TDGX FAAB-Fest

With $187 in FAAB dollars dished out in the first cycle alone, let’s dispense with the pleasantries and get right down to business. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover. In addition to covering the first two weeks of FAAB bidding, we will also touch on a handful of TDGX trades that have gone down early in the 2016 campaign.

TDGX FAAB Week 1

Joey Rickard OF BAL

Winning Bid: $27 (Tom Trudeau & Craig Glaser, MLB.com/STATS Inc.)

I like to be aggressive in the first waiver period following the conclusion of the draft. I suspect that fantasy owners suffer from waiver wire FOMO… someone better *could* come up later. And while there almost certainly will be better value later, I’m content to swap FAB for someone I think has legit trade value. Rickard looked a lot like the O’s starting LF at the time (we know Nolan Reimold isn’t good and we think Hyun-Soo Kim is not a Major Leaguer) and I was gambling a team with holes would send me useful draft pick for him. I ended up getting what I project to be a mid 2nd Round pick for him and Alex Colome. –Tom Trudeau

Jabari Blash OF SD

Winning Bid: $27 (Tom Trudeau & Craig Glaser, MLB.com/STATS Inc.)

See previous post. I sent Blash packing for another 2nd Round pick and now have five 2017 2nd rounders. Blash seems destined to get a chance to show he can make enough contact to make his power tool playable – after all, his primary competition is Melvin Upton. I heard he whiffs in BP, though. I might have stashed if this were an OBP league. –Tom Trudeau

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TDGX Draft Recap – Round Two

Welcome back to the second installment of the TDGX 2016 draft recap. With Opening Day less than two weeks away, we are going to pick up the pace and roll through the remainder of the draft in the next two weeks. We will also be recapping each week’s FAAB bidding, which begins with the first round of acquisitions next week, so stay tuned!

With the vast majority of the elite prospects coming off the board in the first 20 selections, the second round is where things started to get a little crazy with several veterans, a handful of closers getting snapped up, and Bret Sayre making four picks. Without any further delay, let’s dive into the picks. (George Bissell, Baseball Prospectus)   Continue reading

TDGX Draft Recap – Round One

If you’re a regular here, you surely know about TDGX, the 20-team dynasty league started in 2014 that counts several of the industry’s brightest dynasty minds among its participants. To my great pleasure, Bret invited me to take over one of three vacated teams, with the other two going to J.J. Jansons and George Bissell, who you probably know from around here too. As the new kids on the block, the three of us will be bringing back a regular column covering transactions in the league.
To get started, we asked each member of the league to give us some brief thoughts about the players they took or thought process they employed in our recently completed draft. The draft is five rounds long, and while the most appealing pieces are prospects who entered professional baseball through the draft or IFA last year, there’s some roster filling and scooping up of the few risers that slipped through the cracks during the 2015 regular season too. We’ll cover the first round today and hope to roll out the remainder before the regular season kicks off, which is thankfully just a short time away.

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The Dynasty Guru Experts’ League — May 2015 Update #TDGX

As you know by now, some of the writers here at TDG have been playing in an epic 20-team dynasty league with fantasy baseball writers from all over the Internet. Nearly every major fantasy baseball website is represented in this league. Matching wits with some of the best players in the country has proven to be quite a challenge and a ton of fun — exactly the way a fantasy league should be. It is time to share an update on how things are going. Below you will find the complete standings as well as plenty of enlightening comments from the team owners themselves.

