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I may have psyched myself out for this one.

Or maybe not. It's always an uneasy feeling when one of your teams turns out so different from all the others, and in this case, it was entirely deliberate. See, we were drafting for a 10-team Head-to-Head points league instead of the usual 12-teamer, and when you change the size of the league like that, the player pool plays differently.

We've talked repeatedly about how position scarcity is no longer a thing with home runs so widely distributed across the league, but the effect is amplified when fewer players are needed at each position. It makes it even harder to see where you can gain an advantage over your opponents when everyone matches up so well everywhere.

So I resolved that, for as long as it was an option, I would take any player with a high probability of ranking No. 1 at his position. Turns out it was an option for six rounds — longer than I expected, frankly. I got Alex Bregman for third base, Freddie Freeman for first base, Ketel Marte for second base, Yordan Alvarez for ... well, for DH, but he has top-10 potential as a hitter, Xander Bogaerts for shortstop and J.T. Realmuto for catcher. Nothing wrong with those picks. 

What made it tricky is that I'm already fully on board with stacking the pitching staff at the start of a draft, seeing it as the clearest way to gain an advantage over your competition in 2020. It's the one true scarcity in today's game (well, other than stolen bases, which don't matter in this format), and when the drop-off comes, it's crippling.

My requirement in every draft, then, has been to grab four of my top 35 starting pitchers, which would normally mean having at least two, if not three, through six rounds. This time, I had zero.

But of course, 35 stretches further with two fewer teams, and recognizing this, I still managed to come away with not just four, but five. It's just that the first is only Mike Soroka. And the four others — Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber, Lance Lynn and Shohei Ohtani — all have glaring concerns. If three of those five don't work out, the small advantages I gained at those hitter spots won't be enough to make up for the huge disadvantage I have at starting pitcher.

So would I do it again? I mean, it was a tightrope walk to come away with those five, so the uneasy feeling I have today could have been much worse. I think I expected others to back off starting pitching, too, recognizing that the urgency didn't need to be the same in such a shallow format, but they didn't really, which left me to pick through the leftovers. Meanwhile, some of the hitter values turned out to be ridiculous. I ended up getting Bo Bichette in Round 13 just because no one had a place to play him, including me. Had I anticipated that, I wouldn't have filled my DH spot so early (Round 4) and instead taken someone like Lucas Giolito or Aaron Nola to be my No. 1 starting pitcher.

But big swings are necessary in a league that's so shallow. If nothing else, you know there's an ample waiver wire to make up for them.

Here's who took part in this draft:

1) George Maselli, CBS Sports  
2) Nathan JudahExpress & Star (@NathanJudah)  
3) Phil Ponebshek, Patton & Company  
4) Frank Stampfl, CBS Sports (@Roto_Frank)   
5) Adam Aizer, CBS Sports (@AdamAizer)  
6) Nick Mimikos, Stack Attack podcast (@NMimi)  
7) B_Don, Razzball (@RazzBDon)  
8) Scott White, CBS Sports (@CBSScottWhite)  
9) Joey Mellows, Baseball Brit (@BaseballBrit)   
10) George Kurtz, Sportsgrid (@GeorgeKurtz)

