NQTC Fantasy Baseball Draft Grades, Part II
Here are the second half of the draft grades from the NQTC league draft last week. If you’re unable to find the first half by scrolling down for about five seconds, it’s right here. To the second half we go. Now that we’re done, feel free to rip on our teams, rip on the grades, or most importantly rip on these guys when they complain about their grades.
Don’t F With DeJesus- It’s not the easiest thing to grade your own team. I chose my own players, so if I don’t like it, that would really suck. I started off with Ryan Braun and Johan Santana in the first two rounds, and I think I was able to keep a good balance between batting and pitching throughout the draft. Morneau, Crawford, and Abreu should help Braun pile up the batting stats, while I’ll need good bounce back years from Erik Bedard and Fausto Carmona to help Johan. I also managed to steal some closers from Dan with K-Rod, Valverde, and Gregg. Yeah, on second thought, no grade here.
Mo Vaughn Mo Problems- Speaking of closers…MVMP was able to scoop up at least four guys who will have the job on opening day. The starting pitching leaves something to be desired (strikeouts), but closers are good for a lot of categories. Home runs and RBIs shouldn’t be a problem for the hitters. Ryan Howard, Carlos Lee, Matt Holliday, Carlos Pena, and Garrett Atkins should take care of that. Combining closers with power hitters is a good strategy to get some guaranteed category wins and it looks like this team pulled it off. Pitching- B, Batting-B+
The Bad Guy- Well, here I am commenting on our fantasy expert’s draft, I think this is what the name of our blog is all about. I remember thinking a few times that he got some great value during the draft. Rollins and Dunn are the stars, but batters like Mark Reynolds, Matt Kemp, Mike Jacobs, and Carlos Delgado will put up good power numbers and came way late in the draft. This allowed the Bad Guy to stockpile some pitching. Tim Lincecum and Haren are two of the best there are and Broxton is poised for an outstanding year. Another player of note is Giants catcher Pablo Sandoval. Look for a great year from this guy. Pitching- B+, Batting- B
Sharapova’s Thigh- This is probably a good thing for the Thigh’s chances, but I’m not really wild about this team. It’s not that it’s bad, it’s more that there just aren’t guys on it I like. Guys like Teixeira, Kinsler, Jewkilis, and Markakis will undoubtedly produce. I like Billingsley on the pitching staff and obviously am a fan of Verlander and Marmol, but the rest of the guys just seem like solid pitchers I don’t care about. What great analysis huh? So there’s your bulletin board material Thigh guy, can’t wait for the inevitable beating they put on me in our first match-up. Pitching- C+, Batting- B
AFine Has No Friends- I really couldn’t like the first three rounds of this draft much more. Utley, Berkman, and Webb is a fantastic start to a team. Stephen Drew and Joey Votto were also solid picks later in the draft to round out a solid batting lineup. After Webb, the starting pitching gets very average and the closers have some serious questions including Hoffman’s health and Sherrill’s rocky spring. Look out for Zack Greinke’s depression to bring down clubhouse morale. Pitching- B-, Batting- B+
Rod Beck’s Mullet- Beck’s Mullet has some amazing hitters including Josh Hamilton and Magglio Ordonez, while Roy Halladay leads the pitching staff. The outfield is downright sick with the above mentioned guys and Raul Ibanez. Keeping in mind that those guys will be sufficient for a solid season, the supporting cast isn’t that great. Wood and Fuentes are the primary relievers, but Chris Ray could have the job in Baltimore before too long. John Lackey should be a solid second starter, but the elbow problems have to be a concern. Kershaw and Kuroda don’t have me rushing to praise the staff as a whole though. Pitching- B-, Batting- A-