sorry, but I agree with mental...doesn't look championship caliber. That batting average will be dreadful (but starting adrian for sexson would help), and you almost can't help but finish last in Ks with dunn, gomes, arod and weeks. Pitching staff will be good if everyone is healthy, but everyone won't be. You have 3 starters with serious injury history. Also, you have a bunch of guys with the potential for serious loss totals (lilly, patterson, felix), based on the fact that they play for bad teams and stay in the game for a while (getting a lot of decisions).
You've got some attractive pieces to trade, and have a solid enough base to compete with the right moves. Try to get rid of dunn and weeks for more well rounded players in this scoring system (like zimmerman, matsui, sheffield) and you may be championship caliber.
What's the outlook on my season right now? Championship?
You have a lot of "potential" in guys like Kinsler, Weeks, Drew, and Felix. You also have some guys with a large capacity for busting, like Gomes, Harden, and Burnett. With 12 teams I would expect a 5-7 finish, assuming that not all the above players flop or shine.
What improvements do I need to make?
Like those before me, Average definately. If you could get a decent deal to acquire Ichiro over Jonny Gomes that would go a long way to increase avg and decrease Ks. Another guy who comes to mind quickly is Matsui over Dunn in Left.
Should I start Adrian Gonzalez over Richie Sexson?
If you stand pat with your current team for awhile then absolutely. If you shake things up a bit and your power gets compensated I would leave in Richie.
Should I start John Patterson over Lilly or Penny?
Wait until 2 or 3 starts into the season to make sure he regains form.
Who should I look to trade?
Gomes and more likely to be sought after, Dunn.
Who should I look to trade for?
Ichiro, Matsui, any players with similar statistical output.
Joel Zumaya is an interesting RP that is sitting on the waivers right now, is anyone on my team worth dropping for him?
well... You have a decent staff, but I'm not sold on the offense. after arod and morneau the whole offense lacks average. you have some guys with some pop like sexson, dunn, and willingham that are somewhat sought after, but not gonna kill you if you lose them. I say trade one of them with gomes for 1 or 2 high average guys, maybe with a little less power, but you sort of have to expect that.
Right now, no, it's not a 1st place team, but if you make the right moves anything can happen.
you dont have a sure fire champ team but with some tweaks you can get there. its a toss up offense wise with martin, weeks, kinsler and drew. im sure most of them will perform but you cant consider your team champ caliber with potential players. starting pitching can use work and i love your closers. 1 or 2 trades and youll be good to go.
To be honest, I think you should hone your skills in a H2H league, rather than work on your weeknesses. You should improve HR, SB and RBI/Runs. Don't worry about avg and Ks, since your team is too behind in those categories. In H2H you only need to win 8 categories, so you don't have to be as balanced. With your pitching, I think you've set yourself up to go after Ks, Saves and ERA. Whip will probably be ok. Since those are your strengths, don't worry about Losses or BB/9. If I were you, I'd trade away all my bench batters (maybe keep 1), and add a bunch of flyer SPs and Setup guys. When the season starts, I'd rotate through as many SPs as possible to make sure you win Ws, Ks and Saves. If you get those 3 every week, and HR, SB, RBI, Runs, then you only have to win 1 more category to win weekly.
This isn't the ideal way to try and win, but I think you've forced that hand due to your draft.
As a rule, I never draft anyone who bats below .265 in their career, but if you want guyd like Dunn and Gomes. But as long you make it up with power than you should be okay. You have a lot of speed, so if some like Weeks breaks out you could probably move him early for a more consistent bat. Also, altthough I get commented fornot having an elite closer, I believe you really don't need K-ROd and Rivera. I had Papelbon, Hoffman and Saito last year, in which 2. You get quite a bit off one of your closers. Finally, your starters are practically all sleepers, but that might not be a bad thing....just targeting a more sure thing just in case.