Gonos 30-For-30 League Draft Recap


After receiving some great responses from the 30-For-30 series at davidgonos.com from readers, and writers alike it was decided to form the Gonos 30-for-30 league. It would be be filled with 12 contributors to the series, including myself representing the site. It is a Rotisserie League which is 5×5 with standard scoring (Average, HR, RBI, Runs, Stolen Bases, ERA, K’s, WHIP, W, Saves). Thanks to CBS Fantasy Sports for hosting the site, and leading to a smooth draft. Be sure to look in to cbssports.com for all your Fantasy Sports needs.

Invites were sent out out, and the speed of replies, and excitement to be a part of this was astounding. I have been in several different leagues over the years, and it seems to be the leagues that haven’t changed which take the longest to fill. Nagging emails are sent, fees are never paid on-time, or whatever the issue may be.

This was vastly different. I sent an email to the 20-plus contributors who may have been interested and received “YES” responses from 10 owners in 15 minutes! Unbelievable. The league filled overwhelmingly, and what resulted was a great draft, a league filled with talented Fantasy Contributors, knowledgeable owners, and an inaugural league that should provide fodder, trash-talk on Twitter, and most importantly a tool our readers can utilize as well.

Let’s start with the help and incorporate this in to the draft strategy serie. I know most of you have already drafted, or done several mock drafts already as well, but maybe not paid attention to other owners picks as much, or thought a certain player went too late, or too early.

I like to utilize Mock drafts, but not rely on them. I also, prefer to look at drafts from “REAL” leagues. Leagues where something is on the line. Don’t get me wrong, Mock Drafts are important, and a great tool, but owners admittedly test strategies, take risks, or even muck them up intentionally for reaction.  So, although I will do them and use them, I prefer to look at played out league results for my draft prep. If you want to do a Mock Draft of your own now try  Mock Draft Simulator.

In case you haven’t drafted yet, or even if you have, feel free to use the results below. Make note of when your targets are getting taken, or some of the late round flyers that went in our draft and consider them yourselves. Stay tuned for more updates from the league in the future as well. Feel free to follow along with us this season as well http://gonos30for30.baseball.cbssports.com

I also asked for the owners to provide some recaps if they felt inclined so I wrapped up the Draft Summary with those. Enjoy!!!

