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We have a crazy fantasy league drafting today at 3 p.m.
The crazy part:
28-man rosters — all players are active every day so no worries about changing your lineup.
Scoring rules: No negative stats, no ratios/averages to worry about
Hitters: total bases, runs, stolen bases and RBI all worth one point each
Pitchers: wins are worth 10 points, saves are worth 5 points, strikeouts and innings are worth one point each.
To join up for this inaugural high-scoring, low maintenance league, log in at ESPN’s fantasy site, click join league and search for 321Atomic Fantasy Baseball.
I hope to see you at the draft.
UPDATE: Thanks for the interest everyone. The league is full.
Post a comment below if you would still like to play in a similar league. If we get enough people, I will set up a second league with identical scoring and rosters.
The season is upon us, let alone the fantasy draft season. Outfielders are — or should be — an important part of draft plans. A few years ago in one of my leagues, OFs were my first three picks. I’m OK with that, especially this year.
Most leagues start at least three outfielders. Some start five and allow players to start a sixth in a utility spot. In 10-team leagues, that means 30-60 outfielders are going to start and even more are going to be drafted for bench slots.
In mock drafts this year, I’ve found that draft slot and beginning strategy is not as important as it has been in the past.
I can put together a winning team from virtually any slot while following any strategy — only 30-homer players to start, pick all but one of your pitcher with your last six picks. The only strategy I wouldn’t recommend is one that has you picking six pitchers to start. But if your first four picks were pitchers, you can make it work.
You will find any number of lists and posts at Chinstrap Ninjas and at other sites around the Internet telling you how important knowledge is during your fantasy baseball quest.
Knowing the player pool — and knowing how you value those players — is more important than any one thing you’ll do all year.
It will drive your draft. It will drive your trades. It will drive your wire transactions.
In my opinion, Starlin Castro is the first shortstop I’d pick in redraft leagues. Troy Tulowitzki is awesome, but with a top-5 pick I either want a player who has a chance at 100-40-100-40 or a player who could get me 40+ homers and 120+ RBI and I don’t think Tulo can do either of those things.