Below are my thoughts on when 18 Jabronis (2 co-owned teams) get together and draft for the first-ever Dynasty Sports Empire (DSE) High Stakes Points League. A 16-team slugfest.
Before the draft order was set, I was hoping to land a top 5 FA pick or a top 2 rookie pick. Naturally, I landed pick the 1.5/4.12 slot. Honestly, this is about the last spot I would have chosen, but it is what it is.
My Pre-Draft Strategy:
Being in a draft with a lot of successful DSE owners, I was pretty aware for the most part of how most of the owners liked to construct their rosters. One thing I know is that starting pitching will go early and often. My plan is to go the best player on (my) board approach, which I expect will leave me leaning on pitching. I also want to build a younger lineup that is pre-prime since I think there will be several teams wanting to go in for this year and win the big o’ pot o’ gold. This is typically my approach in most DSE startup drafts. I’ll bet on hitting long-term, especially if I can get some young impact hitters. Having a high floor base for larger leagues I think sometimes gets overlooked.
Another thing I’m curious to see if pitching does go as it does is if there will be some cannibalization of talent; with just a bunch of teams stuck with mediocre pitching that was over-drafted. So maybe instead of ‘Keeping up with the Jones’ it might be more +EV to go a different route.
For the draft, I am sandwiched in between Conte (Team Conte) and Joe (Poon’s Posse). I have drafted a ton with Conte so feel comfortable knowing how he drafted. Joe was a wild card to me, I haven’t been in many leagues with him.
On to the draft.
Pick 1.5 target:
Grayson Rodriguez. I want a young arm since I probably won’t draft one high in FA rounds. Rodriguez or Baz are my targets here.
Here is how Round 1 went:
|SS||Detroit Megalomaniacs||Bobby Witt Jr. – KC||1||1||LS|
|RF||Vancouver Canadians||Julio Rodriguez – SEA||2||2||LS|
|SP||Summit Scrappy Clowns||Grayson Rodriguez – BAL||3||3||LS|
|SP||Mr Poons Posse||Shane Baz – TB||4||4||LS|
|INF||The K/9 Unit||Spencer Torkelson – DET||5||5||LS|
|CF||Conte HS1||Riley Greene – DET||6||6||LS|
|C||Solebury Savages||Adley Rutschman – BAL||7||7||LS|
|SS||Boise Banghez||Oneil Cruz – PIT||8||8||LS|
|OF||Salamanca Hit Squad||Josh Lowe – TB||9||9||LS|
|SS||Pensky Material||CJ Abrams – SD||10||10||LS|
|SS||St. Clair Stallions||Anthony Volpe – NYY||11||11||LS|
|SP||Jersey Shore Peg Legs||George Kirby – SEA||12||12||LQA|
|OF||HS1 Denair Donkeys||Brennen Davis – CHC||13||13||LS|
|SP||New Jersey Capos||Cade Cavalli – WSH||14||14||LS|
|SP||Fontana Steelers||Jack Leiter – TEX||15||15||LS|
|CF||Riverdale Peegers||Alek Thomas – ARI||16||16||LS|
The first six picks went how I had them ranked. I ended up with Tork. I wanted Rodriguez or Baz but will settle for a hopefully a high upside corner bat.
CJ Abrams at 10. Big fan of Abrams, think his injury last season caused him to slip a few picks. I wanted to homer Bobby Witt here.
Josh Lowe at 9. I just don’t trust the Rays giving full-time ABs to most of their exciting prospects coming up (outside of Wander). Talent is there, but will he platoon early on?
Pick 2.10 Target:
Long wait so hard to nail down a target. Max Meyer and Corbin Carroll come to mind; Maybe Carroll will drop with injury last year.
