I committed a mortal rotisserie sin -- a mortisserie sin? -- in the Tout Wars Mixed Draft the other night. Which is funny ... OK, not really funny, I sure as hell didn't laugh ... because I'm usually prepared, and because last year I was in the Tout Wars Mixed Auction, where they'd experimented with this change initially.
I blanked. I totally forgot that this league had replaced BA with OBP.
But I was fortunate: Paul Sporer (Baseball Prospectus) pointed out my error inadvertently when he asked for some reassurance that it was an OBP league. And I was unfortunate: My pick of the Baltimore Orioles' Jones at No. 7 is what prompted him to ask.
Son of a!
Things like that rattle me. I have a tendency to obsess. So I became hyper-focused on OBP for a while. I changed some highlights on my Tout Mixed Draft cheat sheet. I cross-referenced every pick with a cheat sheet I'd prepared for another draft (set for an OBP league). I ate dark chocolate covered almonds.
I'm not sure of exactly when my tunnel vision subsided. But my fear is that I didn't say this to myself soon enough: "All right, baby, relax. It ain't the end of the world. You still need a lot of ding dongs and thefts to win this sucker, too. And don't forget the pitchers."
You might be thinking, Dude, it's only one category. It can't be that big of a deal. It can't make that much of a difference.
You're correct about one thing: It's not that big of a deal. But it does make a difference. For some players, it makes a big difference.
You may understand that. I'd have taken Joey Votto, who's has been going regularly in the second round of a BA league, instead of Jones at 1:7. The Cincinnati Reds' OBP machine is our projected second-best 1B -- behind only Miguel Cabrera, whom no one plans to play at first because he's eligible at 3B, and ahead of Paul Goldschmidt and the rest -- in an OBP format. Jones is a second-rounder, at best, in this setup.
Sound extreme? If you have ever calculated values for projected statistics, then you know why it's not.
Know your league's categories.
If you didn't bang the Tout Wars link in the first graf and find the link to the Google Docs spreadsheet that lists all teams and rounds, then here it is. I found a couple of other reviews of this draft, including Paul's (which requires a BP sub to get the full thing, but some good stuff before you hit the pay wall), on the 'Net:
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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