Jeepers, Keepers: Time to Find Some Ottoneu Sleepers (pt 1)

The deadline to keep players in Ottoneu passed Thursday evening at midnight, and today I thought it might be fun to run my roster through the wringer. After all, I’m eagerly trying to gain the acceptance of my readers! But seriously, I sort of am.

So here’s the Fangraphs Staff League II. My team name is “Bang the Woodrum”, and we are in a 12 team league — I just noticed Woodrum named his team “I am Warneing You” — with FanGraphs points (linear weights) scoring. The budget is $400, and I’ve filled 31 roster spots with $344. Last year, I led down the stretch until innings limits sabotaged me at the last second, leaving me in third place.


C- Joe Mauer $24
C- Wilin Rosario $5
1B- Joey Votto $52
2B- Jose Altuve $7
SS- Andrelton Simmons $4
3B- Chase Headley $12
MI- Open
OF- Jay Bruce $28
OF- Yoenis Cespedes $16
OF- Josh Willingham $13
OF- Jason Kubel $10
OF- Bryce Harper $33
UTIL- Ben Revere $5
Bench – Lonnie Chisenhall $6
Bench – Lorenzo Cain $5
Minors- Xander Bogaerts $3
Minors- Miguel Sano $6
Minors- Oscar Taveras $2

So if I could do it over, I might cut Chisenhall, but honestly he’s going to start at third for the Indians, and I am still a believer he could be an asset at third for me. Even if not, I have Headley at a pretty awesome price. I really like the pricing I have on Headley, Willingham, Kubel, and all my minors guys except Sano (homer), and think I was pretty financially responsible overall. My remaining budget will go toward middle infield (I cut Jose Reyes at $40ish bucks, I believe), and probably to starting pitching, which I shall now unveil.

SP- Anibal Sanchez $16
SP- Jon Niese $11
SP- Shaun Marcum $10
SP- Homer Bailey $10
SP- Johan Santana $8
SP- A.J. Burnett $7
SP- Michael Fiers $5
SP- Ivan Nova $4
RP- Craig Kimbrel $15
RP- Rafael Soriano $7
RP- Huston Street $6
RP- Glen Perkins $5
RP- Steve Cishek $3
RP- Drew Storen $6

With a do-over, I’d cut Marcum for sure. With pitching volatility what it is, I don’t like spending big dollars on higher-tier pitchers, rather preferring to go low and slow with a handful of guys who I can replace and not ruin my budget with in the event of an injury. I really, really like my bullpen, and even though I don’t like the price on Storen, I think he’s good Soriano insurance at that price but probably not a penny more.

So what do you think? Have I got a good chance to at least replicate my third place showing?

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  1. David says:

    I’m a little surprised to see Santana kept at $8. He’s so injury-prone and at this point in his career his ceiling isn’t even all that high even when he is healthy.

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  2. Concerned Fellow says:

    I’m very concerned with your starting rotation. No one really jumps out at me as an anchor to that staff. Can you win a linear weights league like that? I’ve never played one, but I think that would be tough.

    On the other hand, you have a very impressive offense. Very impressive.

    If I were you, I’d spend every remaining dollar available to upgrade pitching.

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    • Stuck in a Slump says:

      For $7 I really like Burnett’s chances of duplicating his 2012 for the Pirates, if Bailey and Neise can step it up a notch, the rotation isn’t nearly as bad as it seems. Those four last year averaged 199 IP with a K/9 > 7, given his bullpen, I think he may do alright pitching wise, but he’s certainly not going to dominate with it.

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      • Stuck in a Slump says:

        Woops, forgot to throw in Sanchez to make it four. Still, no one amazing on that staff, but those four are certainly solid.

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      • I probably will. I cut Jon Lester at $30something, but I think he’ll be out there for less. I hope to add two arms and a middle infielder, I think.

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  3. Chad Young says:

    I can’t tell you how many times this off-season I was looking at rosters and got your team and Woodrum’s confused. We could make this really confusing and force everyone in the league to name their team after someone else in the league.

    By the way, I think Storen is more than Soriano insurance. In fact, I like Storen more than Street at that price and more than Cishek in general. Storen should get plenty of chances to grab holds and the one point difference between holds and saves is not enough to justify the typical premium people pay to get closers.

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  4. mort says:

    ugh. the only drawback to this website is the Ottoneu articles.
    No one cares about other people’s fantasy teams

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    • Ruki Motomiya says:

      Then why are you in the section about Fantasy teams?

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    • philosofool says:

      If this is a complaint that the Ottoneu articles aren’t very good because there’s too much rumination over individual owners teams, say that more specifically.

      If you’re complaining that you don’t play Ottoneu, just ignore those articles.

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    • kdm628496 says:


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      • indyralph says:

        I don’t see why you need to be sorry. In a snake draft situation mort’s complaint might be valid, since the flow of the draft dictates so much. In ottoneu, roster construction is the name of the game, so every decision needs to be evaluated in the context of the roster. I think the most helpful discussions are about how much you paid for somebody and why.

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  5. gpchurchill says:

    you are going to love storen after he gets traded in spring training…to detroit.

    i like your team a lot, though i am not sure that is a good thing.

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  6. How many points won your league last year?

    I cut Chisenhall at approx. the same cost; I’m not sure Revere’s going to get you enough at util to win; I agree with David re: Santana, I bet you could get someone of equal talent/point potential for less $.

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  7. Polka says:

    I really like how you assembled this squad and all your Minor Leaguers are legit…you have power and steal covered by various OF spots, Great closers too.
    Every team has someone that they’d shitcan after the point…your starters are High K/9 guys all with upside or inflated era’s. for this team the throw backs would be maybe Fiers and Nova, but at the prices you had to get them…
    good job, keep us posted on how this turns out for you. Why didn’t you spend all of your money?

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  8. JimmyD says:

    I predict 250 HR from your hitters.

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    • Stuck in a Slump says:

      I’m getting 240 before hitting his bench, Chisenhall and Cain should be worth about 15 each. That’s a pretty sick offense.

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    • Yeah, I was really confident that the Kubel and Willingham moves last year — when we did the initial draft — had real potential.

      Should be a good offensive club.

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  9. Matt Mosher says:

    Solid. But I don’t like $40 or $50 players. I know Votto was the highest ranked by LW (or at least way up there). But man – that’s risky.

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    • Yeah he’s a holdover from last year. I suppose I could have cut him and gone with Rosario behind the dish and Mauer at 1st but I don’t know that it would have been ideal.

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  10. theeiffeltower says:

    Why did you keep Revere at $5?

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