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Tuesday 19th Sep 2017

The season has started off slowly for me as I’ve been pre-occupied with personal things. As it stands now, I’m in a handful of leagues.  One is a 14-team mixed keeper league in which I haven’t been able to get out of my own way and wound up in rebuilding mode again last year. The second is a 16-team mixed keeper league that I won in 2012. The third is an NFBC mixed slow draft that I joined at the last minute and is now in the 12th of 50 rounds.

The last team I currently have is the Mastersball entry in the CBSSports.com Analysts Auction League, National League version. I represented the site last year in the same league which was won going away by Al Melchior of CBSSports.com. I wound up 10th of 12 teams and will be looking to avenge the site’s honor this year.

I felt pretty good with my team entering the year with my offense and pitching anchored by Andrew McCutchen and Roy Halladay, respectively, but it didn’t work out as I had expected. The entire 10th place squad (with auction values) was as follows:

C  - Miguel Montero (20), Chris Snyder (3)

CI – Jesus Guzman (3), Scott Rolen (2), Jimmy Paredes (8)

MI – Chase Utley (20), Brandon Crawford (2), Neil Walker (18)

OF – Andrew McCutchen (32), Chris Young (23), Melky Cabrera (15), Alex Presley (10), Brian Bogusevic (3)

U – Roger Bernadina (1)

P – Roy Halladay (33), Johan Santana (6), A.J. Burnett (5), Josh Collmenter (3), Jonathan Papelbon (19), Joel Hanrahan (17), Jason Motte (15), Eric Surkamp (1), Shelby Miller (1)

Bench – Juan Francisco, Scott Cousins, John Baker, Randy Wells, Jake Westbrook, Eric O’Flaherty, Guillermo Moscoso

While this team was good on saves, it turned out to be woefully light on other categories, especially home runs, runs and strikeouts.

The auction for this league is February 26. So what will my strategy be entering this draft?  I don’t really have a strategy per se but I do know I probably won’t be too involved in the bidding for the likes of top players like Ryan Braun, Clayton Kershaw and Matt Kemp, all of whom will most likely go for more than I’ll be willing to spend.

Another player I’m not too high on is Justin Upton, who will be making the move from the Valley of the Sun to Atlanta and the Braves. I expect a rebound from last year but don’t think the power will be what it was in 2011.

I doubt I’ll be too much involved in the Bryce Harper sweepstakes either. While he’s a very good talent, the outfielder is still only 20 years old and there’s a lot of hype (or high expectations, if you prefer) to meet for the price someone will have to pay.

Anyone else, I’ll at least look at. I’ll be keeping a close eye on things the next week and a half as I set out to redeem last year’s result.

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