Nice team, except I think you're asking a lot of that pitching staff. Lot of up and comings and not a whole lot of proven guys. Great hitters though. I don't like Freel very much as a starting OF, though.
Probably 4th, maybe 3rd if pitching works out for you, in a 12 team league.
The team is definitely workable, though your only SBs come from aguy (Freel) who is coming off of leg injuries. Your pitching could be great, but could be mediocre if health overceoms Schmidt and Beckett. How did Lee slip to 11th?
Lee slipped to 11 because no one thinks he's going to come close to matching last years stats, and I'm one of those people. But if he comes close, he, Tejada, and Chavez, plus Berkman give you plently of power. I agree with the other guy on your pitching staff, it's questionable, Schmidt had a lousy year last year, and Beckett's with a new team. I'd trade a slugger (maybe Lee, depending on how you feel about him) for an ace, such as Roy Halladay.
It is a solid team, but your relying on a BUNCH of people who had off years last year to recover (Helton, Tejada, Huff, Schmidt). If it happens, then you will be in good shape, but I am doubting Schmidt ever recovers and is the Cy Young type pitcher he used to be. Your staff is rather weak, especially with Beckett moving to the AL East (you saw what happened to Randy). Your offense is pretty solid, but I am not a fan of Freel or Chavez.
When Helton is available in the fourth round, I'm not going to pass him up as long as I have an open spot (I did, Utility). Berkman will be my OF so it doesn't really matter if he's 1B eligible or not. Plus, I am considering trading either Lee or Helton for SP/OF help.
I probably waited one round too many to take pitching, but I definitely have the bats to trade for it. I think Schmidt is going to bounce back this year. Beckett's move to the AL does concern me, but hopefully he'll make up for the higher ERA with more wins on Boston.
I don't doubt that Helton or Tejada will recover. They each have been rock solid over the past three years (at least), so I'm not going to let two mediocre months for each player discourage me. I'm not really counting on a comeback from Huff...he was a late draft pick, so I'm not expecting a whole lot out of him. Freel worries me, but I really don't have much for other SB options. That too will be helped via trades (hopefully).
Yeah, dump Freel. You are already looking at 11th-12th place on SBs...no point in dragging it out. Try to trade him off for moderate power in the outfield and/or another reliever. Your pitching strategy seems solid on strikeouts, and another solid closer with good k/inn ratio can only help with the strikeouts (as well as the obvious saves).
I just traded Lee, Burnett, and Weathers for Guerrero, Webb, and Ibanez.
Now my team is:
RP M. Gonzalez
P B. Webb
P D. Davis
P D. Lowe
Bench J. Vazquez
Bench B. Radke
I know I need help at SB...I'm looking to upgrade that. Did I win in the trade? Getting rid of Lee (slight risk because you don't know whether 05 was a fluke or not) and getting Guerrero (proven) was great. I think Webb will have a better year than Burnett, and I doubt Weathers will be Cincy's closer for very long, especially with Ryan Wagner waiting.