OBFBL Season Records

Posted: August 7, 2014 in League News

by Sean Chard

With less than 2 months to go in the OBFBL season, it’s a good time to look at the Record Book and see which Season records are at risk to fall this year.

OBFBL Season Records

A quick glance at the batting records and all of them are at no risk whatsoever to fall, and they are likely to remain intact forever from the 2006/2007 seasons when they were set.

In fact, if we tracked the totals for each stat for team with the most each year, this season we have break the record for the lowest winning total for several of the offensive categories.

With the dreadful offense numbers of course, this also means that some of the pitching records are at risk.

  • Wins: Record is 125 (set in 2008 by Blue Balls franchise) and is safe
  • Saves: Record is 213 (set in 2012 by Tribe), currently the Crackheads have 159 and would be on pace to break the record
  • Strikeouts: Record is 1508 (set in 2013 by Dynasty), currently the Crackheads are at 1107 (in 1054.2 IP) and are on pace to break the record
  • ERA: Record is 3.04 (set in 2013 by Dynasty), currently the Tribe are at 2.92 and have a good shot to break the record
  • WHIP: Record is 1.10 (set in 2004 by Sex Panthers franchise and the oldest standing Season record), currently the Blue Balls are at 1.14 and Tribe at 1.15. Both have a chance to get under 1.10 but it may be difficult

 

ADDITIONALLY:  The record for highest ever scoring season (Poo Dogs in 2008 at 110 rotos) is at risk, with the Blue Balls currently at 109 rotos and with points to gain

 

The Career Records may be changing hands after this year also. These will be updated on the site and a separate post in the offseason.

OBFBL 2014 Poll

Posted: April 23, 2014 in League News
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The annual OBFBL poll was completed by (nearly) all of the participants. The poll responses were received over a 2-week period, starting a few days before the season and then continuing nearly 2 weeks into it. As such, the responses for some may have some information already about the season’s results, but not too much.

Let’s dive into some of the observations within the poll.  Link to POLL here.

OBFBL Standings:

  • 7 of 11 poll respondents picked the Etobicoke Crackheads to win the Shooter Cup this year and they are the consensus favourite
  • Closely behind are the Brampton Blue Balls, with 4 1st place votes. It would be the 1st title for the Blue Balls
  • Following those two teams, the predictions are all over the board, with the consensus picks having the Dick Dogs and Dynasty also finishing in the money
  • Towards the bottom of the consensus results, the Poo Dogs, Tribe, Legacy and Sex Panthers are all believed to finish down in the standings

OBFBL Predictions:

  • A wide range of responses for “Storyline of the Year” from the Crackheads or Blue Balls capturing the title, to rapings and other violent acts, to breakout seasons by Brad Miller and Billy Hamilton, and even a wild prediction of 2 owners not returning for next year.  We’ll see which of these storylines comes true
  • Most Pitching Rotos: Crackheads with 4 votes, Dick Dogs with 3
  • Most Batting Rotos: Crackheads with 4 votes, Blue Balls with 3
  • Most Keepers the Same:  6 votes for the Asshats
  • Fewest Keepers the Same: 3 votes each for the Legacy and Sex Panthers

MLB Predictions:

  • AL East:  Rays (5 picks), Red Sox (3), Yankees (2), Orioles (1), Blue Jays (0)
  • AL Central: Tigers (9 picks), Royals (1), Indians (1)
  • AL West: Athletics (5 picks), Angels (3), Mariners (3)
  • NL East: Nationals (9 picks), Braves (2)
  • NL Central: Cardinals (8 picks), Pirates (3)
  • NL West: Dodgers (9 picks), Giants (1), Diamondbacks (1)
  • AL Wild Cards: Red Sox (4 picks), Royals (4), Blue Jays (3)
  • NL Wild Cards: Pirates (5 picks), Cardinals (3), Braves (3)
  • AL Winner: Tigers (4 picks), Rays (4 picks), Orioles (1), Angels (1), Red Sox (1)
  • NL Winner: Dodgers (5 picks), Nationals (3), Cardinals (3)
  • World Series: Dodgers (5 picks), Nationals (3), Cardinals (2), Rays (1)

 

  • Predictions for Blue Jays: All over the Map, from wildcard winner to a very bad team that gets blown up and GM/manager fired
  • Billy Hamilton SB total:  Average of 57.9 SBs,  High total = 80,   Low total = 28

 

  • AL MVP: Mike Trout (8 votes), Evan Longoria/Wil Myers/Prince Fielder (1 each)
  • NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen (3 votes), Bryce Harper (2 votes), Hanley Ramirez/Matt Carpenter/Carlos Gomez/Paul Goldschmidt/Freddie Freeman/Carlos Gonzalez (1 each)
  • AL Cy Young: Yu Darvish (4 votes), Felix Hernandez (3 votes), James Shields/Max Scherzer/Alex Cobb/David Price (1 each)
  • NL Cy Young: Stephen Strasburg (5 votes), Adam Wainwright (2 votes), Clayton Kershaw (2 votes), Jose Fernandez/Madison Bumgarner (1 each)
  • AL Rookie of the Year: Jose Abreu (4 votes), Nick Castellanos (2 votes), Yordano Ventura (2 votes), Masahiro Tanaka/Xander Bogaerts/Chris Colabello (1 each)
  • NL Rookie of the Year: Billy Hamilton (5 votes), Kolten Wong (4 votes), Archie Bradley (2 votes)
  • AL Comeback Player: Grady Sizemore (5 votes), Albert Pujols (2 votes), Josh Hamilton/Corey Hart/Derek Jeter/Michael Pineda (1 each)
  • NL Comeback Player: Matt Kemp (3 votes), Ryan Braun (2 votes), Tim Hudson/Jason Heyward/Johnny Cueto/Curtis Granderson/Troy Tulowitzki (1 each)

