2019 SLB Draft Power Rankings: Voted on by the People for the People

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Written by: Adam Henning

Thanks to Survey Monkey gathering these results was fairly easy. What is not easy is fending off all the fricken emails they have sent me since setting this damn survey up. They are relentless! Each manager was to rank the other SLB managers’ draft from 1 to 13 – 1 being the best, 13 being the worst without voting for their own team. First place votes received 13 points, second place votes received 12, 3rd place with 11 votes, so on and so forth, with 1 point going to a ranking of 13. You get it.

I tell ya what. If you don’t know get it just raise your hand and I’ll have Tommy Boy come hit you in the head with a tack hammer because you’re a RETARD.

So, points are good. You want points.

For each ranking you will see UNADJUSTED SCORE. This score is what it sounds like – unadjusted and raw. Oh, baby I like it raw! An ADJUSTED SCORE. This score I removed each team’s highest and lowest ranking so one asshole can’t fuck with the rankings one way or another. It takes multiple assholes to score you higher or lower. The other data listed is self-explanatory. The rankings below are listed from 14th to 1st based on the ADJUSTED SCORE Rankings. There wasn’t much difference between the raw and adjusted really – only change was a flip-flop of 7th/8th place and created a tie at 10th/11th.

beerfarts-square14th – Genies in a Bottle
Unadjusted Score: 44
Adjusted Score: 35
Highest Ranking: 6th
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: HAHA, NO
Last-Place Votes: 3

Yasiel Puig. That is all. Grant had more last place votes so there’s that?

radioactiverush00113th – Radioactive Rush
Unadjusted Score: 46
Adjusted Score: 36
Highest Ranking: 5th
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: ZILCH
Last-Place Votes: 4

Grant received more last-place votes than any other manager but still managed to beat Jeremiah. Holy ballsacks Batman. I, personally, voted Grant last with a bullet despite Yasiel Puig.

SLB_CryingMonkey12th – Salmon League Disappointments
Unadjusted Score: 48
Adjusted Score: 39
Highest Ranking: 6th
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: ZIPPO
Last-Place Votes: 3

Johnny had seven managers rank his draft 12th or 13th but the other six managers rated his draft from 6th to 9th.

insaneaudio-new-logo11th – InSaNeAuDiO
Unadjusted Score: 60
Adjusted Score: 49
Highest Ranking: 5th
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: ZERO
Last-Place Votes: 0

No last-place votes is a win. We all knew Jesse was the better Graves – this exercise just confirms it.

seabass00110th – Sea Bass
Unadjusted Score: 62
Adjusted Score: 49
Highest Ranking: 2nd
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: NIL
Last-Place Votes: 2

Craig managed to get someone crazy enough to rank his draft second best but also had two managers rate him with the worst. Tell me how that works? His draft is tied for the highest variance, which means nobody knows what the hell is going on. Seems like managers either loved it or hated it but since he is ranked 10th it seems more for the latter. Sorry Craiggers. Let’s hope an early return on Severino.

cheese-high-final0019th – High Cheese
Unadjusted Score: 84
Adjusted Score: 71
Highest Ranking: 3rd
Lowest Ranking: 12th
First Place Votes: TRY AGAIN
Last-Place Votes: 0

Meh. Nothing too high. Nothing too low. It is rather funny to me that the 9th, 8th, and 7th ranked teams had a manager rank these teams higher than the 5th or 6th ranked team. Consistency is key I guess. High Cheese is the worst of the average tier.

Morgan = JetHawks8th – 38 MPH Heaters
Unadjusted Score: 86
Adjusted Score: 74
Highest Ranking: 3rd
Lowest Ranking: 13th
First Place Votes: OF COURSE NOT
Last-Place Votes: 2

The highest ranked manager that managed to draw last-place votes. Maybe people just hate Morgan. He did manage three 4th place votes, though.

zima-47th – ZIMA
Unadjusted Score: 88
Adjusted Score: 73
Highest Ranking: 2nd
Lowest Ranking: 11th
First Place Votes: NOT THIS YEAR
Last-Place Votes: 0

Jack Sparow Flag-016th – Captain Jack
Unadjusted Score: 98
Adjusted Score: 83
Highest Ranking: 4th
Lowest Ranking: 9th
First Place Votes: WRONG
Last-Place Votes: 0

dome_dog_logo5th – Dome Dog
Unadjusted Score: 99
Adjusted Score: 85
Highest Ranking: 4th
Lowest Ranking: 10th
First Place Votes: DOUGHNUT
Last-Place Votes: 0

Dome Dog barely sneaks past Captain Jack for the best of the average – thanks to Levi and Morgan’s vote which, were the last two polls to come through. 8 votes ranking 6th or better – I will take it. Nobody loved it but nobody hated it – except Grant who ranked it 10th. But, what does he know?

