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Fantasy Baseball Extravaganza starring Matt Harvey, George Springer and Starling Marte

Matt Harvey at No. 16? Anything can happen in Vegas!

As the first week of the 2015 baseball season comes to end, let’s rewind and focus on how we got here.

The beauty of baseball is that the game is marathon and not a sprint. Small sample sizes are exactly that and eventually you will be exposed or rewarded for your talents. The old cliché of the back of the baseball card always rings true.

I recently returned from a 17 day Fantasy Baseball whirlwind trip which began in New York City during Tout Wars weekend (great meeting so many good people at City Crab) and was highlighted by my SiriusXm in studio debut on the Fantasy Black Book Show with the beautiful mind of Joe Pisapia and the dulcet tones of Dan Strafford.

 

What Happens in NFBC Vegas…

The next stop was Las Vegas for the first week of NFBC auctions and drafts. The weekend kicked off Thursday night with the inaugural All-Star Auction, which I participated in against some of the best players in NFBC history.

What happened in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas, the greatest season-long Fantasy Baseball player Lindy Hinkelman shocked the room on Saturday morning when he took George Springer with the 11th overall pick and then followed that up with Starling Marte with his second round pick in the Main Event. This move had a rippling effect over the course of the weekend. In the Prestigious Platinum draft later that night Springer and Marte went 16th and 17th overall respectively. This is known as the Lindy effect and the gentlemen who drafted these players were recently inducted NFBC Hall of Famer David DiDonato and successful high stakes stalwart Bob Particelli (both of whom are in my Vegas Main Event League). I myself made some news when I jumped Matt Harvey to the No. 16 spot overall, pairing him with Stephen Strasburg and going with my duel aces strategy.

 

On to The Big Apple

After the wonderful weekend that was in Las Vegas the final trek included a return to New York City. Friday Night Lights, the MTM Super league where Adam Ronis facilitated the draft and Lisa Ann graced us with her presence. Our drafts spots were determined by placing 15 baseballs with our names on them in a bucket and the lovely Lisa Ann pulling out said balls. I was the lucky guy as my ball got plucked first, the only time I have ever received the number one overall selection in my NFBC career. Saturday afternoon was the culmination of my draft season with New York Main Event and I was thrilled to land Giancarlo Stanton with the sixth pick.
 


 
I thoroughly enjoyed my fantasy baseball expedition and all the people I met along the way, including a multitude of people in the industry and a bunch of high stakes players as well. Now the hard work begins and the quest for a championship is always a daunting and grueling task but extremely rewarding when achieved.

 

Starting Pitching Index for April 13, 2015

  1. Clayton Kershaw
  2. Felix Hernandez
  3. Matt Harvey
  4. Stephen Strasburg
  5. Max Scherzer
  6. Chris Sale
  7. Madison Bumgarner
  8. David Price
  9. Johnny Cueto
  10. Corey Kluber
  11. Zack Greinke
  12. Cole Hamels
  13. Jordan Zimmermann
  14. Julio Teheran
  15. Jon Lester
  16. Gerrit Cole
  17. Jake Arrieta
  18. Michael Wacha
  19. Sonny Gray
  20. Jeff Samardzija
  21. Adam Wainwright
  22. James Shields
  23. Alex Wood
  24. Jacob deGrom
  25. Carlos Carrasco
  26. Hisashi Iwakuma
  27. Andrew Cashner
  28. Tyson Ross
  29. Gio Gonzalez
  30. Anibal Sanchez
  31. Chris Archer
  32. Lance Lynn
  33. Michael Pineda
  34. Drew Hutchison
  35. Brandon McCarthy
  36. Francisco Liriano
  37. Yordano Ventura
  38. Drew Pomeranz
  39. James Paxton
  40. Collin McHugh
  41. Doug Fister
  42. Jake Odorizzi
  43. Scott Kazmir
  44. Dallas Keuchel
  45. Shane Greene
  46. Alex Cobb
  47. Garrett Richards
  48. Homer Bailey
  49. Drew Smyly
  50. Hyun-Jin Ryu

*Cobb, Richards, Bailey, Smyly and Ryu are all injured, hence their current rankings

 

Positional Notes and Observations

Catcher:

Did you pay for Buster Posey or Jonathan Lucroy? It’s not my modus operandi but a worthy investments nonetheless. I opted for the upside of Yasmani Grandal as my catcher of choice when playing the waiting game on catchers.

First Base:

Adrian Gonzalez is en fuego and owner of the best walkup song in baseball, El Mariachi Loco. A healthy Joey Votto looks damn good and Miggy is Miggy. I called an audible late in the draft season and heavily targeted Brandon Moss and always ended up with Adam Lind late, why not.

Second Base:

Robinson Cano lost that loving feeling in drafts, but is still the top option at the position in my opinion. Is there a Dustin Pedroia reemergence occurring in Boston? Neil Walker will always be underrated and under appreciated in many circles. I bought many shares of Kolten Wong, paying for potential.

Third Base:

Adrian Beltre is the ageless wonder. Josh Donaldson has a new hitter-friendly home North of the Border and David Wright homered and a stole a base in the same game. Vote for Pedro Alvarez if you need power.

Shortstop:

Troy Tulowitzki is one of the best players in baseball when on the field. Hanley Ramirez is still eligible at shortstop this year, did you take advantage? Ian Desmond has some crazy career numbers regarding errors in the month of April but three consecutive 20/20 seasons and counting. Alas I’m betting on the Jimmy Rollins revival, I mean swan song in Los Angeles sprinkled in with shares of Starlin Castro.

Outfield:

Mike Trout was the unquestioned number one overall pick but will he increase his stolen base totals and cut down on strikeouts? Can Giancarlo Stanton improve on last season numbers? Who will emerge from the group of young studs including Bryce Harper, Starling Marte, Yasiel Puig and George Springer? I believe Matt Kemp is one pissed off Padre, the planet known as Jorge Soler and color me Christian Yelich. The Rollo Tomasi of the draft season was Leonys Martin, the one who got away. Billy Hamilton is on the run in 2015 and is this the year he becomes Vince Coleman 2.0?

Remember baseball is a game of patience and if you did the work trust your preparation and remain calm.

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