There was a week to go before their AL only fantasy league draft and suddenly it was found out they had a team without an owner. A high school friend posted on facebook the need to fill the owner and so I sold some Lewis Black black tickets and bought in. The team info was sent to me, II was told I could keep 11 guys and their total would be taken off my 260 auction total. Then Sunday night we would do the remainder of the auction via conference call.
Each year fantasy baseball is a long strange journey for me. The only league I pay to play in is an 8 team AL only 4×4 rotisserie league with highly competitive adversaries. We have no add/drop, and no waiver wire, we meet once a month and draft anyone not yet on a roster. Those not on rosters can be prospects, players new to the AL from the NL or a guy who just went undrafted for whatever reason. To try and gain a major advantage I do extensive research on prospects so as to grab the guys who could be major contributors sooner rather than later. The other advantage to having a deep knowledge of the available pool of players in these drafts is that this is the only place from where we can choose keepers. For example 2 years ago at our July draft I selected Matt Moore, the Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher. He only had a cup of coffee in 2011 for the Rays, but in 2012 was a better than average fantasy starter the entire season. With that in mind the following list of 7 players should help your fantasy team THIS season. This is of course barring major injury or a trade to an NL team at some point. Continue reading
I admit it, I bailed on my MLB fantasy preview. Partly because I didn’t want to benefit my competitors in the first annual Hooking Foul league, but mostly because I got so deep into my AL only research for my big money league. So AL only players please feel free to reap the benefits of my research below.