Here is how Round 2 went:
|OF||Riverdale Peegers||Seiya Suzuki – CHC||1||17||LS|
|SP||Fontana Steelers||Reid Detmers – LAA||2||18||LS|
|SP||New Jersey Capos||Hunter Greene – CIN||3||19||LS|
|CF||HS1 Denair Donkeys||Corbin Carroll – ARI||4||20||LS|
|P||Jersey Shore Peg Legs||Nate Pearson – TOR||5||21||LS|
|SP||St. Clair Stallions||Max Meyer – MIA||6||22||LS|
|CF||Pensky Material||Luis Matos – SF||7||23||LQA|
|SP||Salamanca Hit Squad||Matt Liberatore – STL||8||24||LS|
|SS||Boise Banghez||Noelvi Marte – SEA||9||25||LS|
|3B||Solebury Savages||Josh Jung – TEX||10||26||LS|
|INF||Conte HS1||Triston Casas – BOS||11||27||LS|
|SS||The K/9 Unit||Marco Luciano – SF||12||28||LS|
|SP||Mr Poons Posse||Joe Ryan – MIN||13||29||LS|
|P||Summit Scrappy Clowns||Nick Lodolo – CIN||14||30||LS|
|SP||Vancouver Canadians||Daniel Espino – CLE||15||31||LS|
|SP||Detroit Megalomaniacs||Roansy Contreras – PIT||16||32||LS|
I wasn’t in love with any options. Decided to go high upside and hope for a strong rebound season from Marco Luciano. In a pick range where I think it is worth a gamble.
Noelvi Marte. This seems like a home-run pick at 25. I had him ranked much higher. Really wish he would have fallen to me.
Nate Pearson. High upside arm if he can ever put it together.
The last rookie pick just wants to go high upside again. Targeting Jordan Walker. Was an option for me in round 2.
Here is how Round 3 went:
|INF||Detroit Megalomaniacs||Nick Gonzales – PIT||1||33||LS|
|SP||Vancouver Canadians||Edward Cabrera – MIA||2||34||LS|
|SS||Summit Scrappy Clowns||Termarr Johnson – (N/A)||3||35||LS|
|SP||Mr Poons Posse||Bobby Miller – LAD||4||36||LS|
|3B||The K/9 Unit||Jordan Walker – STL||5||37||LS|
|SP||Conte HS1||Cody Morris – CLE||6||38||LS|
|SP||Solebury Savages||Mick Abel – PHI||7||39||LS|
|RP||Boise Banghez||Eury Perez – MIA||8||40||LS|
|SS||Salamanca Hit Squad||Orelvis Martinez – TOR||9||41||LS|
|SP||Pensky Material||Dylan Lesko – (N/A)||10||42||LQA|
|P||St. Clair Stallions||Aaron Ashby – MIL||11||43||LS|
|OF||Jersey Shore Peg Legs||Zac Veen – COL||12||44||LS|
|C||HS1 Denair Donkeys||Tyler Soderstrom – OAK||13||45||LS|
|SS||New Jersey Capos||Marcelo Mayer – BOS||14||46||LS|
|INF||Fontana Steelers||Nolan Gorman – STL||15||47||LS|
|CF||Riverdale Peegers||Robert Hassell – SD||16||48||LS|
Happy to land Jordan Walker. Big power bat, home runs are rewarded heavily in DSE. Ended up with 3 potential mashers. Definitely risk involved. No risk it, no biscuit.
Eury Perez. Hate to give Robert a big head with back-to-back props. I’ll bash a pick of his later to even it out. Perez seems polished for such a young pitcher.
Cody Morris. Has a lot of helium, but Indians have a ton of arms coming up, I can’t see much that elevates him over others. Update: Balloon popped. Morris hurt. Conte will have to stash.
On to the fun rounds. The FA pool is now open.
Round 4 (FA round 1)
Pick 4.12 target:
Wander Franco. Fits what I am hoping to do with my hitting. Will grabbed Tatis is injuries to scare off the first 11 teams.
