NFBC – Team Three – Machado Mania
In my third draft, I had the ninth pick. This league is different from my first two. It is still NFBC but only twelve teams, and only thirty rounds. We will use FAAB to add/remove from the roster after the season starts. That changes the drafting strategy as you can’t simply load up on all the backup closer options, you need to make sure you draft some bonafide closers.
Machado is one of my favorite players so I wanted one league where he was on my team. Having the ninth pick I felt fairly confident he would to me. Especially when the first pick was Trea Turner instead of Mike Trout. There is almost no way that is going to work out for that team but hats off for trying something different.
This draft is done on-line with all league owners present with only 30 seconds between picks so you have to work fast.
Machado did fall to me so I had my pick. Coming back around I wanted a shortstop but I believe in Carlos Correa a little more than Cory Seager so I snagged Correa. With Machado, I now had either the two best shortstops or a 3rd/SS combo. I was shocked to see Encarnacion available to me with my 3rd pick so I scooped him up. With that kind of start to my offense, I could concentrate on pitching.
Picked up Archer with the 5th pick to anchor the rotation and Seung Hwan Oh as my main closer.
I wouldn’t have taken a 2nd baseman but Kinsler fell to me in the 6th so now I had a full infield. Coming back around for the 7th pick I got Jose Abreu. I finished up my top ten with Kyle Seager, Tanaka, and Cain.
Damn, this was shaping up to be a great draft. Now all I had to do was not screw it up.
Players who I coveted late and got were Carlos Gomez (12th round), Gausman (15th round), Puig (20th round), Hunter Renfroe (22nd round). Neil Walker fell to me in the 25th round. That is just crazy.
Same players on all my teams
Cameron Rupp (23rd round)
Brandon Finnegan (28th round)
The only Dodgers I have on this team are Puig and Alex Wood who I took with the 30th pick. Urias went later in the draft (15th round) than the others and I could have taken him instead of taking my first catcher Martin the 14th.
Dodger Draft notes: Three Dodgers went in the 9th round Hill, Grandal, and Maeda
Kershaw was the 6th pick
Kenta in the 9th
Hill in the 9th
Urias in the 15th
Wood in the 30th (Me)
Ryu in the 27th
Kazmir – not drafted
Brock Stewart – not drafted
Ross Stripling – not drafted
Jansen in the 4th
Dayton – not drafted
Pedro Baez – not drafted
Romo 34th – not drafted
Seager in the 2nd (24th overall)
Turner in the 12
Grandal in the 9th
Gonzalez went in the 18th (latest I’ve seen for him)
Forsythe in the 22nd
Joc in the 18th
Puig in the 20th
Toles – not drafted
Andre – not drafted
Gutierrez – not drafted
Among my three drafts so far I like this team the most. We shall see.
The ranking comes via the Rotowire projection simulator for 5×5.
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