groundhogface0024th – The Groundhogs
Unadjusted Score: 121
Adjusted Score: 105
Highest Ranking: 1st
Lowest Ranking: 11th
First Place Votes: 1
Last-Place Votes: 0

Only four teams received first-place votes and The Groundhogs was one of them. Jay’s draft tied with Craig’s with the highest variance. Somebody really hated his draft but seven votes in the top 3 is the reason Jay is ranked 4th.

crackerjack-alternate0033rd – Cracker Jack
Unadjusted Score: 135
Adjusted Score: 116
Highest Ranking: 1st
Lowest Ranking: 8th
First Place Votes: 2
Last-Place Votes: 0

Kunkels. Kunkels. Kunkels. Ewww.

salmonkings-red-n-black-20192nd – Salmon Kings
Unadjusted Score: 150
Adjusted Score: 128
Highest Ranking: 1st
Lowest Ranking: 5th
First Place Votes: 4
Last-Place Votes: 0

All 13 votes slotted him within the top 5. Sadly, its only good enough for second best. Hell, it doesn’t even give him the title of highest-rated Kunkel!

moneygrubbers4life1st – Money Grubbers
Unadjusted Score: 153
Adjusted Score: 136
Highest Ranking: 1st
Lowest Ranking: 10th
First Place Votes: 7
Last-Place Votes: 0

Mike dominated the rankings and it really wasn’t all that close. Seven first-place votes is pretty damn impressive. That 10th place vote? One of your brothers doesn’t like you very much, Mike. I will let you figure out which one it was. Kind of funny his shittiest ranking came from a fellow Kunkel. I can’t wait to watch Mike blow it again this year.

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Draft Review and Rankings 2018

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It’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack…

As always, I want to make it very clear that there is no science or metrics (or legitimacy) to these rankings. It is completely subjective and based on my opinions toward players, their value, their abilities, and where/when you drafted them in relation to my perceived views of value elsewhere in the draft.

Just because I ranked you near the bottom doesn’t mean you won’t/can’t win this thing.

I’ve had a lot of people take these things personally over the years and that’s just silly pants, don’t be silly pants. It’s all opinion.

That having been said, there are a few rules I tried to stick to when doing the rankings.

I tried to avoid using any players you’ve acquired since the draft and – aside from occasional mentions – I tried to avoid factoring your keepers into your team strength. I really wanted to focus on JUST the draft itself. Obviously, as I re-read this, I screwed up given that this was written over a course of many days. Some of your rankings will include more references to keepers than others. This is an imperfect science.

As always, I’d love some feedback – love it, hate it, wish I’d die in a chemical fire – hit me with it.

Alrighty, enough of me rambling, let’s do this thing, without any further ado; here is the 2018 Draft Review and Rankings…

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2018 Draft Rankings

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2018 SLB Draft Rankings

Rank Fantasy Pros Rank Salmon Kings Rank Commish Gut Rank
1 Genies in a Bottle The Groundhogs cracker jack
2 Captain Jack SL Disappointments Genies in a Bottle
3 cracker jack Genies in a Bottle Salmon Kings
4 The Groundhogs Salmon Kings High Cheese
5 ZIMA cracker jack money grubbers
6 money grubbers money grubbers ZIMA
7 High Cheese Dome Dog Captain Jack
8 38 MPH Heaters Captain Jack The Groundhogs
9 Dome Dog 38 MPH Heaters SL Disappointments
10 Radioactive Rush ZIMA Dome Dog
11 Salmon Kings High Cheese 38 MPH Heaters
12 SeaBass v.¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Radioactive Rush Radioactive Rush
13 SL Disappointments InSaNeAuDiO SeaBass v.¯\_(ツ)_/¯
14 InSaNeAuDiO SeaBass v.¯\_(ツ)_/¯ InSaNeAuDiO

2017 SLB Draft Rankings

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14) InSaNeAuDiO
13) SeaBass v12.0
12) Salmon Kings
11) SL Disappointments
10) Radioactive Rush
09) Genies in a Bottle
08) The Groundhogs
07) 38 MPH Heaters
06) ZIMA
05) cracker jack
04) Dome Dog
03) Captain Jack
02) High Cheese
01) money grubbers

Here is a photo from my initial notes where I jotted down tiers and gut rankings during my multiple flight delays at the airport the day after the draft. Obviously, this is as far as I got in writing or analyzing anything, so these are the rankings:

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Draft Review and Rankings 2016

2016 draft review rankings

At long last, it’s time for the 2016 edition of the Draft Review and Rankings.

