Hey guys, I've got my keeper league draft coming up soon and I'd like to get your opinions on who I should be targeting with my first three picks. It's a 14 team 5x5 roto league and we keep 5 at their draft round values (so 70 players kept in total). Here are my keepers with their draft round values in brackets:
David Wright (NYM - 3B) (1) Jason Bay (Bos - LF) (8) Ervin Santana (LAA - SP) (21) Carlos Quentin (CWS - LF,RF) (22) Alexei Ramirez (CWS - 2B,SS,CF) (23)
My first three picks in the draft are #7, #17 and #21 overall. Below are the top unprotected players available in the draft. Given my keepers already, who should I be targeting? With my #7 pick, I am thinking either Pedroia, Morneau, or Peavy, and hoping that one of Ellsbury, Martin, or Soto falls to me at #17. Most of these players will be gone by my #21 pick, but I was thinking of going for one of the upside SP's towards the end of this list at that pick. Thoughts?
Albert Pujols (obv going first) BJ Upton (will be gone) Prince Fielder (probably gone) Dustin Pedroia Carlos Lee Justin Morneau Jake Peavy Vladimir Guererro David Ortiz Ichiro Matt Holliday Kevin Youkilis Russell Martin Alex Rios Jacoby Ellsbury Geovany Soto Cory Hart Hunter Pence Chris Davis James Shields Carlos Zambrano Scott Kazmir Francisco Liriano Joba Chamberlain Yovani Gallardo John Lester David Price Justin Verlander Mariano Rivera
So yes, we do have a UTIL spot. But I'd really prefer not to pick an OFer (Lee) with my first pick since I'm keeping 2 already with Bay and Quentin.
I like the Morneau/Martin suggestions but I'm 99% sure Martin won't fall to my #21 pick (I'd be lucky to get him at #17). Getting Morneau would be sweet - he's the 6th highest ranked player available in the draft and I have the 7th pick, so I guess there's a decent chance. If both he and Pedroia are gone at #7, isn't Peavy the BPA there? I do realize there's alot of pitching depth available later in the draft though.
Any other suggestions would be very much appreciated.
I would take Morneau or Holliday with the #7 pick. If they are both gone then take Lee. You need to take the best available player at that spot. It looks like there is lots of pitching so don't waste the #7 pick on that.