Round By Round
Round 1
Pos Team Player
1 George Maselli M. Trout CF LAA
2 Nathan Judah C. Yelich RF MIL
3 Phil Ponebshek C. Bellinger RF LAD
4 Frank Stampfl G. Cole SP NYY
5 Adam Aizer M. Betts RF LAD
6 Nick Mimikos J. deGrom SP NYM
7 B_Don J. Verlander SP HOU
8 Scott White A. Bregman 3B HOU
9 Joey Mellows Z. Greinke SP HOU
10 George Kurtz R. Acuna CF ATL
Round 2
Pos Team Player
11 George Kurtz J. Flaherty SP STL
12 Joey Mellows N. Arenado 3B COL
13 Scott White F. Freeman 1B ATL
14 B_Don J. Soto LF WAS
15 Nick Mimikos A. Rendon 3B LAA
16 Adam Aizer M. Scherzer SP WAS
17 Frank Stampfl W. Buehler SP LAD
18 Phil Ponebshek M. Clevinger SP CLE
19 Nathan Judah S. Bieber SP CLE
20 George Maselli J. Ramirez 3B CLE
Round 3
Pos Team Player
21 George Maselli F. Lindor SS CLE
22 Nathan Judah P. Corbin SP WAS
23 Phil Ponebshek S. Strasburg SP WAS
24 Frank Stampfl T. Story SS COL
25 Adam Aizer J. Martinez DH BOS
26 Nick Mimikos T. Turner SS WAS
27 B_Don R. Devers 3B BOS
28 Scott White K. Marte CF ARI
29 Joey Mellows G. Springer CF HOU
30 George Kurtz C. Morton SP TB
Round 4
Pos Team Player
31 George Kurtz P. Alonso 1B NYM
32 Joey Mellows S. Marte CF ARI
33 Scott White Y. Alvarez DH HOU
34 B_Don A. Rizzo 1B CHC
35 Nick Mimikos C. Kershaw SP LAD
36 Adam Aizer L. Castillo SP CIN
37 Frank Stampfl B. Harper RF PHI
38 Phil Ponebshek J. Altuve 2B HOU
39 Nathan Judah L. Giolito SP CHW
40 George Maselli Y. Darvish SP CHC
Round 5
Pos Team Player
41 George Maselli C. Paddack SP SD
42 Nathan Judah A. Nola SP PHI
43 Phil Ponebshek B. Snell SP TB
44 Frank Stampfl O. Albies 2B ATL
45 Adam Aizer T. Glasnow SP TB
46 Nick Mimikos K. Bryant 3B CHC
47 B_Don B. Woodruff SP MIL
48 Scott White X. Bogaerts SS BOS
49 Joey Mellows J. Baez SS CHC
50 George Kurtz Z. Wheeler SP PHI
Round 6
Pos Team Player
51 George Kurtz F. Tatis SS SD
52 Joey Mellows C. Blackmon RF COL
53 Scott White J. Realmuto C PHI
54 B_Don J. Berrios SP MIN
55 Nick Mimikos G. Torres SS NYY
56 Adam Aizer A. Judge RF NYY
57 Frank Stampfl A. Meadows RF TB
58 Phil Ponebshek M. Machado 3B SD
59 Nathan Judah D. LeMahieu 2B NYY
60 George Maselli S. Gray SP CIN
Round 7
Pos Team Player
61 George Maselli T. Bauer SP CIN
62 Nathan Judah G. Sanchez C NYY
63 Phil Ponebshek J. Soler DH KC
64 Frank Stampfl M. Olson 1B OAK
65 Adam Aizer J. Bell 1B PIT
66 Nick Mimikos N. Castellanos RF CIN
67 B_Don K. Hiura 2B MIL
68 Scott White M. Soroka SP ATL
69 Joey Mellows V. Guerrero 3B TOR
70 George Kurtz W. Merrifield 2B KC
Round 8
Pos Team Player
71 George Kurtz G. Stanton LF NYY
