Ace In The Hole

Playing in thefoulline.com fantasy baseball league for as long as I have, I’ve obviously been able to pick up on some owner trends over the years and how they approach their draft.

Ginger will load up on elite bats in the early rounds and hope to grab a few diamond in the rough pitchers later. Dave will mostly emulate the same plan, Allan will use the exact opposite of whatever strategy he used the year prior, and Dennis will load up on every single Yankees player he can get his hands on. Everyone has their tendencies and most tend to stick to them.

You might have to ask Dave or Allan what the book is on me, but I definitely had a plan heading into this season. It took me 25 minutes or so to formulate my entire draft strategy for the 2019 season. I was getting elite pitching, and then I was going to draft more elite pitching. Then when that was done, I might take an elite pitcher or two.

In my opinion, the opener is going to take over Major League Baseball, and the days of the 200 inning workhorse are numbered. The truly elite aces are going to separate themselves from the rest of the pack, and having those dominate pitchers are going to be the difference between winning and losing. I was locked and loaded on my plan, and wasn’t going to deviate from it no matter what.

So naturally, I drafted Max Scherzer and Chris Sale in the first two rounds, and both of them lost on Opening Day. So much for the best laid plans right?

Opening Day quick hits:

-This was the best draft we ever had. Everyone had a plan and seemed to be happy with their picks, and unlike previous years, it didn’t seem to just drag on for all eternity.

-I was stunned that I seemed to be the only person prioritizing pitching, as only two pitchers went in the first 15 picks. I thought as many as 10 pitchers could’ve gone in the first two rounds.

-My desire for Max Scherzer was the worst kept secret of the draft, and Dylan changing his team name to “Max Headroom” before the draft only to take Mookie Betts was a master class in trolling.

-I hate to say it, but I’m starting to get this nagging feeling that Francisco Lindor might end up being the bust of the year.

-The RedRays have EASILY the best OF in the league. Yelich, Springer and Acuna? Yeesh.

-I absolutely LOVED the Yankeehaters first four picks.

-I said Javier Baez would be the bust of the year. He proceeded to mash two dongs today.

-Mike is starting Jurickson Profar at first base. That makes me sad.

-Jameson Taillon in round 11 by team Stogies might’ve been the steal of the draft.

-Or was it Corey Seager by Rays Those Cowbells in the same round?

-Maybe I’m crazy, but is first base the weakest position in fantasy this year? Try to convince me otherwise.

-The Chris Archer trade is the gift that keeps on giving.

-Apparently Dave was mildly upset that I picked Zack Wheeler in round six. I was really sorry to hear that.

-Allan needs an intervention for his Carlos Correa love. And it’s not really doing you any good.

-I heard a rumor that Ginger was absolutely sick about selecting Stephen Strasburg and regretted it almost immediately. My respect for her grows even more.

-Dylan drafted Tommy Pham. If he had followed through on taking Max Scherzer, he might’ve been my mortal enemy this year.

-Speaking of Dylan, I absolutely LOVE the name “Lou Brown”. Simple, yet outstanding. In a league where nobody else changes their team name, Dylan keeps it fresh year after year and I can respect that.

-Andrew McCutchen was one of my favorite players to draft this year. He’ll score 130 runs atop that Phillies juggernaut.

-Dennis taking Kris Bryant in round five is going to end up being a sensational pick.

-I took him about 50 picks before his ADP, but I absolutely had to have Yu Darvish this year. He’s throwing 97 MPH in spring training and plays for an elite team.

-How did Willis get JD Martinez with the ninth overall pick?

-This may be hyperbole a bit….. but I think Luke Voit could hit 40 home runs.

-I think I had the best draft I’ve ever had…. by far.

-And looking at the matchups…. I think I may start 0-2.

So who wants to make a trade?

Thanks for reading, and good luck in Week one!


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