The Draft

Draft Results
Round 1
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Trout, Mike CF LAA ",
2,Bretsky Ballers,"Cabrera, Miguel 3B DET",17 sec
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"McCutchen, Andrew CF PIT ",10 sec
4,Heisenberg,"Goldschmidt, Paul 1B ARI",28 sec
5,Schoon Dogs,"Cano, Robinson 2B SEA ",6 sec
6,Roto Rankers,"Gonzalez, Carlos LF COL",46 sec
7,The Chill Ponies,"Ramirez, Hanley SS LAD",3 min 40 sec
8,@stevesfantasyad,"Braun, Ryan LF MIL ",5 sec
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Beltre, Adrian 3B TEX ",22 sec
10,Starks of Winterfell,"Davis, Chris 1B BAL",16 sec
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Kershaw, Clayton SP LAD ",40 sec
12,Fantasy Black Book,"Stanton, Giancarlo RF MIA",1 min 9 sec
Round 2
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Fantasy Black Book,"Jones, Adam CF BAL",57 sec
2,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Gomez, Carlos CF MIL ",50 sec
3,Starks of Winterfell,"Tulowitzki, Troy SS COL ",18 sec
4,Davo's Dodgers,"Ellsbury, Jacoby CF NYY ",31 sec
5,@stevesfantasyad,"Wright, David 3B NYM",33 sec
6,The Chill Ponies,"Fielder, Prince 1B TEX",16 sec
7,Roto Rankers,"Harper, Bryce LF WAS ",1 min 2 sec
8,Schoon Dogs,"Votto, Joey 1B CIN",1 min 11 sec
9,Heisenberg,"Darvish, Yu SP TEX ",56 sec
10,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Longoria, Evan 3B TB",13 sec
11,Bretsky Ballers,"Encarnacion, Edwin 1B TOR ",37 sec
12,Roto Analysis,"Rios, Alex RF TEX ",49 sec
Round 3
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Scherzer, Max SP DET ",47 sec
2,Bretsky Ballers,"Desmond, Ian SS WAS ",25 sec
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Bautista, Jose RF TOR",1 min 8 sec
4,Heisenberg,"Fernandez, Jose SP MIA ",1 min 6 sec
5,Schoon Dogs,"Wainwright, Adam SP STL ",18 sec
6,Roto Rankers,"Kipnis, Jason 2B CLE ",12 sec
7,The Chill Ponies,"Upton, Justin RF ATL",8 sec
8,@stevesfantasyad,"Verlander, Justin SP DET ",1 min 3 sec
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Pence, Hunter RF SF",23 sec
10,Starks of Winterfell,"Puig, Yasiel RF LAD",23 sec
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Lee, Cliff SP PHI ",33 sec
12,Fantasy Black Book,"Pedroia, Dustin 2B BOS ",1 min 6 sec
Round 4
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Fantasy Black Book,"Andrus, Elvis SS TEX ",59 sec
2,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Freeman, Freddie 1B ATL ",1 min 14 sec
3,Starks of Winterfell,"Bruce, Jay RF CIN",8 sec
4,Davo's Dodgers,"Ortiz, David DH BOS",42 sec
5,@stevesfantasyad,"Hosmer, Eric 1B KC",26 sec
6,The Chill Ponies,"Hernandez, Felix SP SEA ",14 sec
7,Roto Rankers,"Strasburg, Stephen SP WAS ",6 sec
8,Schoon Dogs,"Choo, Shin-Soo CF TEX ",5 sec
9,Heisenberg,"Trumbo, Mark 1B ARI",1 min 9 sec
10,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Reyes, Jose SS TOR",9 sec
11,Bretsky Ballers,"Pujols, Albert 1B LAA ",60 sec
12,Roto Analysis,"Sale, Chris SP CHW ",13 sec
Round 5
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Heyward, Jason RF ATL ",45 sec
2,Bretsky Ballers,"Gonzalez, Adrian 1B LAD ",56 sec
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Bumgarner, Madison SP SF ",9 sec
4,Heisenberg,"Posey, Buster C SF ",1 min 10 sec
5,Schoon Dogs,"Kemp, Matt CF LAD ",9 sec
6,Roto Rankers,"Kimbrel, Craig RP ATL",32 sec
7,The Chill Ponies,"Carpenter, Matt 2B STL",12 sec
8,@stevesfantasyad,"Price, David SP TB ",34 sec
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Holliday, Matt LF STL ",29 sec
10,Starks of Winterfell,"Sanchez, Anibal SP DET ",43 sec
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Segura, Jean SS MIL ",58 sec
12,Fantasy Black Book,"Chapman, Aroldis RP CIN",37 sec
Round 6
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Fantasy Black Book,"Jansen, Kenley RP LAD",1 min 4 sec
2,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Brown, Domonic LF PHI ",10 sec
3,Starks of Winterfell,"Marte, Starling CF PIT",11 sec
4,Davo's Dodgers,"Craig, Allen 1B STL ",34 sec
5,@stevesfantasyad,"Werth, Jayson RF WAS",56 sec
6,The Chill Ponies,"Myers, Wil RF TB ",12 sec
7,Roto Rankers,"Greinke, Zack SP LAD ",40 sec
8,Schoon Dogs,"Cabrera, Everth SS SD ",5 sec