Round 4 picks:
|RF||Riverdale Peegers||Juan Soto – WSH||1||49||LS|
|RF||Fontana Steelers||Ronald Acuna Jr. – ATL||2||50||LS|
|1B||New Jersey Capos||Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – TOR||3||51||LS|
|SP||HS1 Denair Donkeys||Shohei Ohtani – LAA||4||52||LS|
|3B||Jersey Shore Peg Legs||Jose Ramirez – CLE||5||53||LS|
|SP||St. Clair Stallions||Walker Buehler – LAD||6||54||LS|
|SS||Pensky Material||Trea Turner – LAD||7||55||LS|
|SP||Salamanca Hit Squad||Corbin Burnes – MIL||8||56||LS|
|INF||Boise Banghez||Wander Franco – TB||9||57||LS|
|SS||Solebury Savages||Fernando Tatis Jr. – SD||10||58||LS|
|SS||Conte HS1||Bo Bichette – TOR||11||59||LS|
|RF||The K/9 Unit||Kyle Tucker – HOU||12||60||LS|
|RF||Mr Poons Posse||Bryce Harper – PHI||13||61||LS|
|CF||Summit Scrappy Clowns||Mike Trout – LAA||14||62||LS|
|SP||Vancouver Canadians||Gerrit Cole – NYY||15||63||LS|
|SP||Detroit Megalomaniacs||Brandon Woodruff – MIL||16||64||LS|
Kyle Tucker is a boring pick, but love what he brings to the table. Hurt seeing the 2 picks before him; 3 picks out with Tatis and Bichette available gave me false hope.
Bo Bichette 4.11. I have a hard time finding 10 guys I’d take before him.
Jose Ramirez 4.05. J-Ram is a beast. Didn’t really see any head-scratching picks this round, but don’t love the supporting lineup for Ramirez.
Pick 5.05 Target:
Sandy Alcantara/Shane Bieber. Will take one of these two arms. Hitters in consideration: Lou Bob, Devers, Albies.
Round 5 picks:
|SP||Detroit Megalomaniacs||Shane Bieber – CLE||1||65||LS|
|CF||Vancouver Canadians||Luis Robert – CHW||2||66||LS|
|SP||Summit Scrappy Clowns||Julio Urias – LAD||3||67||LS|
|SP||Mr Poons Posse||Sandy Alcantara – MIA||4||68||LS|
|2B||The K/9 Unit||Ozzie Albies – ATL||5||69||LS|
|3B||Conte HS1||Rafael Devers – BOS||6||70||LS|
|OF||Solebury Savages||Yordan Alvarez – HOU||7||71||LS|
|SP||Boise Banghez||Jacob deGrom – NYM||8||72||LQA|
|SP||Salamanca Hit Squad||Aaron Nola – PHI||9||73||LS|
|SP||Pensky Material||Max Fried – ATL||10||74||LS|
|SP||St. Clair Stallions||Lucas Giolito – CHW||11||75||LS|
|SP||Jersey Shore Peg Legs||Alek Manoah – TOR||12||76||LQA|
|RF||HS1 Denair Donkeys||Mookie Betts – LAD||13||77||LS|
|LF||New Jersey Capos||Eloy Jimenez – CHW||14||78||LS|
|1B||Fontana Steelers||Freddie Freeman – LAD||15||79||LS|
|3B||Riverdale Peegers||Manny Machado – SD||16||80||LS|
F#%k, Joe doing his best Chris Kyle impersonation. Thought Alcantara would anchor my rotation. Ended up with Albies. 2B is a pretty thin position, so I like taking care of that with Albies. Hitting at top of a very good lineup.
Alcantara. If he was pitching anywhere else, he’d get way more pub.
Max Fried. Good pitcher but feels a little high. Needs to log more IPs. Let’s see if he can break 180 IP this year.
Jarred Kelenic. Some risk but has pedigree and tools I think to make this a nice upside pick.
