Thursday, March 10, 2011

Introducing David Bobke, First-time Fantasy Baseball Playing Extraordinaire

Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a man of stealth and haste.

And plagiarism.

My name is David (but you can call me Bob). I’m in my mid-20’s, and I am a first-time Fantasy Baseball player. Throughout the 2011 season, I plan to take you through my season, including all of my trials, tribulations, and random musical references.

I’ve contemplated just up-and-joining a league for a while, but I’ve elected against it year after year. I think the main reason I’ve waited until now is that I know how long the season is, and just how tedious the season could get if I didn’t know anyone in my league (and I wasn’t about to start my own league up; that would require actual work on my part).

This year however, my friend Anthony invited me into a 10 team Mixed League. I’m still working out the league scoring format, which is a little different than what I’ve been studying for the last 2 weeks. I was bracing myself for a 5x5 league. For those of you in my shoes, or socks, or perhaps your still my bed about this whole Fantasy Baseball thing, the 5x5 scoring format factors in 5 stats from the offensive side of things, and 5 from the pitching side. Guys who can rack up stolen bases help you, guys who hit home runs help you, guys who can rack up strikeouts thrown help you. There are other factors of course, but you can look that up elsewhere. I’ve only got so much room to write here.

Although my friend’s unique scoring format has me a little confuzzled (my word, get used to seeing those!), I have identified a few sources that I will refer back to as the season goes on. Needless to say, I’m going to a website called “The Fantasy Man”, which I presume is referring to Fantasy Sports rather than a dashing, tall man with dark hair and piercing blue eyes. I haven’t met Mike yet, so I can’t say he’s not both of these things, but frankly, I’m only concerned with the part that will be posting my articles. I certainly hope it’s the fantasy sports part because otherwise…well, I digress. Not only am I posting my pieces here, but I’ll be taking notes from Mike’s insights and applying them as I see fit.

I’ve also gotten hooked on FantasyPros911, in particular, I pay attention to Lenny Melnick. He’s sounds like he knows what he’s doing. That is to say, he sounds old. Just kidding Lenny! I only kid the ones I respect. And Charlie Sheen. I actually remembered Lenny's voice from the end of last season talking about how much he's always loved Rickie Weeks. From this, I presumed he knew what he was doing, and I probably owe my entrance to fantasy baseball to him.

My league has a few weeks before the draft, so my plan is to guide you through my preparation during that time. Hopefully, I’ll help you n00bs, present and future, on how to get yourself ready for your first season in Fantasy Baseball. For those of you more experienced than I am, hopefully I’ll provide some insight to the newbies (or as you may call them, “fresh meat”) view of this game. Check in here throughout March to see how my preseason develops!

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