Is It Over Yet?

Well, that was certainly an experience.

Draft day got started down in Port Charlotte, with the crew from St Petersburg heading down to meet up with Dave for a Rays/Yankees game and discuss LeBron James legacy and how he compares to Michael Jordan.

Well that’s not the reason we really went, but that did seem to be the main topic of conversation that prevailed throughout the day. Other topics brought up were draft picks, the Rays ineptitude, career choices, and whether or not the delicious cheesesteaks of Charlotte Sports Park can begin to compare to the out of body experience of the Dan Philly.  In the meantime, a hardly noticed baseball game was being played, with the Rays hitting 843 home runs against Yankees scrubs and slaughtering them 11-1. It was a fun time, and with the game flying by, before we knew it it was already time to leave.

What did not fly by was the draft itself. Dear god.

That was one of the biggest grinds I’ve ever been a part of and without question our longest draft. I was tired of drafting by round ten. I was on fumes by round fifteen. By round twenty I was nearly in tears.

I feel like it’s only fitting, for the longest draft in league history, we have the longest post in league history. Welcome to the draft recap of the 11th season of thefoulline.com fantasy baseball league!

The Rise Of Altuve

Allan once again passes on the best player in the world with the #1 pick and takes AL MVP and stud Jose Altuve. It’s kind of amazing that a 5’6 grinder can be considered one of the best players in fantasy baseball. Sometimes I think we take Altuve for granted.

Mike Trout makes his triumphant return to Rays Those Cowbells! They’ve moved the fences in at Angels stadium, he’s struck out once in Spring Training and the Angels improved the lineup around him. Trout at #2 was the steal of the draft.

The pre draft rumors were heavily focused on the wild card of the first round being the RedRays. What was he going to do? Sale? Kershaw? Harper? He ends up boring everybody and taking the best player available, Nolan Arenado. Amazing pick.

Ginger believes Trea Turner will stay healthy and makes him the choice at #4. But if he doesn’t steal 70 bases, isn’t this a bad pick? There were a lot of good players available here who are much safer.

Speaking of safety, Mike chooses production over upside and makes Paul Goldschmidt the anchor of team sportsmanMike. The concerns about the humidor are overblown.

The first pitcher comes off the board as Max Scherzer makes his way onto Dennis’ team.

Fresh with a new team name, Benni and The Betts selects Chris Sale, and Mike silently weeps in the corner.

Team Stogies seems to be having computer issues, as I heard after the draft he wanted to take Harper with this selection. It’s unfortunate, but at least Corey Kluber is a great pick and can anchor your team.

First time champion Willis grabs Clayton Kershaw at #9, and just like that all four of the top aces are gone.

Dave jumps all over Bryce Harper at #10, and I have some fun numbers for him. 393, 1, 93, 50. Those are the places in fantasy points Harper has finished over the last four seasons. But sure, pass on elite stud Mookie Betts and keep chasing the 2015 Harper dream. By all means.

Round Two

Dave quickly recovers and redeems himself by taking Manny Machado at #11. The first half last year was a fluke, he’ll be a top five player this season.

Willis steals Giancarlo Stanton right out from under the Valentino brothers noses at #12.

Computer issues remain for Dave V, but again, Charlie Blackmon is not a bad consolation prize.

Dylan won’t repeat Dave’s mistake and jumps all over Mookie Betts at #14. He should’ve been taken eight picks ago.

I breathe a sigh of relief as Dennis reaches for Aaron Judge at pick #15. I can see the light to my player!

Mike grabs World Series Champion and mortal enemy of Rays Those Cowbells, George Springer.

Ginger stuns the draft room and takes Joey Votto 17th overall. Who in the world saw this pick coming??

I’m one pick away now, and I’m sweating, trying to keep my cool. My concerns are unfounded as the RedRays grab first base stud and lineup anchor, Anthony Rizzo.

I take nine seconds to select Luis Severino at 19th overall. Only Dave knew this pick was coming. I’ve researched all the advanced metrics on him, and not only is he going to win the AL CY Young this year, he’s going to challenge for the title of best pitcher in baseball.

Allan wraps up the second round by absolutely stealing Freddie Freeman.

Is it just me, or was this easily the best two rounds we’ve ever had, in terms of player talent? I feel like there was at least 25 slam dunk elite players this year.

Round Three

I know Allan really really well, and I knew that either Carlos Correa or Francisco Lindor were being selected here. Allan prefers Correa, and I’m not exactly sure he’s wrong. 2018 AL MVP?