As always, I want to make it very clear that there is no science or metrics (or legitimacy) to these rankings. It is completely subjective and based on my opinions toward players, their value, their abilities, and where/when you drafted them in relation to my perceived views of value elsewhere in the draft.

Just because I ranked you near the bottom doesn’t mean you won’t/can’t win this thing.

I’ve had a lot of people take these things personally over the years and that’s just silly pants, don’t be silly pants. These are no more accurate or telling about potential success than if any one of you were to randomly write a ranking yourself. It’s all opinion.

That having been said, there are a few rules I tried to stick to when doing the rankings.

I tried to avoid using any players you’ve acquired since the draft and – aside from occasional mentions – I tried to avoid factoring your keepers into your team strength. I really wanted to focus on JUST the draft itself. Obviously, as I re-read this, I screwed up given that this was written over a course of many days. Some of your rankings will include more references to keepers than others. This is an imperfect science.

Additionally, I tried to avoid giving anyone credit for a “best pick” within the first three rounds, because it’s really hard to give anyone tons of praise for an early pick as we’re still talking about All-Star caliber players and most of those should be gimmie picks. At the same time, I also tried to avoid ragging on anyone with a “worst pick” in the final three picks of the draft as it’s often scrap heap time for a lot of teams who are stockpiling NA or DL-stashes or grabbing your holds guy.

That doesn’t, however, mean that some of you didn’t have your “best pick” in the final three or your “worst pick” in the first three. It happened, a couple of times actually.

Also, just so y’all have an idea of how this works, I generally rank the teams immediately after the draft based on “gut feel.” After that I take some time to dig through the rosters and look at some stats, but I generally go with my “gut feel” for the final rankings. Some teams will move up or down the more I look at them, but for the most part the ranking is reflective of how I felt on draft day after round 17.

As always, I’d love some feedback – love it, hate it, wish I’d die in a chemical fire – hit me with it.

Alrighty, enough of me rambling, let’s do this thing, without any further ado; here is the 2016 Draft Review and Rankings…


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Grant’s Draft Rankings 2016

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Here it is. Time for another unbiased team ranking entering the season. I don’t want to say draft ranking because I am also putting keepers into these rankings. So how does your team look going into the season based on projections?

or projections I averaged two sources; Steamer, and an unnamed source. I like Steamer projections the best, and there is also a reason that many sites put it in their consensus projections over the likes of ZiPS. My unnamed source deals mostly in 5×5 roto, but has been very good at projecting the nine stats that I used from them, since we use OBP I couldn’t use AVG.

Team makeup plays a big role in how some systems rank people teams. If Team A has 12 batters but Team B only 10, one team has a huge advantage in gaining more counting stats, so how do you counter this? I have given everyone that someone drafted some sort of stats on your team. For bench people I took their projections and divided them by three, then added them in. How did I end up at three? Well I figured that each team has six games a week, and since most bench people are plug and play on off days, since there are two big off days, I figured they would see your lineup on average of two games out of the six per week.

Pitchers are a different story, I used all stats from pitchers, unless you for some reason had more than four relievers, which no one did. I figure if you drafted a starter you are going to start him, so it woks different than bench bats. Doing it this way people will be mad because then counting stats for teams that went pitching heavy will be elevated, remember though, more SP mean more losses, and a potential in late rounds to negatively affect ERA and WHIP.

All teams except three were an 11 or 10 batters, with three having 12 batters so that won’t matter too much anyway on the difference.

So here is how every ones teams ended up:

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It’s interesting to take a look at the bottom and the top and see the difference

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Since each category gives one point, we can rank everyone within the category 1-14. 14 being the best and 1 being the worst:

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Pivot table off of that:

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There you have it.

Following is a little snip about each team’s draft.

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When your keepers are two top 15, almost top 10 players, who just happen to also be in the infield you are set up nice. How do you complement that by getting two of the best OF remaining and you have a team that could win all batting categories each week. Two of the top closers and a high K staff also make his pitching excellent.

ZIMA

The best pitcher on the planet anchors a solid rotation with a few excellent relievers makes his pitching something to fear. Top five in every batting category except steals makes him trouble as well.

Captain Jack

Two keepers who could net 80 or more homers, nice. Because he didn’t need the power he went more balanced with most batters, which actually left him a little light on power and runs, but solid everything else. A ridiculous bullpen that could win saves and holds each week with maybe the best one two pitching combination as well.

Radioactive Rush

Keepers that complement each other very nicely gave him 45 homers and 45 steals right off the bat. Hitters that are very balanced keep him in every batting category each week. Two high saves and two high holds guys anchor the pen. Questions about his second and third starters do loom.

