Draft Priority for 2023

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

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Everyone has their own drafting strategy.

Some teams load up on sluggers early and often whilst eschewing pitching for the backend of the draft. Others opt to pile on with power arms and stud relievers and round out the offense with late round value picks. Plenty of peeps aim for a balanced approach and adapt to fortify their weaknesses throughout the season.

While there are multiple draft strategies, there are also multiple types of guys at every fantasy baseball draft. This list aims to identify the eleven most frequently found guys at every fantasy baseball draft.

There’s a very good chance you know one or more of these guys. Heck, there’s a very good chance you *ARE* one (or more) of these guys.

. . . Continue reading

2021 Bets Results

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The tradition of the $1 bet in the Salmon League began many moons ago between Mike and Graves as a spin-off of their NFBC $1 bets. Over the years, more and more teams have gotten in on the tradition. It has grown in prominence to the point that a portion of the draft weekend agenda is denoted for the “paying of the bets and public shaming.”

Here are the results of the 2021 bets. Be sure to bring plenty of $1 bills to pay your debts (and/or prepare to Venmo those who won’t be in attendance).

*Note: Graves — who was not in attendance in 2021 — is still owed a dollar from John, G-Doggy, and Travis for unpaid bets!

Standard Bets for 2021

Bet #1 The Padres will post a regular season winning percentage of .605 or higher in 2021.
Graves = Yes | John = No
Bet: $1
Result: The Padres **DRASTICALLY** underperformed and finished with a .488 winning percentage.
Winner: John

Bet #2a
Higher end of the season ranking: Aaron Nola vs Max Scherzer
Justin = Nola | Travis = Scherzer
Bet: $1
Result: Nola = 290 | Scherzer = 4
Winner: Travis

Bet #2b Higher end of the season ranking: Aaron Nola vs Max Scherzer
Justin = Nola | Adam = Scherzer
Bet: $1
Result: Nola = 290 | Scherzer = 4
Winner: Adam

Bet #3 Adalberto Mondesi finishes 2021 with a lower Yahoo ranking than the other shortstop keepers (ie: Bo Bichette, Xander Bogaerts, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Trea Turner).
Mike = No | Adam = Yes
Bet: $1
Result: Mondesi = 1132 | Bichette = 18 | Bogaerts = 66 | Lindor = 251 | Seager = 285 | Story = 28 | Tatis Jr. = 14 | Turner = 11
Winner: Adam

Bet #4 – Who is the REAL Windy City Shortstop?

Higher end of the season ranking: Tim Anderson vs Javier Baez
Graves = Anderson | Grant = Baez
Bet: $1
Result: Anderson = 114 | Baez = 109
Winner: Grant

Bet #5 Higher end of the season ranking: Alec Bohm vs Hunter Dozier
Adam = Bohm | Mike = Dozier
Bet: $1
Result: Bohm = 1032 | Dozier = 276
Winner: Mike

Bet #6 Higher end of the season ranking: Travis d’Arnaud vs Gary Sanchez
Adam = d’Arnaud | Mike = Sanchez
Bet: $1
Result: d’Arnaud = 1167 | Sanchez = 913
Winner: Mike

Non-SLB Bet

G-Doggy will get $275,000 when he sells his house in Primghar, Iowa.
G-Doggy = Yes | Graves = HAHAHAHA no way…it’s f’n Primghar, Iowa!
Bet: $1
Result: G-Doggy sold the house for, like, $38,000 and a box Cap’n Crunch!
Winner: The Commissioner wins, BAYBAY!!!

Undetermined Future Bets

Who will win the SLB Championship first?
Jay = Jay | Steven = Steven
Bet: $5
Result: TBD
Winner: TBD

Who will win the SLB Championship first?
Craiggers = Craiggers | John = John
Bet: $1
Result: TBD
Winner: TBD

Who will make the playoffs first?
G-Doggy = G-Doggy | John = John
Bet: $1
Result: TBD
Winner: TBD

Official 2022 SLB Keepers

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In anticipation of the 2022 Salmon League Baseball keeper deadline – Sunday, March 6th at 5:00pm Central – we’ll be tracking all of the announced keeper selections.