72 Joey Mellows J. Hader RP MIL
73 Scott White C. Carrasco SP CLE
74 B_Don J. Urias RP LAD
75 Nick Mimikos F. Montas SP OAK
76 Adam Aizer C. Correa SS HOU
77 Frank Stampfl N. Cruz DH MIN
78 Phil Ponebshek W. Contreras C CHC
79 Nathan Judah M. Semien SS OAK
80 George Maselli M. Fried SP ATL
Round 9
Pos Team Player
81 George Maselli J. Luzardo RP OAK
82 Nathan Judah M. Muncy 2B LAD
83 Phil Ponebshek M. Chapman 3B OAK
84 Frank Stampfl Z. Gallen SP ARI
85 Adam Aizer J. Paxton SP NYY
86 Nick Mimikos A. Chapman RP NYY
87 B_Don L. Robert CF CHW
88 Scott White C. Kluber SP TEX
89 Joey Mellows J. Gallo CF TEX
90 George Kurtz E. Suarez 3B CIN
Round 10
Pos Team Player
91 George Kurtz R. Osuna RP HOU
92 Joey Mellows H. Ryu SP TOR
93 Scott White L. Lynn SP TEX
94 B_Don E. Jimenez LF CHW
95 Nick Mimikos Y. Moncada 3B CHW
96 Adam Aizer J. Donaldson 3B MIN
97 Frank Stampfl J. McNeil LF NYM
98 Phil Ponebshek G. Marquez SP COL
99 Nathan Judah C. Santana 1B CLE
100 George Maselli J. Abreu 1B CHW
Round 11
Pos Team Player
101 George Maselli M. Brantley LF HOU
102 Nathan Judah K. Yates RP SD
103 Phil Ponebshek M. Ozuna LF ATL
104 Frank Stampfl Y. Grandal C CHW
105 Adam Aizer K. Maeda SP MIN
106 Nick Mimikos R. Hoskins 1B PHI
107 B_Don D. Price SP LAD
108 Scott White C. Martinez RP STL
109 Joey Mellows E. Escobar 3B ARI
110 George Kurtz M. Conforto RF NYM
Round 12
Pos Team Player
111 George Kurtz S. Manaea SP OAK
112 Joey Mellows L. McCullers SP HOU
113 Scott White S. Ohtani DH LAA
114 B_Don B. Hand RP CLE
115 Nick Mimikos M. Bumgarner SP ARI
116 Adam Aizer M. Moustakas 3B CIN
117 Frank Stampfl M. Boyd SP DET
118 Phil Ponebshek K. Jansen RP LAD
119 Nathan Judah M. Sano 3B MIN
120 George Maselli E. Rodriguez SP BOS
Round 13
Pos Team Player
121 George Maselli M. Garver C MIN
122 Nathan Judah K. Hendricks SP CHC
123 Phil Ponebshek K. Giles RP TOR
124 Frank Stampfl T. Rogers RP MIN
125 Adam Aizer L. Weaver SP ARI
126 Nick Mimikos M. Kepler RF MIN
127 B_Don D. Lamet SP SD
128 Scott White B. Bichette SS TOR
129 Joey Mellows D. Santana CF TEX
130 George Kurtz R. Ray SP ARI
Round 14
Pos Team Player
131 George Kurtz L. Hendriks RP OAK
132 Joey Mellows W. Smith C LAD
133 Scott White M. Minor SP TEX
134 B_Don A. Benintendi LF BOS
135 Nick Mimikos M. Stroman SP NYM
136 Adam Aizer P. Goldschmidt 1B STL
137 Frank Stampfl J. Musgrove SP PIT
138 Phil Ponebshek M. Tanaka SP NYY
139 Nathan Judah M. Foltynewicz SP ATL
140 George Maselli E. Rosario LF MIN
Round 15
Pos Team Player
141 George Maselli E. Diaz RP NYM
142 Nathan Judah J. Gray SP COL