Genies in a Bottle

In a league that counts doubles, Mookie gets a great boost to an already stellar tool set that could see him go 25/25. Has extreme balance in his batters, possibly a little low in OBP. What’s better than one pitcher on the Indians, how about two! Throw in some consistent relievers and high upside starters and watch out.

Dome Dog

Hello power. Could win home runs each week easily. He also has two prospects that if perform to their capabilities could put this team over the top easily. The ace in NYC is great, along with a solid staff, and great middle relief put this pitching near the top as well. Another pitching prospect could make it even better. If this is the year of the rookies, everyone in this league better watch out.

38 MPH Heaters

He’s probably not going to win HR and RBI each week, but everything else is looking pretty solid from this team. Also he has a lot of batters with track records so he should know what he is getting. Seven starters as well as low WHIP high K relievers give him the edge in those categories each week.

TheFightingFernandos

He has the lineup to win HR and RBI each week with ease, enough of everything else to put him in contention each week. One two punch with high K pitchers combined with great low WHIP relievers give this staff some great balance to contend.

High Cheese

Keeping two at the same infield position is never ideal, but it doesn’t hurt when one is top 5 overall and the other is top 10 at position. Has the batters to be in every category week in and week out with ease. Only rocking 5 starters and 3 relievers hurts the numbers as bit but still has a solid chance to take 4 of 7 each week if not more.

cracker jack

Do you like power? Well cracker jack sure does. Project first by a mile on HR and RBI, even doubles. Does he have enough of everything else to contend in the other four categories? With his staff he is hoping for some serious performance from some question marks or unknown people, if he gets that, could mean good things, otherwise…

Salmon Kings

I guess when you have the best player in baseball by a mile you can take some risks in the draft on some hope and prays. Everyone on his team needs to perform at peak level and nothing less to make this a lineup to be feared. A solid bullpen, with an underrated staff I believe could make this pitching better than what it seems.

SL Disappointments

He likes speed, a lot of speed. Questions at his corners could make or break this team. He has probably the best 1-3 starters in the league, followed by 2 other solid options give him a deadly rotation. Three closers boosts his saves.

Sea Bass v11.0

One of the top young 3B in the country and a great young SS followed by lots of questions. He got a great one starter in Syndergaard to complement Gray as well as a couple other great upside starters. Three holds guys lets him possibly win that category each week.

InSaNeAuDiO

Another team with lots of speed, potentially one over 50 SB, one close to 40, and another close to 30. He’s going to score runs as well and get on base. Problem is he doesn’t have a lot of people who knock in runs or hit home runs. His pitching has some questions, he does have high K starters which is always nice and a great holds man, but otherwise it isn’t too exciting.

Draft Review and Rankings 2015

2015 draft review rankings
In what is probably a record, the draft review and rankings are completed and ready for public consumption just a little over a week since the draft and well before the season begins and everyone’s roster has been turned inside out.

As always, I want to make it very clear that there is no science or metrics (or legitimacy) to these rankings. It is completely subjective and based on my opinions toward players, their value, their abilities, and where/when you drafted them in relation to my perceived views of value elsewhere in the draft.

Just because I ranked you near the bottom doesn’t mean you won’t/can’t win this thing.

I’ve had a lot of people take these things personally over the years and that’s just redonkulous. These are no more accurate or telling about potential success than if any one of you were to randomly write a ranking yourself. It’s all opinion.

That having been said, there are a few rules I tried to stick to when doing the rankings.

I tried to avoid using any players you’ve acquired since the draft and – aside from occasional mentions – I tried to avoid factoring your keepers into your team strength. I really wanted to focus on JUST the draft itself. Obviously, I probably screwed up somewhere along the way, my apologies for that if/when you see it.

Additionally, I tried to avoid giving anyone credit for a “best pick” within the first three rounds, because it’s really hard to give a guy praise for an early pick. Those are generally gimmie picks. At the same time, I also tried to avoid ragging on anyone with a “worst pick” in the final three picks of the draft as it’s often scrap heap time for a lot of teams who are stockpiling NA or DL-stashes or—if you’re drafting correctly—your holds guy.

That doesn’t, however, mean that some of you didn’t have your “best pick” in the final three or your “worst pick” in the first three. It happened, a couple of times actually.

Also, just so y’all have an idea of how this works, I generally rank the teams immediately after the draft based on “gut feel.” After that I take some time to dig through the rosters and look at some stats, but I generally go with my “gut feel” for the final rankings. Some teams will move up or down the more I look at them (there’s a prime example of that this year), but for the most part the ranking is reflective of how I felt on draft day after round 17.

As always, I’d love some feedback – love it, hate it, wish I’d die in a chemical fire – hit me with it.

Alrighty, enough of me rambling, let’s do this thing, without any further ado; here is the 2015 Draft Review and Rankings…

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