Living The Fantasy League
In what follows I will discuss the 12 teams that were entered into the Sirius XM Living the Fantasy 2011 draft. I will highlight each teams best selection, and their worst, and then give a brief statement on something that stood out about the squad. At the end of my the comments there will be a link to a PDF file that will have the entire draft broken down by team.
CZARS Best Pick: C.J. Wilson (217th overall) Worst Pick: Brian Roberts (120th overall) Comment: Punted catchers taking Ryan Hanigan and Alex Avila with last two picks.
KYLE ELFRINK Best Pick: Tim Stauffer (287th) Worst Pick: Michael Cuddyer (122nd) Comment: He must have spent a lot of time studying at BBGuys – McCutchen, Rios, Chris Young, Hill, Stephen Drew, Headley, Danks, Stauffer.
LIVING SOUTHERN COMFORT Best Pick: Jonathan Niese (286th) Worst Pick: Jorge Posada (123rd) Comment: Took a lot of chances late on Texas players – Ogando, Holland and Smoak (old Rangers' farmhand and part-time 1B last year).
ROCKSTARS Best Pick: Mike Morse (285th) Worst Pick: Clay Buchholz (124th) Comment: Took two injured closers (Brian Wilson, Andrew Bailey), but got three nice power arms late (Venters, Madson, Gregerson).
BEANS & CONRBREAD Best Pick: Erik Bedard (308th) Worst Pick: Erik Bedard (308th) Comment: Sorry, couldn't resist.
PRODUCER DREW Best Pick: Placido Polanco (283rd) Worst Pick: Carlos Santana (67th) Comment: Took two pitchers in first three picks (Halladay, King Felix) but then, oddly, took a risk at first with Morneau in 5th round.
RAY FLOWERS Best Pick: Scott Baker (258th) Worst Pick: Adam LaRoche (162nd) Comment: Went reliever crazy late with four of last five picks netting Meek, Capps, Uehara and Romo.
B. DOUG IS A MAN Best Pick: Jordan Zimmerman (209th) Worst Pick: Miguel Montero (104th) Comment: Can't figure out why anyone would take three catchers in first nine rounds, and don't blame the autopick.
BIG STICKS Best Pick: Madison Bumgarner (208th) Worst Pick: Mariano Rivera (88th) Comment: Marmol and Rivera in the first eight rounds caused issues in the outfield.
LUMBERJACKS Best Pick: Carl Pavano (322nd) Worst Pick:Michael Young (63rd) Comment: Took chances on a bunch of guys looking for bounce backs – Lind, Figgins, Ordonez and Berkman.
KAY ADAMS Best Pick: Cameron Maybin (323nd) Worst Pick: Kendrys Morales (86th) Comment: Took a chance late on talented but injury prone guys – Hardy, Chipper and Peavy.
VANCE McCULLOUGH Best Pick: Aaron Harang (325th) Worst Pick: Corey Hart (85th) Comment: Went with Wright, Arod in first two rounds waiting until 10th round to take a first baseman (Aubrey Huff).
For those of you interested in the results of the draft, click on the link to LivingtheFantasyLg-Rosters for every pick made in the 12-team draft.
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Fri 7-10 PM EDT), Ray also hosts his own show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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