Tag:Analyst leagues
Posted on: May 4, 2009 12:28 pm
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One-month Fantasy teams review

You might take some solace in your early season struggles... it could be worse... your teams could look like this:

I had a great year in Fantasy Baseball last year. This year has been brutal. Here is a breakdown of my teams, which are depressing to set lineups for:

AL-only Head-to-Head (1-3, 8th in scoring out of 10 teams)... blech! Josh Beckett, Chris Davis and Fausto Carmona hopefully will get better in the weeks ahead.

AL-only Rotisserie (7th place out of 12 teams)... I am actually happy to be middle of the pack! Mark Teixeira, Delmon Young, Brandon Wood and Chien-Ming Wang hopefully will get hot. Justin Verlander was costing me until recently. Adam Lind, Nelson Cruz and David Aardsma have been nice finds.

NL-only Rotisserie (9th place out of 12 teams)... urgh! I stink. Jose Reyes, Cameron Maybin, Joe Blanton and Oliver Perez have been brutal. Edinson Volquez, Clayton Kershaw and Huston Street should come around. Chad Billingsley, Daniel Murphy and Joel Pineiro have been a few overperformers.

Mixed Rotisserie (12th place out of 12 teams)... son of a!!! ... I am staying patient, but Chien-Ming Wang, Josh Hamilton, Travis Hafner and Edwin Encarnacion are better off on my DL right now. I wish Carlos Gomez, Fausto Carmona and Khalil Greene were on the DL, too. This team will come around. Big Tex and Hamilton will get hot in the summer months. Also, my ERA is last because of some brutal starts, but I think I have the best pitching in the league. Patience here should make me a contender down the road.

Mixed Keeper Rotisserie (12th place out of 12 teams)... seriously, this is hard to do. I cannot imagine being able to be this bad on purpose. This team reads like a one-month bust list: Hanley Ramirez, Matt Holliday, Troy Tulowitzki, Jhonny Peralta, Cole Hamels, Carlos Gomez, Alex Gordon and  Edwin Encarnacion. Save for the last two DL guys, I am fine sinking or swimming with those guys. They will come around and I ain't trading them now.

Tout Wars mixed Rotisserie (14th out of 17 teams). This team is junk. Josh Beckett, Dan Uggla, Delmon Young, Cole Hamels, Oliver Perez, Brad Penny are huge busts. Only the presence of Jason Bay and Edwin Jackson make this team tolerable. With little help on the way from the convoluted once-a-week FAAB process, I might have to resort to the trade market. I hate doing that.... because I always give up more than I get.

Mixed Head-to-Head (2-2, 8th in scoring out of 12 teams). I actually don't mind this team at all. Having Albert Pujols, Aaron Hill and Nick Swisher helps. Injuries have been costly: Brian McCann, Vladimir Guerrero, Ervin Santana and thankfully Edwin Encarnacion. This team will wind up in the playoffs, despite my low scoring to date

Mixed Head-to-Head (2-2, 8th in scoring out of 14 teams). Another Head-to-Head team I can stand. I like having Adrian Gonzalez, a 27-year-old breakout. My outfield of Grady Sizemore, Ryan Braun and Carlos Lee is going to be ridiculous at some point. We start 3 and Damon is my team. I picked up resurgent Chris Iannetta off the waiver wire. He shouldn't have been available. If Josh Beckett, Fausto Carmona and John Maine can pitch, this team might be my one title contender.

It is going to be a long, long year... or a short one if I just punt on my teams, I guess.

Emack.

Posted on: July 28, 2008 10:12 am
 

Maine event Monday night

Going to the Marlins-Mets game tonight. Should be good drama, but also another chance to look at the pitcher I called a 20-game winner this spring, John Maine.

I might have sounded crazy predicting a five-victory jump for the third-year right-hander, but his stuff in spring training looked better than anyone these eyes saw. Far better than Johan Santana's. Santana really doesn't blow people away anymore.

Maine came out of the gate throwing 97 mph, but struggling a bit with his command. He is a streaky pitcher -- remember the first half of 2007 and his final start of that year? -- so perhaps he can be a horse down the stretch.

