Yesterday I drafted my second RotoWire Online Championship squad, a 12-team format with a $125K grand prize. I drew the 10th slot. Here are the results:
I got to enjoy my last moments as Tout Wars mixed auction’s defending champion this past weekend as the 2019 league kicked off.
But I needed to eat a meal, first:
Recently, some of RotoWire’s top men have been recapping their experiences in expert leagues like Tout Wars and elite NFBC events, and one common refrain in all of them has been how to handle saves: how early is too early to pop a closer? How long can you wait to grab one? That sort of thing.
On Sunday, March 17, I drafted my $125k grand prize NFBC RotoWire Online Championship team with friend and co-owner Chris Hahn. Chris and I have both cashed the overall contest – he finished 7th in 2012 and I placed 15th last year – but we’ve struck out in all of our co-own entries. We are determined to right the ship this season.
We drew the 9th pick, which was our 7th KDS preference. Here are the results (scroll down to see the full draft board):
1.9 (9) – J.D. Martinez – The plan going in was to take Aaron Judge, but Team 8 quickly reminded us that nothing ever goes to plan in a room full of NFBC sharps. Judge went as early as 5th overall in Main Event drafts last weekend, so this really wasn’t a huge surprise. I’m certainly not complaining that JDM was the player that fell to us.
This was my second auction of the day Saturday, the first being AL Tout Wars, which I drafted at 9:00 am. It was convenient to have both auctions in the same venue (the Stewart Hotel), but Tout ended at 2 pm, and the NFBC started at six. That meant I had four hours to kill in between, and the location (31st and 7th) was too far from where I was staying on the upper east side to make it worth going back. Luckily, I ran into Nando DiFino, Adam Ronis and Jake Ciely and invited myself to beers and Korean food with them until the auction started.