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Winning TGFBI: Every Pick & Every Pickup

Earlier today, Brian Slack of BaseballHQ asked if I had posted a write-up about my TGFBI-winning team. I never really had the chance – we were right into the magazine, which you can order here, by the way.

I thought I would take a little time on this lazy Sunday to look back at my draft and a full list of in-season transactions:

1.9 Giancarlo Stanton

2.22 J.D. Martinez

3.39 Christian Yelich

4.52 Aaron Nola

5.69 Jose Quintana

6.82 Xander Bogaerts

7.99 Trevor Story

8.112 Jose Berrios

9.129 Brad Hand

10.142 Manuel Margot

11.159 Kevin Kiermaier

12.172 Blake Treinen

13.189 Evan Longoria

14.202 Mike Clevinger

15.219 Jason Kipnis

16.232 Victor Robles

17.249 C.J. Cron

18.262 Wilson Ramos

19.279 Mallex Smith

20.292 Walker Buehler

21.309 Yoshihisa Hirano

22.322 Eduardo Rodriguez

23.339 Logan Forsythe

24.352 Jack Flaherty

25.369 Keone Kela

26.382 Andrew Toles

27.399 Albert Almora

28.412 Dominic Leone

MARCH 25

Add: Jose Pirela ($71)

Drop: Andrew Toles

APRIL 8

Add: Keynan Middleton ($132)

Drop: Dominic Leone

Add: Christian Villanueva ($51)

Add: Howie Kendrick ($31)

Drop: Albert Almora

Add: Robert Gsellman ($5)

Drop: Yoshihisa Hirano

APRIL 15

Add: Teoscar Hernandez ($32)

Add: Wilmer Flores ($16)

Add: Drew Steckenrider ($6)

APRIL 22

Add: Mike Soroka ($52)

Drop: Victor Robles

APRIL 29

Add: Alex Verdugo ($54)

Drop: Jason Kipnis

Drop: Robert Gsellman

Drop: Wilmer Flores

MAY 6

Add: Christin Stewart ($1)

MAY 13

Add: Freddy Peralta ($119)

Drop: Alex Verdugo

MAY 20

Add: Seranthony Dominguez ($120)

Drop: Keynan Middleton

Add: Eloy Jimenez ($0)

Drop: Drew Steckenrider

MAY 27

Add: Willy Adames ($98)

Drop: Freddy Peralta

JUNE 11

Drop: Christin Stewart

JUNE 17

Add: Cory Spangenberg ($22)

Add: Christin Stewart ($12)

Drop: Eloy Jimenez

JUNE 24

Add: Freddy Peralta ($42)

Drop: Keynan Middleton

JULY 1

Add: Jose Bautista ($12)

Drop: Christin Stewart

JULY 8

Add: Niko Goodrum ($4)

Drop: Logan Forsythe

JULY 9

Drop: Jose Pirela

JULY 22

Add: Jonathan Lucroy ($2)

JULY 30

Drop: Cory Spangenberg

AUGUST 5

Add: Trevor Richards ($36)

Drop: Keone Kela

AUGUST 12

Add: Anthony Desclafani ($3)

AUGUST 19

Add: Rich Hill ($71)

Drop: Christian Villanueva

AUGUST 20

Drop: Jonathan Lucroy

AUGUST 26

Add: Matt Holliday ($4)

AUGUST 27

Drop: Niko Goodrum

SEPTEMBER 3

Drop: Freddy Peralta

That's it. There weren't many impact pickups, and in fact some of those are pretty embarrassing, but I got windows of worthwhile contributions from Teoscar Hernandez, Christian Villanueva and Seranthony Dominguez early on, and later from Niko Goodrum, Rich Hill and Trevor Richards.

I guess my biggest takeaway here is that I should continue loading up on offense early because my strength as a fantasy player is finding value on the pitching side. I got an ace starter (Nola) and an ace reliever (Treinen) at non-ace costs, and tons of profit from Clevinger, Buehler, Rodriguez and Flaherty.

Hoard talent. Gamble on high-upside players late in the draft, with more weight on talent against context. Not every pick is going to be a winner, but the overall body of work is what matters (think of that Margot-Kiermaier 10-11 stretch as just a two-week slump in a six-month season).