stuck in a rut.

Nothing like following up a pretty great February with an equally sucky March. Luckily, I didn't lose too much money... but that might have been a result of not playing a ton of hands. I don't have the exact stats on me, but I would be surprised if I played more than 10k hands in March. I couldn't get anything going my way, and as a result found no motivation to push through the downtime. It didn't help that it was March Madness, and my cousin's wedding, and preparing for Fantasy Baseball drafts, but still... 10k hands is pathetic. I barely made Silver for Poker Stars (not so bling bling). Oh well, here's to having a better April!

In other news, I'm in 2 Fantasy Baseball leagues this year with some guys from work. One is a standard 5x5 Head to Head with 12 teams. The others is a crazy 8x8 Rotisserie Keeper league with 10 teams. The categories for that lil beauty are are R, HR, RBI, BB, K, SB, AVG, and OPS for batters and W, L, CG, K, SV, HLD, ERA, and WHIP for pitchers. I had absolutely no idea how to change my rankings for players going into that second draft, so opted for the most well-rounded players at each pick. My teams ended up like this:

*** 12 man 5x5 H2H - Pick 3 ***

C: Paul Lo Duca (20)
1B: Gary Sheffield (6)
2B: Brian Roberts (4)
3B: Alex Gordon (8)
SS: Orlando Cabrera (12)
OF: Alfonso Soriano (1)
OF: Grady Sizemore (2)
OF: Carlos Lee (3)
U: Raul Ibanez (11)
BN: Adrian Beltre (15)
BN: Lyle Overbay (16)
BN: Troy Tulowitzki (19)

SP: Brandon Webb (5)
SP: C.C. Sabathia (7)
RP: Bobby Jenks (9)
RP: Takashi Saito (14)
P: Curt Schilling (10)
P: Chuck James (17)
P: Mike Gonzalez (18)
BN: Rich Hill (13)
BN: Clay Hensley (21)

Overall, ended up pleased with the results. The Carlos Lee round 3 pick is not what I wanted - using my first 3 picks on OF - but I couldn't really pass him up in this spot. I reached a little for Brian Roberts, but felt like I needed either a top 5 middle infielder, and all of the top SS were taken. I probably should have used this pick for a 1B, but oh well. Also got screwed on my catcher, where the guy 2 picks before me took Russell Martin in the 16th round, right where I would have taken him. The Overbay pick was me panicking because my only 1B at the time had only played like 20 games last year. Oops. I'll probably try to deal Soriano for a 1B+SS or 1B+OF, we'll see. Overall, I'd give myself a 7/10.

*** 10 man 8x8 Rotisserie Keeper - Pick 6 ***

C: Brian McCann (4)
1B: Lance Berkman (2)
2B: Brian Roberts (6)
3B: Julio Lugo (8)
SS: Jimmy Rollins (3)
IF: Ian Kinsler (17)
LF: Nick Swisher (10)
CF: Carlos Beltran (1)
RF: J.D. Drew (12)
OF: Brian Giles (14)
U: Corey Hart (21)
BN: Chris Duncan (24)
BN: B.J. Upton (25)

SP: Roy Halladay (5)
SP: John Smoltz (7)
SP: Brett Myers (9)
SP: A.J. Burnett (18)
SP: Scott Olsen (19)
RP: Takashi Saito (11)
RP: Jose Valverde (16)
RP: Scott Linebrink (13)
RP: Scot Shields (15)
RP: Justin Duchscherer (20)
BN: Aaron Heilman (23)
BN: Clay Hensley (FA)

DL: Freddy Garcia (FA)
DL: Kerry Wood (FA)
DL: Francisco Liriano (22)

So, taking Carlos Beltran 6th overall may have been a tad bold, but I really saw him as one of the only players that would be an asset to all 8 offensive categories in this wacky league. I could have just as easily taken Chase Utley, but figured I'd scoop Brian Roberts before anyone else had a chance in the 5th or 6th. My obvious weak spot is at 3B, where I only have Julio Lugo and B.J. Upton qualifying. Alex Gordon went 3 picks before I would have taken him in the 8th round... such is life. Another place that I am light is on saves, but it's only 1 category, and I basically have Holds locked up with 4 of the top 6 or so middle relief pitchers. Linebrink, Shields, Duscherer, and Heilman will all benefit me greatly, in my opinion: they will provide plenty of Ks, work wonders for keeping down the ERA and WHIP, rack up the holds, and provide vulture saves should any of their team's closers go down. I was really happy to snatch up those players so late in the draft. Oh, and Liriano was a gift in round 22. He's a top 10 pitcher if he's healthy next year, and all he costs is a DL spot this year... graci. Overall, I'll give myself a 8/10, provided my theory of consistancy over a multitude of stat categories holds up. If not, maybe a 6/10.

i amM0NIKER at 3:58 PM  


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