celtics get Asik and Granger (and Grangers $14M coming off the books next season), both which could start, they’d also get two first-round picks. I don’t expect the Celtics to keep all these picks they’ve been accumulating, but they’re chips. The Rockets would get Green who could be the third best player on the Rockets, a scorer who can create his own shot (which basically only Harden can do), and even a solid ball handler. The Pacers would bring in Wallace and Bass. The Pacers are already one of the top teams in basketball but this would give them one of the best benches in basketball to go with the best starting 5 in the game. This would also give the Pacers a lot of guys they could throw at LeBron in the playoffs.
To get even less likely and more ridiculous (seen above), lets add in a 4th team. The New York Knicks. This is essentially the same deal except the Knicks would get Bass and they’d send J.R. Smith to the Pacers. I’m not sure if either team would want to add the other player, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did either. The Knicks are getting sick of Smith’s act and with the Pacers he could be a dynamic scorer from the bench. He’s a better scorer than Granger and significantly cheaper. The Knicks would get out of three years of Smith, while taking on two of Bass. Bass is a much better team player and may be a better fit in the locker room and most importantly, it gives them a grinder and inside player which they really only have with Chandler. Also, with Chandlers and Stoudemire’s injury past, they may want a big. This will also open the way for Hardaway.
Out of all these teams, who says no? Maybe the Knicks (totally depends on their feelings on Smith) , but in all other scenarios it seems fair. The Celtics get worse, add picks, get out of Wallace’s contract, and get an expiring contract. The Rockets get better, the Pacers get better. With all that said, none of these will happen (Maybe I’m totally undervaluing Asik) but I like the three team trade the best.
Is this a playoff game or week one of the regular season? Both teams looked unbelievably sloppy on their first possessions’. And Morstead getting hit in the nuts while mishandling that snap was priceless. Someone please let me know when there’s a gif of that.
These are still new thoughts with all the details not in yet but this is my initial reaction.
Jacoby is going to do great in New York for a few years. This isn’t the same as the Crawford contract because Ellsbury has proven himself in a big market. The park will be very friendly to his swing in his prime. Look for his power numbers to go up. But for how long will a guy who’s value is built mostly on speed be worth $22M? He’s 30 now. Based on my very limited and half-assed research currently 16 teams don’t even have a 37-year old on their roster (I imagine these are a year behind, but still…). At a certain point, this contract will be another albatross. Possibly soon. That’s a lot for a leadoff hitter. And let’s not get into the injury history. Some of those were complete flukes, but his durability has been questioned. For a team that wants to get under $189M the Yankees have spent a lot of money this offseason. But to me that makes me think a few things, Cano is a goner, and they’re very confident that they can get out of A-Rod’s contract (which would be the best move of this offseason). But we’ll see about the last part.
I know most people don’t care about who writes here or whatever. But after a while of non-compete clauses which eventually led to neglect, I’m now doing things that aren’t prohibiting me from writing here, I think…? Anyway, I’m going to start writing here again. Unless I don’t.
Maybe I’ll get on my staff to start posting more too. But anyway, I’m back. Sorry I wasn’t around to hand out fantasy advice too, but I’m in the playoffs in all leagues. So there’s that.
You Will Always Disagree Until It Happens to You By Leon Dugger
For good or bad everyone has a right to express their opinion, if that was not the case I wouldn’t be sitting here typing away on something I have no clue if people will read (if you do read what I write HI AND THANK YOU). The opinions people have are not always the best, and most certainly not the smartest of thoughts, but that is why it’s an opinion, the opinion belongs to them and it’s not meant for you to try and change.
Side note: If people do not agree with your opinion they will change it.
Last week Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin left the team after being fed up with being bullied by teammate Pro Bowler Richie Incognito. At first no one knew why Martin left, he just left and his agent told his coaches and Dolphins management.
His agent asked to investigate what was going on that would cause his client to take off. At first the Dolphins denied anything until evidence showed up. Richie Incognito left a voice mail in which he threatened to kill Martin and called him a “Half Nigger piece of shit”. In a stadium program given out the week of Halloween Incognito named Martin as the easiest person to scare.
Football players are viewed by many as the toughest athletes because of brutality they give and receive on a weekly basis. It’s the sport that can make a man retire early simply to protect his health in the life after football, it’s also become the sport parents are always afraid of their young children playing. You put so much time and effort into lifting weights, running sprints, trying to be the alpha dog in a sport full of alpha dogs that you would never think that someone can actually be bullied right?
There are those who understand Jonathan Martins side, and there are those who do not. There are people who have been bullied, and there are those who have not. The ones who feel like Martin should have stood up for himself are the same ones who feel like they 100% would have stood up to Incognito and not allowed him to bully him. The ones who disagree with Martin also will see this as the NFL getting “soft”, they will also be the first to tell you that if they have a simple ankle sprain they could still compete in any sport because they have more heart than the next guy.
The thing about those people is that more than likely they have never had any type of experience like what Martin is going through and have no way of even understanding. They simply see a headline like “NFL Player Claims Teammate Bullied Him” and think “wow that guy is soft”. It is one thing if you never experienced something before, but a completely different situation if you never experienced something and refuse to see the other side that includes the person who is experiencing it. I have never been bullied in my life but that doesn’t mean i am going to call an NFL player soft because he claims to have been bullied. People are so quick to judge and come up with opinions that they sometimes never even try to evaluate and process their actual thoughts before getting on a keyboard and typing away. At the end of the day Bullying is wrong, we’re so quick to wanna protect everyone from it but a Professional Athlete makes the claim and people are ready to shut the door before he can even ring the bell.
And for what it’s worth I bet anyone who thinks Jonathan Martin is soft wouldn’t agree to any amount of money to actually say it to his face.
We may have some openings in our 16 team dynasty league. It’s a 200 budgets with as many keepers as you want, it just comes out of your draft budget. If you want to take over one of the teams, message me.
Matt Harvey was always supposed to be good, just not this good. Sure, he was a first round pick, but he was only the 38th best prospect to enter the league this season. And while he was solid in AAA last year, going 7-5 with a 3.50 ERA and 9.2 K/9, nothing said he would be 4-0 with a 1.28 ERA through 7 starts, leading the league in WHIP, H/9 (at an absurd 4.0), while upping his strikeouts and cutting his walks.
But he tipped his hand last night. Against the White Sox, Harvey went 9 innings, walking none, striking out 12, and giving up one measly hit to Alex Rios before exiting with a no decision, one piece of luck away from a perfect game. However, while pitching, Harvey developed a bloody nose. Seen here:
Now, you may think it was just some dried blood vessels that decided to act up, but that’s just what the government wants you to think. No, the truth is far more sinister.
I’ve seen enough X-Files to know that a bloody nose is a sign that there is an alien chip implanted inside. Proof below:
And while everyone has been up in arms over the use of steroids in the last decade, no one has been asking about the proliferation of alien technology within the game. How else can you explain Bryce Harper’s speed, power, and defense? Or all six of Yu Darvish’s twirling pitches? They clearly are not purely products of just this Earth.
I promise you, sometime in the next three years, you will find a ballplayer with black oil eyes and we’ll have to choose. Do we sit back and enjoy his 103 mph fastball and hammer curve or do we jam a needle into the back of his neck, destroying him? Fight The Future.