Round 6 picks:
|SP||Riverdale Peegers||Max Scherzer – NYM||1||81||LS|
|SP||Fontana Steelers||Freddy Peralta – MIL||2||82||LS|
|SP||New Jersey Capos||Zack Wheeler – PHI||3||83||LS|
|1B||HS1 Denair Donkeys||Matt Olson – ATL||4||84||LS|
|CF||Jersey Shore Peg Legs||Cedric Mullins – BAL||5||85||LS|
|3B||St. Clair Stallions||Austin Riley – ATL||6||86||LS|
|RF||Pensky Material||Teoscar Hernandez – TOR||7||87||LS|
|SP||Salamanca Hit Squad||Jose Berrios – TOR||8||88||LS|
|SP||Boise Banghez||Casey Mize – DET||9||89||LS|
|1B||Solebury Savages||Pete Alonso – NYM||10||90||LS|
|SP||Conte HS1||Trevor Rogers – MIA||11||91||LS|
|CF||The K/9 Unit||Jarred Kelenic – SEA||12||92||LQA|
|SP||Mr Poons Posse||Robbie Ray – SEA||13||93||LS|
|SP||Summit Scrappy Clowns||Logan Webb – SF||14||94||LS|
|SP||Vancouver Canadians||Dylan Cease – CHW||15||95||LS|
|CF||Detroit Megalomaniacs||Aaron Judge – NYY||16||96||LS|
Landed target, so I’m happy with that. Probably should have gone Ray or Webb, but love Kelenic potential upside.
Robbie Ray. Good value. Not sure I’d have taken close to 20 SP over him.
Kelenic. Mize a close second. Both carry risk, worry about Mize’s upside though. Seems a bit early. I probably could have landed Kelenic in round 7, but I worried Bill might try to pair him with Robert.
Probably need to grab an SP. Castillo, Musgrove, Gausman, Montas all options here.
Round 7 picks:
|SP||Detroit Megalomaniacs||Shane McClanahan – TB||1||97||LS|
|SP||Vancouver Canadians||Luis Castillo – CIN||2||98||LS|
|OF||Summit Scrappy Clowns||Byron Buxton – MIN||3||99||LS|
|SS||Mr Poons Posse||Corey Seager – TEX||4||100||LS|
|SP||The K/9 Unit||Joe Musgrove – SD||5||101||LS|
|INF||Conte HS1||Xander Bogaerts – BOS||6||102||LS|
|3B||Solebury Savages||Alex Bregman – HOU||7||103||LS|
|SP||Boise Banghez||Ian Anderson – ATL||8||104||LS|
|SP||Salamanca Hit Squad||Carlos Rodon – SF||9||105||LS|
|2B||Pensky Material||Marcus Semien – TEX||10||106||LS|
|SP||St. Clair Stallions||Frankie Montas – OAK||11||107||LS|
|SP||Jersey Shore Peg Legs||Tarik Skubal – DET||12||108||LQA|
|SP||HS1 Denair Donkeys||Kevin Gausman – TOR||13||109||LS|
|SS||New Jersey Capos||Francisco Lindor – NYM||14||110||LS|
|SP||Fontana Steelers||Logan Gilbert – SEA||15||111||LS|
|LF||Riverdale Peegers||Tyler O’Neill – STL||16||112||LS|
Musgrove is boring but has seemed to figure it out. Would prefer him as SP2, but it is what is.
Kevin Gausman. Honestly, no clear favorite pick this round. Good team, back to AL East though.
Tarik Skubal. Tiger pitchers going quite a bit higher than I expected. Think Skubal profiles more as a high K, #3 type. Worried he won’t go deep enough to cash in on a ton of QS.
Best available. Lowe, Castellanos, Correa, Ketel Marte.
Round 8 Picks:
|SP||Riverdale Peegers||Lance Lynn – CHW||1||113||LS|
|2B||Fontana Steelers||Brandon Lowe – TB||2||114||LS|
|P||New Jersey Capos||Luis Severino – NYY||3||115||LS|
|SP||HS1 Denair Donkeys||Jack Flaherty – STL||4||116||LS|
|SP||Jersey Shore Peg Legs||Luis Patino – TB||5||117||LQA|
|2B||St. Clair Stallions||Whit Merrifield – KC||6||118||LS|
|SP||Pensky Material||Framber Valdez – HOU||7||119||LS|
|3B||Salamanca Hit Squad||Kris Bryant – COL||8||120||LS|
|RF||Boise Banghez||Nick Castellanos – PHI||9||121||LS|
|SP||Solebury Savages||Chris Sale – BOS||10||122||LS|
|SP||Conte HS1||Luis Garcia – HOU||11||123||LS|
|SS||The K/9 Unit||Carlos Correa – MIN||12||124||LS|
|2B||Mr Poons Posse||Jonathan India – CIN||13||125||LS|
|C||Summit Scrappy Clowns||Will Smith – LAD||14||126||LS|
|2B||Vancouver Canadians||Ketel Marte – ARI||15||127||LS|
|SP||Detroit Megalomaniacs||Blake Snell – SD||16||128||LS|
Correa should slot in the middle of a nice lineup. Just hitting his prime. Hope he can stay healthy. Should return value, if so.
