So I thought the team had some promise at the beginning of the season. Pretty much I have just been seeing either weeks where I win by a lot or weeks when I get completely blown out. I just made a trade and got holliday to help the offense. What else can I do to make a nice run here the second half of the season?
This is a 12 team h2h league. We keep three players at the end of each season. Also the stats are 7x7 with (obp, slg, k/9 and k/bb as the extra two on each side)
For pitching we have 5 SP spots and 2 RP spots, so carrying more than just 2 closers is worthless.
Your team looks pretty solid top-to-bottom on the offensive side. My first thought was to see if you can upgrade Guzman, but with Furcal on the DL (even if he is going to be out longer than initially thought), I wouldn't make a move there. My only suggestions would be to think about selling high on Damon - I don't think he'll keep this up for the remainder, and I'd took to see if you can upgrade Encarnacion - he's just too up and down for my liking.
On the pitching side, I think your actual just as solid. You did a nice job of scooping guys like Danks and Contreras to take advantage of their solid play. Eveland I'd be a little careful with, even in a 12-team, since he's more of a matchups/spot start guy, but it looks like he's just filling in for Dice K. Your closers are solid - the Tigers are showing signs of life, so the wins and saves will come there. I wouldn't tinker much with your arms other than maybe look to add a middle man who's a slightly more stable option than Howell, who will get his share of K's, but will get knocked around a little too often for my taste.
Ultimately, you want to think long term when it comes to your roster. In fantasy, yesterday is nice, but it's what a guy will do today and tomorrow that will dictate his value. I'd check the "2008 Buy Low & Sell High Candidates" thread and try and identify some good "buy low" candidates and see if you can peddle off some of your overachievers for proven performers who have slumped.
In a 12 team league guy like Francisco Liriano are probably gone, but guys like Ian Snell (who I'm hearing will be solid once he turns the corner) might still be there for free.
Your roster is lookin stellar... If you have any weakness it'd obviously be guzman, i would think about dealing mccan for a shortstop and picking up navvaro from the d-rays if hes available. I'd also considering upgrading the outfield a lil bit i dont trust damon. i'd also keep my eye on jones at closer with rodney and zumaya coming back they will definitly put pressure on jones.
Pretty balanced team you have there. What did you give up for Holliday? EddE is worthless in my opinion and I'm a HUGE Reds fan. His hot week out of every two months is not worth a roster spot IMHO. As the other posters put it, Damon will NOT keep this up, so selling high would be a priority to me. Also, maybe strengthen closer as Todd Jones is on his way down the baseball slide. Other than that, especially at the key positions, I'd say sit tight and wait it out. Everybody gets beat bad sometimes, it's a long season that is about a month from being just half-way over. In this game, your players will get beat 70% of the time and still be making speeches in Cooperstown. Be easy.
Your offense looks pretty solid, the only hole, as has been pointed out, is Guzman. This is troubling for you though, as the latest reports on Furcal have him out for quite some time yet. From what I understand, he was just forced to cease all baseball activities for the time being. I'm not sure what can be done for you there, but you should be thinking ahead for a serviceable replacement. Renteria is available in a lot of leagues, and is a decent buy-low IMO.
The two big question marks in your SP's are Dempster and Contreras: can they keep up their performance? I am confident in Contreras, he's playing with something to prove, and his fastball velocity is back up, making his forkball much more effective. As a Cubs fan, I certainly hope that Dempster keeps it up, but I have serious doubts. Keep a close eye on him, and be ready to sell if he looks to be fading.
Other than that, I would expect your team to keep climbing. Good luck!
"This guy leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair..."
Someone in my league is trying to sell Damon high, and is packaging him and a pitcher (Haren) for Alfonso Soriano.
He made the point that Damon is ranked 44, and Soriano is hurt, and the other person in the trade (not me haha) bought it...and was convinced he ripped the other guy off...so maybe whatever you see as your weakness try to strengthen them there by packaging damon.