My fantasy-league baseball draft (actually, it’s an auction) is this Saturday, and I’m trying to get up to speed since it’s a mixed league and I don’t usually pay much attention to the AL outside of the Braves’ opponents in interleague play and the playoffs.
The other obstacle to a good draft is my occasional tendency to go with my heart over my head. I end up with quite a few Braves that way, and sometimes that’s good and sometimes that’s not so good.
Derek Lowe, Brian McCann, Chipper Jones are the easy high picks, but everybody knows that, so they aren’t the guys I’m likely to get. The more likely players are the risky ones, and this year that’s the youngsters. How early do you jump in on Tommy Hanson, Jordan Schafer, Josh Anderson or Brandon Jones? How about someone like Casey Kotchman, who might have a breakout year?
What’s your draft strategy? Do you have trouble making practical picks over emotional ones?
By the way, a great time was had by all down at Disney’s Wide World of Sports last week. We had great weather, and the Little Chopper even got to run around the bases with all the other kids after Saturday’s win over the Mets. We all thoroughly enjoyed that particular game! Oh, and Jeff Francoeur looked good; I never saw him chase a bad pitch, but I did see him send a screaming line drive to right-center.
A couple of notes if you go:
• I don’t recommend the seats in the right-field bleachers, especially if you have small children. You’re right in the line of fire for foul balls, and the kids can’t see as well over the folks in front of them. It also gets hot out there, even on mild days, because of the metal and the direct sun.
• Be sure to check out the food stands outside the concourse on the first-base side. We ate at the Gyro/Pulled Pork stand every game, and it never got old.