UFLB Season Preview: Harry Caray Conference

The inaugural season for Ultimate Fantasy League Baseball is upon us. Rosters have been drafted, trades have been made, players have been signed from scouts, and now it’s time to see which franchises have made the best moves and positioned themselves for a SCORE Coin Series title run.

We recently previewed the Vin Scully Conference and today we’re taking a look at the Harry Caray Conference, featuring the Babe Ruth, Vladimir Guerrero, and Roy Halladay divisions. UFLB co-commissioner Matt Soren chimes in with Matt’s Musings while UFFS Head of Baseball and UFLB co-commissioner Dean Millard provides a general overview of each roster. The points projected for players reflect the 2022 Fantrax projections.

Check out the UFLB league page where you can see each franchises' roster through the standings page.

“I’m really interested to see if there is a true frontrunner in either conference or the league, and what kind of styles of franchises there are in UFLB,” said Millard. “What I mean by that is, will one conference be dominated by a few categories and the other is more spread out, like the AL and NL used to be when people cared more about home runs. I’m also curious to see how the league unfolds in general, will there be appetite for change in the offseason or will owners and GMs like the baseline we’ve given them. We’ve seen in other leagues where the owners take charge and mould things through offseason voting.”

All UFFS leagues, in essence, are in the owners’ control. Other than some major platform fundamentals and core concepts, nearly anything can be proposed in the offseason. If it makes sense (only one proposal didn’t make the agenda the first time around), they go before the owners to vote, with a 2/3 majority (20 of 30) required to implement changes.

“I definitely see the tougher road being in the Vin Scully Conference, and this will be for a decade,” Soren said after comparing and contrasting all the opening-day rosters. “You have multiple franchises built for now and the future. You’ll have to really hit on your sleepers to have a chance to make it to the SCO Series in this conference.”

Do you agree or disagree with the co-commish? Draw your own conclusions based on this Harry Caray Conference preview.

Babe Ruth Division







Top Projected Hitter: Jose Abreu – 1B – Chicago White Sox – 211.75 points

Top Projected Pitcher: Joe Musgrove – SP – San Diego – 276.50 points

Matt’s Musings


-One of the most complete offenses in the league.

-Shohei!! Getting a top 20 hitter and pitcher is an advantage no one else can match.

-Solid and deep bullpen. No all-star closer but 5 above-average relievers.


-Rotation after Ohtani has some age/injury risk. But is one of the strongest weaknesses in the league.

Star to watch- Shohei Ohtani

Sleeper- Joe Musgrove

On the farm- Jaden Hill

Projection- Going for the crown (1st: Ruth Division)


Power and run production will not be an issue for the Reapers, who took the reigning MLB MVP Shohei Ohtani first overall in the Veteran Player Draft. Can he repeat his effortless swing and eye-popping numbers (46 HR, 100 RBI, .965 OPS) again? If he can, he’ll join Jose Abreau and Max Muncy, along with some very consistent bats like Justin Turner, Austin Meadows and Mike Yastrzemski. A healthy Muncy will mean low strikeouts and high OPS points, as Muncy is almost patient to a fault at the plate. Yadier Molina behind the plate is decent but having a backup for the 39-year-old would be wise.

Ohtani will pitch every sixth day for the Angels and will give the Reapers the bonus they outbid everyone for in the franchise auction in November. While he might not start as much as some other aces, he’ll strike out his share of batters and is a good bet to rack up quality starts. Joe Musgrove will be a solid No. 2 starter, and the Jacob deGrom injury in New York opens the door for David Peterson to get a rotation spot to start the season. The bullpen will live off holds and strikeouts, led by Houston’s Ryan Tepera, while Jose Suarez of the Angels has starter and reliever eligibility.

One other bonus, Charlie Blackmon, just for the fact of watching Rockies’ games, you get to hear his awesome walk-up song.


Top Projected Hitter: Freddie Freeman – 1B – Los Angeles Dodgers – 433.75 points

Top Projected Pitcher: Chris Bassitt – SP – New York Mets – 235 points

Matt’s Musings


-Farm System!!! The deepest system in the league, with 14 guys on protected.