Fantasy Predictions:

  • AL Breakout Players: 2 or more votes for – Alex Cobb, Sonny Gray, Danny Salazar, Michael Pineda, Kole Calhoun, Yordano Ventura, Taijuan Walker, Brad Miller, Adam Eaton
  • NL Breakout Players: 2 or more votes for – Andrew Cashner, Billy Hamilton, Nolan Arenado, Archie Bradley, Chris Owings, Alex Wood
  • AL Fantasy Busts: 2 or more votes for – Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz, Josh Hamilton, Prince Fielder
  • NL Fantasy Busts: 2 or more votes for – Yasiel Puig, Jean Segura, Doug Fister

 

Thanks to everyone (except 1) for filling out the survey. It’s always fun to look back on this midseason and at the end of the year and see how we did with our predictions.

Sean

By Sean Chard

Each year we take a look back at and analyze what would happen if you had no keepers and the last pick of each round. Could you assemble a team strong enough to win the Shooter Cup?

Each year we’ve taken a look back to build a team that would have won the Shooter Cup, here are the past results:

2010 Hindsight Warriors article
2011 Hindsight Warriors article
2012 Hindsight Warriors article

Let’s take a look back at the 2013 Fantasy Baseball season and do it again, and see if we can build a team to defeat the Frankford Fury’s 2013 Shooter Cup winning team.

There were a lot of BIG surprises in 2013, including some impressive rookies – Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, Jean Segura; major breakouts from emerging stars like Carlos Gomez, Matt Harvey (before TJ), Pedro Alvarez; and some old guys still bringing it – Alfonso Soriano, Michael Cuddyer, Koji Uehara.

Here is how the rest of team looks like.

2013 HINDSIGHT WARRIORS

C – Jonathan Lucroy (round 9) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (round 18) [using a % of each of their stats for 162 GP]
1B – Brandon Moss (round 13)
2B – Matt Carpenter (round 10)
3B – Pedro Alvarez (round 4)
SS – Jean Segura (round 14)
UTIL – Michael Cuddyer (round 7)
UTIL – Josh Donaldson (round 20)
OF – Carlos Gomez (round 1)
OF – Hunter Pence (round 3)
OF – Yasiel Puig (round 6)
OF – Alfonso Soriano (round 11)
OF – Coco Crisp (round 8)

NOTES:
– Killer comeback seasons from Crisp, Pence, Saltalamacchia
– Big breakouts from Gomez, Puig, Alvarez, Donaldson, Carpenter
– Soriano joins the Hindsight Warriors for the 2nd straight season

Offensive Totals (and Roto rank):
R = 1003 (8 Rotos) HR = 280 (12 Rotos) RBI = 967 (9 Rotos)
SB = 188 (12 Rotos) Batting Average = .284 (11 Rotos) TOTAL = 52 ROTOS

P – Matt Harvey (round 2)
P – Anibal Sanchez (round 5)
P – Jose Fernandez (round 21)
P – Hisashi Iwakuma (round 22)
P – Justin Masterson (round 23)
P – Ubaldo Jimenez (round 24)
P – Koji Uehara (round 25)
P – Edward Mujica (round 26)
P – Jim Henderson (round 27)
P – Joaquin Benoit (round 28)
P – Brad Ziegler (round 29)

NOTES:
– Big breakouts from Fernandez, Harvey, Iwakuma
– An out of nowhere comeback season by Masterson
– Lots of RP gold, as there seems to be every year

Pitching Totals (and Roto rank):
IP = 1500 W = 99 (11 Rotos) SV = 123 (7 Rotos) K = 1493 (12 Rotos)
ERA = 2.57 (12 Rotos) WHIP = 1.06 (12 Rotos) TOTAL = 54 ROTOS

GRAND TOTAL 106 Rotos  and the 2013 SHOOTER CUP!!!
Read through the full spreadsheet for the 2013 Hindsight Warriors HERE.

In summary, any team can win the Shooter Cup this year! Even those that have rebuilt and are down to 4 or 5 keepers. Keepers are great for building the foundation of your team for the year, but your draft and post-draft success (and some luck of course) are equally important. This is something for us to keep in mind as we all prepare for the 2014 Draft, now just 1 day away!

