I will competing in NYC League 2 in the NFBC this season and have pick number 7 in the draft. Below is the list of people I will competing against, in the order we will be picking.
NEW YORK LEAGUE 2
1. Glenn Schroter, Whitestone, New York
2. Michael Edelman, Elmwood Park, New Jersey
3. Pete Lukowicz, Manalapan, New Jersey
4. Joe Kruk, Levittown, New York
5. John Paolucci, White Plains, New York
6. Eddy Betancourt, Woodhaven, New York
7. Joe Lano, Garfield, New Jersey
8. Winston Sapigao, Flushing, New York
9. Scott Greengold, Holtsville, New York
10. Roy Ericson III, Wayne, New Jersey
11. Joe Anthony, Cary, North Carolina
12. Leonard Ringle, New York City
13. Ari Benjamin, New York City
14. Leif Lasagne, Bronx, New York
15. Dan Mitlof, Congers, New York
To be honest with you, when I first saw the list of names, I didn’t know one of them. No Cory Swartz from Fantasy411 from MLB.com, no Shawn Child from baseball mafia.com, no name that jumped out to me.
After going into the league forum and reading what others from the league have written, it seems this is a very tough group here in NYC league 2. It seems there are at least 7 former league champs, 10 players rank in the top 250 lifetime, 4 of whom are in the top 50! My work is sure cut out for me here, I better get to work and prepare.
I am happy with pick 7 in round one. I am hoping Ryan Braun will be there for me, but think
he will be gone and I will have Miguel Cabrera there for the taking. While many people would prefer being closer to the ends, or have the wheel pick, I like being here in the middle.
I would not have been at all happy with pick 8 this year. I feel the top 7 players are set, it was the top 8 before the A-Rod hip surgery. Before his surgery, the top 5 was set, now it becomes the top 4.
Hanley Ramirez has to be the undisputed number one pick now. Picks 2 thru 4 are Albert Pujols, Jose Reyes and David Wright but not necessarily in that order. 5 thru 7 are Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera and Grady Sizemore, again, not necessarily in that order.
That’s the way I see it anyway, but you never really know. Someone may have a different view and pick Jimmy Rollins, Josh Hamilton or someone else before I pick and that’s fine with me, but I don’t see it happening.
Chase Utley and Alex Rodriguez are also wild cards in all this. Maybe someone will feel one of them is worth a early first round pick. The draft is only a week away, Saturday, March 21, and there may be some good news on one or both of them before then.
However it all shakes out, I will be ready. I can’t wait next Saturday!
Before next Saturday, there is this Saturday. I will be attending Baseball HQ First Pitch Forum in Saddle Brook, NJ this Saturday. It is a gathering of some of the great fantasy baseball geeks…I mean minds around. The Godfather of fantasy baseball, Lenny Melnick will be on hand along with many others. If there was ever a doubt that I have a fantasy baseball problem, this should clinch it!