143 Phil Ponebshek T. Pham LF SD
144 Frank Stampfl D. Keuchel SP CHW
145 Adam Aizer J. Odorizzi SP MIN
146 Nick Mimikos H. Neris RP PHI
147 B_Don R. Hill SP MIN
148 Scott White J. James RP HOU
149 Joey Mellows J. Urquidy SP HOU
150 George Kurtz S. Perez C KC
Round 16
Pos Team Player
151 George Kurtz V. Robles CF WAS
152 Joey Mellows A. Mondesi SS KC
153 Scott White J. Villar 2B MIA
154 B_Don K. Schwarber LF CHC
155 Nick Mimikos R. Laureano CF OAK
156 Adam Aizer K. Tucker LF HOU
157 Frank Stampfl W. Calhoun LF TEX
158 Phil Ponebshek J. Turner 3B LAD
159 Nathan Judah D. Dahl CF COL
160 George Maselli C. Biggio 2B TOR
Round 17
Pos Team Player
161 George Maselli Y. Gurriel 1B HOU
162 Nathan Judah N. Anderson RP TB
163 Phil Ponebshek A. DeSclafani SP CIN
164 Frank Stampfl R. Iglesias RP CIN
165 Adam Aizer W. Ramos C NYM
166 Nick Mimikos D. Bundy SP LAA
167 B_Don E. Encarnacion 1B CHW
168 Scott White M. Keller SP PIT
169 Joey Mellows J. Quintana SP CHC
170 George Kurtz J. Upton LF LAA
Round 18
Pos Team Player
171 George Kurtz J. Polanco SS MIN
172 Joey Mellows B. Workman RP BOS
173 Scott White M. Canha CF OAK
174 B_Don C. Hamels SP ATL
175 Nick Mimikos D. Cease SP CHW
176 Adam Aizer C. Seager SS LAD
177 Frank Stampfl A. Civale SP CLE
178 Phil Ponebshek T. Edman 3B STL
179 Nathan Judah J. Davis LF NYM
180 George Maselli M. Mikolas SP STL
Round 19
Pos Team Player
181 George Maselli A. Heaney SP LAA
182 Nathan Judah A. Houser SP MIL
183 Phil Ponebshek E. Andrus SS TEX
184 Frank Stampfl F. Reyes RF CLE
185 Adam Aizer J. Happ SP NYY
186 Nick Mimikos T. Anderson SS CHW
187 B_Don C. Archer SP PIT
188 Scott White A. Puk RP OAK
189 Joey Mellows H. Dozier 3B KC
190 George Kurtz Y. Chirinos SP TB
Round 20
Pos Team Player
191 George Kurtz K. Seager 3B SEA
192 Joey Mellows S. Choo RF TEX
193 Scott White B. Reynolds LF PIT
194 B_Don J. Segura SS PHI
195 Nick Mimikos L. Voit 1B NYY
196 Adam Aizer H. Robles RP LAA
197 Frank Stampfl M. Shoemaker SP TOR
198 Phil Ponebshek A. Bradley RP ARI
199 Nathan Judah G. Canning SP LAA
200 George Maselli D. May RP LAD
Round 21
Pos Team Player
201 George Maselli K. Davis DH OAK
202 Nathan Judah A. Wood SP LAD
203 Phil Ponebshek J. Teheran SP LAA
204 Frank Stampfl G. Richards SP SD
205 Adam Aizer J. Montgomery SP NYY
206 Nick Mimikos D. Jansen C TOR
207 B_Don S. Murphy C OAK
208 Scott White C. Burnes RP MIL
209 Joey Mellows M. Kelly SP ARI
210 George Kurtz S. Alcantara SP MIA
Team by Team
George Maselli
Rd Pk Player
1 1 M. Trout CF LAA
2 20 J. Ramirez 3B CLE
