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November 21, 2013

Fantasy Freestyle

AFL First Pitch Forums Draft, Part Two

by Paul Sporer


Last week I took you through the first 10 rounds of my NFBC draft from early November and asked if there would be any interest in going through the final 13 rounds that we conducted in Arizona (the final 27 rounds will start sometime in December and take place online) and it seems as though y’all are interested! For those who missed the first part or don’t want to click over and catch up on my team through 10 rounds, here is a review:

My Team So Far:

  • C – none*
  • 1B-3B-CI – Votto, Longoria, Lawrie
  • 2B-SS-MI – Desmond
  • OFx5 – Brown, Werth, Hamilton, Granderson
  • Px9 – Verlander, Chapman

*Catchers were going like mad in this draft. There were 10 off the board by the end of round 10 and little did I know that it was just the beginning.

Round 11
Getting two pitchers in the first five rounds afforded me the ability to wait a little for my second start and third pitcher overall which is good because I was thrilled with my last three picks (Werth-B.Hamilton-Granderson) and I would have hated to feel like I had to take a starter in one of those spots. It probably would’ve just made me regret the Lawrie pick a little more. I jumped back in the pitcher pool this round with Francisco Liriano, a risky proposition to be sure.

Coming into 2013 I was slightly intrigued by Liriano, but he had to show me something. A start or two wasn’t going to do it, I needed five or six before I would buy in. He had a 1.75 ERA after his first six starts and a 2.02 after 16. Even a 10-ER shellacking in Coors only pushed him up to 2.83. Allowing 11 ER in eight innings in his bookend starts during September left him just above 3.00 for the season, at 3.02 in 161 innings, but it was still an overwhelming success. Health is a bigger concern for me than continued strong performance. I would gladly take 175 innings, but that would be a four-year high.

Round 12

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