-Best IF in the league? Anchored by Freeman, Arenado and Seager.

-Depth. This lineup is deep and able to combat a possible injury.


-The rotation isn’t quite ready to compete, even if Severino returns to his ace form. But the arms coming up to help in the farm system should make this weakness a strength over time.

Star to watch- Freddie Freeman

Sleeper- Seiya Suzuki

On the farm- Anthony Volpe

Projection- Wild Card hopeful/Division in sights (2nd: Ruth Division)


The Woodpeckers were thrilled to draft Freddie Freeman and had to be even more elated when he signed with the Dodgers. Not only will Freeman have some great protection in an already dynamite lineup, but L.A. is the closest thing to a lock for a postseason spot, especially now with the new format. Cardinals third baseman Noland Arenado and new Texas shortstop Corey Seager are both guys who hit a lot of categories and don’t strike out often, and the Woodpeckers paid more than $2,700 USD worth of SCORE (SCO) Coin for Seiya Suzuki in a free agent auction. The bird is the word, and the word is competitive. They mean business. They also know how to play the game, with a lot of guys who can play multiple positions, meaning they can have more players in the lineup each night earning points. Jonathan Villar is a perfect example, and he can steal bases.

Chris Bassitt anchors a decent pitching staff, and a lot could depend on Zac Greinke’s 38-year-old arm in a new home with Kansas City. Luckily the Woodpeckers loaded up during the Top Prospects Auction — filling all 14 spots — so they will have plenty to work with when it comes to injuries or making deals. Milwaukee’s Adrian Houser could be a difference-maker in the rotation, while Dustin May recovers on the 60-day IL. The bullpen is built for holds.


Top Projected Hitter: Cedric Mullins – CF – Baltimore – 222.50 points

Top Projected Pitcher: Scott Barlow – RP – Kansas City – 340 points

Matt’s Musings


-Solid Lineup with a deep bench (hoping 2021 was the baseline for most of his offense)

-A fearsome fivesome (No true ace, besides maybe Rodon, but 1-5 are reliable)

-Staff depth (Corbin and Martinez are 2 of the best 6/7 starers in the league)


-Bullpen (outside of Barlow, I have questions)

Star to watch- Cedric Mullins

Sleeper- Patrick Corbin

On the farm- Jordan Walker

Projection- Division cellar, with middle of the pack upside (5th: Ruth Division)


Cedric Mullins is one of the most exciting players in the game to watch and became the first Oriole in history to record 30 home runs and 30 steals last year. The Outlaws will be thrilled if he does it again. Marcus Semien also having a repeat of last year, where he set an MLB record for most longballs by a second baseman — 45 home runs with Toronto — will help the Outlaws get the loot they are after. The rest of the lineup has potential, nothing spectacular but some solid players who could punch above their weight.

Houston’s Framber Valdez anchors the rotation with Carlos Rodon, now of San Francisco, and Washington’s Patrick Corbon will follow up. The bullpen is a nice mix of saves from Scott Barlow of Kansas City, holds from Tyler Duffey of the Twins, and innings with strikeouts and low WHIP from Connor Brogdon of the Phillies.

Team View

“The Outlaws are looking forward to the first season of UFLB. We are excited where Cedric Mullins, Marcus Semien, and a combination of some youth and experienced veterans will take us. We wish everyone luck and beware of the Outlaws!”

Chris Goudey – GM


Top Projected Hitter: Bryce Harper – RF – Philadelphia – 377.75 points

Top Projected Pitcher: Edwin Diaz – RP – New York Mets – 308 points

Matt’s Musings


-Outfield (Strong trio of McCuthen, Nimmo, Harper)

-Bullpen (Diaz, Lugo, Rogers, Trivino is a strong stable in the pen)


-Starting rotation (Morton is the ace, which you don’t love at age 38, injury concerns elsewhere)

-Corner IF (the Choi/Diaz corner combo is barely the starting duo for the Rays)

Star To Watch- Bryce Harper

Sleeper- Chris Paddack

On the farm- Calvin Ziegler

Projection- Division cellar, potentially middle of the pack (4th: Ruth Division)


I think the projections are way too low for a few guys and one of them is their top player, Bryce Harper. Last year’s MVP having suited up for 10 years makes me feel older than Benjamin Button at the start of the movie. Harper, at times, doesn’t get enough respect and we might see him hit 45-plus home runs this year. I also think his Phillies teammate JT Realmuto is due for a bounce-back season. Sal Perez took the mantle as best fantasy and offensive catcher last year but JT will be motivated to try and get it back. Xander Boegarts’ production will also increase with the signing of Trevor Story in Boston. The Cavalry also have some speed that could rack up points in the stolen bases category.