2014 ROOKIE KEEPER DRAFT

Posted: February 23, 2014 in League News

1. Pickering Dynasty – Bryon Buxton, OF
Buxton took the Minor Leagues by storm in his first full professional season, showing why many evaluators had rated him as the top talent in the 2012 Draft class. He excelled in the Midwest League and the Florida State League, and he finished the year by getting a taste of more experienced competition in the Arizona Fall League.Everywhere Buxton went, he stood out as the top talent on the field and a legitimate five-tool player. He has a simple, direct swing and creates excellent bat speed. Buxton’s power has already been better than expected and scouts expect it to improve more as he grows. His speed grades out at the top of the scale and he knows how to use it on the basepaths. Defensively, Buxton covers plenty of ground in center field and has good instincts in the outfield.
The Twins are traditionally conservative in their developmental timelines, but Buxton has already put himself on an accelerated track to the Major Leagues.

2. Brooklin Legacy – Jose Abreu, 1B
Abreu became the latest Cuban to land a large Major League contract after signing with the White Sox during the offseason. The 27-year-old has been known as a power hitter for a while, a fact he proved by batting .360 with three homers and nine RBIs in six games during the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Abreu’s power should transfer to the Majors almost immediately, and he also could hit for average. And though the 2014 White Sox are not projected to boast an elite lineup, Abreu should receive his share of RBI chances out of the middle of their order.

3. London Tribe – Masahiro Tanaka, SP
The hype surrounding Tanaka swelled to epic proportions after it was announced in December that the Rakuten Golden Eagles would post their superstar right-hander, allowing him to sign with a big league team. Tanaka overwhelmed his Japanese League opponents in 2013, finishing the season with a perfect 24-0 record, a 1.27 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP and a 183-to-32 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 212 innings. After reaching a deal with the Yankees in January, the 25-year-old will enter 2014 with immediate ace potential.

4. Pickering Dynasty – Javier Baez, SS
Baez has lived up to his lofty expectations since the Cubs selected him eighth overall in 2011. He reached Double-A Tennessee two years later as a 20-year-old and his 75 extra-base hits and 111 RBIs led the Minor Leagues.
Baez generates incredible bat speed, resulting in big power. He also has the ability to hit for average if he is able to develop more plate discipline. But he is a good bad-ball hitter and often finds a way to get his bat on the ball in spite of his aggressiveness.
Baez isn’t as advanced defensively. His average speed begets solid range and he has a good arm, but he still commits too many errors. Some scouts feel he is destined for a move to third or second base, which be eased by Starlin Castro’s presence in Chicago. No matter where he plays, Baez’s bat has the ability to make him a star.

5. Aurora Asshats – Taijuan Walker, SP
A year after being the youngest pitcher, by far, in the Southern League, Walker returned to Double-A Jackson to start 2013. He fared much better the second time around and pitched his way to Seattle for his Major League debut.
Walker came late to pitching after playing mostly shortstop and basketball in high school and is still developing from a thrower into a pitcher. That is especially apparent in his command, which he will need to tighten to reach his lofty potential. He gets easy velocity on his fastball, throwing it in the mid to upper 90s. He also throws a changeup, curveball and a slider that often moves like a cutter. All of his offspeed pitches have the potential to be above-average offerings.
Walker’s youth, athleticism, size and stuff all give him the chance to develop into a frontline Major League starter.

6. Pickering Dynasty – George Springer, OF
Springer had a season for the ages in 2013. He became the third Minor Leaguer in 40 years to hit 30 home runs and steal 40 bases, and he finished three homers shy of the first 40-40 season in the Minor Leagues in at least 50 years.
Springer’s power and speed stand out the most, but he is a solid all-around player. He has the ability to hit for average, though there is a lot of swing-and-miss in his game that he will need to cut down on. Springer’s speed translates well to the outfield, where he covers a lot of ground. His strong arm would play well in right field if that’s where he ends up. He earns high marks for his makeup and energy.
Springer ended the 2013 season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, and it won’t be long before he makes his Major League debut.

7. Whitby Poo Dogs – Archie Bradley, SP
The D-backs had two of the first seven picks of the 2011 Draft and wasted no time grabbing high-end pitching. They took Trevor Bauer with the third overall pick and selected Bradley four picks later. Bradley reached Double-A Mobile in 2013 and his 1.84 ERA ranked third in all of the Minor Leagues.
Bradley throws his fastball in the mid-90s and can reach the upper 90s when he needs to. The steep downhill angle he throws from and good sinking action on the pitch combine to produce a lot of ground balls. He complements his plus-plus fastball with an above-average 12-to-6 curveball and changeup that will likely be at least a Major League-average offering.
Bradley has improved his command and earns praise for his demeanor on the mound. His stuff, size and makeup make him the best pitcher in the Minor Leagues and it isn’t difficult to project him as a frontline starter soon.

8. Toronto Motor Boats – Kris Bryant, 3B
Bryant began his incredible run in 2013 by winning the Golden Spikes Award at the University of San Diego and ended it with the MVP in the Arizona Fall League. In between, the Cubs made him the No. 2 overall pick and he crushed pitching everywhere he went.
Bryant has well above-average power and drives the ball to all fields. There is some swing-and-miss in his game, but he has worked to eliminate some of the holes in his swing and projects to be able to hit for a good average.
Bryant has a strong arm and is more athletic than his large frame would suggest. He should be able to stay at third base, but he played some outfield in college and would be able to handle a move to right field if necessary. Bryant wowed in his professional debut and the Cubs likely won’t have to wait long for him to get to Wrigley.

