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  1. Went 19-2 in the regular season only to lose in the first round of the playoffs

    Comment by adohaj — September 19, 2011 @ 9:44 am

  2. Injuries to all of my power hitters minus Tulo and three of my best pitchers really hurt. I limped into the playoffs under .500. The luck dragons killed me in a battle against the #1 seed where sitting Chacin and starting A-Rod on Saturday would have meant the difference between championship game and 3rd place game.

    It’s been a rough year.

    Comment by Stuck in a slump — September 19, 2011 @ 9:59 am

  3. If I qualify for all 3 of the above, is that triple winning or triple losing? Tiger blood.

    Comment by JT — September 19, 2011 @ 10:01 am

  4. Oh, Brett Anderson, why did you have to break my heart?

    Yeah, everyone knew he was getting TJ at some point. But you watch a guy with that kind of talent and wishful thinking kicks in.

    Comment by Matt — September 19, 2011 @ 10:17 am

  5. It went wrong when I spent a really early draft pick on Ryan Zimmerman, who I was convinced was going to be a fantasy stud at a thin position, only to have him injured for good chunks of the season.
    My hitter heavy draft strategy bit me in the ass when I found more good hitters on waivers than I knew what to do with them, but couldnt buy a pitcher to save my life. I figured I could coast by on late round pitcher picks like Brandon Morrow and Ted Lilly.
    Luckily, I traded Adam Dunn early in the season, advertising him as a “buy low” guy. Unfortunately, the guy I traded him for was another “buy low”: John Danks. When all was said and done, Danks ended up having some decent starts, but he wasn’t worth how high I drafted Dunn (and I won’t share that info, too embarassing).
    The Good? I traded Anderson (with Kuroda) for Votto and immediately had buyers guilt because it sapped my starting pitching. But laughed a week later when Anderson went under. Also, I knew enough to pass on the grossly overrated Crawford in the draft.

    Comment by Ben — September 19, 2011 @ 10:24 am

  6. Hanley, Crawford, and Heyward were tough enough, but I survived through them and had a good season… and then Tommy Hanson and Rickie Weeks got hurt, and the Red Sox (and by extension A-Gon) stopped hitting. Yay.

    Comment by Nathan — September 19, 2011 @ 10:37 am

  7. “I’m drafting Carl Crawford in the second round, there’s no way I’ll finish last in steals.”

    Comment by dutch — September 19, 2011 @ 10:48 am

  8. I was first in the league in the regular season, but ended up with a seventh place finish. the luck dragon burnt my team pretty hard

    Comment by kampfer — September 19, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  9. Went 8-13 due to drafting Hanley, Dunn, Weeks, Liriano among others, snuck in with a 6 seed, but I find myself in the championship due to my fill ins getting hot at the right time (a la the 2010 Giants offense). I love the must’ve sold my soul to get right with the luck dragons

    Comment by Beachy Keen — September 19, 2011 @ 10:52 am

  10. You had Hanley, Crawford, and AGon? Do you play in a one-team league?

    Comment by GVeers — September 19, 2011 @ 11:24 am

  11. My first four picks were:



    Comment by Schu — September 19, 2011 @ 11:56 am

  12. At the beginning of the season I was offered Ellsbury as part of a multiplayer trade, and I shrewdly held out for Ichiro instead.

    Comment by mcbrown — September 19, 2011 @ 11:58 am

  13. What went wrong?

    Comment by Max — September 19, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

  14. whos the idiot that traded away Texiera, David Ortiz, Brett Gardner, Kuroda, and Chapman for Hanley, Nick Swisher, Jaime Garcia (I forgot how to pitch in Aug), and Gallardo…..

    This trade literally bit me in the butt. The only consolation i have is that i get hanley as a keeper for next season.

    Comment by underachievers — September 19, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

  15. what went wrong? 4 most expensive picks were hanley, shin soo choo, ichiro, and zimmerman… traded zimmerman, coco crisp and jj hardy in july for youkilis and crawford right before zimm took off and youk crashed (hitting less than .200 for me)…

    but i’m still in first place in roto? so i guess i’m not in the right place

    Comment by weenis — September 19, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

  16. Yes, luck dragons complaints thread!

    Regular season champ/#1 seed in my 16 team H2H but bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the #8 seed (w/ a losing record!!!) because Doug Fister and Javier Vazquez went crazy.

    Are there luck leprechauns that make scrubs perform well much like there are luck dragons who make good players temporarily suck?

    Comment by Scott — September 19, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  17. NL Only League

    Sandoval – out forever
    Matt Holliday – what is his problem
    Pujols – 2 weeks on DL reallyyyyy hurt me
    Orlando hudson – i need all the counting stats i can get
    Chris Heisey – best PH
    Wainwright – cheap keeper $6
    Strasburg – actually surprised me and played $3 keeper
    Rasmus – virus

    And the worst move of all time—–drafting javy vasquez and dropping him after first 7 miserable starts (AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT HE HAS DONE SINCE!)

    Comment by Telo2 — September 19, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

  18. oh wait…..Ryan HOWARD!!

