Tag:Fantasy Sports
Posted on: March 5, 2008 10:33 am
Edited on: March 5, 2008 11:50 am

Spelling, Math and Baseball

The St. Pete Times noted that Andy Sonnanstine has an ear infection from falling asleep with earbuds in while listening to his iPod. (He was listening to The Killers, for those concerned.) I heard Sandy Koufax had that problem once, while listening to Frank Sinatra on his iPod.

Is it true that Canadians do not have a sense of humor? Or am I just getting emails from the few that are unfunny? In my Ballpark Effects column this week, I joked that they spelled Toronto's "Rogers Centre" incorrectly. I've received well over a handful of emails from people yelling at me that "Centre" is how "Center" is spelled in Canada.

One Canuck even went so far as to rip on Americans intelligence, "I could say that the fact that Americans haven't switched to the metric system because they aren't intelligent enough to handle the transition which most of the world has made, or that Americans managed to vote in George W. Bush on two separate occasions to be president." First of all, does he not realize that in math class, as kids, we DID have to learn the metric system, year after year, so that one day, we would be able to purchase 2-liters of Coke intelligently. Second, as far as G-Dub ... Yeah, that's our bad. He's got us on that one.

Guys. I get that it was spelled correctly. It was just a joke. Go back to making round bacon ... No, seriously, I love that stuff.

If any other website ever wanted to take out our entire Fantasy staff, all they'd have to do is send over a poisoned ice cream cake, with a sign that says, "FREE CAKE!" and we'd be done.

Here's my Multi-Sport Fantasy League team so far. I mentioned it in a previous blog from last month.

Category: MLB
Posted on: February 19, 2008 2:34 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2008 7:57 pm

Multi-Sport Fantasy Madness

Is Alex Rodriguez the BEST Fantasy player in all three sports right now?

Rob Tracy, a friend of mine from Elias Sports Bureau, invited me to join him and some of his friends in a Multi-Sport Fantasy League (MLFS) Draft. At first, I misunderstood and I drafted Raquel Welch and Kim Basinger in what I thought was a MILFs draft.

Then they finally straightened me out: It's a 14-team, 3-sport draft using Rotisserie categories for the following:
  • NFL -- TDs, TO/Sack (Def), Rush yds, Rec yds, Pass yds, Pass TDs
  • MLB -- HR, RBI, SB, W, S, Ks
  • NBA -- Pts., Reb., Asst., Steals, Blocks, Total 3s
Rosters include (all starters)
  • NFL: 2 QB, 3 RB, 3 WR, 2 Flex, 1 TE, 1 DST
  • MLB: 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 3 OF, DH, 5 SP, 2 RP
  • NBA: 4 Guards, 4 Forwards, 2 Centers, 2 Flex
Here's the rundown of the draft thus far:
Round 1
  1. Alex Rodriguez - 3B - NYY
  2. LeBron James - F - CLE
  3. LaDainian Tomlinson - RB - SD
  4. Dwight Howard - C - ORL
  5. David Wright - 3B - NYM
  6. Chris Paul - G - NO
  7. Adrian Peterson - RB - MIN
  8. Kobe Bryant - G - LAL
  9. Dwyane Wade - G - MIA (CBSSports.com's pick)
  10. Hanley Ramirez - SS - FLA
  11. Amare Stoudemire - C - PHO
  12. Jimmy Rollins - SS - PHI
  13. Peyton Manning - QB - IND
  14. Ryan Howard - 1B - PHI
Round 2
  1. Brian Westbrook - RB - PHI
  2. Tom Brady - QB - NE
  3. Carson Palmer - QB - CIN
  4. Jose Reyes - SS - NYM
  5. Chase Utley - 2B - PHI
  6. Steven Jackson - RB - STL (CBSSports.com's pick)

So our thinking (Jamey, Dave and Emack are my consultants) is that the basketball categories are the only ones that can be affected by every player drafted, so the tops in that sport have an advantage. LeBron and Dwight Howard are the best picks IMO. Kobe lasting a long as he did surprised me. What we wanted to happen was see Brady or Manning on the comeback in the second round, but it didn't happen. We could have locked up a large portion of the passing categories with either of those two.

Baseball is pretty limited when you consider the number of players, the number of categories they affect, and the amount of sleepers you can pick up are all greater than in the other sports.

Any ideas for us? We're playing this out on our site eventually, but for now, we're doing this draft on the forum section of WhatifSports.com, which is a pretty cool idea for a site if you get time to check it out. They run a ton of simulation leagues and they answer some crazy questions like, "What would Tony Gwynn hit if he was in front of Babe Ruth in the lineup?"
Category: General
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