9. Brooklin Legacy – Alex Guerrero, 2B
Guerrero defected from Cuba in 2013 before signing a four-year deal with the Dodgers in October. The 27-year-old is a bit of an enigma at this point, but he reportedly has a solid power-speed profile that could help him earn everyday at-bats as Los Angeles’ second baseman in 2014.
Originally my pick, I started to get cold feet.  Talks of poor d in his transition to 2bag and a platoon at 2 bag scared me. But if you go deep and query the true dodgers followers. No matter how the season begins, he’s the starter sooner rather than later. With projections of .277, 25 jacks and 77 RBI out of second base, it must be so. Good track record of Cubans. Cespedes. Puig. They are so damn intriguing. Add Abreu and it’s a Cubas year. I’m all in on #cuba. Power is good. If I wasn’t in the shitter I would drop my phone and walk away. It’s been done!!!

10. London Tribe – Nick Castellanos, 3B
Castellanos established himself as one of the best prep hitters in the 2010 Draft class and has lived up to his billing as a professional. He was named Futures Game MVP in 2012 and reached Triple-A the following season as a 21-year old.
Castellanos has a smooth swing and has shown the ability to make adjustments at the plate. He drives the ball to all fields and began to unlock his raw power in 2013. He is a below-average runner.
Castellanos spent the last year making himself a serviceable left fielder, but will now return to third base as Miguel Cabrera slides back across the diamond to first base. Castellanos is a capable defender at third base with a good enough arm to man the hot corner. He will get a chance to step into that role in the Major Leagues in 2014.

11. Riverdale Sex Panthers – Gegory Polanco, OF
After a breakout 2012, Polanco built on that progress with another big season in 2013. He appeared in the Futures Game and climbed three levels to end the season at Triple-A Indianapolis. Just for good measure, he won the MVP in the Dominican Winter League.
Polanco has five-tool potential. He is an aggressive hitter, but doesn’t strike out a ton and has become more willing to take a walk. His swing does have a tendency to get long, a problem compounded by his lanky frame. Still, with his hands and bat speed, he has the potential to be a special hitter with above-average power.
Polanco has plus speed and covers ground well in the outfield. He is a center fielder now, but he has a strong arm and could slide over to right field if necessary. That could be his spot in PNC Park before too long.
12. London Tribe – RE-UP Miguel Sano, 3B
Sano was in the spotlight even before he signed with the Twins in 2009 for $3.15 million, a club record for international players. But since reaching the professional ranks, he has shown what all the fuss is about.
Sano has prodigious raw power and knows how to use it in games. He hit 35 home runs between Class A Advanced Fort Myers and Double-A new Britain in 2013. With his power, however, comes a lot of swing and miss. He has struck out more than 140 times in both of his years in full-season ball.
Sano’s defense continues to be a question mark. He has made strides at third base, but some scouts still believe he is destined to move across the diamond to first base. Sano’s arm is plenty strong enough for third base and he does have a chance to remain on the hot corner. But if he keeps pounding the ball, the Twins will find somewhere to play him, possibly soon, in the Major Leagues.

OBFBL First 2014 MOCK DRAFT

Posted: December 16, 2013 in League News
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The keepers are announced, the offseason trading has begun already with 3 deals made so far.

Let’s take a look at the top players available in the upcoming 2014 OBFBL draft.  Using the composite player rankings from Main’s worksheet (that he used to create the Keeper Rankings feature), the following MOCK draft was created. Note: the players selected for the teams are solely based on the ranking and the mock does not take into account specific team needs or their expected plans for 2014.  The “Overall Rank” column shown is the composite ranking from Ryan’s worksheet.

Look below the table for some analysis of the MOCK draft, the first of several we’ll have before the OBFBL draft in March.

ROUND #1 TEAM PLAYER POSITION(s) OVERALL RANK
PICK 1.1 Crackheads Elvis Andrus SS #63
PICK 1.2 Blue Balls Carlos Santana C/1B #67
PICK 1.3 Motorboats Mike Minor SP #72
PICK 1.4 Tribe Homer Bailey SP #77
PICK 1.5 Asshats Brandon Phillips 2B #82
PICK 1.6 Blue Balls (via Legacy) James Shields SP #83
PICK 1.7 Poo Dogs Ben Zobrist 2B/SS/OF #87
PICK 1.8 Dick Dogs Hisashi Iwakuma SP #88
PICK 1.9 Super Sods Jonathan Lucroy C #94
PICK 1.10 Fury Alex Cobb SP #95
PICK 1.11 Dynasty Hyun-Jin Ryu SP #97
PICK 1.12 Dynasty (via Sex Panthers) Jose Altuve 2B #98
         
ROUND #2 TEAM PLAYER POSITION OVERALL RANK
PICK 2.1 Dynasty (via Sex Panthers) Carlos Beltran OF #100
PICK 2.2 Dynasty Carlos Granderson OF #101
PICK 2.3 Fury Patrick Corbin SP #102
PICK 2.4 Super Sods Glen Perkins RP #104
PICK 2.5 Dick Dogs A.J. Burnett SP #105
PICK 2.6 Poo Dogs Jered Weaver SP #106
PICK 2.7 Legacy Clay Buchholz SP #107
PICK 2.8 Asshats Kris Medlen SP #108
PICK 2.9 Tribe Martin Prado 2B/3B/OF #109
PICK 2.10 Motorboats Joe Nathan RP #111
PICK 2.11 Blue Balls Wilin Rosario C #112
PICK 2.12 Crackheads Jayson Werth OF #113
         
