Monday, March 09, 2009
Team Carty’s LABR NL rosterPosted by Derek Carty at 2:30am
Sorry guys; no full article from me today. I spent the weekend in Phoenix drafting my team for the League of Alternate Baseball Reality (LABR) National League. If you're not familiar with LABR, it is considered to be one of the 'big two' of fantasy baseball expert competitions along with Tout Wars.
USA Today will be publishing the full results of the auction later in the month, but I thought you guys would appreciate a sneak preview of my roster right now.
Team Carty — LABR NL
+-----+------------------+-------+ | POS | PLAYER | PRICE | +-----+------------------+-------+ | C | Ramon Hernandez | $15 | | C | Carlos Ruiz | $ 2 | | 1B | James Loney | $25 | | 2B | Kelly Johnson | $23 | | 3B | Dallas McPherson | $ 3 | | SS | Jimmy Rollins | $40 | | CI | David Freese | $ 1 | | MI | Clint Barmes | $ 6 | | OF | Raul Ibanez | $23 | | OF | Cody Ross | $13 | | OF | Aaron Rowand | $ 9 | | OF | Kosuke Fukudome | $ 6 | | OF | Nyjer Morgan | $ 5 | | UT | Brandon Moss | $ 5 | +-----+------------------+-------+ | P | Javier Vazquez | $25 | | P | Rich Harden | $19 | | P | Kenshin Kawakami | $ 7 | | P | Ben Sheets | $ 1 | | P | Mike Gonzalez | $11 | | P | Huston Street | $ 9 | | P | Manny Corpas | $ 7 | | P | Mike Adams | $ 2 | | P | Jeremy Affeldt | $ 2 | | P | Joe Thatcher | $ 1 | +-----+------------------+-------+ | BN | Jorge de la Rosa | RSV-1 | | BN | Ross Ohlendorf | RSV-2 | | BN | Brian Moehler | RSV-3 | | BN | Jeff Suppan | RSV-4 | | BN | Zach Duke | RSV-5 | | BN | Jason Marquis | RSV-6 | +-----+------------------+-------+
To preemptively answer a question I'm sure to get, yes, I'm aware that Freese has been since been demoted to the minors. But I had him as a $9 value if he got 350 at-bats, so he was plenty worth the risk as a $1 pick, even if a demotion was somewhat likely. Plus, I suspected the next guy on the list would go undrafted, and he did, so no worries.
Also, please keep in mind that I was using a unique strategy that makes the pitching look a little light upon first look. Given neutral luck, I estimate I could pull down nearly 55 pitching points, though. I'll let you know more about the strategy later, if you don't figure it out yourselves. For now, it's about time I get some much needed rest.
Finally, thanks to Steve Gardner of USA Today for the invite and to all the other guys who made this such a great draft and who I'm sure will make this a great season.
Derek Carty, 23, has also been published by NBC's Rotoworld, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, and USA Today. This season, he'll be contributing to FanDuel and will be linking to all of his work at DerekCarty.com. In his three years competing in expert leagues, he has won 2 titles with 4 top three finishes, including a LABR NL title in 2009, making him the youngest person to ever win a major expert league title. Derek is a proud graduate of the MLB Scouting Bureau's Scout Development Program and is a firm believer in the importance of combining stats and scouting. He welcomes questions via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.