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Anatomy Of A First Place Team

I'm spending a lot of time trying to dig out of last place in the RotoAuthority fantasy league.  Hasn't worked so far; I have 40 points.  So I figured, why not take a look at the first place, Men With Wood, which has 87 points currently, to see what they're doing right.

My initial guess was that Men With Wood had an awesome draft.  But check out these results:

C - Ryan Doumit (8)
C - Bengie Molina (13)
1B - Casey Kotchman (21)
2B - Ian Kinsler (1)
SS - Rafael Furcal (6)
3B - Jorge Cantu (16)
MI - Ryan Theriot (17)
CI - Carlos Guillen (20)
OF - Vladimir Guerrero (3)
OF - Jason Bay (4)
OF - Jermaine Dye (7)
OF - Lastings Milledge (10)
OF - Jeff Francoeur (25)
DH - David Ortiz (5)

SP - Tim Lincecum (2)
SP - Brett Myers (11)
SP - Daisuke Matsuzaka (12)
SP - John Maine (18)
SP - Andy Sonnanstine (19)
SP - Dave Bush (22)
RP - Jonathan Broxton (9)
RP - Francisco Cordero (14)
RP - Mike Gonzalez (15)

Bn - Ryan Franklin (23)
Bn - Jason Kubel (24)
Bn - Jon Rauch (26)

Men With Wood must've dealt really well with adversity.  His best pickups:  Denard Span, Chris Duncan, Nick Swisher, Nyjer Morgan, Luke Scott, Todd Helton, Kyle Lohse, Zach Duke, and Michael Bourn.  Worst drop: Adam Lind.

He also pulled off a couple of trades:

  • April 24th: dealt Vlad for Justin Verlander.  Verlander has been lights out since acquired.
  • April 25th: dealt Theriot and Franklin for Derek Jeter.  Jeter hasn't done much since the deal.  Franlin contributed five saves to Men With Wood before being traded away.

Where has the team really excelled?  They've got 8 points for runs, 9.5 for RBI, 10 for SBs, 7.5 for wins, 12 for saves, 11 for Ks, 10 for ERA, and 8 for WHIP.  Weaker spots have been 5 points for HR and 6 for AVG.  The offense has been carried by Kinsler, Cantu, Bay, and Dye.  Lincecum, Verlander, Lohse, and Duke have led the rotation.

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