The first team I am on has been a few years in the making. My buddy Diego has been playing fantasy baseball for several years and has mentioned several times that I would be good at fantasy baseball. A couple months ago, the idea of running a fantasy baseball team together came into consideration. With his knack for picking up players in their breakout/one good year (i.e. Carlos Quentin, Eric Bedard, Mark Bellhorn, etc.) and my knack for the numbers aspect of the game we pretty much decided that we have the potential to dominate Fantasy Baseball.
After corresponding over Facebook and agreeing to do the draft on Sunday, it was time to develop our strategy of who we wanted (i.e. Pujols) who we didn't want (i.e. Molina Brothers, Michael Bourn, Juan Pierre) and at that point it was time to play the waiting game. We quickly signed ourselves up for a Yahoo league and scheduled ourselves for an 11 a.m. draft.
After having some drinks the night before, sleeping a few hours and armed with some gatorade, a sick stomach and a hungover brain filled with baseball knowledge, it was go time.
We had the 2nd pick in the draft and were debating whether to take Utley or Mauer with that pick but knowing we wanted to draft Albert Pujols in the unlikely chance he wasn't picked first. For some reason, the person above us picked Hanley Ramirez and Pujols was ours. From, there things got even better as we drafted a juggernaut with so much power it should almost be illegal.
Our starting line-up:
First Base-Albert Pujols
Second Base-Jose Lopez
Third Base-Ryan Zimmerman
And if any of those players falter, we have plenty of back-up fire power if needed. We have Geovany Soto (no way he plays as bad as he does last year) J.J Hardy (another player who's poised to bounce back....and if the Twins new stadium is hitter friendly........even better....if it's abusive to hitters that's cool too as we have Kevin Slowey).
We have Adam LaRoche who is a good source for 25 homers (and was available in the second to last round......I still find it hilarious that he fell to us because the person before us drafted Juan Uribe). The only regret in the draft was picking Mike Cameron in the last round instead of Kyle Blanks. Overall, I am very happy with this team
Even with a loaded offense, we still have ourselves covered with pitching. We have Cliff Lee who is in 1) his contract year and 2) pitching at Safeco....we have Ubaldo Jiminez who is on the cusp of stardom.....Derek Lowe who was the victim of bad luck last year. We have a strong bullpen with Joakim Soria (who unlike our original choice Joe Nathan didn't get injured yesterday) and Huston Street who was still available late on probably because of his NLDS struggles.
In conclusion, I see Cheddarhead running away and winning it's fantasy league. Victory is ours.