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March 26, 2014

My Model Portfolio

A Loaded Outfield

by Paul Sporer


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 are using the mixed-league values.
  • You can use any player not on Mike's sheet for $1.
  • The scoring will be 5x5 roto, so we're not just picking the players who will return the most value.
  • Eligibility is kept to the positions applicable right now. No potential in-season eligibility is to be considered.

We will track these teams throughout the season to see how everyone fared. Below is Paul's offering, along with an explanation of how he assembled his crew.

INFIELD

I stayed out of the superstar tiers but still came away with a strong crew. Betting on Pujols and Hill rebounds offers a lot of value upside while I see more strong work on the horizon for LuCroy and Carpenter—a pair of 2013 breakouts. Carpenter will have a tough time repeating his MLB-best 126 runs, but his batting average and on-base skills are legitimate, and that offense isn’t going to implode, so another triple-digit mark in runs seems reasonable.

I prefer to bet on the potential of Utley staying healthy (at least, relatively) for one more super-season in a format like this as opposed to more of a WYSIWYG option like Brandon Phillips or Martin Prado (both $8). If Utley does suffer a big injury, replacing him won’t be a backbreaking challenge in a 12-team mixed league, so why not go for the potential of greatness with a sub-$10 price tag?

OUTFIELD

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