9,Heisenberg,"Rosenthal, Trevor RP STL ",10 sec
10,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Santana, Carlos C CLE",14 sec
11,Bretsky Ballers,"*Miller, Shelby SP STL ",1 min 16 sec
12,Roto Analysis,"Cespedes, Yoenis LF OAK ",28 sec
Round 7
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Gyorko, Jedd 2B SD ",2 sec
2,Bretsky Ballers,"*Cole, Gerrit SP PIT ",0 sec
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Holland, Greg RP KC",22 sec
4,Heisenberg,"Altuve, Jose 2B HOU",47 sec
5,Schoon Dogs,"Hamilton, Josh RF LAA ",10 sec
6,Roto Rankers,"Hamilton, Billy CF CIN ",9 sec
7,The Chill Ponies,"Zimmermann, Jordan SP WAS ",12 sec
8,@stevesfantasyad,"Shields, James SP KC ",7 sec
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Kinsler, Ian 2B DET",38 sec
10,Starks of Winterfell,"Minor, Mike SP ATL ",26 sec
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Donaldson, Josh 3B OAK ",15 sec
12,Fantasy Black Book,"Lucroy, Jonathan C MIL",1 min 7 sec
Round 8
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Fantasy Black Book,"Teheran, Julio SP ATL ",40 sec
2,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Mauer, Joe C MIN",28 sec
3,Starks of Winterfell,"Perkins, Glen RP MIN ",21 sec
4,Davo's Dodgers,"Rosario, Wilin C COL",29 sec
5,@stevesfantasyad,"Castro, Starlin SS CHC ",1 min 9 sec
6,The Chill Ponies,"Cain, Matt SP SF ",36 sec
7,Roto Rankers,"Zimmerman, Ryan 3B WAS ",42 sec
8,Schoon Dogs,"Bailey, Homer SP CIN ",45 sec
9,Heisenberg,"Wacha, Michael SP STL ",1 min 3 sec
10,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Gordon, Alex LF KC",26 sec
11,Bretsky Ballers,"Hill, Aaron 2B ARI ",1 min 4 sec
12,Roto Analysis,"Uehara, Koji RP BOS",9 sec
Round 9
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Latos, Mat SP CIN ",16 sec
2,Bretsky Ballers,"Jackson, Austin CF DET ",23 sec
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Seager, Kyle 3B SEA ",1 min 1 sec
4,Heisenberg,"Nathan, Joe RP DET",1 min 6 sec
5,Schoon Dogs,"Gonzalez, Gio SP WAS ",7 sec
6,Roto Rankers,"McCann, Brian C NYY",44 sec
7,The Chill Ponies,"Beltran, Carlos RF NYY",7 sec
8,@stevesfantasyad,"Victorino, Shane RF BOS ",1 min 4 sec
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Hamels, Cole SP PHI ",42 sec
10,Starks of Winterfell,"Alvarez, Pedro 3B PIT ",7 sec
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Molina, Yadier C STL",16 sec
12,Fantasy Black Book,"Adams, Matt 1B STL ",1 min 5 sec
Round 10
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Fantasy Black Book,"Cingrani, Tony SP CIN ",1 min 3 sec
2,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Abreu, Jose 1B CHW ",26 sec
3,Starks of Winterfell,"Rizzo, Anthony 1B CHC ",19 sec
4,Davo's Dodgers,"Iwakuma, Hisashi SP SEA ",39 sec
5,@stevesfantasyad,"Perez, Salvador C KC ",11 sec
6,The Chill Ponies,"Salazar, Danny SP CLE ",27 sec
7,Roto Rankers,"Zobrist, Ben 2B TB ",29 sec
8,Schoon Dogs,"Cobb, Alex SP TB ",11 sec
9,Heisenberg,"Tanaka, Masahiro SP NYY ",36 sec
10,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Gray, Sonny SP OAK ",21 sec
11,Bretsky Ballers,"Prado, Martin 3B ARI ",14 sec
12,Roto Analysis,"Ramos, Wilson C WAS ",18 sec
Round 11
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Belt, Brandon 1B SF ",48 sec
2,Bretsky Ballers,"Jennings, Desmond CF TB ",25 sec
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"*Soriano, Alfonso LF NYY ",1 min 16 sec
4,Heisenberg,"Venable, Will RF SD",58 sec
5,Schoon Dogs,"Romo, Sergio RP SF",14 sec
6,Roto Rankers,"Samardzija, Jeff SP CHC ",1 min 12 sec
7,The Chill Ponies,"Robertson, David RP NYY ",10 sec
8,@stevesfantasyad,"Butler, Billy DH KC",44 sec
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Wilson, C.J. SP LAA ",5 sec
10,Starks of Winterfell,"Martin, Leonys OF TEX",1 min 8 sec
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Moore, Matt SP TB ",15 sec
12,Fantasy Black Book,"Sandoval, Pablo 3B SF",1 min 7 sec
Round 12
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Fantasy Black Book,"Frieri, Ernesto RP LAA ",1 min 4 sec
2,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Granderson, Curtis CF NYM",3 sec
3,Starks of Winterfell,"Bogaerts, Xander 3B BOS ",49 sec
4,Davo's Dodgers,"Dickey, R.A. SP TOR",8 sec
5,@stevesfantasyad,"Fister, Doug SP WAS ",60 sec
6,The Chill Ponies,"Grilli, Jason RP PIT",5 sec
7,Roto Rankers,"Napoli, Mike 1B BOS",9 sec
8,Schoon Dogs,"Wieters, Matt C BAL ",1 min 1 sec
9,Heisenberg,"Cruz, Nelson RF BAL ",8 sec
10,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Machado, Manny 3B BAL ",19 sec
11,Bretsky Ballers,"Cueto, Johnny SP CIN ",23 sec
12,Roto Analysis,"Moss, Brandon 1B OAK",11 sec
Round 13
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Lawrie, Brett 3B TOR",3 sec
2,Bretsky Ballers,"Utley, Chase 2B PHI ",32 sec
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Ryu, Hyun-Jin SP LAD ",42 sec
4,Heisenberg,"Phillips, Brandon 2B CIN ",9 sec
5,Schoon Dogs,"Gattis, Evan OF ATL ",1 min 8 sec
6,Roto Rankers,"Corbin, Patrick SP ARI ",43 sec
7,The Chill Ponies,"Lynn, Lance SP STL ",27 sec
8,@stevesfantasyad,"Cuddyer, Michael RF COL",56 sec
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Murphy, Daniel 2B NYM ",9 sec
10,Starks of Winterfell,"Dozier, Brian 2B MIN ",28 sec
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Profar, Jurickson 2B TEX ",54 sec
12,Fantasy Black Book,"Sabathia, CC SP NYY ",55 sec
Round 14
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Fantasy Black Book,"Gallardo, Yovani SP MIL ",3 sec
2,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Weaver, Jered SP LAA ",25 sec
3,Starks of Winterfell,"Liriano, Francisco SP PIT",42 sec
4,Davo's Dodgers,"Davis, Khris LF MIL ",36 sec
5,@stevesfantasyad,"Rendon, Anthony 2B WAS ",5 sec
6,The Chill Ponies,"Simmons, Andrelton SS ATL ",46 sec
7,Roto Rankers,"Hardy, J.J. SS BAL",23 sec
8,Schoon Dogs,"Johnson, Jim RP OAK",11 sec
9,Heisenberg,"Gardner, Brett CF NYY ",50 sec
10,@DSEmpire_TJays,"d'Arnaud, Travis C NYM",19 sec
11,Bretsky Ballers,"Castro, Jason C HOU ",20 sec
12,Roto Analysis,"Miller, Brad SS SEA ",8 sec
Round 15
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Gomes, Yan C CLE ",2 sec
2,Bretsky Ballers,"Burnett, A.J. SP PHI ",48 sec
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Wheeler, Zack SP NYM ",29 sec
4,Heisenberg,"Moustakas, Mike 3B KC ",20 sec
5,Schoon Dogs,"Teixeira, Mark 1B NYY ",14 sec
6,Roto Rankers,"Cashner, Andrew SP SD",26 sec
7,The Chill Ponies,"Ramirez, Aramis 3B MIL",52 sec
8,@stevesfantasyad,"Pierzynski, A.J. C BOS ",9 sec
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Soriano, Rafael RP WAS",16 sec
10,Starks of Winterfell,"Balfour, Grant RP TB ",3 sec
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Papelbon, Jonathan RP PHI ",26 sec
12,Fantasy Black Book,"Young, Eric LF NYM",22 sec
Round 16
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Fantasy Black Book,"Springer, George OF HOU ",1 min 3 sec
2,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Lowrie, Jed SS OAK",11 sec
3,Starks of Winterfell,"Parker, Jarrod SP OAK ",4 sec
4,Davo's Dodgers,"Carter, Chris 1B HOU ",3 sec
5,@stevesfantasyad,"Middlebrooks, Will 3B BOS ",38 sec
6,The Chill Ponies,"Mesoraco, Devin C CIN",38 sec
7,Roto Rankers,"Cishek, Steve RP MIA ",42 sec
8,Schoon Dogs,"Reed, Addison RP ARI",56 sec
9,Heisenberg,"Johnson, Kelly OF NYY ",17 sec
10,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Archer, Chris SP TB ",3 sec
11,Bretsky Ballers,"Axford, John RP CLE ",47 sec
12,Roto Analysis,"Griffin, A.J. SP OAK ",15 sec
Round 17
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Ramirez, Alexei SS CHW ",22 sec
2,Bretsky Ballers,"Masterson, Justin SP CLE ",5 sec
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Castellanos, Nick LF DET ",12 sec
4,Heisenberg,"Lincecum, Tim SP SF ",60 sec
5,Schoon Dogs,"Headley, Chase 3B SD ",40 sec
6,Roto Rankers,"Crisp, Coco CF OAK",47 sec
7,The Chill Ponies,"Smyly, Drew RP DET ",28 sec
8,@stevesfantasyad,"Villar, Jonathan SS HOU",4 sec
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Cabrera, Asdrubal SS CLE",4 sec
10,Starks of Winterfell,"Kendrick, Howie 2B LAA",5 sec
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Janssen, Casey RP TOR ",7 sec
12,Fantasy Black Book,"De Aza, Alejandro CF CHW",1 min 14 sec
Round 18
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Fantasy Black Book,"Pagan, Angel CF SF ",1 min 7 sec
2,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Buchholz, Clay SP BOS ",38 sec