I want Jacob DeGrom with this pick. I really really want Jacob DeGrom with this pick. I swerve and take Francisco Lindor with this pick. So much for the best laid plans?

The RedRays take Stephen Strasburg at 23rd overall. I wouldn’t have taken this bum at 123rd overall.

Kris Bryant at 24th overall? See what I was talking about, how stacked the early rounds are? Ginger gets a mega steal here.

Mikes takes mega star Jose Ramirez at 25th overall, and chatter throughout the St Pete war room is about what an amazing pick this is.

Dennis gets another Yankee as the pick is Gary Sanchez, and the first catcher is off the board.

Dylan jumps on Andrew Benintendi at #27, and I’m curious, is his team name Beni and The Betts because he was planning on drafting them? Or was he planning on drafting them because his team name is Beni and The Betts?

Dave V grabs one of my man crush’s and takes Noah Syndergaard. He could win the CY Young. Or he could only make eight starts. This is the ultimate boom or bust pick.

Willis takes new Red Sox JD Martinez, and his OF might combine for 100 home runs this season.

Dave finishes off round three by taking young Dodgers stud Cody Bellinger, and I was pleasantly surprised to see Dave stick him into his OF and take full advantage of his position flexibility.

Round Four

Dave roasted Mike to no end all of last year, and yesterday at the ballpark, for trading for Justin Verlander. Dave then takes Justin Verlander.

Somehow every year, one way or another, Willis ends up with Carlos Carrasco. This year is no different and “Cookie” is the pick at #32.

There’s probably a lot to like about Brian Dozier, I just can never seem to get behind him. Team Stogies doesn’t have that issue and chooses him as his second base anchor.

Dylan takes Josh Donaldson at #34 overall, and it’s a great pick. I gotta admit, I completely forgot about him.

Dennis takes the Cubs new shiny toy, Yu Darvish, and now has a Scherzer and Darvish combo to lead his rotation.

Mike doesn’t hesitate and takes Corey Seager to be his SS. Warm fuzzy feelings and thoughts of a dramatic grand slam start rushing back to my head.

It’s hard to doubt Ginger, but Christian Yelich at #37 overall was easily the worst pick of the first four rounds. In my opinion.

Kenley Jansen goes to the RedRays, and I may have to go into thefoulline.com archives for this one, but I’m pretty sure he takes the first closer every single season.

I’m literally laughing out loud as Jacob DeGrom makes it all the way back to me. Having Severino and DeGrom, and Lindor as well, was a scenario I never imagined was even possible.

Allan loves his young players. This year is no different and Phillies young stud Rhys Hoskins joins team Believe The Hype.

This was the best first four rounds we’ve ever had. The players were elite, and the owners seemed locked in and there was very few silly choices made.

Round Five

Allan loves him some Marcell Ozuna. I knew one way or another he’d end up with him. It’s a good pick.

My Aaron Nola love might be the worst kept secret in the league, and it’s enough for me to take him more than 30 picks before his ADP.

The RedRays hop all over Alex Bregman in a mere seven seconds, and it’s a home run pick. I think everyone in the league wanted this guy.

The humidor at Chase Field can work the opposite effect as well, and Ginger think Robbie Ray will be even better than the year before.

Mike finally takes Dallas Keuchel and grabs his first pitcher. All five of Mike’s picks were from playoff teams the year before. Mike wants winners.

Dennis selects Jose Abreu, and has now gone two straight rounds without selecting a Yankee. Surprise!

One of these years Carlos Martinez is going to completely put it all together and win the NL CY Young. Dylan thinks it might be this year and grabs a second pitcher to team with Chris Sale.

Team Stogies chooses Buster Posey, and am I crazy for thinking that this is the 13th year in a row that Posey is selected in the first five rounds? He’s had an unbelievable career.

Willis grabs Edwin Encarnacion, and fun fact, he’s the only player in MLB to have 30 home runs for six consecutive seasons. Consistency matters.

Dave wants Anthony Rendon to be his third baseman, even though he already drafted one in the second round. Oops.

Rounds 6-10: Where Championships Are Won

Believe The Hype: Jake Lamb, Ronald Acuna, Lucas Giolito, Jose Berrios, Yoenis Cespedes

I’m glad Allan ended this run with Cespedes, because I was convinced that he was purely selecting players who aren’t old enough to drink. Was there any doubt at all who was going to be the one to select Acuna? I had him targeted, but knew there was no way I’d ever be able to steal him away from Allan. Obviously, whether or not Allan has a successful season, and whether or not these run of picks are good, all depends on how many of these young players pan out. Nobody has better stuff than Berrios and Giolito, but they’re young arms and young arms are always a big gamble. I’m not a big Jake Lamb fan, he doesn’t hit lefties well and could sit against some of them, but Allan seemed pretty confident with that pick and made it quickly. There’s a lot of potential here, and a lot of risk. This is a typical Allan run of picks.