Brandon Lowe. A bit of a Lowe truther, but nice value for a power-hitting 2B.
All the Injury Prone SP. Severino. Flaherty, Patino, Sale, Snell. Think all worth gambles though, but the risk is involved.
Mahle or Pablo Lopez. Coin toss if both are available.
Round 9 picks:
|SP||Detroit Megalomaniacs||Zac Gallen – ARI||1||129||LS|
|OF||Vancouver Canadians||George Springer – TOR||2||130||LS|
|2B||Summit Scrappy Clowns||Jose Altuve – HOU||3||131||LS|
|CF||Mr Poons Posse||Bryan Reynolds – PIT||4||132||LS|
|SP||The K/9 Unit||Tyler Mahle – CIN||5||133||LS|
|CF||Conte HS1||Cody Bellinger – LAD||6||134||LS|
|SP||Solebury Savages||Pablo Lopez – MIA||7||135||LS|
|SP||Boise Banghez||Noah Syndergaard – LAA||8||136||LQA|
|LF||Salamanca Hit Squad||Randy Arozarena – TB||9||137||LS|
|3B||Pensky Material||Nolan Arenado – STL||10||138||LS|
|SP||St. Clair Stallions||Sean Manaea – OAK||11||139||LS|
|1B||Jersey Shore Peg Legs||Ryan Mountcastle – BAL||12||140||LQA|
|SS||HS1 Denair Donkeys||Trevor Story – BOS||13||141||LS|
|P||New Jersey Capos||Michael Kopech – CHW||14||142||LS|
|SS||Fontana Steelers||Tim Anderson – CHW||15||143||LS|
|CF||Riverdale Peegers||Starling Marte – NYM||16||144||LS|
Both Mahle and Lopez were around. Went with Mahle since he’s been a bit more durable and needs all the IP I can get at this point.
Tim Anderson. Gets undervalued. Good player on a good team.
Last round by round breakdown. Target:
If I go pitching E-Rod, hitting I like Jesse Winker.
Round 10 picks:
|SP||Riverdale Peegers||Justin Verlander – HOU||1||145||LS|
|SP||Fontana Steelers||Huascar Ynoa – ATL||2||146||LS|
|SP||New Jersey Capos||Eduardo Rodriguez – DET||3||147||LS|
|2B||HS1 Denair Donkeys||Jazz Chisholm Jr. – MIA||4||148||LS|
|RP||Jersey Shore Peg Legs||Josh Hader – MIL||5||149||LQA|
|P||St. Clair Stallions||Mike Clevinger – SD||6||150||LS|
|SP||Pensky Material||German Marquez – COL||7||151||LS|
|SP||Salamanca Hit Squad||Trevor Bauer – LAD||8||152||LS|
|LF||Boise Banghez||Jesse Winker – SEA||9||153||LS|
|SP||Solebury Savages||John Means – BAL||10||154||LS|
|SP||Conte HS1||Chris Bassitt – NYM||11||155||LS|
|OF||The K/9 Unit||Trent Grisham – SD||12||156||LS|
|1B||Mr Poons Posse||Max Muncy – LAD||13||157||LS|
|SP||Summit Scrappy Clowns||Sonny Gray – MIN||14||158||LS|
|1B||Vancouver Canadians||Rhys Hoskins – PHI||15||159||LS|
|INF||Detroit Megalomaniacs||Alex Kirilloff – MIN||16||160||LQA|
Both targets went. Grabbed Grisham to fit in with the rest of my team. Hope he keeps the leadoff spot.
Alex Kirilloff. If he stays healthy could return value this year. Should be a mid-order hitter for a long time.
Trevor Bauer. Waiting for consent from Chris and Dave before I post the reason. (Homerun hit if he is actually allowed to pitch).
