I pick sixth next week in a second year keeper league. I kept over Tejada, Giambi, T. Hudson, Nevin and A. Boone (His injury wasn't announced until the day of the deadline to select keepers). The top 5 players on the board (rated by ESPN) are Vlad Guerrero, Schmidt, V. Wells, I. Rodriguez and Brian Giles. Assuming they are all picked ahead of me, I have narrowed it down to the following players as my possible selection:
Carl Crawford (He is ranked 10th of what is left, but he is the only SB threat left)
Aubrey Huff (He may be the best player available, but do I need more power?)
Jeff Kent (The injury to Boone opens up my secon base slot and Kent is by far the best second basemen out there)
And I'm throwing these pitchers in that list, but I think I will wait for round two. One should be avalable:
Kevin Brown, Roy Oswalt, Johan Santana and Mark Mulder.
Your pitching isn't looking the best; perhaps you'd best take Oswalt or Mulder. If you really think you need to take a hitter, definately Huff is the man. I agree Kent would also be a decent choice, but a LOT less upside. DON'T take Crawford at that spot; waaaay too high for him!
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The only reason I am thinking about taking a hitter first is because there is a lot of depth at pitching. Most teams only kept one or two pitchers at most. Also still available are Beckett, Colon, Clemens, Maddux, Webb, Nomo, Pettite, Wolf, Harden and several other decent ones. Not to mention every closer other than Gagne, Smoltz and Wagner.
Also available as hitters are Lowell, Furcal, Teixera and Blalock who might be considered that high.
BTW, this is a 12 team league. I forgot to mention that.
I could see Huff possibly going before Giles or I-rod (depending on how desperate the other five teams are for a catcher). Youth is on Huff's side and he's getting more and more love from fantasy players.