3,Starks of Winterfell,"Kluber, Corey SP CLE ",6 sec
4,Davo's Dodgers,"Kuroda, Hiroki SP NYY ",5 sec
5,@stevesfantasyad,"Beachy, Brandon SP ATL ",12 sec
6,The Chill Ponies,"Calhoun, Kole RF LAA ",25 sec
7,Roto Rankers,"Martinez, Victor DH DET ",9 sec
8,Schoon Dogs,"Hunter, Torii RF DET",14 sec
9,Heisenberg,"Jeter, Derek SS NYY ",60 sec
10,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Walker, Neil 2B PIT ",33 sec
11,Bretsky Ballers,"Parnell, Bobby RP NYM ",31 sec
12,Roto Analysis,"Lester, Jon SP BOS ",10 sec
Round 19
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Henderson, Jim RP MIL",2 sec
2,Bretsky Ballers,"Bradley, Archie SP ARI ",19 sec
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Jones, Nate RP CHW ",4 sec
4,Heisenberg,"Jimenez, Ubaldo SP BAL ",14 sec
5,Schoon Dogs,"Garza, Matt SP MIL ",56 sec
6,Roto Rankers,"Swisher, Nick 1B CLE",22 sec
7,The Chill Ponies,"Arenado, Nolan 3B COL ",15 sec
8,@stevesfantasyad,"Porcello, Rick SP DET ",60 sec
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Tillman, Chris SP BAL ",17 sec
10,Starks of Winterfell,"Estrada, Marco SP MIL ",19 sec
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Hart, Corey 1B SEA ",60 sec
12,Fantasy Black Book,"Peralta, Jhonny SS STL ",19 sec
Round 20
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Fantasy Black Book,"Rodney, Fernando RP SEA",4 sec
2,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Rasmus, Colby CF TOR ",1 min 3 sec
3,Starks of Winterfell,"Ross, Tyson RP SD ",8 sec
4,Davo's Dodgers,"Medlen, Kris SP ATL ",27 sec
5,@stevesfantasyad,"Street, Huston RP SD ",60 sec
6,The Chill Ponies,"Garcia, Avisail CF CHW ",12 sec
7,Roto Rankers,"Veras, Jose RP CHC",24 sec
8,Schoon Dogs,"Yelich, Christian LF MIA",18 sec
9,Heisenberg,"*Bourn, Michael CF CLE ",1 min 17 sec
10,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Wong, Kolten 2B STL ",21 sec
11,Bretsky Ballers,"Upton, B.J. CF ATL ",9 sec
12,Roto Analysis,"Markakis, Nick RF BAL ",25 sec
Round 21
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Quintana, Jose SP CHW ",17 sec
2,Bretsky Ballers,"Davis, Rajai LF DET ",10 sec
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Howard, Ryan 1B PHI ",44 sec
4,Heisenberg,"*Saltalamacchia, Jarrod C MIA ",1 sec
5,Schoon Dogs,"Rollins, Jimmy SS PHI ",1 min 6 sec
6,Roto Rankers,"Aoki, Norichika OF KC",9 sec
7,The Chill Ponies,"Feliz, Neftali RP TEX ",8 sec
8,@stevesfantasyad,"Hawkins, LaTroy RP COL",35 sec
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Morales, Kendrys 1B SEA ",5 sec
10,Starks of Winterfell,"Arcia, Oswaldo OF MIN ",20 sec
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Pineda, Michael SP NYY ",19 sec
12,Fantasy Black Book,"LaRoche, Adam 1B WAS ",37 sec
Round 22
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Fantasy Black Book,"Nova, Ivan SP NYY ",55 sec
2,FSLR - Jon Collins,"Hunter, Tommy RP BAL ",54 sec
3,Starks of Winterfell,"Ruiz, Carlos C PHI",24 sec
4,Davo's Dodgers,"Brothers, Rex RP COL",5 sec
5,@stevesfantasyad,"Willingham, Josh LF MIN ",18 sec
6,The Chill Ponies,"Montero, Jesus C SEA ",8 sec
7,Roto Rankers,"Montero, Miguel C ARI ",11 sec
8,Schoon Dogs,"Crawford, Carl LF LAD ",3 sec
9,Heisenberg,"Arroyo, Bronson SP ARI ",1 min 12 sec
10,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Straily, Dan SP OAK ",28 sec
11,Bretsky Ballers,"Soria, Joakim RP TEX ",16 sec
12,Roto Analysis,"Gausman, Kevin RP BAL ",33 sec
Round 23
Pick,Team,Player,Elapsed Time,
1,Roto Analysis,"Ruggiano, Justin CF CHC",1 min 11 sec (8 min 14 sec)
2,Bretsky Ballers,"Jaso, John C OAK",9 sec (11 min 6 sec)
3,@DSEmpire_TJays,"Syndergaard, Noah SP NYM ",4 sec (9 min 47 sec)
4,Heisenberg,"Dunn, Adam 1B CHW",6 sec (16 min 3 sec)
5,Schoon Dogs,"Martinez, Carlos RP STL ",5 sec (10 min 13 sec)
6,Roto Rankers,"Santana, Ervin SP ATL ",1 min 9 sec (12 min 8 sec)
7,The Chill Ponies,"Eaton, Adam LF CHW ",44 sec (11 min 22 sec)
8,@stevesfantasyad,"*Qualls, Chad RP HOU",1 sec (12 min 50 sec)
9,Davo's Dodgers,"Ellis, A.J. C LAD",5 sec (7 min 54 sec)
10,Starks of Winterfell,"*Avila, Alex C DET",0 sec (7 min 48 sec)
11,FSLR - Jon Collins,"*Lake, Junior OF CHC",1 min 16 sec (13 min 21 sec)
12,Fantasy Black Book,"Navarro, Dioner C TOR",21 sec (18 min 58 sec)


