Tim's Tout Wars mixed auction club
- My first two buys were a discounted Aroldis Chapman ($11), which I felt was solid for four months of play and excellent for five. Though it was a bit pricey, Felix Hernandez was worth all $25. Anibal Sanchez's shoulder concerns allowed me to get him for $14; he seems to be holding up. Glen Perkins ($14) offered a relative bargain (look at the others similar to his price) and a deadly K-SV combo when Chapman resurfaces.
- With Jason Kipnis ($28), Jose Reyes ($24), Adrian Beltre ($27) and Anthony Rizzo ($17), I didn't plan for this heavy an infield commitment. Because of their excellent OBPs, they all were below, equal to, or marginally above my draft-adjusted tags. After hearing about Reyes' injury, I backed him up with Jonathan Villar ($4) and Javier Baez ($1). Grabbing Aramis Ramirez ($14) was a happy accident; I was trying to pass him to someone else.
- I've been preaching about gathering money-making OF all year. In an auction, it's more difficult to load up there, especially when you splurge on INF. Justin Upton ($29) was the last of my OBP-leaning elite tier. Carlos Beltran ($15) should to plenty of damage when on the field as a Yankee. I had to sacrifice OBP with Rajai Davis ($7) and Avisail Garcia ($5), but my HR-SB needs required their presence.
- I possessed enough toppers near the end to land some of my targets, including Miguel Montero ($8), one of the biggest beneficiaries of the OBP format. I think he rebounds in a big way from injury and bad-luck statistics last year, and I wanted to make him my top backstop if I couldn't get a big name.
- My other biggest buy near the end was $4 Will Venable. He's ineffective in BA and OBP, but to land a 20-20 type at this point -- as a complement and not a midrange focus in this deep a game -- was gravy. He has downfall potential, but at this stage and cost, it'd hardly cripple me.
- Josh Johnson ($2) would've been a fine dice roll, but he's already on the DL. Ivan Nova ($2) is my No. 3 -- concerning, yes, but not crippling. Hector Santiago ($2) and Tommy Milone ($1) have some upside. $1 Jesse Crain could add to a trove of SV.
- My reserve rounds (no cost) landed Yonder Alonso (OBP), Emilio Bonifacio (SB, 2B-OF eligibility), Jon Niese (skilled SP) and Jameson Taillon (hopefully Gerrit Cole 2: Electric Boogaloo).
For as concretely as we and others want to present them, projections and category targets are an abstract component to any fantasy draft. You're not going to get all of those statistics; they're basically a guideline.
That being said, I topped 200 in both HR and SB, while maintaining a midrange-at-minimum OBP standing. I'll need to work the wire for more SP, but even in this size of a game, that's the most fun -- and with preparation, the most easily accomplished -- piece. I rather would have weaknesses in my final 5 pitching spots than be digging for offense.
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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