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March 31, 2014

My Model Portfolio

Yes, I Paid for Trout

by Wilson Karaman


Mike Gianella recently 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 Wilson’s offering, along with an explanation of how he assembled his crew.

I very rarely play in any kind of auction format and have none on my plate this season, so this was a pretty exciting exercise for me. I also have yet to experience the pleasure of owning Mike Trout in any league or format, and I’ll be damned if I wasn’t going to figure out a way to shoehorn him into my budget this time.

The pitching ranks are swollen with relatively cheap upside arms this year, and I figured I’d be able to put together at least a potentially top-flight staff on the cheap while saving enough cap space to invest in the big man, and I was able to clear juuuust enough room to get it done. I tend to approach auction drafts by splitting my team needs into three sections: the infield (including CI and MI slots), the outfield and utility slots, and pitching. And I’ll generally aim to keep spending roughly equal between the three sections. I knew I would be targeting Trout, and thus likely to need a little bit of extra wiggle room to prop up a top-heavy outfield. But I was very pleased overall that I didn’t have to skew my margins too significantly, and I was able to put together a team that I think, at least on paper, looks quite strong.

INFIELD ($90, 34.6% of budget)

I set out to keep my infield spending to about one-third of my total budget and basically accomplished that feat while fielding what I expect to be an outstanding infield with solid versatility. I like Perez as a strong batting-average play capable of bumping his home runs up into the mid-teen range this year. He’s also likely to be among the league leaders in games caught, meaning another 500-plus-plate-appearance season from him can be expected, and that volume helps his strong average play that much bigger.

Hosmer is one of my favorite players this season, and I was happy to see him listed for that relative bargain of a price. He allowed me to go slightly larger than I was anticipating at CI, and I was equally thrilled to see Abreu sitting there for $10. Obvious caveats given nobody’s seen him in a game that counts yet, but I love this guy’s swing and approach, and I think he delivers some of the best return on investment at that price of anyone in the game.

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