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The Breakdowns

Roto Analysis- Greg Jewett @gjewett9  with Pick 1

Drafting from the one spot is wonderful for the sole purpose of owning Mike Trout. But in a twelve team league there are so many wonderful possibilities later in the round. For example, the Roto Rankers with the sixth pick ended up with Carlos Gonzalez and Bryce Harper in the first two rounds. With there being no bench spots I took pitchers much earlier than I am accustomed to and it could be the downfall of my team. It started in round two when I was watching Edwin Encarnacion in a free fall and still on the board after 22 selections. I love power guys who can steal a few bags and EE is a player I would target at the wheel. But it was not meant to be as Bretsky Ballers grabbed him the pick before me and this sent me into a tailspin. I took Max Scherzer and Alex Rios which are not awful picks but not my usual targets. Getting outfielders early never hurts and guys who can hit twenty home runs and steal thirty or more bases like Rios are solid, but it was a reach this early.

Waiting twenty-two picks between each round is difficult as the queue usually runs dry, especially with players of this caliber. Another bounce back player I like is Pujols and Bretsky struck again taking him ahead of me. I turned to Chris Sale and Jason Heyward who both fit the profiles above. Strikeout pitcher and versatile outfielder, I do regret taking Sale over Madison Bumgarner but the team was taking shape. Now was about getting value guys and filling needs. Yoenis Cespedes was not a specific target for me but when he fell to me in the sixth round I was happy to take him and grabbed some power at 2B with Jedd Gyorko to Chris’ dismay. I did not realize he and I shared the same unhealthy obsession with the “Gyerk” but after conversations with Nando DiFino, it was clear that he can hit 25 or more home runs and his minor league pedigree suggests his average will go up this year. Rounding out the middle rounds I was able to get my first closer in Koji Uehara whose strikeout and WHIP help is welcome for a league with no bench. Mat Latos is also a bargain with the concerns about his health but at a SP3 in the ninth round, welcome to the team.

Knowing this is a Gonos league it has to have two Catchers, because otherwise that is just un-American. I did miss out on Jose Abreu and Anthony Rizzo in the tenth round but was able to grab two players I love this year in Wilson Ramos and Brandon Belt. I did have a glaring hole at 3B so I started to plug guys into the queue and was happy to take Brett Lawrie and the undervalued Brandon Moss in the 12th and 13th rounds. Matt Adams continues to go ahead of Moss in drafts with the hope that he can be Moss this year. But Moss has done it before and if his adjustments in the second half carry over, may even raise his average in 2014. I know was looking for a fourth pitcher, shortstop and possible upside plays. Brad Miller was still there in the 14th round and is a poor man’s Ben Zobrist. With his potential of a 14/14 season, I grabbed him for SS and Yan Gomes as my second catcher. This draft happened prior to the dearth of pitching injuries that happened in the past week and I selected A.J. Griffin and Alexei Ramirez as my middle infielder. Rounding out the team were Jon Lester, Jim Henderson, Nick Markakis, Jose Quintana, Kevin Gausman and Justin Ruggiano.

My team may be a bit light in power and this is something I may have to address. Moving up to grab Jose Abreu instead of Mat Latos may have been a mistake. I hate to get on the chasing saves train, but I was at the wrong end of the draft each time a run cropped up. I won’t overvalue closers and will be looking for opportunities to grab them as opportunities occur this year. I like this team, but I do not love it. Drafting with these great Fantasy players will only help me going forward, and it definitely helped in my FSWA draft the next night. Thanks again to Chris for putting this together and to David Gonos for the opportunity to do the Astros preview.

Nick Rosa- Team Heisenberg with Pick 4

Overall I thought I did a solid job with pitching but my offense could have been better as I chose some risky veterans.  The draft has so much depth this year that just after the first three picks , Trout, Miggy, McCutch, you have to ask yourself who do you really pick? Goldschmidt, Cargo, Cano, Kershaw? There’s so many good players from rookies to sophomores, to veterans. The waiver wire will be very busy in 2014 for Fantasy Baseball. I ended up with Goldy at fourth overall ,which I’m happy with because he can provide all categories including stolen bases for a power first baseman. I neglected my SS and landed Jeter. With no bench this is going to be a risk and  I hope he plays 140+ games with a .275 average. I’ll be content with that.
Two catchers from the NL that I snagged is one of the best in the game, Mr.Buster Posey. My second  is the new everyday Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamachia. Jarrod had a good year with Boston in the AL in 2013 and expect him to be a great number 2 with the NL transition. We all know what Posey is capable of.
Some other prized processions poised for good years are: Mike Moustakas, Mark Trumbo, Wil Venable, Nelson Cruz, Kelly Johnson, and with my last pick in the draft The Big Donkey, Adam Dunn for my UTIL.
My pitching is what I’m proud of. My main three are: Yu Darvish, Jose Fernandez, and Michael Wacha.  The secondary unit consists of: Masahiro Tanaka, Tim Lincecum, and Ubaldo Jimenez. My two closers to shut it down are: Joe Nathan and Trevor Rosenthal who I am pretty confident will each have over 42 saves. My rookie pitcher who I didn’t draft but bid $1 dollar while dropping Bronson Arryo for the Royals phenom that hits 100mph with his fastball. Already having a great spring Yordano Ventura was a steal and is going to be filthy in Kansas City. Keep an eye out for him in all leagues.
I also drafted Altuve, Bourn, and Gardner for my speed and hoping for 30+ from each. I believe Bourn can have a comeback year on the bases especially with Cleveland looking a little more improved since last year.
My veterans do make me nervous however,  Jeter, Brandon Philips, Tim Lincecum, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Adam Dunn but if they have average years and are consistent to what they normally do, I’ll settle with it. I believe in veteran presence and Dunn is there for 30 homers and as a last pick can’t go wrong right? Jeter and Philips each hit .275 with 60/70 RBIs, 10-17 homers, and 70+ runs ill call that a win, especially for how late they all fell. Lincecum is poised to be better than 2013 and he got hot in second half just as Jimenez did. Jimenez was one of the best after the All-Star game last year. Now with a better offense around him, I hope he carries over.
Overall I think I did a solid job and filled enough of each category to compete with the best. Just got to hope my risks become rewards!
Look for Kelly Johnson and Will Venable to knock 25 homers! You heard it here first.

