The Scott White Dynasty League takes fantasy baseball to a different level. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer at CBS, set up this 24-team dynasty in 2013, and without doubt, it has transformed by the enjoyment of the pastime.
The league features some of the most respected names in fantasy baseball analysis, including Nando di Fino, Al Melchior, Chris Welsh, Frank Stampfl, Heath Cummings, Chris Towers, to name just a handful. There is no cash prize, no trophy, just the kudos to have beaten such an illustrious lineup.
I was completely outclassed in Year 1 having been too timid in the auction when the prices far exceeded my values. There is no point in having the most money for the second half of an auction if there is nowhere to spend it.
Dustin Pedroia was my most expensive purchase, followed by Ike Davis, Doug Fister and Dustin Ackley – oh, how I rated Dustin Ackley back then.
The Ike Davis still hurts. It was a toss-up between 25-year-old Davis coming off a 32-homer season or 22-year-old Freddie Freeman coming off a 23-homer year.
The team finished a lowly 21st out of 24, but fortunately, I was a quick learner and reached the playoffs in the next three seasons. The team was now renamed “Tramps and the playoff chokers” due to the inability to progress to the final.
And then, in 2017, the championship was mine. The team was renamed the European Franchise and I partnered up with my long-term fantasy baseball nemesis, David Runciman, to run the team together. The dynamic is great – David’s in-season management is second to none – and it gives a back-up should the auction ever fall on a day when one of us is unavailable.
We reached the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, last year, in a “Flags fly forever” strategy we broke the regular-season record by going 18-2 (no mean feat). In the end, however, we fell in the semi-final stage… again.
Despite seeing the slim pickings of affordable salaries that remain on our roster, I don’t rue selling the farm. As they say “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
With rebuilding teams getting more competitive, our window of opportunity is closing. A poor start to the 2022 season could see a widescale clearout – something that I have managed to avoid.
ROSTER FOR 2022
|C||Eric Haase C,OF | DET||3|
|1B||C.J. Cron 1B | COL||19|
|2B||Jorge Polanco 2B,SS | MIN||20|
|SS||J.P. Crawford SS | SEA||10|
|OF1||Avisail Garcia OF | MIL||19|
|SP1||Robbie Ray SP | TOR||17|
|SP2||Anthony DeSclafani SP | SF||15|
|SP3||Tyler Mahle SP | CIN||6|
|SP4||Gerrit Cole SP | NYY||49|
|RP1||Ryan Pressly RP | HOU||5|
|B6||Tommy La Stella 2B||2|
|B7||Jorge Alfaro C, OF||2|
This gives just $93 to acquire 11 players in the auction. That’s not much when you consider we spent $42 on an Andrew Heaney/Josh Lindblom combo last year.
These are players that we just can’t afford to keep for another year
|Ketel Marte 2B,OF | ARI||45|
|Christian Yelich OF | MIL||55|
|Dallas Keuchel SP | CHW||46|
|Mychal Givens RP | CIN||12|
|Zach Davies SP | CHC||16|
|Kris Bryant 3B,OF||45|
|Nick Castellanos OF | CIN||34|
|Starling Marte OF | OAK||34|
|DJ LeMahieu 1B,2B,3B | NYY||32|
These guys have more affordable contracts, but their role is unclear. We will delay the decision until as late as possible.
|Chad Kuhl SP||2|
|Wily Peralta RP/SP||3|
|Anthony Santander OF||14|
Feature image photo by Winslow Townson