Trying to win the FSWA championship ... again
Everything came together in 2013 for R.J. White as he took home the Fantasy Sports Writers Association fantasy baseball title. Can he do it again this year?
Two weeks ago I drafted my team for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association competition, a multileague slugfest in which teams compete not only to finish first in their own separate 12-team roto leagues but also first in the overall competition amongst teams in all leagues. I don't have to tell you that winning a multileague competition takes a great draft, shrewd in-season moves and a whole lotta luck.
Last year, I happened to have all three, finishing first out of 72 teams.
It's going to be even tougher to win it all in 2014, with 96 teams taking part in the eight-league battle. Below I've listed my team, drafting out of the sixth slot. This is a 5x5 roto league with tweaks to the categories and settings. Hitting categories include runs, RBI, stolen bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Pitching categories include quality starts, saves, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP. Hitters have a maximum number of games played as a group that's so high it's virtually unattainable without an unfathomable run of injury luck.
Pitchers, however, are restricted to a limit of 180 starts, with no limit on appearances or innings. For that reason, I like to load up my team with quality RPs and use my bench spots to cycle my rotation into the lineup. Normal 14-hitter, nine-pitcher starting lineup applies, with a five-man bench.
My draft results are posted below. Will it be enough to win back-to-back championships? We'll see.
6 Troy Tulowitzki, Col SS
19 Shin-Soo Choo, Tex OF
30 Buster Posey, SF C
43 Albert Pujols, LAA 1B
54 Ryan Zimmerman, Wsh 3B
67 Wil Myers, TB OF
78 Matt Cain, SF SP
91 Aaron Hill, Ari 2B
102 Mat Latos, Cin SP
115 Jered Weaver, LAA SP
126 Hisashi Iwakuma, Sea SP
139 Danny Salazar, Cle SP
150 Khris Davis, Mil OF
163 Jonathan Papelbon, Phi RP
174 Huston Street, SD RP
187 Patrick Corbin, Ari SP (cut, replaced with James Paxton)
198 Adam Lind, Tor 1B
211 Alexei Ramirez, CWS SS
222 Jose Veras, ChC RP
235 Carlos Quentin, SD OF
246 LaTroy Hawkins, Col RP
259 Eric Young Jr., NYM OF
270 Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mia C
283 Matt Joyce, TB OF
294 Jesse Crain, Hou RP
307 Ben Revere, Phi OF
318 Jake Peavy, Bos SP
331 Kelvin Herrera, KC RP
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