Been a while since I did a running commentary on a draft. 12-team PPR, pretty standard.
Charles, MccCoy, AP, Forte. Pretty standard.
Lacy goes 4th.
I’m up. Not sure if I love or hate the turn this year.
Julio Jones. The screws keep the foot together, right?
Giovani Bernard. The best of a whole bunch of players I had rated equally here.
A category in a rotisserie fantasy league is a lot like a marathon; it doesn’t matter if you win by a split-second or by two hours. You don’t get bonus points for winning a category by a significant margin.
Of course, you’re not going to win every category. Unless you have the World’s Greatest Team and/or you’re in the World’s Worst Fantasy League. It doesn’t matter where you are within a category, the same logic applies. If the gap between you and the team(s) immediately behind you is huge, you don’t really need any more production in that category. Conversely, if YOU are significantly behind in a category, there’s probably not a point in continuing to chase stats in that category.
As in a almost every 5x5 baseball roto league ever, we end up talking endlessly about saves. Saves are a unique category because it’s completely specialized. You have closers on your roster to pick up saves. Sure the strikeouts and occasional vulture wins are nice. But you want them for their saves.
Something about the 2014 season has owners over-valuing closers to a certain extent. Perhaps it’s due to all of the turnover at the position. But that happens pretty much every season. No matter where you drafted them or what the “player rater” says, your closers are NOT that valuable.
I’m in a league where an owner is literally befuddled that I won’t give up Billy Hamilton for Jerry Mejia. Every trade offer comes with a note that goes something like: “c’mon man! You need saves! No saves on the waiver wire! Saves!”
If you’re throwing out Aroldis Champman or Craig Kimbrel, maybe, MAYBE, I could see such a deal. In a redraft league. Where I’m so good with steals that I could afford such a deal. But that’s it. NOBODY is giving you an elite player for your middling closer.
It’s your team. Feel free to hang on to all of your closers if you think that your HAVE to get a Godfather offer to give them up. Just know that the longer you wait, the WORSE you will do in a deal. Consider: