2013 NL-only LABR auction recap

Updated: March 6, 2013, 1:53 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Sometimes a fantasy owner simply needs to break away from comfortable strategies that have worked in the past to try something new. It might be difficult, might take some practice, but when I walked into the Arizona Republic building in downtown Phoenix for Sunday night's LABR (League of Alternative Baseball Reality) NL auction, I had already decided to switch things up, go with some fresh tactics. A year ago my team was a disaster. It started when my lone closer blew out his elbow days after the auction and didn't improve during the summer when most key offensive players underachieved and all the potential health risks seemed to get hurt.

So my team this season looks unlike teams I've constructed in the past, but that's OK. Fresh tactics, right? There are myriad ways to win a league, even one as deep as this, with 12 owners playing 5x5 using only NL players. I generally like to sit back in auctions and pounce on late-game bargains, but with this talented crew of wise, veterans from the fantasy industry, there's the risk of having little to purchase in the second half of the auction, as teams take shape. So I went aggressive. Really aggressive. And I really like it!