I am in a 12 manager, H2H league with 5 hitting categories (Hits, Runs, HR's, Avg and steals) and 5 pitching categories (K's, ERA, WHIP, Wins and saves).
My team is as follows: C - JR. Towels 1b - Derek Lee 2b - Ian Kinsler 3b - Miguel Cabrera SS - Rafael Furcal IF - Adam Laroche OF - Carlos Beltran OF - Lance Berkman OF - Vernon Wells OF - Nick Swisher Util - Kelly Johnson Bnch - Jay Bruce
SP - John Lackey SP - John Smoltz SP - Scott Kazmir SP - Brett Myers SP - Bronson Aroyo RP- Matt Capps RP- Brad Lidge RP - Joba Chamberlain RP - Kerry Wood RP - Troy Percival
I'd probably move Kelly Johnson to the INF spot and bump Jay Bruce to the UTIL spot. I'm not a fan of Laroche being on your team, he's too streaky for my likes. I'd keep him on the bench and stick him in there when he gets into his hot streak. (Out of curiosity, is Billy Butler or Hank Blalock available? They are both eligible in the INF).
I think you're fine on the pitcher ranks, you need that many when you are in H2H).
people like to forget with LaRoche, in a bad hitters park in Atlanta he blasted 32 HR. On top of that people see him as a natural platoon player, and this just isn't the case if you look at his righty/lefty splits. I'm a big believer in second half rebounds, and after an atrocious start LaRoche did that to get to 22 HR. He's always been a slow starter, but I think he will be a little better than he was last year to start the year, and would pencil him in for 25 HR and 80 RBI. Butler is more of a question mark to me, and althoug hthe streakiness is there, who cares.
Also, don't listen to these people talking about Jay Bruce at utility. He won't play, don't get your hopes up. Dusty Baker signed a guy like Corey Patterson whose only natural position is CF, to block Bruce. He hates the young guys, and it can be implied from his former and current demeanor that Bruce is the 4TH CF they want to use behind Patterson/Freel/Hopper. If he tears it up a little longer in the minors he will have no choice but to bring him up, but even then his playing time will be sporadic at best. What you do is you keep him on your bench and enjoy the fact that your INF spot is covered.
Also, LaRoche is a better hitter than Johnson. When you factor out position scarcity and just look at the career stat lines it would be hard for me not to go with LaRoche. Keep everything the way it is, it looks fine expect maybe a little bit of a quesiton mark at C.
Thank you all for the feedback, Im new to the forums and i must say it is awesome...i will surely post here throughout the season. Any other tips/suggestions are welcome and if anyone needs a rating for their team let me know!
I would definatley pick him up and try my best to slot him in the UTL.
Your speed is decent, but Kinslers' 20, Furcal's 25, Beltran's 25, Wells' 15 might not be enough, so having Bourn there to contribute 20 more SB ((this is assuing you only play him some days and not every day. He is a 40 SB guy if he plays every day)) then you should be good.
About who to drop? well I'm really not sure, but I would definatley use him at UTL and OF whenever someone has a day off or is in a slump. I can see him being a valuable trade chip later on if you find you don't need him so I would definatley do all I could to get him.