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Postby celerystalksme » Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:13 am

ESPN 5x5 roto league...

Any weaknesses? Any advice?

C Mike Piazza
1B Todd Helton
2B Ian Kinsler
3B Alex Rodriguez
SS Hanley Ramirez
OF Grady Sizemore
OF Matt Holliday
OF Adam Dunn
Util Garrett Atkins
Bench Nick Markakis

P Chris Ray
P Francisco Cordero
P J.J. Putz
P Tom Gordon
P Ryan Dempster
P Al Reyes
Bench C.C. Sabathia
Bench Curt Schilling
Bench Chris Capuano
Bench Daniel Cabrera
DL Mike Mussina
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Postby MendozaLineup » Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:15 am

Only weakness = starting pitching

Package some of those low-end closers and an OF for a front line SP...otherwise, you have a competitive team (Markakis shouldn't be wasting away on your bench)...

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Postby hwilensk261 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 10:56 am

Why do you have so many closers? Your offense is very good. I agree, you need some starting pitching.

Thanks for the help on mine.
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Postby red_sox_fan » Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:12 am

Yea you have a lot of closers. Unless you are trying to keep them away from the other teams, I would trade 1 or 2 of them for a SP or maybe a better 1B.

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Postby jsphlly » Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:21 am

I'm not even that down on your starting pitching. Can you play spot starters? With that offensive and that bullpen to keep down the ERA/WHIP, you should be fine all year.

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Postby Guaranteed Loser » Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:40 am

He has that many closers so he can put away the saves category early, then package them for a top flight pitcher later.

If this is a daily changes league, then he can put his starters in whenever he wants, and still have his closers on off days.

It is a viable strat, and one that I use as well.

I think you are set for the year. Once you have the save category safely in hand, start packaging a 2nd tier closer with a 2nd tier pitcher for better SP, and you will walk away with this league.
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Postby celerystalksme » Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:42 am

my theory for having all those closers:

well, my league has a GS limit but no IP limit. the GS limit is 120...the average top-of-the-rotation starter gets about 30 starts a 4 starters should hit that limit. plus, if i want, i can do some spot starts here and there with guys on the WW if the matchup is favorable. in the mean time, my 6 closers should rack up K's, saves, and help my ERA and WHIP while not counting against my GS. if i need to, i can later trade or drop closers and get some middle relievers to get me a few wins...guys like matt capps, oscar villarreal, hector carrasco, scott linebrink, scot shields, akinori otsuka, etc.

i figure i should outperform guys in my league with 6, 7, 8 SP' least, that's the idea...!

my minor concerns for my team are at C and 1B...but i'm hoping helton will come through and that piazza will start to hit a little. i don't need them to be great, just above average...

also...i certainly won't lead my league in steals...
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Trade a Closer for a SP...

Postby bdoyle1969 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:23 pm

Try to accumulate a bunch of saves then unload one or more of your closers for a good SP. Just my opinion...
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Postby FleshForFantasy » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:26 pm

Your team is really quite good, as is your strategy. You offense is balanced, and doesn't seem to have any weaknesses. Just be sure to unload those closers for a starter when you think you have enough saves.

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Postby abstractpoet » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:28 pm

Assuming this is a 12 team league, I think you've done quite well for yourself. As others have said, the idea of moving closers later on to fill positions of weakness is always something you can fall back on. Given that you only have 120 GS, then I'm not sure I'd want D. Cabrera taking 30 of them, so there might be a move worth making around the all-star break or so. Or, in any case, keep tabs of teams in your league that might be desperate for a 2n tier closer.
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