Saturday, February 12, 2011

Roto Top 100 Board (W.I.P.)

It's a lazy Saturday morning. The Albert Pujols drama is still somersaulting from the sounds inside my mind. I've been trying to put my thoughts on why it would be good for the Cubs if he resigned with the Cardinals for 10 years and $300 million, but it just isn't clicking right now. I'm blaming the Cubs' curse. There is a Green Bay Packers/Brett Favre analogy in there somewhere, too.

As we try to get the blood and ink flowing, we're drawn to our old crutch, the alter-ego of the reality tour: Fantasy Baseball.

At the risk of not winning our own 2011 rotisserie league, I thought it'd be neat to share a quick glimpse of what it's like for us to build a rotisserie draft Top 100 board from scratch.

*W.I.P. stands for Work In Progress and of course is meant as a shout out to our accounting friends!

Basically, what's going on is I brainstorm the names and rank them as they come to mind. Once players are on the list, we'll move them up and down after considering Weino's invaluable perspective as well as position scarcity and additional statistics and information. Usually, when someone comes to mind, they start at the bottom of the list. The rare exceptions are those times I forget Jason Heyward or talk myself into believing that Carlos Santana's injury is nothing to worry about.

As we get comfortable with the top of the list, we begin to number the top picks as we would the first round of the fantasy draft. We're usually pretty good at ranking the top 6 or 8 players that get picked in our draft, and it's a great feeling when someone drafts a player we have way down on our list.

This year seems much different. There are decent arguments between whom should be taken with the top pick, who should go 3rd, 4th, and so on. The only sure thing, it seems, this year is that the 2nd pick will be the remainder from Hanley Ramirez and Albert Pujols.

Please keep in mind, we do all rankings of hitters with On Base Percentage in mind, as opposed to Batting Average.

Hanley @ #1 overall is OK
Hopefully, we'll have a nice list over 100 before we need to really get ready for the draft.

Hanley
Albert
Tulo
MiggyCab
Longoria
Cano
Votto
Braun
Mauer
Utley in the 2nd Round??
D. Wright
Zimmerman
Youkilis
Utley
A-Rod
A-Gonz
Cliff Lee
Doc Halladay
Crawford
King Felix
Greinke
Matt Holliday
Teixeira
Carlos Santana, future ex-Indian
Prince
McCann
V-Mart
Carlos Santana
Buster Posey
Jose Bautista
Dan Uggla
Shin-Soo Choo
Lincecum
Josh Hamilton
Kershaw should be more dominant in '11
CarGo
Pedroia
Jose Reyes
Kinsler
Jason Heyward
Clayton Kershaw
Josh Johnson
David Price
Rickie Weeks
Matt Kemp
Jay Bruce is getting stronger
Jay Bruce
Jon Lester
Adam Wainwright
Ryan Howard
Adam Dunn
Justin Upton
Ellsbury
Ubaldo
Tommy Hanson
Verlander
Yovani Gallardo
Adrian Beltre
Andrew McCutchen
Tommy's so happy to be on our list.
Curtis Granderson
Jayson Werth
Colby Rasmus
Ichiro
Just-Mo
C.C. Sabathia
Grady Sizemore
Ricky Nolasco
Brett Anderson
Nelson Cruz
Nick Markakis
Stephen Drew
Nice toss, Brett. No, really.
J-Ro
Mat Latos
Matt Cain
Alexei Ramirez
Kendry Morales
Geovany Soto
Francisco Liriano
Aramis

What do y'all think? Who should be moved up, down, added, dropped? Leave a comment below or email me baguilera (at) gmail. Have a good weekend; there should at least be some college basketball on.

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