I like to think of these as the money rounds. I’m just going to try and assemble my roster in these rounds. Looking for more high upside younger hitters and also some high upside SP.
11.05 Adalberto Mondesi. My first homer pick. If healthy he’s a steal at this range.
12.12 Ke’Bryan Hayes. Hoping he is something in the middle of what he showed in ’20 and ‘21
13.05 Tanner Houck. Think he has a chance to break out. Should have the opportunity to prove it.
14.12 Alex Verdugo. Nice young, solid hitter. Not upside initially thought as a prospect.
15.05 Zach Plesac. See Hayes’s breakdown above.
16.12 Edwin Diaz. Need some pitching points, don’t usually take closers this high.
17.05 Eric Lauer. Put up solid ratios last year, would take that again this year, hopefully with 150 IP
18.12 Vidal Brujan. Elite speed and has shown more power. Just needs an everyday chance.
19.05 Ian Happ. Could hit 30 bombs this year if he can return to hitting .250-.260
20.12 Trey Mancini. Needed a 1B and think 2nd half slump was just wearing him down from being off a year
160 players were taken in these rounds, queues were hammered. Built out most of my lineup and added a few arms to the rotation. Feel like a lot of SP went too soon, lot of value with bats that were drafted throughout these rounds for teams.
Rounds 21 -25
This is the range where I like to grab a few arms and also stash a couple of prospects. I’ll probably be looking for guys closer to the majors since can’t attach credit to them.
21.05 Dane Dunning. Has good stuff, hope he can develop into a good SP#4
21.09 Luke Weaver. Similar to Dunning. Have grabbed quite a bit of Weaver shares this year.
23.05 Jeremy Pena. Should be starting SS for the Astros. Org seems positive on his upside.
25.05 Bryson Stott. Grabbed another SS that should be close. Can always flip one later.
Made my first trade. Traded back into round 21 to grab Luke Weaver. SP was getting even thinner. This got me to at least 7 pitchers who should log a fair amount of starts. Also liked the value on Pena and Stott at this range.
Rounds 26 and on
26.08 Gabriel Moreno. High-end catching prospect to stash. May debut end of year
26.12 Merrill Kelly. Just another arm to log innings. Should be a usable back end piece for Arizona
27.05 Joey Bart. Betting on the pedigree. 25 home run upside.
28.12 Gio Urshela. Multi-position depth
29.05 Trevor Larnach. Think he has the bat to play, needs to cut down on his K rate.
30.12 Jonathan Loaisigia. Probably the best arm in the Yankees bullpen. Hopefully option B.
I’ll end the pick breakdowns here.
Picks 31 through 53; this is like FA pick 450 and on. Not much to see. Will be some banger value picks and a lot of guys that will be cut to pick up someone else.
After landing in a draft spot that I wasn’t super thrilled with I wasn’t sure how things would play out. As I figured, I ended up with shallow pitching. I just couldn’t bring myself to reach for some of the guys that were going. Hitters also get points and hopefully I can have a fairly solid floor week in, week out. My lineup will be young, but a lot of the guys have already proven they can produce. I like the potential it brings.
I’ll be leaving some points on the table in pitching but looking through all the other rosters I believe several teams will be scratching to get hit points.
I’m not sure how well my team will perform this year, but I usually draft hoping my team really hits its stride by year 3. I like the lineup foundation I have built up.
A quick look at teams I expect to contend this year:
Paul went all in here. Verlander, Scherzer, Lynn, Carrasco, Cobb, Abreu, Votto, Crawford, Starling Marte. A rounded team that should cause a lot of teams problems this year.
Summit Scrappy Do’s
It hurts to say, but Damian and Geoff built a nice team. Well rounded offense with some pitchers I was targeting like Logan Webb, Julio Urias, and Patrick Sandoval.
Another solid team for Bill.
Chris loaded up on pitching. Will have a lot of bullets to use there. Getting Bobby Witt at 1.1 also helps his hitting, which will be a little shallow on depth.
So basically, what I’m saying is you should expect any one of the remaining 12 teams not listed above to win the league. This should be a competitive and fun league to follow this year. Thanks for following along. Play ball.