3 21 F. Lindor SS CLE
4 40 Y. Darvish SP CHC
5 41 C. Paddack SP SD
6 60 S. Gray SP CIN
7 61 T. Bauer SP CIN
8 80 M. Fried SP ATL
9 81 J. Luzardo RP OAK
10 100 J. Abreu 1B CHW
11 101 M. Brantley LF HOU
12 120 E. Rodriguez SP BOS
13 121 M. Garver C MIN
14 140 E. Rosario LF MIN
15 141 E. Diaz RP NYM
16 160 C. Biggio 2B TOR
17 161 Y. Gurriel 1B HOU
18 180 M. Mikolas SP STL
19 181 A. Heaney SP LAA
20 200 D. May RP LAD
21 201 K. Davis DH OAK
Nathan Judah
Rd Pk Player
1 2 C. Yelich RF MIL
2 19 S. Bieber SP CLE
3 22 P. Corbin SP WAS
4 39 L. Giolito SP CHW
5 42 A. Nola SP PHI
6 59 D. LeMahieu 2B NYY
7 62 G. Sanchez C NYY
8 79 M. Semien SS OAK
9 82 M. Muncy 2B LAD
10 99 C. Santana 1B CLE
11 102 K. Yates RP SD
12 119 M. Sano 3B MIN
13 122 K. Hendricks SP CHC
14 139 M. Foltynewicz SP ATL
15 142 J. Gray SP COL
16 159 D. Dahl CF COL
17 162 N. Anderson RP TB
18 179 J. Davis LF NYM
19 182 A. Houser SP MIL
20 199 G. Canning SP LAA
21 202 A. Wood SP LAD
Phil Ponebshek
Rd Pk Player
1 3 C. Bellinger RF LAD
2 18 M. Clevinger SP CLE
3 23 S. Strasburg SP WAS
4 38 J. Altuve 2B HOU
5 43 B. Snell SP TB
6 58 M. Machado 3B SD
7 63 J. Soler DH KC
8 78 W. Contreras C CHC
9 83 M. Chapman 3B OAK
10 98 G. Marquez SP COL
11 103 M. Ozuna LF ATL
12 118 K. Jansen RP LAD
13 123 K. Giles RP TOR
14 138 M. Tanaka SP NYY
15 143 T. Pham LF SD
16 158 J. Turner 3B LAD
17 163 A. DeSclafani SP CIN
18 178 T. Edman 3B STL
19 183 E. Andrus SS TEX
20 198 A. Bradley RP ARI
21 203 J. Teheran SP LAA
Frank Stampfl
Rd Pk Player
1 4 G. Cole SP NYY
2 17 W. Buehler SP LAD
3 24 T. Story SS COL
4 37 B. Harper RF PHI
5 44 O. Albies 2B ATL
6 57 A. Meadows RF TB
7 64 M. Olson 1B OAK
8 77 N. Cruz DH MIN
9 84 Z. Gallen SP ARI
10 97 J. McNeil LF NYM
11 104 Y. Grandal C CHW
12 117 M. Boyd SP DET
13 124 T. Rogers RP MIN
14 137 J. Musgrove SP PIT
15 144 D. Keuchel SP CHW
16 157 W. Calhoun LF TEX
17 164 R. Iglesias RP CIN
18 177 A. Civale SP CLE
19 184 F. Reyes RF CLE
20 197 M. Shoemaker SP TOR
21 204 G. Richards SP SD
Adam Aizer
Rd Pk Player
1 5 M. Betts RF LAD
2 16 M. Scherzer SP WAS
3 25 J. Martinez DH BOS
4 36 L. Castillo SP CIN
5 45 T. Glasnow SP TB
6 56 A. Judge RF NYY
7 65 J. Bell 1B PIT
8 76 C. Correa SS HOU
9 85 J. Paxton SP NYY
10 96 J. Donaldson 3B MIN
11 105 K. Maeda SP MIN
12 116 M. Moustakas 3B CIN
13 125 L. Weaver SP ARI
14 136 P. Goldschmidt 1B STL
15 145 J. Odorizzi SP MIN
16 156 K. Tucker LF HOU
17 165 W. Ramos C NYM
18 176 C. Seager SS LAD
19 185 J. Happ SP NYY
20 196 H. Robles RP LAA
21 205 J. Montgomery SP NYY
Nick Mimikos
Rd Pk Player
1 6 J. deGrom SP NYM