If you’re plotting your draft preparations around this information, please note that none of these choices are technically official or locked in place until the deadline has come and gone.

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Draft Priority: 1
Francisco Lindor (SS-NYM)
Nick Castellanos (OF-TBD)
Zack Wheeler (SP-PHI)

SLB_CryingMonkeySL Disappointments

Draft Priority: 2
Manny Machado (3B-SD)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1B/3B-TOR)
Jack Flaherty (SP-STL)

groundhogface002The Groundhogs

Draft Priority: 3
Ronald Acuña Jr. (OF-ATL)
Rafael Devers (3B-BOS)
Gerrit Cole (SP-NYY)

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Draft Priority: 4
Bo Bichette (SS-TOR)
Ozzie Albies (2B-ATL)
Nathan Eovaldi (SP-BOS)

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Draft Priority: 5
Bryan Reynolds (OF-PIT)
Kyle Tucker (OF-HOU)
Aaron Nola (SP-PHI)
Bonus: Craiggers’ Keeper Announcement

dome_dog_logoDome Dog

Draft Priority: 6
Aaron Judge (OF-NYY)
Jacob deGrom (SP-NYM)
Lucas Giolito (SP-CHW)
Bonus: Adam’s Keeper Announcement

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Draft Priority: 7
Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS/OF-SD)
Mike Trout (OF-LAA)
Joe Musgrove (SP-SD)

cheese-high-final001High Cheese

Draft Priority: 8
Freddie Freeman (1B-TBD)
Corey Seager (SS-TEX)
Corbin Burnes (SP-MIL)

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Draft Priority: 9
Xander Bogaerts (SS-BOS)
Matt Olson (1B-OAK)
Logan Webb (SP-SF)

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Draft Priority: 10
Mookie Betts (2B/OF-LAD)
Juan Soto (OF-WAS)
Freddy Peralta (SP-MIL)

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Draft Priority: 11
Trevor Story (SS-TBD)
Shane Bieber (SP-CLE)
Max Scherzer (SP-NYM)

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Draft Priority: 12
Yordan Alvarez (OF – HOU)
Shohei Ohtani (UTIL – LAA)
Charlie Morton (SP-ATL)

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Draft Priority: 13
Bryce Harper (OF-PHI)
Trea Turner (2B/SS-LAD)
Walker Buehler (SP-LAD)

Radioactive Rush

radioactiverush001Draft Priority: 14
José Ramírez (3B-CLE)
Cedric Mullins (OF-BAL)
Yu Darvish (SP-SD)

Official 2021 SLB Keepers

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In anticipation of the 2021 Salmon League Baseball keeper deadline – Saturday, March 13th at 5:00pm Central – we’ll be tracking all of the announced keeper selections.

If you’re plotting your draft preparations around this information, please note that none of these choices are technically official or locked in place until the deadline has come and gone these choices are now 100% official, barring any major injuries over the next week.

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Draft Priority: 1
Whit Merrifield (2B/OF-KC)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (1B/3B-TOR)
Jack Flaherty (SP-STL)

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Draft Priority: 2
Francisco Lindor (SS-NYM)
Christian Yelich (OF-MIL)
Luis Castillo (SP-CIN)

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Draft Priority: 3
Bo Bichette (SS-TOR)
Eloy Jiménez (OF-CHW)
Kenta Maeda (SP/RP-MIN)

cheese-high-final001High Cheese

Draft Priority: 4
Freddie Freeman (1B-ATL)
Corey Seager (SS-LAD)
Jesús Luzardo (SP-OAK)

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Draft Priority: 5
Alex Bregman (SS/3B-HOU)
Cavan Biggio (2B/3B/OF-TOR)
Max Fried (SP-ATL)

