Keep in mind for keepers, younger guys get more consideration because it is a KEEPER league.
Hernandez, Napoli (he's legit - he makes good contact, has power, and has a good approach)
Thome, Fielder, Morneau
Kendrick (will be a monster)
B. Roberts, B. Philips
M. Cabrera (how this kid was left off lists, I don't know)
Young (the power will come)
OF (tough to do actual order)
Rios, Holliday, A. Jones
*Delmon Young, should be a stud in '07
Cain (I'm sure I'll get crap for this, but the only thing keeping him from elite status is control, and it looks as though he has turned the corner; just 21!)
Lackey, Bedard, Capuano
RP (not really worthy of keeper spots but I'll list 'em anyways)
Papelbon (may go to rotation)
Ryan, Mo, Carmona, Street, Turnbow!
C: Pierzynski 1B: Pujols 2B: Altuve 3B: Miggy SS: HanRam OF (x3): CarGo, M. Bourn, D. Jennings UTIL (x2): E. Encarnacion, C. Hart BN: Cuddyer, C. Ross, J. Montero
C I don't know if Pudge is a great keeper now that his power and patience have faded, but I don't know you can do much better
1B In a keeper I think I would move down Thome, since he is old and he has had some REALLY bad years the last couple of years (I probably bump him to 6th with Howard Morneau and Teixeira in front of him
2B This I think is the most out of whack ranking, Soriano won't have 2B eligibility next year, I guess I would do it like this
4. J. Lopez
SS I would move Young into Hanley's spot and the rest is fine
3B M-Cab at 3, with Chipper fighting with Zimmerman for the 5th spot
OF other than Vlad being so low, it seems about right
SP I would move Verlander down, he hasn't shown me as much as some others...otherwise most of my disagreements are ticky-tack things
RP They all belong in the top 6 just not necessarily in that order.
rmande09 wrote:Keep in mind for keepers, younger guys get more consideration because it is a KEEPER league.
I think everybody understands that, but...
A. Even with keepers, I like to see a guy regularly put up good numbers before I grant him top 5 status. Uggla and Napoli look great, but is that their true level of ability? Sure seems far above what their minor league performances would predict, so could be fluky.
B. It's pretty unusual for a guy to immediately leap into the top 5 at his position. Kendrick might be a moster, but it's a huge leap to project him as the second best 2B in all baseball. As good as Wright was in 2005, after already having a half season under his belt, he was still only the 4th best 3B in the league.
Soriano has alreayd said he will play no other postion next year except 2B...at the very least he'll have 2B eligibilty after 5-10 games. It'll be written in his contract of him playing a min. amount of games at 2B, watch.
Sure he's been hurt most all of this year, but he had a 1.062 OPS before the wrist injury, and his struggles since coming back can easily be attributed to that injury, which should be fine by next Spring Training. He might be the best "buy-low" keeper out there.
1. theres a chance Vmart wont be playing catcher at all next year and they might move him to 1st.
2. Thome shouldnt be in the top 5 for 1B, he's far too old. And Morneau Howard and ZFielder should all be ahead of him even if you had to put Thome at #5...Like a few others said, I do like Howard slighty more than Morneau as well.
3. I like Kendrick ahead of Uggla and Figgins at 2B
4. In a keeper league Zimmerman goes ahead of Chipper and Aram. Also people are down on A-Rod, but I still like him more than Wright for the next 5 years at least.
5. Bay at #7 in the OF behind Manny Wells and Sizemore is a joke.
6. I'd take Carpenter and Weaver over bedard
7. K-Rod would not be in my top 5. Id take Putz over him. He's had comparisons to Gagne by Bonds and Garret Anderson...thats high praise.