ROUND #3 TEAM PLAYER POSITION OVERALL RANK
PICK 3.1 Crackheads Chase Utley 2B #116
PICK 3.2 Blue Balls Koji Uehara RP #117
PICK 3.3 Motorboats Austin Jackson OF #118
PICK 3.4 Tribe Rafael Soriano RP #119
PICK 3.5 Asshats Salvador Perez C #123
PICK 3.6 Legacy Aaron Hill 2B #124
PICK 3.7 Poo Dogs Trevor Rosenthal RP #125
PICK 3.8 Dick Dogs Jason Grilli RP #126
PICK 3.9 Super Sods Shane Victorino OF #127
PICK 3.10 Fury CC Sabathia SP #130
PICK 3.11 Dynasty Francisco Liriano SP #131
PICK 3.12 Sex Panthers Jeff Samardzija SP #132
         
ROUND #4 TEAM PLAYER POSITION OVERALL RANK
PICK 4.1 Dynasty (via Sex Panthers) Lance Lynn SP #133
PICK 4.2 Dynasty Jonathan Papelbon RP #134
PICK 4.3 Fury Doug Fister SP #135
PICK 4.4 Super Sods Andrelton Simmons SS #137
PICK 4.5 Dick Dogs Dexter Fowler OF #139
PICK 4.6 Poo Dogs Sergio Romo RP #140
PICK 4.7 Blue Balls (via Legacy) Matt Garza SP #141
PICK 4.8 Asshats Hiroki Kuroda SP #142
PICK 4.9 Tribe Asdrubal Cabrera SS #143
PICK 4.10 Motorboats Brandon Belt 1B #145
PICK 4.11 Blue Balls Johnny Cueto SP #146
PICK 4.12 Crackheads Kendrys Morales 1B #147
         
ROUND #5 TEAM PLAYER POSITION OVERALL RANK
PICK 5.1 Crackheads Andrew Cashner SP #148
PICK 5.2 Blue Balls Jake Peavy SP #152
PICK 5.3 Motorboats Michael Cuddyer 1B/OF #153
PICK 5.4 Tribe Jon Lester SP #155
PICK 5.5 Asshats Derek Holland SP #156
PICK 5.6 Legacy Victor Martinez 1B #157
PICK 5.7 Poo Dogs Matt Wieters C #158
PICK 5.8 Dick Dogs Jed Lowrie 2B/SS #159
PICK 5.9 Super Sods Tony Cingrani SP #160
PICK 5.10 Fury Mark Teixeira 1B #161
PICK 5.11 Dynasty Coco Crisp OF #163
PICK 5.12 Sex Panthers Grant Balfour RP #164

ANALYSIS

  • 24 of the 60 players (40%) in the MOCK are Starting Pitchers, which is typical of our OBFBL drafts with pitchers less kept despite their ranking, due to higher risk
  • 9 closers taken in the MOCK.  While the mock does show closers starting to be taken in the 2nd round, which matches our OBFBL draft, we know that there is a higher frequency of them taken in the first 5 rounds, than the 9 in the mock
  • The 5 catchers taken in the MOCK are all good contributors, and they’ll go within the first 5 rounds of the actual draft likely to those that need that position. The order they go in will depend on team needs
  • Ben Zobrist and Martin Prado fill a nice utility knife need as usual with 3 positions eligible each, while Jed Lowrie and Michael Cuddyer have 2 positions
  • The OF position isn’t well represented in the MOCK, while the 3B options are very limited

2014 KEEPER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Posted: December 13, 2013 in League News

We are all set to start another OBFBL season!! Download the 1st ChardSheet of 2014 HERE.  The Trade Freeze has been lifted and you are welcome to send your trade announcements to the Commissioner.  Trades will be announced daily until the frenzy dies down.

2013 Keeper Rankings

Posted: December 12, 2013 in League News

By Ryan Main

Conley wins his 2nd Shooter Cup! It was a long time between titles, but you made it exciting by choosing not to trade some final keepers for depth. It’s a very tough choice that far down the road as you want the cup (and cash), but you also want to be able to compete at a high level the next season. Larry and Carey also put up very good seasons and almost pulled off the win. I always enjoy looking at the teams at season’s end to see if there were keeper level players that could have benefited another team’s keeper set. To that end…here’s your top keepers from 2013 and how they rank against each other…(not that Paul cares).