Radioactive Rush

radioactiverush001Draft Priority: 6
Jose Ramirez (3B-CLE)
Yu Darvish (SP-SD)
Tyler Glasnow (SP-TB)

groundhogface002The Groundhogs

Draft Priority: 7
Ronald Acuña Jr. (OF-ATL)
Rafael Devers (3B-BOS)
Gerrit Cole (SP-NYY)

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Draft Priority: 8
Xander Bogaerts (SS-BOS)
Luis Robert (OF-CHW)
Aaron Nola (SP-PHI)

dome_dog_logoDome Dog

Draft Priority: 9
Cody Bellinger (1B/OF-LAD)
Lucas Giolito (SP-CHW)
Jacob deGrom (SP-NYM)

Jack Sparow Flag-01Captain Jack

Draft Priority: 10
Mike Trout (OF-LAA)
Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS-SD)
Chris Paddack (SP-SD)

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Draft Priority: 11
Brandon Lowe (1B/2B/OF-TB)
Trevor Story (SS-COL)
Shane Bieber (SP-CLE)

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Draft Priority: 12
Adalberto Mondesi (SS-KC)
Yordan Alvarez (OF-HOU)
Trevor Bauer (SP-LAD)

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Draft Priority: 13
Bryce Harper (OF-PHI)
Trea Turner (SS-WAS)
Walker Buehler (SP-LAD)

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Draft Priority: 14
Mookie Betts (OF-LAD)
Juan Soto (OF-WAS)
Jose Berrios (SP-MIN)

Official 2020 SLB Keepers

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In anticipation of the 2020 Salmon League Baseball keeper deadline – Saturday, February 29th at 5:00pm Central – we’ll be tracking all of the announced keeper selections.

If you’re plotting your draft preparations around this information, please note that none of these choices are technically official or locked in place until the deadline has come and gone.

Radioactive Rush

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Draft Priority: 1
J.D. Martinez (OF-BOS)
Jose Ramirez (3B-CLE)
Mike Clevinger (SP-CLE)

Jack Sparow Flag-01Captain Jack

Draft Priority: 2
Mike Trout (OF-LAA)
Fernando Tatis Jr. (SS-SD)
Patrick Corbin (SP-WAS)

groundhogface002The Groundhogs

Draft Priority: 3
Rafael Devers (3B-BOS)
Ronald Acuna Jr. (OF-ATL)
Gerrit Cole (SP-NYY)

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Draft Priority: 4
Alex Bregman (3B/SS-HOU)
Kris Bryant (3B/OF-CHC)
Noah Syndergaard (SP-NYM)

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Draft Priority: 5
Jose Altuve (2B-HOU)
Carlos Correa (SS-HOU)
Shane Bieber (SP-CLE)

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Draft Priority: 6
Nolan Arenado (3B-COL)
George Springer (OF-HOU)
Trevor Bauer (SP-CIN)

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Draft Priority: 7
J.T. Realmuto (C-PHI)
Ozzie Albies (2B-ATL)
Charlie Morton (SP-TB)

SLB_CryingMonkeySL Disappointments

Draft Priority: 8
Javy Baez (SS-CHC)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3B-TOR)
Jack Flaherty (SP-STL)

dome_dog_logoDome Dog

Draft Priority: 9
Cody Bellinger (LAD-1B/OF)
Jacob deGrom (NYM-SP)
Blake Snell (TB-SP)

cheese-high-final001High Cheese

Draft Priority: 10
Freddie Freeman (1B-ATL)
Anthony Rendon (3B-LAA)
Mike Soroka (SP-ATL)

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Draft Priority: 11
Francisco Lindor (SS-CLE)
Christian Yelich (OF-MIL)
Luis Castillo (SP-CIN)

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Draft Priority: 12
Mookie Betts (OF-LAD)
Juan Soto (OF-WAS)
Justin Verlander (SP-HOU)

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Draft Priority: 13
Bryce Harper (OF-PHI)
Trea Turner (SS-WAS)
Walker Buehler (SP-LAD)

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Draft Priority: 14
Trevor Story (SS-COL)
Pete Alonso (1B-NYM)
Max Scherzer (SP-WAS)

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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