On Friday, March 21, Mike Gianella released Version Four of his 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 Mike's offering, along with an explanation of how he assembled his crew.
When I first constructed this idea, it seemed like a fun way for us to represent “our guys” as they appeared within Mike’s values. But as it’s gotten closer and closer to crunch time, the pressure has started to build and at some point I had to just cut it off, call it a team and move on.
Essentially, I started the exercise by perusing the dregs of Mike’s values to see which players I liked at very little cost, so I could maximize the number of big-ticket items I was able to get towards the top. Of course, this was easier on the pitching side (as I had assumed), but I set out with a lofty goal of building a strong $50 pitching staff and blowing the rest of the money on offense. I tend to skew way towards hitting in mixed leagues anyway, but I thought I could get the most about of value this way. It turns out, I didn’t even need $50 to build a pitching staff I liked—but we’ll get to that a bit later.
From a balance standpoint, I wanted seven starters and two closers on the pitching staff and on offense, the big category winner flanked by as many average and power guys as I could muster. I’m very pleased with the way the team turned out, and think I have a good chance of finishing at or near the top if a few of my pitchers hit. Well, not “hit” hit, but you know what I mean.
Some of these names will not surprise you at all. In fact, very few of these names will. In the end, that 210/50 split that I wanted to take in a vacuum turned into a 221/39 split and resulted in an offense that I think will be pretty dominant. Let’s take a look at the videotape:
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