How were these rankings created? You really don’t care about that, so fine…I won’t waste your time with all the detail. If you need the background, refer to the 2011 story (https://obfbl.com/2012/01/11/keeper-rankings-part-1/). I will give you one piece of information, and that is the origin of the rankings used…given that it’s still early, only a few decent sites have rankings for 2014 updated so far. Each site was given a weight in the composite ranking based on their reputation (ESPN = 35%, CBS Mock Draft = 20%, RotoChamp = 15%, Fantasy Assembly Keeper Rankings = 10%, Fantasy Assembly Standard Rankings = 10%, Rotoworld mid-season 2014 projections = 10%)

• ESPN (http://espn.go.com/fantasy/baseball/story/_/page/2014_ranks/tristan-h-cockcroft-fantasy-baseball-top-250-rankings-2014)

• CBS Mock Draft (http://fantasynews.cbssports.com/fantasybaseball/story/24286694/draft-prep-offseason-headtohead-mock)

• RotoChamp (http://www.rotochamp.com/baseball/PlayerRankings.aspx)

• Fantasy Assembly Keeper Rankings (http://fantasyassembly.com/2013/11/10/top-100-players-for-dynasty-leagues/)

• Fantasy Assembly Standard Rankings (http://fantasyassembly.com/2013/12/09/top-204-for-2014/)

• Rotoworld mid-season 2014 projections (http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/mlb/43717/2/2014-top-300-overall)

From here, I entered the nerdery and crunched some numbers, resulting in your keeper rankings…hope you enjoy (yes, we know Paul…you don’t enjoy…so quit reading already)!

K_BL_2013B-Ham made the top 200!! There’s a lot riding on his last year of RK eligibility…should be interesting to see if he pans out or fizzles down the Rajai Davis path. Looks like Baller still hasn’t noticed that he’s supposed to improve his keeper rank from year to year, but on the bright side, he did lower the average age of his team, and if we remove Dickey, he owns one of the youngest sets of keepers in the league. While the changes haven’t shown up in the ranking score, Baller was very active in 2013 and looks to be on a path in the right direction…I expect to see his rank go up quickly in the years to come.

K_RDSP_2013After dealing all his keepers last season, Chris went from having an old folk’s home full of keepers to the 2nd youngest set in the league.  This year, Chris has multiple high-end RK’s, as well as his own pick in the RK draft to solidify his future.  In addition, Chris was able to get lucky foresee the breakout of several young keepers in Jose Fernandez and Dominic Brown.  Couple that with picking up Reyes via trade, and Chris is on his way to a good set of studs…should be interesting to see what moves he makes this year.

K_LT_2013Cheese owns the 3rd youngest set of keepers in the league. He took a hit after trading most of his assets early for Cole Hamels, but still managed to make a few more trades last year and caught lightening with Michael Wacha, who will be one of the most talked about and watched young pitchers in the league in 2014 (time to sell high?). There’s some tough breaks on the RK side as Sano seems to be a week away from opting to have Tommy John surgery and Singleton would rather camp out on first with some buddies and a blunt than put his MLB career in the spotlight. Cheese has a team that I think could easily outperform its current ranking, but will need Segura, Donaldson and others to repeat or even improve upon their breakout seasons.

K_ASS_2013Ouch…Carey pushed with all he had to win the 2013 shooter cup, but not only came up short for the 2nd season in a row, but also moved out a ton of talent in the effort. With a pocket full of cash, I’m sure Carey has no regrets, but we all know he wants the cup more than ever now. There’s a solid core here and the age isn’t a concern, but Carey will need one heck of a good draft to take a money spot in 2014 as the trade value beyond Trout and Jones is not so great and we clearly know he has no intention of moving either of these guys.

K_WPD_2013Chris Davis….damn. Who here wishes they’d hit that lottery? Wasn’t it just a year ago that this guy struck out 4 times in a game and then took the mound to pick-up two more K’s? Let’s hope Davis doesn’t regress back to his old ways in 2014. Bobby has set himself up nicely after dealing with the Braun PED disaster. He has an excellent combination of studs and high upside, young keepers….even his RK’s should be reliable in 2014. Looking through Bobby’s roster I’m a bit surprised he’s ranked 8th, but that may be more an indicator of the level of competition in 2014 than anything.

K_TMB_2013Kim finished in 7th place in 2013 and begins with the 7th ranked, but youngest overall set of keepers. It seems his catcher fetish has carried into 2014 with two in his top 8 and a 3rd just outside. There’s some serious upside to this roster in Hosmer, Heyward and Rizzo. If these three can take another step forward in 2014, Kim’s keepers will look much better, but for now that’s a lot to expect. We should see another year of good progress, but Kim will need to make some moves if he wants to be ready to compete in 2015.

K_FF_2013A shooter cup cost Conley as he had to deal some keepers to make his run, but still managed to stay in the top half of the league rankings. We can see that he finished with a ton of depth as he has more players ranked in the top 200 than anybody. No RK’s and a weak backend (is Andrus really a keeper?) will make it very difficult to repeat unless he has a killer draft. There’s also some concern about whether Hanley can play a full schedule or if Beltre can keep his hammy’s from pulling in the Texas heat. It’ll be interesting to see how Fielder adjusts to the same, but I’d love to have these guys hitting back-to-back in my lineup. I don’t see a repeat happening…and I actually doubt he’ll hit the money this year, but it should be close. A focus on re-build would have Conley back in the battle easily the next season.

K_DDD_2013Some tough decisions here…Kemp has to be frustrating to watch with so much potential, but very little time on the field and less success since he BUSTED out and predicted he’d go 50/50…do you hang on to this guy or sell low? Felix should benefit by the Cano signing and bolstered offense, and Ellsbury to NYY was great news for the Dick Dogs. A solid draft should put Dick Dogs in a money spot, but if he can combine that with some of his typical trades, Dick Dogs has a shot at taking home another cup in 2014.

