Fantasy Baseball Draft: FSWA's OBP, SLG and QS

      March 21, 2013 @ 10:22:30 PDT


POS
Starter Tm
Rd
Ovr
C
Carlos Santana C/1B Indians
5
52
C
Alex Avila C Tigers
18
213
1B
Kendrys Morales 1B Mariners
10
117
3B
Ryan Zimmerman 3B Nationals
4
45
CI
Kevin Youkilis 1B/3B Yankees
16
189
2B
Robinson Cano 2B Yankees
1
4
SS
Jose Reyes SS Blue Jays
2
21
MI
Dustin Ackley 2B Mariners
17
196
OF
Justin Upton OF Braves
3
28
OF
Jayson Werth OF Nationals
13
148
OF
Nick Markakis OF + Orioles
14
165
OF
Cameron Maybin OF Padres
15
172
OF
Starling Marte OF Pirates
19
220
UT
Mark Reynolds 1B Indians
23
268
POS
Reserve Tm
Rd
Ovr
BN
Mark Teixeira 1B + Yankees
22
261
BN
Domonic Brown OF Phillies
24
285
BN
Chris B. Young OF Athletics
25
292
BN
Jhonny Peralta SS Tigers
26
309
POS
Starter Tm
Rd
Ovr
P
Jason Motte RP Cardinals
6
69
P
Jonathan Papelbon RP Phillies
7
76
P
Mat Latos SP Reds
8
93
P
Yovani Gallardo SP Brewers
9
100
P
Brandon Morrow SP Blue Jays
11
124
P
Jon Lester SP Red Sox
12
141
P
Steve Cishek RP Marlins
20
237
P
Bobby Parnell RP Mets
21
244
P
Jorge De La Rosa SP Rockies
27
316
POS
Reserve Tm
Rd
Ovr
BN
Andrew Cashner SP + Padres
28
333

Alternative format alert: The Fantasy Sports Writers Association Industry Insiders Leagues use OBP and SLG instead of BA and HR, and this year, the bigwigs installed quality starts instead of wins.

This ships some value back to starting pitchers in what had typically been a format dominated by RPs.

Still, there's enough flexibility that you can rent solid QS situations from the waiver wire. (Two DL spots, too.)

I approached the draft from the No. 4 pick with this in mind: Get a solid SP core comprised of value options, and lean a bit more heavily than I normally do on stoppers. And of course, tweak offensive expectations based on the two revised categories.

The Good

The Motte-Papelbon pair was in - well, I guess the middle of my mind, not the back, heading in. I wanted two dominant firemen, and landing those two on back-to-back picks freed me up for the rest of the draft.

I followed a similar double-play investment with the low-risk Cishek and Parnell - two flawed but skilled stoppers - which could net me an even bigger advantage in trade commodities or simply the .

Know your league settings: This format bumps the value of Werth, Youkilis, Markakis and even Ackley and Reynolds.

The Meh

I had to grab some steals specialists who'll likely carry most of my hopes in that category, but I still think the dispersion is enough for me to compete with some breaks - FA SB, an increase in attempts from one of my moderate contributors, whatever.

I finally got the chance to display my modest belief that Maybin will take a noticeable step forward this year; all I really care about is if he thieves.

I'll have to be overly aggressive in stashing SPs; I devalued the QS category slightly but didn't want to ignore it.

I fell asleep making the Peralta pick. At least it's one that'll easily be corrected.

Fire away.

Stay tuned next week for the final installment of my pitching primer.

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