I was originally going to call this "Analysis of a disaster first half" but the last week of the first half was kind to me.
Here's my draft:
Best draft pick:
Austin Jackson is putting up starting OF caliber numbers (950 OPS) and he was my 20th round draft pick. What a great pick! Liriano might end up have a good season, but he wasn't good for me and I cut him.
Worst draft pick:
Ugh, where do I start? After a great year last year, Upton's fallen back significantly, and is not worth a first round pick. (The good news is that this might make him available to the Jays).
Zimmerman in the 3rd has also really been struggling. I almost cut him two weeks ago, thinking that he must be hiding an injury or something, and then he picked it up. His resurgence is one of the reasons I'm coming back.
Santana in the 4th looks bad - OPS under .700. I'll take some flex on a catcher, since they can tend to be terrible, but this was still a bad pick.
At least those guys are contributing to the team though. Mariano and Wilson both got injured fairly early on, and are out for the season. Add that to Axford's struggles and my closers haven't been good. Unlike many people, I follow the advice of the fantasy 411 podcast and 'don't chase saves', meaning I pay for elite closers and then don't worry about it. Sometimes this works. This year it was a pretty big failure. That said, I'm doing fine in saves and holds, so I may have to reconsider my strategy for next year.
Ervin Santana in the 13th also looks bad. After that I don't think you can really have a bad pick - I imagine most teams have cut more than half of the guys they drafted after the 13th round.
Best Waiver claim:
No one really great, but Jansen's helped me get some saves, as have Soriano and Russel - they've lead to my doing okay in saves. On the starting side, Kuroda's been great and Parker and Zambrano have helped.
Reason for being in the bottom half of the league:
One of the things I struggle with in this league versus other leagues is hitting the playing time requirements. With the small rosters we use it can be a challenge. I'm leaving some serious counting stats on the table with pitching and in the OF, which is something I need to work on and improve in the second half. Catching up in both categories is going to be a challenge.