Rays Those Cowbells: Willson Contreras, James Paxton, Miguel Cabrera, Justin Turner, Madison Bumgarner

Wow. Money, Money, Money, Money and more money. Five All Stars, all in the middle rounds. Contreras is going to breakout and become the best catcher in baseball, and hits cleanup for an elite team. James Paxton is a huge injury risk, but when he’s on the mound he’s elite and one of the six or seven best arms in baseball, and since he’s my fourth starter I don’t have to count on him to carry my staff. Miggy is hitting over .350 this spring and says he feels good. For some of the season, he’s going to give me elite production at first base. Justin Turner and Madison Bumgarner are both hurt and will need to be stashed for awhile, but fantasy baseball is a marathon, not a sprint. When they return, I have two of the top five players at their positions. This run of picks was like something out of a dream, and might’ve won me the championship.

RedRays: Alex Wood, Justin Upton, Starling Marte, Kyle Hendricks, Cole Hamels

Solid. This is a solid run of veteran players. Alex Wood is one of my favorite players in baseball and I tried to trade for him multiple times from Dave last year. Justin Upton now gets to hit behind Mike Trout, and in a full season Starling Marte should make a run at 40 stolen bases. Hendricks and Hamels are solid pitchers who gobble up quality innings and help carry a pitching staff. These are the type of runs that aren’t special or flashy, but put teams in the playoffs every year. The RedRays had a down season last year, and this is a good start to returning to form.

Love Boat Captains: Chris Archer, Zack Godley, Whit Merrfield, Andrew McCutchen, Johnny Cueto

If anyone in the league was going to take Whit Merrfield, I knew it was going to be Ginger. He’s a great player who is being overlooked, the perfect kind of player that the LBCs pounce all over. Zack Godley is going to ball out this year. He’s one of my favorite pitchers and was a heavy RTC target. I can’t say the same about Chris Archer, I think he absolutely sucks. But he will strike out 225 guys and that has value in H2H leagues. I’m not big fans of McCutchen and Cueto anymore, but both are good bounce back candidates and are good value in round nine and ten. Ginger knows what she’s doing.

sportsmanMike: Zack Greinke, Rick Porcello, AJ Pollock, Miguel Sano, Dylan Bundy

Nobody seemed to want Zack Greinke. I’m not a big fan, at all, but he fell a little too far this year and was good value in round six. But then unfortunately, it happened. Mike barfs all over his keyboard and takes Rick Porcello in round seven. This was easily the worst pick of the draft. He absolutely sucks, and Mike could’ve probably gotten him in round thirteen. I have absolutely no idea what he was thinking here. He recovers a bit and finishes this run of picks with AJ Pollock, Miguel Sano and Dylan Bundy, three solid players who can help this team win some games. In fact, I may try and trade for AJ Pollock before this post even goes up. Stand by.

The October Boys: Sonny Gray, Rafael Devers, Didi Gregorius, Dee Gordon, Eddie Rosario

More Yankees! Dennis takes Sonny Gray and Didi Gregorius in this run of picks, and took four Yankees in his first seven picks. His love of all things Yankees are becoming some of the most predictable stuff on draft day. In his non Yankee news, Rafael Devers can be one of the most fun picks of the draft. He’s got crazy potential and could emerge as a top five third baseman as soon as this year. Dee Gordon bores me to tears, but he’s got a new change of scenery and should still steal some bases at the minimum. Eddie Rosario was another big target of mine and is going to be a top 15 OF this year. He’s got a lot of potential. This is a good run of picks, and Dennis mixed youth and veterans well.

Beni and the Betts: Tommy Pham, Gio Gonzalez, Xander Bogaerts, Trevor Bauer, Khris Davis

I’m so upset with Dylan. Tommy Pham should’ve been on my team! He’s one of my absolute favorites this year, and I think he may even be a sleeper NL MVP candidate. The rest of this run of picks are a nice mix of production and upside. Gio Gonzalez and Khris Davis are solid veterans where you know what you’re going to get, and Trevor Bauer and Xander Bogaerts are good young players who could take that next step forward at any time and breakout into true superstars. This was a really great run of picks and Dylan has almost reached his goal of drafting every single relevant Red Sox player.

