After the past few years (getting out of school, moving in with my girlfriend, getting in engaged to my girlfriend, and of course marrying her), I finally have some free time. Well, after I figure out how to buy this place and how to stay sound financially, but yeah, I have some free time.
Diving head first into my long neglected fantasy baseball team, I had high hopes. Owner of the #1 overall draft pick in the league, I set out to execute my draft plan and I think I succeeded.
Keepers: 1B Albert Pujols and P Jeremy Bonderman. Pujols is a no-brainer and Bonderman was my best pitcher.
Infield: Pudge, Pujols, Prince Fielder, Dustin Pedroia, Stephen Drew, David Eckstein, Aubrey Huff, Frank Thomas
Outfield: Jeff Francoeur, Aaron Rowland, Mark Teahen, Delmon Young
Starting Pitching: Jeremy Bonderman, Dice-K, Felix Hernandez, Bronson Arroyo, Zack Greinke.
Relievers: Bobby Jenks, Kerry Wood, Okaijima
I think I nicely balanced between young players who are due for bigger seasons, reliable veterans in their prime, and low-risk high reward older players that are injury risks.
If the dice roll right, this team could win the whole league championship for me. The key thing is to avoid too many injuries. The past few seasons my team was built on injury prone stars (Rich Harden? Ben Sheets? Mark Prior?) and roll players. Now at least I have depth (hard for teams to get Pujols and Fielder, nevermind both) and I have strong pitching (Bonderman, Dice-K, and Hernandez can all become true aces).
This should be fun. Or very frustrating.