March 26, 2014
My Model Portfolio
Clayton Kershaw Leads the Way
On Friday, Mike Gianella released his latest mixed league Bid Limits, which spurred an idea from Bret Sayre called Model Portfolios, wherein the fantasy staff (and anyone else on the BP roster who wants to participate) will create their own team within the confines of a standard 23-man, $260 budget. The roster being constructed includes: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, OFx5, UTx2, and Px9 along with the following standards issued by Sayre:
We will track these teams throughout the season to see how everyone fared. Below is Craig's offering, along with an explanation of how he assembled his crew.
I’ll admit to feeling a little overwhelmed when I began this assignment. I had a lot of questions and, more to the point, a lot of decisions to make. Honestly, I’ve played in more head-to-head leagues than Roto in my life, so I’m not the guy who figures out how many points are needed to win and then goes and gets those points (though I admit that’s the smart way to do it). In the end it’s all about drafting a team that can compete and that I like. Rather than pick guys I hate because I think they’ll make me win, I prefer to pick guys I like because I can at least justify it to myself later. Sure it’s a form of self-handicapping but hey, I’ve been doing that all my life.
The true dilemma here though was not so much whom to pick but whom other players were picking and how I could differentiate myself from them in a good way. My biggest debate settled on Billy Hamilton. He’s almost impossible to rate because we have no idea if he’ll hit enough to remain in the big leagues, but even if he’s a merely bad hitter, he’s going to lead the league in steals. That being the case, can I afford to leave him off my roster? If everyone else gambles on him I’m starting from dead last. Even if I take him, I’m merely starting from the same baseline as everyone else who took him. That means I need to add more speed just to compete in stolen bases, and is it worth investing that much to merely compete in one category.
That’s the intriguing part about this “my dream portfolio” series… we can all take the same players. It’s no normal draft because the baseline of what is even competitive changes. Add in that as of right now I have no idea how many people are going to be in this “league” and I don’t know how much damage punting an entire category will cost me. Anyway, my roster is below, including some small notes at the bottom: