I just traded 2 picks for the 1st overall pick in a keeper league 10 team H2H league. My keepers currently are V Martinez, ARod, Blalock, B Giles, Berkman, Prior, Schilling, Contreras and Greinke... Adding Boone would fill a hole for me at 2B .. but Renteria is a better fantasy player but I have ARod at SS... which player should I draft ?.... Thanks to all who respond
I like Renteria over Boone, especially since A-Rod will soon qualify at 3B and you could play Renteria. But you do have Blalock, who ought to do pretty well in the 3B slot. I guess I'd advise drafting Boone to fill your 2B hole.
I had the same dilemma, Boone or Renteria. I chose Boone, because the talent dropoff at 2B is so great, and there are a lot of top SS's. I also thought I could possibly snag Renteria in the 3rd round (I had the 12th overall, so it would have been the last pick of the 3rd) but he went in the middle of the third. I ended up getting Orlando Cabrera in the 5th round.
So based on the availability of SS's, and the fact that you have Blalock and A-Rod, I'd go with Boone for sure.
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You could draft Renteria and trade for someone to fill in at 2nd. Depends on if you think you'll be able to get good value for him in a trade in your league. I agree that Renteria is the more vaulable player.
They're both great players but I'd rather have Renteria. There may be a dropoff after the big 3 at 2b, but Renteria is a completely unique player at SS. He gets more steals than any infielder (except Soriano, who beat him by 1), he hits for a higher average than any other SS, drives in runs, and bats in front of Pujols.
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I agree that while Rentaria is probably the more valuable fantasy player, you are right in your assessment of the 2B position. There is a huge drop-off after Soriano and Boone. My tendancy would be to fill the hole, but another part of me feels that it's always better to have as many good players on your roster as possible. Trades are always possible and better made from a position of strength.
I also agree that some caution is certainly feasible, perhaps even advisable with Boone; there have been whispers the past few years about his new-found power surge, suggestions that he was perhaps on the juice. With all the recent controversy and mashers like Giambi and Bonds reportedly showing up to camp slimmer, one does have to wonder. Boone also isn't getting any younger........
I guess my recommendation would be to draft Rentaria (the more talented, younger player) and fill your 2B spot with someone like Mike Young, or Jose Reyes, or even shoot for a resurgent Ray Durham.
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