Before the preparations begin for 2018 fantasy baseball drafts, I wanted to post up what I feel was my "best" fantasy team last season.
This team is an NFBC (National Baseball Championship), 12-team, $150 Satellite league. It's $150 to play, and pays out the top three placers. I placed second, and won $375.
Looking back at how the season shook out, players drafted in the single digit rounds were risky.
End Of Season Team
I tried my best to draft a well-balanced team, and being able to draft in the middle of each round helped me with that. In a more casual league, I'm not as careful when it comes to balance, but I felt like I couldn't take the risk in a league like this.
I'm not surprised that I had more points in pitching categories than offensive categories. One thing that's usually my weak point are stolen bases. I don't draft for stolen bases, because many players who you would target for SBs are one category players.
Being in second in saves was surprising, but I really tried to keep on the pulse of closers to pick up before they emerge as closers that need to be on rosters. This included Felipe Rivero and Arodys Vizcaino.
Home runs and RBIs were light, and I will need to draft for more power for the upcoming season. Even though there has been a surge in power in the last two seasons, drafting pitchers early takes away from dependable hitters.
Overall, playing in a league like this was a great experience and I know I can do better this season. I'm trying to cut down on the total number of leagues that I participate in, so I can focus more on my NFBC teams. I've been playing fantasy baseball for a while, and it has turned into something that's more than just hobby - but not quite a job. There's so much time and effort put into preparation for drafts, research during the season, in-season managing, FAAB, etc., that I can't spread myself too thin and play in leagues where there's little to no payoff. Last season I took the leap to playing high stakes, and it's all about building on that from now on.