In what follows I will discuss the 12 teams that were entered into the Sirius XM Living the Fantasy 2011 draft. I will highlight each teams best selection, and their worst, and then give a brief statement on something that stood out about the squad. At the end of my the comments there will be a link to a PDF file that will have the entire draft broken down by team.
Best Pick: C.J. Wilson (217th overall)
Worst Pick: Brian Roberts (120th overall)
Comment: Punted catchers taking Ryan Hanigan and Alex Avila with last two picks.
Best Pick: Tim Stauffer (287th)
Worst Pick: Michael Cuddyer (122nd)
Comment: He must have spent a lot of time studying at BBGuys – McCutchen, Rios, Chris Young, Hill, Stephen Drew, Headley, Danks, Stauffer.
LIVING SOUTHERN COMFORT
Best Pick: Jonathan Niese (286th)
Worst Pick: Jorge Posada (123rd)
Comment: Took a lot of chances late on Texas players – Ogando, Holland and Smoak (old Rangers’ farmhand and part-time 1B last year).
Best Pick: Mike Morse (285th)
Worst Pick: Clay Buchholz (124th)
Comment: Took two injured closers (Brian Wilson, Andrew Bailey), but got three nice power arms late (Venters, Madson, Gregerson).
BEANS & CONRBREAD
Best Pick: Erik Bedard (308th)
Worst Pick: Erik Bedard (308th)
Comment: Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Best Pick: Placido Polanco (283rd)
Worst Pick: Carlos Santana (67th)
Comment: Took two pitchers in first three picks (Halladay, King Felix) but then, oddly, took a risk at first with Morneau in 5th round.
Best Pick: Scott Baker (258th)
Worst Pick: Adam LaRoche (162nd)
Comment: Went reliever crazy late with four of last five picks netting Meek, Capps, Uehara and Romo.
B. DOUG IS A MAN
Best Pick: Jordan Zimmerman (209th)
Worst Pick: Miguel Montero (104th)
Comment: Can’t figure out why anyone would take three catchers in first nine rounds, and don’t blame the autopick.
Best Pick: Madison Bumgarner (208th)
Worst Pick: Mariano Rivera (88th)
Comment: Marmol and Rivera in the first eight rounds caused issues in the outfield.
Best Pick: Carl Pavano (322nd)
Worst Pick:Michael Young (63rd)
Comment: Took chances on a bunch of guys looking for bounce backs – Lind, Figgins, Ordonez and Berkman.
Best Pick: Cameron Maybin (323nd)
Worst Pick: Kendrys Morales (86th)
Comment: Took a chance late on talented but injury prone guys – Hardy, Chipper and Peavy.
Best Pick: Aaron Harang (325th)
Worst Pick: Corey Hart (85th)
Comment: Went with Wright, Arod in first two rounds waiting until 10th round to take a first baseman (Aubrey Huff).
For those of you interested in the results of the draft, click on the link to LivingtheFantasyLg-Rosters for every pick made in the 12-team draft.