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March 27, 2014

My Model Portfolio

The Wright Guys

by Alex Kantecki


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 Alex's offering, along with an explanation of how he assembled his crew.

When Bret told me I had the opportunity to fill out a unique 23-man roster with any players of my choosing, I quickly fantasized of a star-studded lineup anchored by Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. Not only did that dream not come true, I didn’t end up with either MVP candidate on my squad. My strategy for this exercise closely resembled my normal approach in a re-draft auction, in which I try to accumulate the most value for the smallest cost possible. This was made easier because all of the prices were fixed and known ahead of time; there were no twists and turns like in a real auction. I didn’t end up selecting a single player who cost more than $30, but I did handpick some of my personal favorites. And that’s what it’s all about. That, and winning.

Position Players

Drafting three first basemen is normally a no-no, but with no moving parts, I thought, “What the hell?” There’s a potential 90 bombs between Rizzo, Abreu, and Adams, and it’s a pretty cool feeling for a homer like myself to roster both Chicago first basemen. I originally had Edwin Encarnacion slotted there, but the depth of the position allowed me to fill first base and two utility spots for less than it would have cost to keep E5. The possibility of losing Adams to a platoon weighed heavily on me, but replacing him with a safer option just wouldn’t be as fun.

Once I decided to pass on Encarnacion, that freed up extra money for my third baseman. It came down to Wright and Beltre, and I opted to go with the player with the slightly higher price tag. Owning a third baseman that can help you in all five categories was more appealing to me than a 34-year-old who only helps in four—although at this point I’m just choosing between two elite options.

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