K_AA_2013Do your own write-up…why are you even reading this Paul? Not a trade will be made or a keeper upgraded, and again will fall out of the money.

K_PD_2013Leisure Suit Larry almost took down another shooter cup in 2013, but did hit another money finish. Why even collect the entry fee for this guy? Owner of the 2013 AL MVP, who should be back to full health in 2014 and playing his regular position, MCab may either carry this team or be traded to upgrade the weaker backend keepers on this team. Larry seems to be targeting RK’s more than in past years as he’s seen some real potential in Xander Bogaerts, so it’ll be interesting to see if that is simply for trade value or if he’s changed his strategy. Larry will undoubtedly finish in the money and will, as always, be in the running for the cup.

K-EC_2013Well nobody can say that Chard didn’t maximize his trade options. Leaving only one other choice for a keeper in the top 200 players, it looks like Chards roster is pretty set. But…where’s Matt Harvey? One of the top pitchers last year, Harvey will be very missed as the Crackheads attempt to win again in 2014 (due to his injury, no site ranked him as top 200 for 2014). I’d say we can expect to see a move or two from the Crackheads as they tend to be very active by the keeper announcements, but will they move Harvey or will they instead move the #1 RK pick that is expected to belong to Byron Buxton? After a quick re-evaluation in 2013, Chard again improved his keeper set, and, while his keepers may not be overall as strong as last year, he still has a substantial amount of flexibility to contend with.

K_BBB_2013We’ve come a long way baby!! After a steady rebuild, the Blue Balls have finally reached the top of the keeper rankings. If they can only avoid the curse associated with this position, the Blue Balls may finally get the relief they’re looking for…would that be the first time a name change was in order immediately after winning a title? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The field is stacked this year and there are a lot of questions with this roster. Will Pujols bounce back after working through his injuries or will he continue to decline with age? Will 2013 phenom Puig suffer a sophomore slump? Can Tulowitzki stay healthy? Ryan’s team is bolstered by very strong RK’s in their final year, but will that be enough to carry them to their first Shooter Cup?

Summary:

K-All_2013

2014 DRAFT ORDERS

Posted: October 25, 2013 in League News

ENTRY DRAFT
1. Etobicoke Crackheads
2. Brampton Blue Balls
3. Toronto Motor Boats
4. London Tribe
5. Aurora Asshats
6. Brooklin Legacy
7. Whitby Poo Dogs
8. Durham Dick Dogs
9. Ajax Super Sods
10. Frankford Fury
11. Pickering Dynasty
12. Riverdale Sex Panthers

ROOKIE KEEPER
1. Etobicoke Crackheads
2. Brampton Blue Balls
3. London Tribe
4. Pickering Dynasty (Motor Boats)
5. Aurora Asshats
6. Pickering Dynasty (Legacy)
7. Whitby Poo Dogs
8. Riverdale Sex Panthers
9. Durham Dick Dogs
10. Brampton Blue Balls (Super Sods)
11. Pickering Dynasty
12. London Tribe (Fury)

OBFBL 2013 FINAL MOCK DRAFT

Posted: March 22, 2013 in League News
Less than 24 hours away from the 2013 OBFBL draft!
As we all do our final preparations for the draft on Saturday morning, a couple of OBFBLers (Ryan Main, Sean Chard) decided to put together one Final Mock Draft. Unlike previous mock drafts that just took the combined overall ranks for the top players and assigned them to OBFBL teams in order, the draftees spent (a little) time looking at positional and category needs when drafting players for teams.
ROUND 1 TEAM PICK
#1 Tribe Shin Soo Choo (OF)
#2 Fury Jason Motte (RP)
#3 Motorboats Jose Altuve (2B)
#4 Blue Balls Matt Wieters (C)
#5 Dynasty Dan Haren (SP)
#6 Legacy Ryan Howard (1B)
#7 Dick Dogs Rafael Soriano (RP)
#8 Poo Dogs Asdrubal Cabrera (SS)
#9 Tribe Fernando Rodney (RP)
#10 Super Sods Mariano Rivera (RP)
#11 Crackheads Alex Rios (OF)
#12 Asshats Yadier Molina (C)
ROUND 2 TEAM PICK
#13 Asshats Joe Nathan (RP)
#14 Dynasty Martin Prado (2B/3B/SS/OF)
#15 Super Sods Mike Napoli (C/1B)
#16 Crackheads Sergio Romo (RP)
#17 Poo Dogs J.J. Putz (RP)
#18 Blue Balls Huston Street (RP)
#19 Fury Paul Konerko (1B)
#20 Crackheads Johnny Cueto (SP)
#21 Blue Balls Carlos Beltran (OF)
#22 Motorboats Joel Hanrahan (RP)
#23 Fury Shane Victorino (OF)
#24 Tribe Jim Johnson (RP)
ROUND 3
#25 Crackheads Ike Davis (1B)
#26 Fury John Axford (RP)
#27 Motorboats Brandon Morrow (SP)
#28 Dick Dogs Hunter Pence (OF)
#29 Dynasty Greg Holland (RP)
#30 Crackheads C.J. Wilson (SP)
#31 Motorboats Carlos Gomez (OF)
#32 Poo Dogs Rickie Weeks (2B)
#33 Tribe Alejandro De Aza (OF)
#34 Super Sods Chris Perez (RP)
#35 Dynasty Wilin Rosario (C)
#36 Asshats Doug Fister (SP)
ROUND 4
#37 Asshats Jake Peavy (SP)
#38 Dynasty Glen Perkins (RP)
#39 Super Sods Nick Markakis (OF)
#40 Tribe Jon Lester (SP)
#41 Poo Dogs Ian Kennedy (SP)
#42 Dick Dogs Norichika Aoki (OF)
#43 Legacy Chase Utley (2B)
#44 Crackheads Matt Harvey (SP)
#45 Blue Balls Nick Swisher (1B/OF)
#46 Motorboats Brett Anderson (SP)
#47 Fury Hiroki Kuroda (SP)
#48 Legacy Derek Jeter (SS)
ROUND 5
#49 Sex Panthers Brandon League (RP)
#50 Fury Miguel Montero (C)
#51 Dick Dogs Rafael Betancourt (RP)
#52 Blue Balls Steve Cishek (RP)
#53 Dynasty Josh Beckett (SP)
#54 Crackheads Angel Pagan (OF)
#55 Dick Dogs Anibal Sanchez (SP)
#56 Poo Dogs Grant Balfour (RP)
#57 Tribe Adam LaRoche (1B)
#58 Super Sods Howie Kendrick (2B)
#59 Dynasty Dan Uggla (2B)
#60 Asshats Adam Dunn (1B/OF)
Click here: OBFBL 2013 Mock Draft to see the full draft results, in our regular draft sheet format (with keepers shown).
Some interesting questions will be answered in the draft, including:
– when does the closer run (or runs) begin?
– who will be the young keeper upside players that people will reach for?
– who will be the older guys that will slide a bit?
– will 2013 turn out to be similar to 2012 with the first 5 rounds yielding poor results? if so, then maybe the Sex Panthers aren’t in that bad of shape despite only taking their first pick at #49 and second pick at #77.