Stogies: Jean Segura, Craig Kimbrel, Travis Shaw, Aaron Sanchez, Ryan Braun

I know team Stogies had a good run here based on the reactions of my fellow war room drafters. When Craig Kimbrel was picked, Mike uttered a rather awful obscenity under his breath, and when Travis Shaw came off the board, Allan loudly exclaimed “he took Travis Shaw?!”. Even I myself would’ve been pretty upset with his Aaron Sanchez selection if I wasn’t so naturally calm and composed. Like Tommy Pham, Sanchez was a heavy RTC target and somebody I wanted for myself. Add in solid contributions from Braun and Segura, and clearly you have a run of picks that made the other league members bitter and upset. Great job.

WillisBeTheYear: Elvin Andrus, David Price, Daniel Murphy, Aroldis Chapman, Jon Lester

Whoa! Does the champion want to go back to back or what? This is a really great run of picks. I’m not huge fans of Andrus or Price, but that’s more a personal bias then any real baseball reason. If healthy, they’re two good players who will add a lot of this team. Daniel Murphy is money in the bank when he gets over his minor injury, and Aroldis Chapman is going to rack up a ton of saves playing for an elite team. Watching Jon Lester tumble down the boards was one of the most fascinating developments of the entire draft. He went about 30 picks too late. This was a really really good run of picks for Willis and probably puts him back into the playoffs, ready to defend his championship.

Yankeehaters: Jose Quintana, Jonathan Schoop, Masahiro Tanaka, Gerrit Cole, Lance McCullers

Dave is gonna be amused with this, but I’m not a fan of this run of picks. At all. I think Quintana is as solid as it gets and moves over to a good team, but he’s boring and what you see is what you get. There was a lot of players with a lot more upside available at that spot. All of the advanced metrics point to a regression from Schoop, and Tanaka and Cole are two of my least favorite pitchers in all of MLB and weren’t even on my board. I do like some Lance McCullers, but he’s injury prone like crazy and is going to be hard to count on when the other pitchers Dave drafted start to stink it up. Dave will make adjustments, and probably trade his way into the final four, but I really wasn’t too impressed with his draft. A real surprise.

Picks I Really Love, Rounds 11-21

Round 11: Matt Carpenter by RTC. Health permitting, he’s going to finish as a top 20 overall player. Book it. Jake Arrieta by Willis. Did everyone forget about him like the free agency market did? He’s still a good player.

Round 12: Luis Castillo by LBC. She does it once every year. Steals a player I was going to take with my very next pick. Chase Anderson by RedRays. He’s boarderline elite. Seriously, check the metrics. Michael Fulmer by BTH. Elite stuff. He’ll take a step forward.

Round 13: Luke Weaver by RTC. Elite young arm. He’s going to breakout this season. Rich Hill by Stogies. Yes, he’s gonna get hurt. But he’s gonna be a boarderline ace in the innings he actually pitches.

Round 14: Garrett Richards by YH. I was gonna take him this round. I absolutely love me some Garrett Richards, just stay healthy! Felipe Rivero by LBC. I feel shame. I completely forgot about him. He can be a top three closer.

Round 15: Ender Inciarte by Willis. Underrated player. Does nothing but hit, the perfect 3rd OF type.

Round 16: Steven Matz by Stogies. Just stay healthy….. Just stay healthy…. Just stay healthy…..

Round 17: This round kinda sucked. I don’t think anyone did well.

Round 18: Kyle Schwarber by BTH. Lost a bunch of weight and still has crazy talent. He can’t be as bad as last year.

Round 19: Michael Conforto by SM. One of my favorite players in MLB. I’ll probably try and trade for him when he gets healthy.

Round 20: Yoan Moncada by BTH. Why exactly was he still on the board?

Round 21: I think everybody was asleep at this point.

Picks I Really Hate, Rounds 11-21

Round 11: Yasiel Puig by TOB. At what point do we just give up on this guy?

Round 12: Luis Castillo by LBC. Again, love the player. I just hate the fact that she picked him! Shohei Ohtani by Willis. This guy absolutely sucks. At least for now.

Round 13: Everyone picked a good player here. Good job!

Round 14: Danny Salazar by SM. Give it up already Mike, Salazar isn’t gonna happen like we thought it would.

Round 15: Joc Pederson by TOB. Isn’t he a part time player?

Round 16: Felix Hernandez by SM. It’s not 2012 anymore. Felix in finished. I learned the hard way last year.

Round 17: Adam Jones by RTC. He bores me, but I didn’t have a whole lot of choices in my OF.

Round 18: Kevin Gausman by YH. This guy really sucks and for some reason people always think he doesn’t.