Roto Rankers with Pick 6: 

Our Favorite Picks: Jason Kipnis (30th overall) and Ryan Zimmerman (91st overall). We could not believe these guys were available where we got them! We see Kipnis as the #1 2B and Zimmerman as a top 5 3B.

Worst Pick: We really like all our picks but if we HAD to choose one as our worst, it would be Swisher at 222. Not bad value at all, but we now see some guys who are still on waivers that we like just as much. Maybe we could’ve grabbed Rick Porcello at 222 and got “waiver guy” with our last pick instead of Ervin Santana, although we NOW like Santana since he subsequently signed with the Braves. Corbin looks like a bad pick now at 150 overall, but we obviously had no idea a UCL injury was coming. Bummer!

Steals: Some of our steals of the draft happen to also be our favorite picks (go figure). Our steals: Jason Kipnis (30th overall), Stephen Strasburg (43rd overall), Ryan Zimmerman (91st overall) and Ben Zobrist (115th overall). We are still scratching our heads trying to figure out why these guys were available where we got them. At Roto Rankers we value Kipnis as the #1 2B and as a borderline top 15 player. We were truly shocked he was available at #30 overall. We also got Strasburg, Zimmerman and Zobrist dozens of picks later than where we value them.

Overall Observation: Power was so hard for us to find! We were desperate for power many times in the draft and it was just not there for us. Thankfully we were able to get McCann, Napoli and Hardy to help a little, but it was astonishing how little power was available (at value) whenever we were on the board. We see ourselves as having a complete team with power being our only potential deficiency.

Peoplezperspective.com- Andy Singleton with Pick 7

When I got the approval to do the Kansas City Royals for DavidGonos.com’s 30-for-30 Team Preview, I knew it would be a great feather to add in my writing cap. I did not know that we would assemble a league with the writers, so a huge Thank You to Chris Meyers for putting this together. The term “bragging rights” has never had as much importance for all of my years of fantasy play, as I truly respect the work of those I am competing with. It is an honor to call them colleagues, and rewarding to know I will beat them all. Keep in mind when reading the results, I drafted while simultaneously editing six other articles, eating dinner, and had an eye on the True Detective season finale. Also, I did not realize it was a two Catcher league until midway through, but I very much believe in Jesus; Montero that is. I would never mix religion with sports. The following are my picks, with a note about each one. I hope it is helpful for you when drafting your team this year.

1.7 (7) Hanley Ramirez – someone has to draft him, I’ll take his risk

2.6 (18) Prince Fielder – could finish year as top 1B’man; will rake in Texas heat

3.7 (31) Justin Upton – year one in ATL was BAD; year two he earns his keep

4.6 (42) Felix Hernandez – revamped offense gets him more Wins; Top 5 SP

5.7 (55) Matt Carpenter – I like him better than Kipnis in 5×5; eligible at 3B as well

6.6 (66) Wil Myers – a full seasons worth of his capabilities would equal Top 10; high risk/reward

7.7 (79) Jordan Zimmerman – the best SP in a loaded rotation; what’s not to like

8.6 (90) Matt Cain – again, the best SP in a loaded rotation; rebound year in sight

9.7 (103) Carlos Beltran – return to NY scares me, but short porch in right negates those fears

10.6 (114) Danny Salazar – a reach, but the only way I get him on my roster; huge potential

11.7 (127) David Robertson – this many saves this late should be criminal; handles role just fine

12.6 (138) Jason Grilli – arm trouble and age drop his ADP, but he is among best closers in the game

13.7 (151) Lance Lynn – always the bridesmaid, never the bride; I think that makes sense :/

14.6 (162) Andrelton Simmons – best MI on the board; regression worries me but at bats are a given

15.7 (175) Aramis Ramirez – if his hot start to spring is real, he is back to top level production at Third

16.6 (186) Devin Mesoraco – could be a lite version of Wilin Rosario; fingers crossed

17.7 (199) Drew Smyly – my favorite SP sleeper of 2014; bound for a big breakout

18.6 (210) Kole Calhoun – low risk as OF4 with potential to be an OF2

19.7 (223) Nolan Arenado – he should not be available here; gets no love but is a stud

20.6 (234) Avisail Garcia – possibly a year early, but his time is coming

21.7 (247) Neftali Feliz – too much upside this late if he can nail down the closers gig

22.6 (258) Jesus Montero – “in the third year, Jesus rose again…”

23.7 (271) Adam Eaton – best option left to help with steals; shouldn’t hurt other categories