The OBFBL Hall of Fame opened it’s doors last year, with 6 inaugural inductees.

The intention is to highlight those baseball players that have had significant fantasy baseball success in the OBFBL. Several players in the 11 year history of the OBFBL have been crucial to teams winning the Shooter Cup, and others have had prolonged high performance results.

Players accumulate points each year in 4 ways:
1) Being a keeper
2) Being ranked in the top 20 players (based on final results that year)
3) Being a rookie keeper. With bonus points for being an impact rookie keeper (ranked in top 100 overall in their first or second RK year)
4) Voting points. Each team owner is given a discretionary amount of points to assign to players at the end of the year. The number of points is based on order of finish with the Shooter Cup winner getting 50 points, 2nd place with 35 points, 3rd place with 25 points, 4th place with 20 points, and the remaining teams getting 10 points. The team owner assigns points to players whose performances resulted in the success of their team

In order to be eligible for the OBFBL Hall of Fame players must reach a defined threshold. Today we are excited to announce the Class of 2012.

OBFBL HALL OF FAME – Class of 2012:

miguel-cabreraMIGUEL CABRERA
Class of 2012
147 HOF points
  • Kept in the OBFBL for the last 9 years
  • Has been absolutely dominant over those 9 years as one of the top players in baseball – overall player ratings: #41 in 2004, #13, #17, #22, #31, #12, #5, #7, #2
  • Second highest amount of Voting points of anyone in the Hall – 72 VP, only trails Pujols
  • Was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2004 OBFBL draft by the Gash, in between Jose Vidro and Pudge Rodriguez, and was traded to the Brooklin Legacy that same year
  • Cabrera was kept by the Legacy for 5 years until he was traded to the Pickering Dynasty in 2009, in a deal that pulled back a hefty return and helped propel the Legacy to their first Shooter Cup championship that season
  • In 2012, Cabrera was a huge contributor to the Dynasty’s 2nd championship, and Cabrera won his first. Miggy was a monster in 2012, capturing the AL triple-crown and winning the MVP award
  • At age 29, Cabrera is easily the youngest of the OBFBL HOF’ers, and he is right in the middle of his prime with many elite fantasy seasons still to come. He may wind up as the best fantasy player in the history of the OBFBL
  • Miguel Cabrera will enter the OBFBL Hall of Fame wearing a Pickering Dynasty jersey

crawford

CARL CRAWFORD
Class of 2012
120 HOF points
  • Kept in the OBFBL for the last 9 years
  • Crawford had a massive peak from 2004 through 2010 where he was one of the best players in baseball. He ranked in the top 6 players in baseball 3 times during that period, and in the top 15 players a total of 6 times
  • Was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2004 OBFBL draft by the London Tribe, which could very well be their best draft pick ever (exempting the no-brainer A-Rod pick #1 overall in 2002)
  • Crawford was kept by the Tribe for 3 years, and then was traded frequently to teams as his SBs and overall production were in high demand
  • He won his first and only Shooter Cup in 2010 after being the #3 overall player in baseball that year, helping lead the Gash to their second championship
    Injuries have hampered Crawford the last couple seasons, however he is only 31 and can hopefully recover in 2013 and get back closer to where he once was
  • Carl Crawford will enter the OBFBL Hall of Fame wearing a London Tribe jersey