Connect with us

3rd Base

“Alluhring Strategy” 2018 Draft and Off-Season Approach to 3B

Welcome back, Baseball Fans!

Today is the National Holiday known as OPENING DAY for Major League Baseball. It is a little early this year which has created some challenges to league schedules, but a full slate of games to open up on a Thursday is nothing short of glorious. Months of drafting, trading and free agent claims are finally ready to pay off. My first dynasty league opens up on November 15th every year so I’m sick of looking at my roster. I’m ready to do this!!! Many of you have just finished off a month of hardcore drafts and it’s time to see who won the bragging rights.

This week the staff at MLFS is taking one last look at the 2018 off-season and draw some conclusions on how the trends could result in buyer’s remorse or missed opportunities. My position of focus will be 3B which is very top heavy but not as deep as I originally thought at the beginning of the off-season.

The first place to start is to review the change in the landscape at 3B over this off-season. In Baltimore, Manny Machado moves back to SS and Tim Beckham takes over at 3B. Nick Castellanos transitions full time to the outfield where Jeimer Candelario gets the nod at Third. The Todd Father goes to Queens and Brandon Drury takes over for him in the Bronx. The other Yankees 3B, Chase Headley, gets shipped out to sunny, Southern California. Speaking of So Cal, the Angels welcome new 3B Zack Cozart while up to the I-5, Dodgers fans will have to deal with Logan Forsythe holding down the hot corner until Justin Turner gets healthy. This not an exhaustive list, but significant ones that come to mind that illustrate the change in this position over a few short months.

Now the assignment is to review my drafts to see if I had any 3B reaches or steals. Unfortunately, the leagues I play in do not lend itself to that end.

  1. 30 Team Dynasty/Keeper Hybrid – H2H Points League with multiple matchups per scoring period. 20 MLB Keepers with unlimited MiLB roster. 5 Round Spring Draft for free agents and un-rostered prospects.
  2. 30 Team Full Dynasty League – H2H Each Category Win with all sabermetrics categories. Keep all players under contract, 40 Man roster with up to 60 additional MiLB. Spring Draft is MiLB only.
  3. 24 Team Full Dynasty League – H2H Points League. Keep all players under contract, 40 Man roster with unlimited MiLB. Spring Draft is MiLB only.
  4. 16 Team Keeper League – H2H Each Category Win. Keep 4 players that count has first four picks and redraft remaining roster.

With this in mind, I am going to take a look at how I handled the 3B position on each roster and analyze how I made out.

Jeimer Candelario could be a great value in deep leagues or late in drafts

30 team dynasty/keeper hybrid (H2H Points)

Last year, I started out with Jung Ho Kang at 3B. Since he didn’t set foot in North America, my back up plan was Adam Rosales and Andres Blanco. Needless to say, I struggled at this position until Russell Martin earned 3B eligibility. I needed to move Martin back to C so I made 3B a priority along with building a bullpen this offseason. Granted rosters are thin in 30 team leagues, but this a bit ridiculous. So to kick off our Thanksgiving week trading flurry, I sent from my MiLB roster, Miguel Andujar, and Domingo German for David Robertson, Brandon Morrow, and Jeimer Candelario. As mentioned towards the beginning, Candelario takes over as the everyday 3B in Detriot. In a deep 30 team league, there is a lot of value in a player that will slot in the #2 hole with a hit tool, high on-base percentage, and respectable strikeout rate. He looks to have average power, light for a corner infielder, but everything else makes him a solid play in a deep league. Giving up Andujar was tough, but he actually projects very similar to Candelario but with more fanfare as part of the Yankees system.

30-Team full dynasty league (H2H Cat Each Sabermetrics)

Last year was another tough year at 3B

Vlad Jr hits walk-off HR in Montreal, a taste of great things to come

with Mel Rojas manning the position for the season. This team is in clear rebuilding mode. I had Andujar in this league too and many teams were eating up the hype so I used him along with Nomar Mazara as a trade chip to get Vlad Guerrero Jr. and JD Davis. Although my only 3B on an MLB 25-man is now JD Davis (and that will be short-lived), I acquired one of the top prospects in the game and one that could debut as early as this year. I’m not competing this year so this seemed like a no-brainer.