I will summarize the league setup here, but for a more in-depth overview of how it all got started read this: Welcome to The Dynasty Guru Experts’ League. The league is a dynasty league of course, with 30 man rosters plus a 10 man minor league roster. We can keep 35 players each year. There are 20 teams owned by experts (20 teams x 40 players = 800 rostered players plus about 60 on the DL, now that’s a deep league!). It is a 5×5 roto league with weekly lineups and transactions. We start 14 batters and 9 pitchers each week. Continue reading

The Invisible Hand: One Year Later

At this time last year, Bret and the gang created the Dynasty Guru Experts’ League (TDGX) and I was lucky enough to participate in the inaugural season. The twist heading into last year’s initial draft was the Invisible Hand method of determining the draft order. It’s been covered before on this site, but in a nutshell each team placed blind bids on draft slots with keepers as their currency. I sacrificed 15 of my 35 keepers to draft from the #1 slot. I believe the next highest bid was 13 keepers, so I have no regrets as far as the number I sacrificed. How this decision has shaped my roster is a different story and it’s why I wanted to come back to post on this a year later.

In the initial draft, it was about taking the best players available, and whether they were in the major or minor leagues wasn’t as big a factor – value was value. With Trout in hand, the team could go win now or win later, since the main building block was the best player in baseball at 22 years old. Win now was a daunting task in a 20-team league, and if my team wasn’t strong enough to take the crown in 2014, the idea of throwing back half the roster prior to this year would only make it more daunting. For this reason I decided that building around a young MLB core but making a more concerted effort to win in say 2016 or 2017 might be the smarter play. Selling off an older piece like Pujols in order to acquire a younger bat like Soler is one example of a move that fit this strategy/change in direction.

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We Have a Winner! Team McKahn Claims the Dynasty Guru Experts’ League 2014 Championship – #TDGX

TDGX is the nation’s premier dynasty league. The Dynasty Guru Experts’ League pits some of the industry’s best fantasy baseball writers against each other in a high-profile competition. The league’s inaugural crown goes to Team McKahn, co-managed by Ian Kahn and Tim McLeod. Ian Kahn not only a fantasy baseball writer, he is also a well-known actor who currently portrays George Washington in AMC network’s hit show “Turn”. Tim McLeod writes for RotoRob and Patton & Co and shares his thoughts on the Prospect361 podcasts. You can also hear him on SiriusXM radio on Sunday mornings. In addition to his TDGX title, Tim also won the championship in this year’s Tout Wars Mixed Draft league. The Canadian is clearly a fantasy baseball force to be reckoned with.

Ian and Tim didn’t just win the league, they absolutely thrashed the league. They won by 20.5 points over the 2nd place team. Dominating this league by that margin is pretty darn impressive when you consider the caliber of the competition. Every team in this league is owned by a respected fantasy baseball expert. Nearly every major fantasy baseball website is represented in this league. Defeating this formidable lineup is certainly an accomplishment to be proud of. Congratulations Ian and Tim for a very impressive season!

As you know by now, all of the writers here at TDG have been playing in an epic 20-team dynasty league with fantasy baseball writers from all over the Internet. Matching wits with some of the best players in the country has proven to be quite a challenge and a ton of fun — exactly the way a fantasy league should be. Below you will find the complete final standings as well as plenty of enlightening comments from the team owners themselves. Continue reading

The Dynasty Guru Experts League — August 2014 Update #TDGX

There is one month left to go in the inaugural season of The Dynasty Guru Experts League. Team McKahn has pulled out to a commanding lead, having gained 11 points in the standings since last month’s update. It is going to take a monumental comeback of epic proportions for anybody to catch him now. He has snared 191 of the 200 possible points and might not be done yet. It is shaping up to be a beatdown that will go down in legend. The rest of us are going to have our work cut out for us trying to dethrone Ian and Tim next year. I am up for that challenge!

As you know by now, all of the writers here at TDG have been playing in an epic 20-team dynasty league with fantasy baseball writers from all over the Internet. Matching wits with some of the best players in the country has proven to be quite a challenge and a ton of fun — exactly the way a fantasy league should be. Below you will find the complete standings as well as plenty of enlightening comments from the team owners themselves.

I will summarize the league setup here, but for a more in-depth overview of how it all got started read this: Welcome to The Dynasty Guru Experts’ League. The league is a dynasty league of course, with 30 man rosters Continue reading