A Juicers Delight: a HR-Centered Fantasy Baseball League

Gripes about fantasy baseball come in many different packages –“it’s too labor intensive”; “I don’t have time to set daily line-ups”; “the closers change too much”; “the season’s too long,” “etc.” Do you see a common thread here?

In general, people love fantasy sports – just look at fantasy football. The only differences that I see between the two is that the football season is limited to 16 games (if you are lucky), each team has significantly fewer roster spots, there is a waiver period every week and there are far fewer games to follow (usually 15 per week).

So, we have a decision to make here.  Either we call those people who love fantasy football – even though it is more random/lucky – lazy and ignore them, or, we try to bring them into the fold and slowly brainwash them into loving the pure intellectual pursuit that is fantasy baseball.

So, here is an idea for a relaxing fantasy baseball league.

Step one: make friends.

Step two: get together with said friends and draft homerun hitters.

Step three: draft 8 players and win your league when the mashers on your team out-mash the players on your friends’ teams.

That’s right, I’m talking about a HR-only league. As with any fantasy league, this format can be adaptable as the league’s participants see fit.  Last year, my league awarded points ($) for winning each month as well as for winning the year ($$$). To protect against a team getting massacred by injuries (attention those of you drafting anyone on the Mets), only the top six homerun hitters per month/year qualify. There are no roster moves.

So, all you have to do is hold a draft with your buddies and have someone tabulate the HR totals each month. Or, you could load into an online system (give one point per home run) and just take note of it that way. Pretty awesome, right? As Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux taught us oh so many years ago, everyone digs the long ball.

For those of you interested in playing in this format, my list of the top homerun threats for 2012 is below. Until then, if you have any fantasy leagues that are similarly low maintenance, please post a comment detailing them. The community would love to hear.

  1. Albert Pujols
  2. Jose Bautista
  3. A healthy Ryan Howard
  4. Prince Fielder
  5. Mark Teixeira
  6. Miguel Cabrera
  7. Mark Reynolds
  8. Adrian Gonzalez
  9. Paul Konerko
  10. Evan Longoria
  11. Joey Votto
  12. Dan Uggla
  13. Curtis Granderson
  14. Matt Kemp
  15. Justin Upton
  16. Jay Bruce
  17. Mike Stanton
  18. Troy Tulowitzki
  19. Robinson Cano
  20. David Ortiz
  21. Nelson Cruz
  22. Lance Berkman
  23. Alex Rodriguez
  24. Adrian Beltre
  25. Mike Napoli
  26. Carlos Pena
  27. Carlos Gonzalez
  28. Ian Kinsler
  29. Josh Hamilton
  30. Matt Holliday
  31. Adam Lind
  32. Nick Swisher
  33. Hunter Pence
  34. Jayson Werth
  35. Vernon Wells
  36. Carlos Quentin
  37. Ryan Zimmerman
  38. Adam Dunn
  39. Josh Willingham
  40. Rickie Weeks
  41. Alfonso Soriano
  42. Michael Cuddyer
  43. Corey Hart
  44. David Wright
  45. Chris Young
  46. Michael Morse
  47. Aramis Ramirez
  48. Adam Jones
  49. Jason Kubel
  50. B.J. Upton
  51. Carlos Lee
  52. Brian McCann
  53. Billy Butler
  54. Torii Hunter
  55. Andrew McCutchen
  56. Kevin Youkilis
  57. Hanley Ramirez
  58. Pablo Sandoval
  59. Edwin Encarnacion
  60. Colby Rasmus
  61. Ben Zobrist
  62. Andre Ethier
  63. Carlos Santana
  64. Ryan Braun (assuming 50 game suspension)
  65. JJ Hardy
  66. Luke Scott
  67. Garrett Jones
  68. A hurt Ryan Howard that starts the season
  69. Alex Gordon
  70. Jacoby Ellsbury
  71. Aaron Hill
  72. Miguel Olivo
  73. Brandon Phillips
  74. Kelly Johnson
  75. Victor Martinez
  76. Drew Stubbs
  77. Gaby Sanchez
  78. Jason Heyward
  79. Alex Rios
  80. Carlos Beltran
  81. Freddie Freeman
  82. Matt Joyce
  83. Eric Hosmer
  84. Jason Bay
  85. Cody Ross
  86. Justin Morneau
  87. Jeff Francoeur
  88. Dustin Pedroia
  89. Logan Morrison
  90. Shin-soo Choo
  91. Brennan Boesch
  92. Adam LaRoche
  93. Danny Espinosa
  94. Eric Thames
  95. Hideki Matsui
  96. John Mayberry
  97. Raul Ibanez
  98. Aubrey Huff
  99. Derrek Lee
  100. Casey McGehee
  101. Juan Rivera
  102. Ryan Ludwick
  103. Alexei Ramirez
  104. Ty Wigginton
  105. Seth Smith
  106. Jhonny Peralta
  107. Chipper Jones
  108. Kendrys Morales
  109. Ryan Raburn
  110. Delmon Young
  111. Jimmy Rollins
  112. Nick Markakis
  113. Geovany Soto
  114. Miguel Montero
  115. Ian Stewart
  116. Matt Wieters
  117. Justin Smoak
  118. Howie Kendrick
  119. Asdrubal Cabrera
  120. Stephen Drew
  121. Alex Avila
  122. Buster Posey
  123. Matt LaPorta
  124. Chris Heisey
  125. Mitch Moreland
  126. Mark Trumbo
  127. Vladimir Guerrero
  128. Ryan Roberts
  129. Travis Snider
  130. Jim Thome
  131. Tyler Colvin
  132. Ike Davis
  133. Mike Carp
  134. Ryan Howard – he could win you a month and that’s nothing to scoff at.
  135. JP Arencibia
  136. Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  137. Pedro Alvarez
  138. Pat Burrell
  139. Jorge Posada, hey, he could still play
  140. Russell Branyan

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