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Postby pokerplaya » Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:08 am

I just drafted for my buddy who had to work tonight for his money league....it was an odd league set up, and one that I wouldn't usually play, but I'll get a crack of the cash if we win, so what do you think and what can I do to improve?

12 team H2H league....10X6 R, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, AVG, OPS X W, CG, SV, K, ERA, WHIP

C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, OF, UTIL, UTIL

SP SP RP RP P P P

I firmly believed hitting to be much more valuable so I mainly focused on getting a solid core of good contact hitters with decent speed. I assumed that 3B/CG were a crapshoot, so didn't even worry about them.

Without further ado,

1. (1) Albert Pujols 1B
2. (24) Jason Bay OF
3. (25) Matt Holliday OF
4. (48) Joe Nathan RP
5. (49) Paul Konerko 1B
6. (72) Delmon Young OF
7. (73) Daisuke Matsuzaka SP
8. (96) Chris Young SP
9. (97) Howie Kendrick 1B,2B
10. (120) Álex Ríos OF
11. (121) Barry Bonds OF
12. (144) Orlando Cabrera SS
13. (145) Eric Gagne RP
14. (168) Joel Zumaya RP
15. (169) A.J. Burnett SP
16. (192) Adam LaRoche 1B
17. (193) Russell Martin C
18. (216) Aubrey Huff 3B,OF
19. (217) Jonathan Broxton RP
20. (240) Alex Gordon 3B
21. (241) Chris B. Young OF
22. (264) Joel Piñeiro SP,RP
23. (265) John Maine SP
24. (288) Scot Shields RP

What do you all think? What can I do to improve?

Thanks. I'll try to answer as many of yours as I have time for. ;-D
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Postby mrw914 » Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:16 am

I think this is a good team that focuses on offense. If it's a keeper, this is deadly. SP leaves something to be desired with only 3 real starters so he can guarantee last in CG and W. Other than Nathan, there is no guaranteed RP so you might be able to trade some of that hitting for pitching. I think you could sacrifice an OF or Konerko for a decent starter or closer and middle of the road starter. You might want to try to get Jimmy Rollins to help with SB and 3B.

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Postby Big Cat » Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:18 am

Aside from Nathan and Young, your pitching is really iffy. Matsuzaka is surrounded by question marks, and I don't believe Gagne will ever be a solid closer again.
You've got lots of options at OF. Look to upgrade pitching by shipping an OF out.

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Postby pokerplaya » Wed Mar 21, 2007 12:47 am

Just realized, IP is a pitching category too. :-P

Yuck.

What this means for my friend is rampant roster churning no? He'll win IP/K/CG quite easily and all of those ratio RP's I drafted (Zumaya, Broxton, Shields) will pretty much keep him competitive in ERA/WHIP.
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Postby pokerplaya » Wed Mar 21, 2007 5:36 pm

Anyone else want a crack at this?
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Re: Rate this money league team

Postby Sid Bream's Slide » Wed Mar 21, 2007 7:34 pm

That's definitely an interesting setup, and considering the 10x6 your strategy of getting a solid core of hitters was a sound one. I love your first 3 picks with Pujols, Bay, and Holliday. You're not in a terrible spot with your pitching, and of course a lot will depend on the arm of your "ace" Dice-K, but that's the one and only area that really needs improving (if you're looking for something to improve).

But with the league setup, I don't see any reason to overpay for a top tier pitcher. Especially in a H2H format... I'd say hold on to your OFers and watch your team win a majority of the batting categories.

Here's mine:
http://www.fantasybaseballcafe.com/foru ... p?t=260419

pokerplaya wrote:I firmly believed hitting to be much more valuable so I mainly focused on getting a solid core of good contact hitters with decent speed. I assumed that 3B/CG were a crapshoot, so didn't even worry about them.

Without further ado,

1. (1) Albert Pujols 1B
2. (24) Jason Bay OF
3. (25) Matt Holliday OF
4. (48) Joe Nathan RP
5. (49) Paul Konerko 1B
6. (72) Delmon Young OF
7. (73) Daisuke Matsuzaka SP
8. (96) Chris Young SP
9. (97) Howie Kendrick 1B,2B
10. (120) Álex Ríos OF
11. (121) Barry Bonds OF
12. (144) Orlando Cabrera SS
13. (145) Eric Gagne RP
14. (168) Joel Zumaya RP
15. (169) A.J. Burnett SP
16. (192) Adam LaRoche 1B
17. (193) Russell Martin C
18. (216) Aubrey Huff 3B,OF
19. (217) Jonathan Broxton RP
20. (240) Alex Gordon 3B
21. (241) Chris B. Young OF
22. (264) Joel Piñeiro SP,RP
23. (265) John Maine SP
24. (288) Scot Shields RP

What do you all think? What can I do to improve?

Thanks. I'll try to answer as many of yours as I have time for. ;-D
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Postby bigh0rt » Thu Mar 22, 2007 1:01 am

Holy weird categories, Batman. Hitting definitely outpunches pitching in this league, so your draft strategy was accurate at least. I'd say focus on ratios, and let the churners take the counting cats when they can. Occasionally if you have a hot week you should pull out W's. Maybe it's me, but is there a serious lack of speed on this team, or am I overlooking a player or two somehow?? Bay, Holiday, and Delmon should each give you a handfull, as well as Pujols possibly, but I just don't see a real threat. If your team loses HRs more than 1-2 weeks all season, I'll eat my hat. :-b

If you anticipate your leaguemates streaming starters, you may want to try and load up on Closers so you can count on winning a counting cat (Saves) most weeks, as well. If they're streaming, you can pretty much kiss K's goodbye regardless of performance, but as I said earlier, Wins should go your way at times, and if you stick to your guns, you ought to come away with ERA and WHIP, too. Even if they stream, I imagine you'll tie CGs 0 - 0 most weeks.

Man I hate having 2B and 3B as hitting cats. CG too.
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