I have traded for him in many leagues. Ross Devonport got me on a deal June 1. Rick Ankiel and Justin Duchscherer for John Maine. I had OF and pitching depth and figured I would "upgrade" Duchscherer to Maine. Whoopsy!

Maine is my pick to be better here on out, obviously, but throwing in Ankiel was just too much. Devonport is stalking me in the Fantasy Magazine league from third place, while I am a 1/2-point out of first now. Without that deal, I might have been leading things.

Posted on: May 21, 2008 12:30 pm
 

Updating Analyst leagues at the 1/4 pole

I figured I would give a 1/4-pole report on the CBSSports.com Analyst leagues:

12-team AL-only 5x5 Rotisserie:
http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/splnex-al/stand
ings

Eric Mack, CBSSports.com is in first place. A trade of waiver pickups Nick Blackburn and Armando Galarraga for Kevin Youkilis has been hugely important.

12-team NL-only 5x5 Rotisserie:
http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/splnex-nl/stand
ings

Erik Seigrist, Rotowire.com is in first place. Brandon Webb and Joey Votto have been his key players.

12-team mixed 5x5 Rotisserie (Our magazine mock draft league):
http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/fantmag/standin
gs

Scott White, CBSSports.com Fantasy Writer is in first place. Nate McLouth, Chase Utley and Chipper Jones have been keys to his offense.

Dueling 10-team AL-only and NL-only Head-to-Head leagues:
http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/bigsbb/standing
s

Eric Mack, CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer has the most points in the NL. Geovany Soto, Albert Pujols, Miguel Tejada, Johnny Cueto and John Maine have been keys.

Jake Payton, former CBSSports.com Senior Software Engineer has the most points in the AL. Josh Hamilton, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Zack Greinke, Jon Papelbon and Greg Smith have been keys for him.

12-team mixed 5x5 Rotisserie (Krause Publications magazine mock draft league):
http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/krausebb/standi
ngs

Roger Rotter, FoxSports.com is in first place. Brandon Webb, Edinson Volquez and Garrett Atkins have been keys for him.

More important than standings, you might want to follow when and where the analysts are going with their transactions. Bookmark these links:

http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/splnex-al/trans
actions

http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/splnex-nl/trans
actions

http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/fantmag/transac
tions

http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/bigsbb/transact
ions

http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/krausebb/transa
ctions

Emack.

Category: MLB
Posted on: April 1, 2008 5:48 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2008 10:38 am
 

Some Day 2 odds and ends

The excitement of Day 1 has worn off, but at least we get to watch baseball virtually every day for the next six months!

I usually don't have a whole lot of free time for emailers, but I happened to respond to this one today:

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Eric:
 
Saw your positive recommendation on Mike Pelfrey. In my 11-team, NL-only, standard 5x5 league, I ended up way late in the draft with Kevin Correia and Kyle Kendrick. Based on how you feel about Pelfrey, do you recommend dumping either of the above for him?
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My response:
Correia is a back-end starter on a bad team. Drop him for Pelfrey at this point. Correia is no big loss in a league of your size, because he pitches for a bad team.

Emack.
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I saw in Gonos' column Tuesday he had listed the viewed Tout Wars links. Here are all the links for our Analysts leagues:

12-team AL-only 5x5 Rotisserie:
http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/splnex-al/stand
ings

12-team NL-only 5x5 Rotisserie:
http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/splnex-nl/stand
ings

12-team mixed 5x5 Rotisserie (Our magazine mock draft league):
http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/fantmag/standin
gs

Dueling 10-team AL-only and NL-only Head-to-Head leagues:
http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/bigsbb/standing
s

12-team mixed 5x5 Rotisserie (Krause Publications magazine mock draft league):
http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/krausebb/standi
ngs

More important than standings, you might want to follow when and where the analysts are going with their transactions. Bookmark these links:

http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/splnex-al/trans
actions

http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/splnex-nl/trans
actions

http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/fantmag/transac
tions

http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/bigsbb/transact
ions

http://cbs.sportsline.com/fantasy/l
eague-view/baseball/krausebb/transa
ctions

Emack.

 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com