Originally posted on Clubhouse GM  |  Last updated 2/18/13
I love fantasy baseball, but I love “real” baseball even more. I religiously try and watch my Detroit Tigers as much as possible. I say try because with a wife of 3 years, and a 1 year old there’s very little time to carve out 3 hours for a game. The few times I finally do get a chance to set aside that time and dedicate it solely to my Tiggs I go all out. I go 100%! Beer, munchies, pillows galore (For various positions. God knows I can’t stay in the same position all day), cellphone (texting my friends about Tigers game nonsense) and of course, silence from the family.  This is a great time, a summer ritual, but this is also the reason I won’t win my fantasy baseball leagues.Whether it’s my inability to process so much data, my lack of picking a favorite, or I just plain suck, I fall victim to my “all out nature”. I’ve vaulted fantasy baseball from a pastime to an obsession. Case in point, I love fantasy baseball so much, that to create a reason to talk about it in the offseason. I created this website (with my close friend who, lucky for me, is just as obsessed).  Just like my ritual for watching Tigers’ games, I can’t just have it on in the background; it has to be the focal point. In my mind, what’s the point if I can’t analyze and be a part of every moment that happens?  This leads me down a dark, confusing, very enjoyable ride in preparation for my fantasy drafts.  Matthew Berry, Tristan Cockroft, Eric Karabell, Grey Albright, Scott White, and plenty more. These are the playwrights of my early spring literature. These are the kings that dictate my readings. I embrace them 24/7 for months on end, listening, reading their every word. It’s what I do, and because of this I never win! Damn all their opinions! I personally find that they are too good at their job. One lyricist will tell me to pick up R.A. Dickey while the other poet tells me not to. The worst part is they’ll each make a very compelling case.  So I sit. I don’t make a move. If I do make a move I scrutinize it to no end. Oh yes, I could use what they say and form my own opinion, yeah like that’s easy. I still hear their words playing in the background just before I’m about to accept a trade, “don’t do it, his BABIP is unsustainable. “ Do it, I love his fly ball to groundball ratio.” AAHH!!! And to top it all off (Admittedly this is the best part about being in a fantasy league with my friend.) every move I make will be mocked by the members of my league (I do this all the time regardless of how fair/unfair the deal is). What’s a fantasy manager to do? Cut down on the intake of fantasy advice? Ppff…that’s about as easy as dedicating the time spent on fantasy baseball to actual work. Pick one fantasy writer and go with what he says? Ha! Ok, let’s not shop around for a car and buy the first house we see, or not get multiple quotes for a contracting job…1 fantasy writer? Good one!  Create a website of my own, do all the research and analysis myself, and use that data to construct the reasoning’s I’ll use throughout the season? Yeah, like that’ll…wait a minute! That’s a phenomenal idea! But that’s just too time consuming in areas I’d rather dedicate to reading, watching, and listening to baseball.  Maybe there is no solution to my losing ways. Maybe I’m just doomed to thoroughly enjoy the hobby that takes up my free time from March to October. It looks like I’ll just continue to over indulge on what I find very interesting and be the lovable, knowledgeable loser.  Oh well, I guess it could be worse; I guess I could be a “real fantasy expert”.Here are a few late rounder guys I like:Michael Brantley – no power, but will contribute nicely to SBsA.J. Griffin – I think 2012 was a year to build on. I think he’ll improve greatly and be a very serviceable #4 SPAndrew Cashner – for deep NL only leagues, there’s a reason he was the focal point of the Adrian Gonzalez deal. I think this year he shows why. Plus he pitches in Petco, come on!Lonnie Chisenhall – The job is his. He’s got power. Big upside this late in the draft.
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