Hey guys, I recently became an expansion team for a 9-team keeper league, with a few stipulations:
-- There were two scoring changes to the standard 5x5 roto format: OPS has replaced BA, while K/9 has replaced K's.
-- It is a keeper league in the sense that everybody got to keep four players from their previous teams, two hitters and two pitchers. After everyone in the league specified their keepers, I picked mine, and then received first pick in the draft after that. In summary, this league will be pretty uphill for me.
After hearing of the scoring changes, I immediately thought one thing: closers. As most valuable SP were gone already, RP will dominate in ERA/WHIP/Kper9/SVs. My draft went like this:
OF - Jason Bay
1B - Todd Helton
SP - Felix Rodriguez
RP - Brad Lidge
Draft (in round order, remember there were four "rounds" of keepers before this)
1 - Francisco Rodriguez, RP - LAA
2 - Derek Jeter, SS - NYY
3 - Billy Wagner, RP - NYM
4 - Scott Rolen, 3B - STL
5 - Andy Pettitte, SP - HOU
6 - Hank Blalock, 3B - TEX
7 - Ken Griffey, Jr., OF - CIN
8 - Francisco Cordero, RP - TEX
9 - Aubrey Huff, 1B/3B/OF - TB
10 - Ryan Freel, 2B/3B/OF - CIN
11 - Jorge Posada, C - NYY
12 - Jeremy Hermida, OF - FLA
13 - Francisco Liriano, SP - MIN
14 - JD Drew, OF - LAD
15 - Justin Morneau, 1B - MIN
16 - Robinson Cano, 2B - NYY
17 - Josh Willingham, C/OF - FLA
18 - Justin Duchscherer, RP - OAK
19 - Ryan Madson, SP/RP - PHI
Overall, what do you think I need to address? Do you think I'm well-advised in taking the RP "risk"? When evaluating, please keep in mind the rule changes regarding OPS and K/9.
I recently offered Blalock and Cordero for Delgado and C.Ray; I'm looking for more raw power and OPS. I plan on always-starting King Felix and Pettite, and spot-starting anyone else to make sure they don't mess up my ERA/WHIP. I think I did pretty well considering the hole I was placed in from the start.