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I’m really loving baseball this year.  I’m not really following any teams other than the Blue Jays, but I’m keeping a general eye open at the standings because of my fantasy team.  I didn’t end up hand-picking any players for the automatic draft in my league, and I wound up with some players I never heard of before.

I still haven’t heard of most of them before, but after a really slow start (I was second last after the first week), I made some tweaks to my line-up and I’ve put together a real good powerhouse.  I’ve moved up to third place now with only 4 games back – so I have to say it’s working well.  Here’s my roster:

C – Rod Barajas (Toronto), Jorge Posada (NYY, DL) – Will need to make a decision re: Barajas vs Posada, but I have some time while he’s on the DL

1B – Derrek Lee (ChC), Carlos Pena (TB) – I usually start Lee, but I like having the option of starting Pena.  Both are good players.

2B – Kelly Johnson (Atl), Ian Kinsler (Tex), Brian Roberts (BAL) – Kinsler is my go-to second baseman.  Awesome stats this year.  Roberts is in there as an extra IF, he’s good for stolen bases.

3B – Russell Martin (LAD) – No idea who this guy is, but he’s my third-baseman.  Doubles also as a catcher!

SS – Derek Jeter (NYY) – Need I say anything about Jeter?

LF – Carlos Quentin (CWS), Carlos Lee (Hou), Ryan Braun – Quentin is usually the one slotted in there, though Lee gets a few games.  Love my Carlos LF team.  Braun is in the OF slot.

CF – Nate McLouth (PIT) – I like the guy’s name.  Rolls off the tongue.  He’s also a terriffic player.

RF – Jayson Werth (Phi), Milton Bradley (Chc) – Werth is usually slotted in there, but the great thing about Werth is that Yahoo lets me put him at any OF position.

Starting Pitchers – Josh Beckett (Bos), Yovani Gallardo (Mil), Jarrod Washburn (Sea), Ubaldo Jimenez (Col), Roy Halladay (Tor), Ricky Romero (Tor, DL) – Not sure if I’m going to end up keeping Romero when he’s off the DL, because I don’t know how many games he’ll get with the way the Jays staff is pitching.  But the rest of my staff is pretty solid!

Relief Pitchers – Mike Gonzalez (Atl), Huston Street (Col), Joe Nathan (Min), Brian Fuentes (LAA) – My relief pitchers are okay, they give me the bulk of my pitching stats since not all of my starters pitch every week.

So yeah, with that team I’ve clawed my way back from the bottom of the standings to #3.  I have a good feeling about this year!

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I did some checking during lunch today and found out that Yahoo has started registrations for its fantasy baseball leagues.  I created two teams: a public league team, and a private league team.  I was going to create a private league but I didn’t think I’d get enough people interested in joining.

Usually I have a so-so track record with fantasy sports.  Either I get a great group of players and have an amazing season, or I really bomb (as evidenced by my hockey league this year…second last place.  Ouch!).  The only problem is it’s hard to determine where I go wrong.  For instance, sometimes I would bomb terribly with a hand-picked squad.  Or, I might excel with a hand-picked squad.  Or I might do really well with players I just let the software draft for me.

Well as I said, my hockey team this year bombed – I thought I had a decent squad of players.  I think part of the problem is I ignore the stats for anyone who doesn’t play for my team (Ottawa Senators), and don’t adjust – or at least I don’t do enough adjusting.  So I thought I’d use a different approach this year.

I’m still going to hand-pick my team.  However I’m going to pick for several different stats, as opposed to getting all the star players.  I figure that this way, I’ll maximize my points.  I’ll have some players who get stats everywhere, as well as key players that get stats in certain areas.  In theory it will all add up to tons of points.

So I’m going to have to do some major research.  I’m thinking I’m going to mainly find some diamonds in the rough – young players who did very well last year / are projected to do well this year.  Add some perennial performers and I should have a strong team.  After that I’ll have to pay attention to stats and make adjustments as necessary.

Wish me luck!


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