    Comment by Telo2 — September 19, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

  19. I had Verlander, Kershaw, and tommy handsome all year, along with Grienke (traded gavin floyd and bartolo colon for him (!)) and mat latos (traded delmon young for him), which pretty much solidified my staff as the best in the league by a whole lot. i finished in second, my hitting consisted of cano, a-rod, prince fielder, jj hardy, shane victorino, and beltran but i was really burned on adam dunn (6th round pick… sigh) and even though i got great value for jayson werth (like 12th round), he still blew. it really sucks having the 2 cy young winners and still losing. but the first place team had ryan braun, matt kemp, and curtis granderson (not to mention paul konerko, nelson cruz, mike napoli, and a whole host of other batters) and lost in the first round to the 8th seed.

    Comment by Harry K — September 19, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

  20. The most frustrating part is that I was in 1st or 2nd place for most of the season up until this last month and a half, when my pitching staff inexplicably let me down (Weaver, Haren, Gallardo (he really let me down early honestly), Freddy Garica, etc…) and my bats started drying up and/or injured (Youklis on the DL, Morse hitting a drought).

    Sadly unless the front runner has a complete meltdown and I suddenly excel it is the 2nd place fiddle for me… The only consolations are that I have the following keepers for next year: Bautista@$35, Morse@$6, Weaver@$29, Granderson@$21, and Kinsler@$29.

    Comment by ettin — September 19, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

  21. One person who’s name hasn’t come up: Alex Rios. How was that guy like the 50th slot on Yahoo?

    Comment by Max — September 19, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

  22. Nice, a thread for complaining about Fantasy Baseball

    This is a collection of what went wrong for 3 of my teams:

    Zimmerman going down
    Rios being awful
    Ichiro turning 56
    Anderson’s TJ
    Aardsma not coming back for forever
    Tex’s low AVG
    Trading for Youk before he fell off a cliff


    Comment by WiersNRAF — September 19, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

  23. You must have acknowledged the risk associated with Morneau when you drafted him, right? At least around here in Minnesota no one seemed too optimistic about him.

    As far as my fantasy baseball season goes, the highlight was in my family’s league where my mom drafted Tsuyoshi Nisioka with her first round pick. That might go down as my favorite memory of my entire life.

    Comment by drewcorb — September 19, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

  24. Finished middle of the pack due to horrendous seasons from Crawford, Dunn, and Soria. Good pitching barely kept things together. At the deadline traded Verlander/Shields for Kinsler/Tulowitzki (and other incidentals). Since the trade neither my team nor the team of the guy I traded with budged from their respective positions. Can’t wait until next year …

    Comment by Lyle Schweik — September 19, 2011 @ 4:53 pm

  25. Not believing in Jose Bautista.

    Comment by Jose — September 19, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

  26. I traded Jose Bautista and Cole Hamels for Carl Crawford Phil Hughes and Jholys Chacin before the season started thinking I had Miguel Cabrera and Kevin Youkilis at the corners.

    Here we are months later and I traded Crawford for Jason Heyward and a 6th out of 10 place finish.

    I cry everytime I think about that trade. It’s a keeper league too.

    Comment by Buyer's Remorse — September 19, 2011 @ 7:09 pm

  27. $58 on Crawford in my auction league. I couldn’t even defend that one the next day.

    First five rounds of my H2H draft:

    Ooh, and Carlos Pena in the middle rounds. Doomed from the start.

    Comment by J. Bowman — September 19, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

  28. my first place roto team, i don’t even need to mention how much went wrong during the season, is now collapsing with a week to go. BA has dropped .040 points in like 2 1/2 weeks, no one’s homering, everyone i pick up sucks and everyone i drop to do it hits (scutaro today…) and motte and kimbrel just blew 2 chances at crucial saves i need. god deaaaaamn

    Comment by j-bones — September 19, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

  29. lots of crappy fantasy owners with crappy teams crying in this thread.

    Comment by cs3 — September 20, 2011 @ 12:07 am

  30. I take it that your foul mood is brought on by yet another last place finish? I know its tough, but hang in there and just try to lay off the ESPN fantasy site, OK?

    *pats cs3 gently* There, there…

    Comment by Brad — September 20, 2011 @ 1:48 am

  31. Went 206-120-26 in regular season to get the 1 seed. Had a bye week, then lost to 5 seed in the playoffs. Pitching staff was never great, but decided to blow up. Oh, and Nelson Cruz might be back tonight, or tonight, or tonight, or tonight, or tonight, or tonight…

    Comment by Chris H — September 20, 2011 @ 2:52 am

  32. Or an auction and he spent all his money on those guys. I’m in a deep auction league where one team spent all of their money on a few players and then his lack of depth killed him. Maybe this is what happened to Nathan.

    Comment by Bill — September 20, 2011 @ 11:07 am

  33. You need to be in a stronger league. It sounds like you had a two team league. It’s a lot more fun doing well in a competitive league.

    Comment by Bill — September 20, 2011 @ 11:10 am

  34. I finished 2nd in the regular season, but was bounced by a whisker in the first round of the playoffs. Came down to the last batter in the last game on a Sunday night. All I needed was one hit from David Wright. Instead, 0-for-5. But there’s no crying in baseball.

    Comment by Menthol — September 20, 2011 @ 11:28 am

  35. I didn’t fail as an owner… they failed as players :-P

    Comment by shibboleth — September 20, 2011 @ 11:50 am

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