Fantasy Baseball: Mixing it up in Tout Wars mixed

      March 28, 2013 @ 13:43:57 PDT

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POS
Starter Tm
$
C
Carlos Ruiz, C SUSP Phillies
5
C
Joe Mauer, C/1B Twins
23
1B
Prince Fielder, 1B Tigers
38
3B
Pedro Alvarez, 3B Pirates
8
CI
Mark Teixeira, 1B DL Yankees
5
2B
Chase Utley, 2B Phillies
16
SS
Erick Aybar, SS Angels
8
MI
Michael Young, 1B/2B/3B Phillies
4
OF
Alejandro De Aza, OF White Sox
9
OF
B.J. Upton, OF Braves
23
OF
Matt Holliday, OF Cardinals
27
OF
Torii Hunter, OF Tigers
5
OF
Gerardo Parra, OF Diamondbacks
1
UT
Adam Lind, 1B Blue Jays
1
POS
Reserve Tm
$
BN
Travis Hafner, UTIL Yankees
0
BN
Juan Francisco, 3B Braves
0
POS
Starter Tm
$
P
Jonathan Papelbon, RP Phillies
22
P
Matt Moore, SP Rays
16
P
Matt Cain, SP Giants
23
P
Jered Weaver, SP Angels
20
P
Trevor Rosenthal, RP Cardinals
2
P
Kelvin Herrera, RP Royals
1
P
Andrew Cashner, SP Padres
1
P
Chad Billingsley, SP Dodgers
1
P
Wei-Yin Chen, SP Orioles
1
POS
Reserve Tm
$
BN
Joshua Fields, RP Astros
0
BN
Jake Arrieta, SP Orioles
0

My FIRST strategy sunk me to last place - funny how that worked - in the 2012 mixed Tout Wars auction, so I'll be starting the 2013 season with only $63 in FAAB. I came to the conclusion I needed to try a different approach with this self-dug hole.

This time, I planned an attack of something closer to Stars and Scrubs to maximize my returns during the leveled playing field of the auction, where all 15 competitors had an equal opportunity with $260. ("Sherpa" Scott Swanay, you nailed it.)

This format's switch from BA to OBP provided one avenue for an advantage, even though as Nick pointed out, it wasn't exactly a secret. Still, I resolved to spend the extra buck on stability for reaching first base and/or quality power-speed combos as often as possible.

Though I wanted to acquire a few elite pitchers, maybe two stoppers, since they are the most replaceable commodity in this format, they held less importance in my idea. That played out at an even more extreme level than I expected.

My batter core of Fielder, Mauer, the elder Upton and Holliday provides a sound base for that; Upton's OBP deficiency is countered by his 25-30 profile. I didn't intend to spend on Fielder but felt the market price was right for a masher that constantly approaches a .400 OBP.

I at least considered that Alvarez had potential to grow more in OBP than in BA because he can at least take walks. It wasn't an ideal situation, but his likelihood of at least sniffing 30 homers again for that price made do.

Stashing Teixeira and Ruiz at low prices was my way of getting a jump on the waiver wire, so to speak, by using our unlimited DL.

Aybar and Young (thanks, 15-game eligibility) are hardly sexy but provide across-the-board stability. At-bat collection with a track record was something I valued for MIs in my dire FAAB situation, and the replacement value for these two wouldn't be exorbitant anyway.

Three of my OFers have 20-plus SB history and/or potential, so that should at least keep me afloat.

I stuck with my plan of purchasing SP stalwarts and a top-shelf stopper and built up some $1 players. This position boasts the best opportunity at streaming, so I'll be playing that as much as possible and for as cheaply as possible.

Pondering Papelbon....

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About Tim Heaney

Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.

He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.

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