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|
|Utley in the 2nd Round??|
|Carlos Santana, future ex-Indian|
|Kershaw should be more dominant in '11|
|Jay Bruce is getting stronger|
|Tommy's so happy to be on our list.|
|Nice toss, Brett. No, really.|
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.