Scoring: r, hr, rbi, sb, avg, obp, w, sv, hld, bb, k, whip, era My keepers: Howard, Wright, J. Santana, Berkman, Hamilton Teams: 16
I was wondering what everybody's thoughts were on who I should take with the 10th & 23rd overall picks. Keep in mind that I've already filled the 1B, 3B and UTIL spot with Berkman, Howard and Wright so dont suggest those positions unless you feel that player is absolutely the best available. I realize that the 23rd pick is hard to predict since there's a tonne of speculation as to who will still be available, but give it a shot. Even if you listed a couple players from the following that list that you would'nt draft it would help.
Top players per yahoo: Geovany Soto, Nate McLouth,Troy Tulowitzki, Hunter Pence, Magglio Ordóñez, Garrett Atkins, Chipper Jones, Adam Dunn, Chris Davis, Ryan Zimmerman, Jermaine Dye, Aubrey Huff, Chone Figgins, Ryan Ludwick, Vernon Wells, JJ Hardy, Derek Jeter, Ryan Doumit, Howie Kendrick, Robinson Cano, Bobby Abreu, Derek Lee, Carlos Pena, Lastings Milledge, Joey Votto, Matt Wieters, Edwin Ecarnacion, Johnny Peralta, Chris B. Young, Johnny Damon, Carlos Delgado, Raul Ibanez, Nelson Cruz, Jayson Werth, Justin Upton
Top Pitchers: Chad Billingsley, Mariano Rivera, Brad Lidge, John Lackey, Felix Hernandez, Rich Harden, James Shields, Roy Oswalt, Joakim Soaria, AJ Burnett, John Broxton, Jon Lester, Yovanni Gallardo, Matt Cain
Highlighted are the guys who in all likelihood wont be available.
Do I reach for someone like Votto and hope I can deal Howard or Berkman? What about Chris Young? If he gets that .avg up he could be a top 25 player next year. Worth the risk? What if Dunn makes it to me? Is his and Howards .avg too much to overcome? Or do I play it safe and grab someone like Jeter/Shields/Oswalt?
I might look at a pitcher with the 10 pick...Shields and Oswalt would both be appealing.
Do you think CB Young would be around with the 23rd pick? I think I would be more inclined to draft him over Dunn, given that your team has plenty of power, but not as much on the speed side. If you're going to take an average hit (which you will with either) you might as well pick up the category you need in SBs.
I wouldn't draft another corner guy unless you can get a trade worked out almost in advance. You have a great set of keepers, so you really are in a perfect position to draft for need at this point and not necessarily best available
I agree that the #10 pick would be a good place to get a SP.
If you could land an OF like Abreu (I would take best OF available and not worry about keepers because you are loaded so I doubt anyone you pick here becomes a keeper for you next year), Ludwick, Wells that would be good. If your league trades (but I agree have the trade done before hand) you could consider a young OF for a keeper next year and trade away one of your keepers. I would imagine that in a 16 team league you could get some nice picks for Berkman and have nice depth.
I realize Jeter of 2009 is not Jeter of 2004 but in a 16 team league if a SS is there at #23 you are going to need to consider that option
I would trade Berkman for an earlier pick and then grab votto or billingsley or possibly both with pick 10. I think bills is going to be a horse for years. Berkman is the one keeper that will have his value drop sooner rather than later. If you had Votto in Berk's place you are more or less trading for the 7 plus yrs of youth with the hopes he will become a keeper. Their numbers will be very similar if not this year real soon. Your keepers are good for 16 team league. In a perfect world Bills will turn into a stud and you can trade Santana and his great value for upgraded picks-like Berk now!
I'd take a look at a SP with pick 10 and would go Bills, Oswalt, Shields in that order. Then for 23 I would look to take the best offensive player available unless Jeter is still there. He is still a top of the line short stop and I wouldn't mind having him man my SS position in fantasy. If he isn't available I would go with either Young, Dunn,or Abreu. Abreu would be my first pick followed by Young, then Dunn by looking at your needs.
Ok I wont be able to trade Berkman before the draft. I still really like Votto though and believe he will be on the same level as Texiera - numbers wise- by the end of next year, if not this year. Is that crazy? If Chris B. Young and Votto are both available at pick 23, who do I take based on projections alone? WHIR
id take that SP at #10 (shields, ossy) and then if it were me i would go with Votto as you stated, im real high on him and think hes gonna put up big numbers, maybe not TexLike this year but next year yes, but i would chance it with votto at #23 for sure... so SP and then Votto...