24-team full dynasty league (H2H Points)

Last year I rocked Adonis Garcia and Mel Rojas at 3B. As you can see, having a weak 3B is a trend with my dynasty teams. As you might expect, Miguel Andujar was on my MiLB roster but is starting the season in AAA so 3B is a target area. I need to be more aggressive

We know he can hit 40+ HRs. Can he cut down on the Ks?

here because I made the semi-finals last year and improving this position along with 2B (Jace Peterson, Wilmer Difo, Nick Franklin in 2017) could help put me in the Championships. So what is the best way to reload your bats? Trade from a position of strength. I have Luis Castillo, Luis Severino, Chase Anderson and Garret Richards under multi-year contracts for a combined $22.65M, so I felt I could part with expiring contracts of MadBum and Strasburg who each had $20M salaries. In return for those two Top 10 pitchers, I got Brian Dozier, Kyle Seager, AND Joey Gallo with just under $28M in combined salary. I still have a great rotation with Braves’ pitchers Newcomb and Folty in depth. I greatly improve my lineup and save $12M. I look even better after the injury to Madbum and it’s only a matter of time before Strasburg gets hurt. Dozier one of the top 2B in fantasy baseball and the combo and Gallo and Seager are middle-tier 3B with power. Gallo has upside and 1B eligibility which already will come in handy as my 1B, Greg Bird, will be starting the season on the DL.

Finally, my MLFS league…16-team with 4 keepers. I start out here in a position of strength as I chose to keep Alex Bregman as my final keeper. In all, there were seven 3B selected as keepers (Arenado, Machado, Donaldson, Devers, Rameriz, Bryant and Bregman). With all the 1st and 2nd Tier 3B off the board, I knew I would wait until the back third of the draft to get my backup. As the draft progressed, I filled out my lineup and mixed in SP. I don’t spend high picks on SP and I did have Kluber as a keeper. Round 16 is up and I’m ready to pull the trigger on Matt Chapman. At the last second, I took Victor Robles with his 5 tool potential despite at least a month or two in the minors. In hindsight, Robles probably would have lasted another round or two in this league setup (only

Waiting for one more round on Matt Chapman was one regret from this off-season

Acuna was selected as a MiLB player at this point). Chapman was taken this same round at #253 overall which is one round ahead of his ADP (267). The talent now drops off to the likes of Todd Frazier and Asdrubal Cabrera. Instead of wasting a pick on a 3B at this point, I grab a legit backup catcher (Wilson Ramos) and Lewis Brinson with my next two picks. Then I wrap up draft filling out my bullpen with high leverage middle relievers since this league reward holds and inherited runners stranded. Chapman is a wildcard who strikes out a ton and doesn’t have a great hit tool. However, he does earn a ton of walks and everyone thinks he can hit 40 HRs in a full season. So how is this different from Joey Gallo that went in Round 10 at #149 overall? Bottom line, now I pray Bregman stays healthy and make a strategic trade or waiver pick up for a legit 3B as insurance in the early going.

I hope you enjoyed the off-season coverage at this site. I’m ready to start watching baseball and to start my in-season writing assignment: MiLB hitters to watch. Now that baseball is back…


Bryan Luhrs

Major League Fantasy Sports
Writer & Contributor
Real Deal Dynasty Sports
Owner, League Developer & Executive Commissioner

RDUD_logo_fRDMB_logo_f

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Major League Fantasy Football 2018 League Openings

Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio Show: Join Corey D Roberts, and Kyle Amore live on Thursday March 29th, 2018 from 8-9:30pm EST for episode #110 of Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio. We are a live broadcast that will take callers at 323-870-4395. Press 1 to speak with the host. We will the latest information in the world of fantasy baseball.