Dave Albin- Davo’s Dodgers (davo_mcflavo@yahoo.com) with Pick 9

I recently participated in a twelve team ROTO draft on CBS with eleven other baseball writers and bloggers featured on DavidGonos.com. I entered the draft with goals for each category, and wanted to leave the draft “winning” Homeruns and RBI. I ended up leaving the draft hitting my targeted numbers for Homeruns, RBI, runs and batting average. I accomplished this by waiting on pitching. I actually ended up waiting a little too long on pitching and had to take several risks, hoping that they would pan out and I would be competitive in pitching as well. The first 8 round I took hitters and then addressed my pitching needs for the next four picks. These pitchers ended up being Hamels (9th round), Iwakuma (10), Wilson (11), and Dickey (12). The following are my favorite picks, worst picks, and steals of the draft.

Favorite Pick: Matt Holliday 5th round. I was happy to get Beltre in the first round, but a favorite pick coming out of the first round is a little boring. Speaking of boring, Holliday is a little boring, but in a very consistent safe kind of way. Holliday went after outfielders Kemp, and Heyward and before Dominic Brown and Starling Marte. An interesting grouping of outfielders, but I was happy to take the low floor of Holliday.

Worst Pick: David Ortiz 4th round. Don’t get me wrong I really like Ortiz this year. This is more about what I could have gotten had I not taken Ortiz. What I could have taken was an ace. Hernandez, Strasburg, and Sale all went after my Ortiz pick and before my next pick. This eventually resulted in my taking the currently injured Hamels as my ace.

Steals: CJ Wilson 11th round. The ranking I used had Wilson just below, Zimmermann, Minor, Tanaka, and just above, Latos, Bailey and Greinke. The majority of those guys went in the 7th or 8th round. Granted this could be an indication that I need to revisit my rankings, but I loved the value here. With Hamels and Iwakuma being my 1 and 2, I will need Wilson to perform well to start the season.

Towards the end of the draft I took some upside gambles. I actually found out about Medlen’s walking off the mound holding his arm in the draft lobby. I decided drafting him in the 20th round was worth the gamble that he would not need Tommy John. I also took Morales in the 21st, hoping he finds a team relatively soon. Without bench spots in the league I don’t know how long I can hold onto an unsigned Morales.

 Fantasy Sports Locker Room- Jon Collins with Pick 11

Overview: Unique league settings caused me to adjust my draft style a little bit. With two catchers required, I valued the position much more than I typically would, noting that it would get scarce as catchers 15-24 came off the board. Further, with no bench I wanted two players at the position that I could trust to play 140 or so games and with Joe Mauer’s move to first base I feel that I have that. He and Yadier Molina each came cheaper than I’d expected, but I was happy to get on the position before it dried up. With Clayton Kershaw and Cliff Lee, I’m top heavy with my rotation and happy to be and the remaining starters all have upside, though I’ve got a precarious looking group of closers as a result. I’m all over Jurickson Profar’s upside this season, though I’d be happier in a typical league with him as a backup to start the season, rather than a starting 2B who can’t be hidden on the bench. Otherwise, I think my roster came together nicely.
Steal of Draft: There were a lot of picks to like, but I think when we look back on this draft there is a real chance that Neil Parker getting his hands on Chase Headley in the 17th round could be the pick of the draft. He’s had a minor setback this Spring, but appears to be fully healthy and is just one year removed from a huge 5 category season (17 steals, .286 and run production numbers galore). At a league where an already thin position was made thinner by the need for a corner infielder, the time was right to take a chance on Headley.
Reach of Draft :  I won’t say it was a reach, because it includes a player I would like to own a lot of this season – but I haven’t seen Matt Adams go as early as round 9 in any draft I’ve been a part of. This hastened my round 10 pick of Jose Abreu which also can be construed as a bit of a reach. A big ceiling in his first year, but if he has trouble transitioning we could see a low average and a lot of strikeouts.

2014 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

Rankings: Overall | C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | DH |SP |RP

Strategy:Drafting Rds 9-16 | Drafting Rds 4-8 |Drafting the First 3 Rds | 7 Steps to Success | Positional Tiers | 30 for30 Draft Results
One-Man Mock Drafts: Mixed Roto (1/27) | Mixed H2H (2/4)

Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30 MLB Team Previews

AL East: Baltimore | Boston | N.Y. Yankees | Tampa Bay | Toronto
AL Central: Chi White Sox | Cleveland | Detroit | Kansas City | Minnesota
AL West: Houston | L.A. Angels | Oakland | Seattle | Texas
NL East: Atlanta | Miami | N.Y. Mets | Philadelphia | Washington
NL Central: Chicago Cubs | Cincinnati | Milwaukee | Pittsburgh | St. Louis
NL West: Arizona | Colorado | L.A. Dodgers | San Diego | San Francisco
Prospects: Top 50 Prospects | Nick Castellanos | Javier Baez
Stat Deep-Dives: Expected RBI Totals from 2013
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