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Tuesday 22nd Aug 2017

No, this is not another Mike Trout article.

Chad Schroeder has been and remains the best fantasy player in the world.  Virtually every year, whether it’s in baseball or football -- the NFFC, FFPC, or NFBC -- his teams rise toward the top of the leaderboards.  He’s won more championships than I can count.  In 2012 his NFBC teams are at it again.  For a number of weeks Chad has been leading the NFBC XII ($50,000 prize) and the NFBC Main Event ($100,000).  If he wins both a $75,000 bonus will kick in, bringing the grand total to $225.000.   I’ve studied and dissected his drafts (as I do anyone who performs well) to try to identify a common thread. To this date I cannot find one, other than he wins and wins a lot.  This week we’ll examine his first place Main Event team anyway to see what we can uncover.

This year Schroeder started drafting Joey Votto from 1.8 and followed that up with Andrew McCutchen at 2.8.  He started off with two players that have returned early 1st round value.  I highly recommend this strategy.  J  Let’s take a look at his first 10 picks:

 

1.8 Joey Votto
2.8 Andrew McCutchen
3.8 Brett Lawrie
4.8 CC Sabathia
5.8 Paul Konerko
6.8 Adam Jones
7.8 Yu Darvish
8.8 Gio Gonzalez
9.8 Emilio Bonifacio
10.8 Brandon League

As you can see, a key to any championship is drafting players that don’t suck.  Draft players that perform well.  Ok, setting aside the jests, he took 3 starting pitchers with his first 10 picks.  Gio Gonzalez struck out 197 batters in 32 starts last year in the AL, so it stood to reason he’d pick up a few more K’s in the senior circuit facing a pitcher instead of a designated hitter.  He is on pace for 220 strikeouts this year.  The whirling Darvish is on pace for 224 K’s.  The command problems and WHIP liability are no surprise, but neither is his dominance. CC Sabathia survived a brief stint on the disabled list and is still on pace for 200 K’s.  The Yankees left-hander has had five straight years of 197 or more punchouts.  Getting 600-650 K’s from starters 1-3 obviously lays an excellent pitching foundation.  He addressed the corner infield positions locking up sure power and worried not about position scarcity.  No catchers or middle infielders appear in the early mix, as he waited until the 8th round to secure Emilio Bonifacio.  In his first three picks he laid an offensive foundation by locking up 70 HR’s and 60 SB’s.  In his first six picks those totals rise to 130+/75.  He only took one starter, which is interesting as I and others have advocated nailing down two aces in the first six draft picks.  Let’s look at the next ten picks:

11.8 Rafael Betancourt
12.8 Angel Pagan
13.8 Chris Perez
14.8 J.P. Arencibia
15.8 Logan Morrison
16.8 Ian Desmond
17.8 Brandon McCarthy
18.8 Allen Craig
19.8 Gordon Beckham
20.8 Mike Carp

Waiting on closers paid off.  Chris Perez claimed that he pitched through an injury last year that decreased his effectiveness, but fantasy owners focused more on his drop in K’s and ERA/WHIP spike.  An oblique injury in spring training further lowered his ADP.   All setting the stage for another great value pick for this fantasy professional.  Three closers in rounds 9-13 round out the second third of his fantasy rotation.  In round 14 we see the first catcher selection, and in round 16 he drafted just his second middle infielder.  So much for position scarcity, Ian Desmond has broken out in a big way.

21.8 Henderson Alvarez
22.8 R.A. Dickey
23.8 Brett Cecil
24.8 Bartolo Colon
25.8 Josh Thole
26.8 Tyler Clippard
27.8 Marlon Byrd
28.8 Robert Andino
29.8 Nick Masset
30.8 Bronson Arroyo

R.A. Dickey has to be the pick of the year.  Strategy wise at this point, he’s already laid the foundation for his staff and is selecting pitchers with upside. Dickey in effect is that 2nd elite ace that I advocate getting in the first six rounds.  Obviously if you can draft Cy Young in round 22, by all means, do that instead.  Another outstanding draft for Chad that has put him in the driver’s seat, headed yet again for another huge pay day.

Comments   

0 #2 Patrick Wisniewski 2012-08-01 21:14
Quoting Polka:
Well I have 5 of the top 10 and am destroying my hometown league.....AND would really be doing them in if Stanton and Longoria make it back soon, along with Votto!

I'm beginning to love baseball more than football, until I start to really put in the hours in football, and am stockpiling notes for Hockey too! That's a High Stakes league I wish there were more of too!

Mine was an Auction League though...CC and Darvish are dealing for me, but my third pitcher, is Lester and if this was a trade league He'd been gone like yesterdays news!
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0 #1 Patrick Wisniewski 2012-08-01 21:04
Well I have 5 of the top 10 and am destroying my hometown league.....AND would really be doing them in if Stanton and Longoria make it back soon, along with Votto!

I'm beginning to love baseball more than football, until I start to really put in the hours in football, and am stockpiling notes for Hockey too! That's a High Stakes league I wish there were more of too!
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