The Braves and Reds made a minor deal on Sunday. The Braves sent right-handed minor league pitcher J.J. Hoover for Reds third baseman Juan Francisco. Francisco was out of options, and that likely played a role in this dealing taking place. Hoover has yet to pitch in the majors, and reached Triple-A in the middle of August. Let's take a look at the fantasy impact of this deal.
Skeptics Say: Cano is sort of the guy that you don't want on your team. That's because the top 6 are clearly ahead of him (as we'll go over in the peer comparison) and the guys that are ranked in the same neighborhood as Cano are very close to him.
Statistically, Cano does not steal bases. Obviously that's being a bit picky given how much of an elite player he is at the second base position with every other category, but stealing bases is something that many other players at the position do well. Realistically 7 out of the top 10 second basemen off the board will steal bases. Thus drafting Cano forces your hand a little when considering outfielders later in the draft.
Skeptics Say: If he's not injury proned, he's an injury risk. Even in 2010 when Cargo was the best player in all of fantasy baseball, he missed 17 games. In 2011 he missed 20 games as a result of that collision with the wall, but in 2010 he missed games as a result of several bumps and bruises (though he never needed to be placed on the DL). Perhaps it's pain tolerance or perhaps it's the way he plays the game, but in any case it's not good for the risk-averse.
Key Stats: Evan Longoria has averaged 28 home runs and 100 RBI over his first four MLB seasons. He is only going to be 26 years old this season, and if you ask most people they think he has not played his best season yet. The numbers suggest that he’s becoming a more disciplined hitter every season. In his rookie season Longoria had a strikeout rate of 24% and a walk rate of 9.1%. He has improved each of these every season to the point where his strikeout rate is down to 16.2% and his walk rate is up to 13.9%.
Skeptics Say: The first round pick is only justified if we think that that best season is coming this year. Relative to players taken before him (Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera types), Longoria’s numbers have never matched up. He has never scored more than 100 runs, stolen more than 15 bases, or hit .300 in his career. no comments
1. I have an irrational love of Brett Lawrie. It's not like restraining order irrational, but just your standard player man crush.
2. There is a similar feeling with Andrew McCutchen.
3. Lucas Duda is creeping in too.
4. I love looking at other people's fantasy teams.
5. Because I love looking at other people's fantasy teams, I have this false sense that tells me everyone else wants to look at my teams too. Mark can attest to this as I will email him a roster of my teams, or call him on the way home from work to talk baseball strategy. I'm sure he'll look at his caller ID and ignore it 75% of the time at least.
6. Aside from mocks, this is the first real auction draft I have done. I am in two ESPN public leagues that were auction as well, but I used them as more of a mock for this one since in the mocks most of the drafters are auto.
With that out of the way, we're going to dive into my roster from last nights FB365 H2H league auction draft. We had a crazy fun time and it was a challenging night for me, as we have some pretty intelligent readers. Or at least I tell myself that since they keep coming to us for info, or entertainment... or maybe I'm just an ego boost to them. Whatever the reason may be, we should have a fun and competitive year.
Standard positions with 4 OF, CI, MI and 9 pitching spots of any variety, 5 player bench and 2 DL spots. Standard $260 budget applies.
So with all the above in mind, how do I think I did?
The FB365 Roto League draft was held last night. We have 12 teams and went 26 rounds in snake format. I drew the eighth pick.
In year’s past I have promoted a 7/10 strategy, which is means that I would target my first pitcher in the seventh round and first closer in the tenth round. However, this time I wanted to try something different. For this draft, my strategy was to load up with some power and speed in rounds 1-3 or 1-4 and then lock up at least one high-end starting pitcher followed a round or two later with another high-end starter. I accomplished that goal…