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March 28, 2014

My Model Portfolio

Stars and Scrubs

by Mike Gianella


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.

There are two ways to try to build a strong mixed-league team: either through Stars and Scrubs or by assembling a balanced roster.

The strength of a balanced roster approach is obvious, particularly in a contest like this where you pick your team and watch it succeed or fail for the next six months. If one player crashes and burns it won’t matter so much; everyone will likely have at least one injury case that fails. If everyone produces—and if one or two players exceed expectations—you can easily “win” in a contest like this.

I decided to take the other approach. I decided to go Stars and Scrubs and build a team around Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout.

The idea here is that while many players are replaceable in a mixed league format, there is only one Cabrera and one Trout. If both put up the numbers they are capable of producing, then it makes it that much easier if one or two of my non-elite players crash and burn.

Besides, the challenge of trying to put a team around Miggy and Trout was fun.

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