Our guests this week are Dr. Roto and Cole Freel. Dr. Roto is a very well respected industry and tenured industry expert. Be sure to check out his work over at scoutfantasysports.com.  Dr. Roto will be on from [8:45]-9:15 pm EST. Cole is one of our newest writers at majorleaguefantasysports.com. His articles publish every Saturday afternoon at 1 pm EST.

Faith, Family and Fantasy Sports.These are the three words that best describe me. I am a faithful husband and father of 6 amazing children. I work to earn a living, but I live for every precious moment I can spend with my family and a passion for sports.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Help Support Our Growth!

Major League Fantasy Baseball Show Episode #145, 3/17/2019 Host Brian Roach, Jr., Co-Host Cole Freel TOPIC: BULLPENS/Catchers

Major League Fantasy Baseball Show Episode #146, 3/24/2019 Host Brian Roach, Jr., Co-Host Cole Freel, Guest Kevin Bzdek

Radio Show Feed

Blog Authors

Brandon ZimanBrandon Ziman

Grew up playing baseball since I could hold a bat. Played baseball through high school and college. Somehow became a Yankee fan even though I ...

Brian Roach, JrBrian Roach, Jr

Baseball fan through and through. Follows every team, every player and every transaction. Graduated Lasell College in 2013. Covers high sc...

Bryan LuhrsBryan Luhrs

Faith, Family and Fantasy Sports.These are the three words that best describe me. I am a faithful husband and father of 6 amazing children. I ...

Cole FreelCole Freel

Bachelors in English and History from Indiana University. Borderline-Obsessed Fantasy Baseball Writer who also dabbles in Football, Basketball...

Corey D RobertsCorey D Roberts

Owner and creator of Major League Fantasy Sports. We will provide you with the best tools to be successful in your leagues no matter if ...

Geordie EasterbrookGeordie Easterbrook

I’m a former pitcher from upstate New York, and a proud Demon Deacon. Go Deacs! I’ve been playing fantasy football and baseball for the be...

James WilkJames Wilk

I grew up a Dallas Cowboy's fan in Washington Redskins' country, but I currently reside in Florida. I have played fantasy sports since 1999,...

Joe IannoneJoe Iannone

I'm an accountant and an amateur writer of fiction and sports commentary, mostly baseball. I've been a student of the game of baseball since...

John GozziJohn Gozzi

Intense sports lover . a writer who specializes in creative non- fiction almost always challenging the status quo. I've suffered but rema...

Josh HoukJosh Houk

Certified Sports Fanatic: Everything Cleveland sports and all the happenings around classic sports. Full time program manager in construc...

Kevin BzdekKevin Bzdek

I've been playing fantasy baseball for 14 years. I am also an auditor and CPA, where I analyze information on a daily basis. Combined, my pas...

Kyle AmoreKyle Amore

I'm a former collegiate and semi-pro baseball player. I underwent successful Tommy John Surgery in 2008, and can give a wide-range of tips on...

Mark RushMark Rush

Unrepentant Red Sox fan and all things Boston. Deflategate was a joke. Boston Latin School is awesome. Harvard and Johns Hopkins alma mater...

Matt BarkmanMatt Barkman

A/S/L...like the old school AOL instant messenger days...
31/M/PA
Elementary Physical Education by day, chasing around my 1 and 2 year old boy...

Mike RiggallMike Riggall

I've been coaching lacrosse since 2002 and playing fantasy football since 2006. I've racked up several championships over the years includi...

Nick GehlbachNick Gehlbach

Husband and father of three. Have a love of all things baseball. When not burying myself in baseball (especially fantasy) I enjoy fish...

Todd NevinTodd Nevin

A business analyst by day, pursuing all things baseball by night. My favorite day of the year is opening day and my favorite sound is the crac...

📷 (via “On Bzdek” 2019 Middle Infield Busts) tmblr.co/ZtzYOp2g_fN3o

About 5 hours ago from Corey Roberts's Twitter via Tumblr

Help Support Our Growth!

More in 3rd Base