2 15 A. Rendon 3B LAA
3 26 T. Turner SS WAS
4 35 C. Kershaw SP LAD
5 46 K. Bryant 3B CHC
6 55 G. Torres SS NYY
7 66 N. Castellanos RF CIN
8 75 F. Montas SP OAK
9 86 A. Chapman RP NYY
10 95 Y. Moncada 3B CHW
11 106 R. Hoskins 1B PHI
12 115 M. Bumgarner SP ARI
13 126 M. Kepler RF MIN
14 135 M. Stroman SP NYM
15 146 H. Neris RP PHI
16 155 R. Laureano CF OAK
17 166 D. Bundy SP LAA
18 175 D. Cease SP CHW
19 186 T. Anderson SS CHW
20 195 L. Voit 1B NYY
21 206 D. Jansen C TOR
B_Don
Rd Pk Player
1 7 J. Verlander SP HOU
2 14 J. Soto LF WAS
3 27 R. Devers 3B BOS
4 34 A. Rizzo 1B CHC
5 47 B. Woodruff SP MIL
6 54 J. Berrios SP MIN
7 67 K. Hiura 2B MIL
8 74 J. Urias RP LAD
9 87 L. Robert CF CHW
10 94 E. Jimenez LF CHW
11 107 D. Price SP LAD
12 114 B. Hand RP CLE
13 127 D. Lamet SP SD
14 134 A. Benintendi LF BOS
15 147 R. Hill SP MIN
16 154 K. Schwarber LF CHC
17 167 E. Encarnacion 1B CHW
18 174 C. Hamels SP ATL
19 187 C. Archer SP PIT
20 194 J. Segura SS PHI
21 207 S. Murphy C OAK
Scott White
Rd Pk Player
1 8 A. Bregman 3B HOU
2 13 F. Freeman 1B ATL
3 28 K. Marte CF ARI
4 33 Y. Alvarez DH HOU
5 48 X. Bogaerts SS BOS
6 53 J. Realmuto C PHI
7 68 M. Soroka SP ATL
8 73 C. Carrasco SP CLE
9 88 C. Kluber SP TEX
10 93 L. Lynn SP TEX
11 108 C. Martinez RP STL
12 113 S. Ohtani DH LAA
13 128 B. Bichette SS TOR
14 133 M. Minor SP TEX
15 148 J. James RP HOU
16 153 J. Villar 2B MIA
17 168 M. Keller SP PIT
18 173 M. Canha CF OAK
19 188 A. Puk RP OAK
20 193 B. Reynolds LF PIT
21 208 C. Burnes RP MIL
Joey Mellows
Rd Pk Player
1 9 Z. Greinke SP HOU
2 12 N. Arenado 3B COL
3 29 G. Springer CF HOU
4 32 S. Marte CF ARI
5 49 J. Baez SS CHC
6 52 C. Blackmon RF COL
7 69 V. Guerrero 3B TOR
8 72 J. Hader RP MIL
9 89 J. Gallo CF TEX
10 92 H. Ryu SP TOR
11 109 E. Escobar 3B ARI
12 112 L. McCullers SP HOU
13 129 D. Santana CF TEX
14 132 W. Smith C LAD
15 149 J. Urquidy SP HOU
16 152 A. Mondesi SS KC
17 169 J. Quintana SP CHC
18 172 B. Workman RP BOS
19 189 H. Dozier 3B KC
20 192 S. Choo RF TEX
21 209 M. Kelly SP ARI
George Kurtz
Rd Pk Player
1 10 R. Acuna CF ATL
2 11 J. Flaherty SP STL
3 30 C. Morton SP TB
4 31 P. Alonso 1B NYM
5 50 Z. Wheeler SP PHI
6 51 F. Tatis SS SD
7 70 W. Merrifield 2B KC
8 71 G. Stanton LF NYY
9 90 E. Suarez 3B CIN
10 91 R. Osuna RP HOU
11 110 M. Conforto RF NYM
12 111 S. Manaea SP OAK
13 130 R. Ray SP ARI
14 131 L. Hendriks RP OAK
15 150 S. Perez C KC
16 151 V. Robles CF WAS
17 170 J. Upton LF LAA
18 171 J. Polanco SS MIN
19 190 Y. Chirinos SP TB
20 191 K. Seager 3B SEA
21 210 S. Alcantara SP MIA