Miami’s Trevor Rogers, at 24 years old, and Atlanta’s Charlie Morton, at 38 years old, are at the opposite end of their careers but both could be excellent for the Cavalry. Chris Paddack could be a difference-maker if he gets enough starts in San Diego. Edwin Diaz of the Mets will contribute saves, strikeouts and low WHIP numbers, while the rest of the bullpen will go after holds. There are some nice depth pieces on the bench.


Top Projected Hitter: Mookie Betts – CF/RF – Los Angeles Dodgers – 441 points

Top Projected Pitcher: Tyler Matzek – RP – Atlanta – 352 points

Matt’s Musings


-Stealthy strong bullpen

-Great positional flexibility


-Rotation depth? (Love Mahle and Logan Webb)

-3B/Util could use an upgrade. Not a ton of reliability in Odor and Davis.

Star to watch- Mookie Betts

Sleeper- Adam Frazier

On the farm- Khalil Watson

Projection- Middle of the pack (3rd: Ruth Division)


Dodgers’ all-star outfielder Mookie Betts leads the way in points with a number that could represent the length of some of his home runs in feet — 441. Beyond Betts, the projections thin out, but if Dansby Swanson could cut down on the Ks and be more patient at the plate, he could put up points closer to Betts than what he is projected to hit. Once projected to be a superstar, Jurickson Profar may have found an everyday role with the Padres based on his versatility — qualifying at first base, second base and all three outfield spots. The Angels’ David Fletcher and Washington’s Alcides Escobar also fit in the versatile category. Myles Straw will lead the way in stolen bases but some others could chip in there as well.

Young strong arms in Dylan Cease of the White Sox, Tyler Mahle of the Reds, and the Giants’ Logan Webb will bolster the rotation, with veteran Alex Wood in San Francisco bringing up the back end of a rotation that will feast on strikeouts, quality starts and low WHIP. Tyler Matzek leads a bullpen that will hope for a lot of innings to build up WHIP points and strikeouts. Having extra relievers to fill in will help but judging when to do it will be key.

Vladimir Guerrero Division




CanWest Warhawks

Wild Boars


Top Projected Hitter: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – 1B – Toronto – 475.25 points

Top Projected Pitcher: Robbie Ray – SP – Seattle – 326 points

Matt’s Musings


-Similar to their division rival Macaws, the rotation has the potential to be lights out. But this is relying on Bauer pitching, Sale staying healthy, and hopefully something from Paxton as well. But the electricity is there for the Panthers.

-One of the deepest lineups in the league, with an intriguing bench featuring Cano and Upton.

-Top 10 farm system.


--The bullpen isn’t deep with established names, so hopefully the great WHIP put together by the staff, doesn’t get dragged down.

Star to watch- Vlad Jr.

Sleeper- James Paxton

On the farm- Matt Liberatore

Projection- Fun race for the division crown, Macaws/Panthers rivalry (2nd: Guerrero Division)


Things start with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the Panthers and the Jays’ first baseman who had an MVP-calibre season last year could have an even better hitting lineup at Rogers Centre this year. As for the Panthers, things aren’t as bright throughout their lineup. High strikeout numbers could keep guys like Mariners infielder Eugenio Suarez and Atlanta outfielder Adam Duvall from having huge seasons. Wilson Contreras is a decent contributor behind the plate, and the Panthers have a lot of options to ensure guys are playing each night, which could pay off huge in October.