Round 19: A solid round. Everyone is hanging in there.

Round 20: Ozzie Albies by BATB. Only because Dylan as five reserve hitters on his bench and no pitchers.

Round 21: Adrian Beltre by YH. Apparently, Dave is going for a new strategy this year where he drafts six people to play third base.

If anyone is still reading at this point, I want to go on record, as I do every year, asking people to please not get too offended if I made some disparaging remarks on some of your draft picks. This entire recap is just one mans opinion, and I’m sure most of you think my draft went horribly and I’m destined for the basement. It’s just how these things go. But if you do still care, it’s time for my final four!

The Final Four

Rays Those Cowbells

WillisBeTheYear

Love Boat Captains

Believe The Hype

 

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone! I want to conclude by saying this is the best fantasy baseball league in the world, and I look forward to making a lot of new memories with everyone this year. Memories like these.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Responses to “Is It Over Yet?”

  1. Foulline Dave Says:

    Thanks Dan for writing up the recap. I personally know how time consuming it is, since I’ve spent several years writing it.. the difference between the fantasy recaps I wrote , and the recap Dan wrote, is apparently the amount of psychotropic drugs that Young Dan clearly ingested prior to settling down to his keyboard. There are so many things I found ridiculous in this recap, I’d need 5 hours and 6000 words debunking Dan’s nonsense.
    I really wonder what Dan’s strategy is going into the drafts. My theory is that he stops by the nearest CVS, walks to the magazine rack, and whoever is on the cover of the fantasy baseball magazines become Dan’s “Elite Team”. He doesn’t take the time to open the magazine and see what’s in the inside. It’s adorable.
    I would be upset with the yearly tradition of Dan shitting all over my draft, but I don’t get too worked up over a fantasy “expert” that doesn’t even have a winning record over the last 5 fantasy seasons.
    Side note: I realize that I drafted a 3B in rounds 2 & 4. Hence Machado at 3B, and Rendon at this new position we have in the league, called the Utility spot. It would suck to have end up putting someone like Matt Carpenter at the U spot. Here’s what I know… Dan always hates my drafts, the sun will rise tomorrow, Jordan is better than
    LeBron, and the yankeehaters will be in the playoffs once again.
    Book it!
    Playoff predictions:
    Love Boat Captains
    Willisbetheyear
    RedRays
    YankeeHaters

  2. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Dave

    Thanks for reading! Obviously, I disagree with a few of your remarks. I’ll address those now.

    I don’t “shit” all over your draft every year. In fact, I gave you plenty of praise last year and even picked you to be one of the final four teams. You can check the records on this if you so wish.

    I didn’t like your draft because it wasn’t very good. Period. It looked like you let your 15 year old son who doesn’t even watch baseball pick your team. Your ace is 34, your pitchers are injury prone and inconsistent, and your first round pick has averaged a grand total of 116 games over the past 4 four seasons. Don’t get upset with me because you took a crap on your keyboard last night. I expect better from you.

    Yes, I’m well aware what a utility hitter is. I just wouldn’t take a utility hitter in the fourth round, or wherever you picked him. You are aware that “utility” means you can stick ANY hitter in that spot right? Maybe that pick would’ve been better suited to fill another need? As opposed to picking a utility hitter and a backup 3rd baseman in a premium draft spot.

    On the flip side, I’ll make a little wager with you that Matt Carpenter finishes with more fantasy points than Anthony Rendon anyway. I’ll let you decide the stakes.

    You have a good track record Dave, and I’m sure you’ll make changes to compete this year.

    But you better get busy. Cause whoa boy.

    Dan “I saw every single one of Dave’s pitchers on a “do not draft” list in one of those magazines he thinks I live by” Mckewen

  3. Foul line Dave Says:

    I’ll take that wager… fun fact, Rendon was the #4 3b last year, and had more fantasy points than Mike Trout last year.( obviously in more games- Trout doesnt know how to slide apparently)
    Also, Rendon is my 3b once machado gets his SS eligibility.
    You were serious about Carpenter?? I thought you were doing that as a joke. Also, I literally just had to google who Eugenio Suarez is. Maybe that’s because of 78% ownership? Anywho… I have an extra 3B if you need one.

  4. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Do you have an extra 3rd baseman Dave? I’m always looking to improve my team!

  5. Dylan Says:

    I had plans on taking Blackmon when i took betts. It was a fluke I grabbed mookie and once I had half of the best team name I had to overpay on beni to see the name through. I’m a gm that’s more worried about filling the stands and selling merch than about winning games, but maybe it’s a formula that works.

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