When you get a chance to play in a fantasy league with some of the best, you jump at the chance. Then the realization sets in that you have a spot in the league that so many others would love it have, and you can't screw it up! I am eternally grateful for the opportunity. Results aren't always a testament to your success. What has made me better over the years is the lessons learned and more so when I'm not near the top. The competitor in me wants another shot at doing this again and putting together a better team.
Congratulations to David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), who won first place! Tristan H. Cockcroft (@SultanofStat) did great too, with his team finishing in third.
The highest-placing listener goes to Brad Altman (@brad_altman) in second place. Very impressive! As mentioned many times on the Fantasy Focus Baseball Podcast, Brad made over 300 moves throughout the season; 337 to be exact, as you can see below.
For a 20-team, weekly league, I was surprised to see all of the adds/drops, and trades. I thought there wouldn't be as many moves to make with the free agent pool being so thin. There were always transactions going on and you really needed to be tuned into what was happening to take advantage of any drops to add to your team.
As you can see, my team landed at 13th place. Considering how injury-prone my team was, along with not accepting some trades that I should have, it could've been worse. I was last in OBP and pretty low on strikeouts. Improving on those two categories could bump me up a few spots. A category that I was surprisingly high in was quality starts. One bright spot in my rotation was the pick-up of Miguel Gonzalez. Yeah, you read that right. I had him before he went on the DL and kept him during that time, and he performed well after. An early drop that I made early on that I shouldn't have made at the time was Zach Davies. Offensively, I dropped Asdrubal Cabrera when he went on the DL which was another mistake as well.
Great job to all the teams! It wasn't easy and there was a lot of effort put in just to hang in there. Last but not least, thank you to Eric Karabell (@karabellespn) for putting the league together. I'm looking forward to the 30-team league next season!