There are some questions on the bump, but if the Panthers have the correct answers, it could be a bright spot. Robbie Ray caught lightning in a bottle last year in Toronto with tight pants and league-leading numbers in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts. Can Ray do it again, this time in Seattle? The Panthers also selected Trevor Bauer, who has proven to be an ace for the Dodgers but has been out of the lineup since the middle of last year after sexual assault allegations. Currently he is on administrative leave until April 16. Jon Gray and Chris Sale are older veterans who will fill out the back end of the rotation. The relievers are short on saves and strikeouts but could surprise.


Top Projected Hitter: Tommy Pham – CF/LF – Cincinnati – 121.50 points

Top Projected Pitcher: Max Scherzer – SP – New York Mets – 318.50 points

Matt’s Musings


-Built for the future

-The rotation has some bright spots but isn’t deep enough to compete


-Everywhere. Gotta feel for a star like Scherzer stuck in this situation. He’ll most likely be dealt this year.

-Need to get MLB players in a few of their positions.

Star to watch- Max Scherzer

Sleeper- Tommy Pham

On the farm- Heliot Ramos

Projection- Tank-a-thon (5th: Guerrero Division)


The Barracudas swung a big deal for the future and their offence took a hit when Seattle OF Mitch Haniger was shipped out, along with his 39 home runs and 100 RBI from last year, leaving the Reds’ Tommy Pham — who has 39 home runs over his last 3 years combined — as the leading projected point producer. Patrick Wisdom will be counted on, especially as he plays first base, third base and left field. Youth will be served on this roster, and while they might not compete this year, they could be contenders in a few years’ time with the right asset management.

Along with Haniger, the fish sent out potential Cy Young contender Gerrit Cole, but when you look at Cole’s second half last year, there might be cause for concern and maybe the Barracudas know something we don’t. Max Scherzer is a true ace and the elder statesman on this pitching staff, while the Phillies’ Corey Knebel will close games out and the Pirates’ Chris Stratton will lock down holds. I’m not a fan of the word tank, as some franchises (myself in hockey) are building long term, so as long as they are trying to field the best lineup with what they have available and are planning for the future, it could turn out to be a winning strategy down the road.


Top Projected Hitter: Trea Turner – 2B/SS – Los Angeles Dodgers – 313 points

Top Projected Pitcher: Lucas Giolito – SP – Chicago White Sox – 302.50 points

Matt’s Musings


-Nice combo of veteran All-Stars and youthful starting options.

-One of the biggest risks for an OF alignment with Yelich and Robles manning 2 spots, but if they turn it around, it can be one of the most dangerous OF in the league, with Laureano rounding out the trio.

-Top notch double-play duo (Turner/Baez)

-Top 10 farm system


-The staff is a little thin, but if Verlander/Flaherty can stay healthy, it will solve that issue and turn this weakness into a strength.

-With Ken Giles hurt, this bullpen is only 3 reliable guys deep. They could use an upgrade there.

Star to watch- Trea Turner

Sleeper- Victor Robles

On the farm- Riley Greene

Projection- Fighting for the division crown (1st: Guerrero Division)


Having the National League batting champion in your lineup is a pretty good start and Trea Turner will lead the way offensively for the Macaws. He hits for average, has power, lots of speed, low strikeouts, and the smoothest slide in the league. Plus, he’ll hit second in the one of the best lineups in the league and will surely see playoff action again. Arizona’s Daulton Varsho is one of the best young catchers, who is also capable of playing all 3 outfield spots, and Dominic Smith is another young batter with potential for the Mets and Macaws. Christian Yellich returning to his MVP form could put the Macaws over the top, and AJ Pollock’s trade to the White Sox could lead to more playing time than he was going to get with the Dodgers.

Lucas Giolito will be the man for the Macaws and the White Sox hurler will dine on quality starts, strikeouts and WHIP to pile up points. KC’s Brady Singer, Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller, and the Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty give them a really nice young nucleus, with 39-year-old Justin Verlander as the wild card for the colourful birds. Can he get anywhere close to his Cy Young form? He’s pitched just 6 innings since winning the award in 2019. While the rotation has some youth, the bullpen has veteran savvy, led by 33-year-old Alex Colome of the Rockies.