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My First Ever $$ League

Postby Lsquad » Wed Mar 18, 2009 12:55 am

I just finished a ten team 8x8 (R, H, HR, RBI, SB, K, TB, AVG)x(W, L, SV, HR, BB, K, ERA, WHIP). It's my first time playing for money, and I want to get it right, and the bragging rights at work are just as valuable as the cash. I know my draft is pretty good, If A-Rod is close to himself it's great, but I want some constructive criticism. Pick my team apart if you see any weak spots, in any case, tell me what you think.

Team Better Than Avg.:

Updated April 5th

C: Innetta
1B: Fielder
2B: Utley
3B: Gordon
SS: Rameirez
OF: Rios
OF: Ellsbury
OF: Chris Young
Util: Votto
Util: Tulowitzki
Bn: Justin Upton
Bn: Wieters
DL: A-Rod

SP: Haren
SP: Billingsly
RP: Gonzalez
RP: Sherrill
P: Hernandez
P: Kazmir
P: Vazquez
Bn: Gallardo
Bn: Greinke
Bn: Harang

Thanks in advance for your help. leave a link, and I'll look at yours.
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Re: My First Ever $$ League

Postby 05worldserieschamps » Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:21 am

Really good team with good depth. I love your SP depth. There are really no suggestions here. If I had one suggestion, I might try to pair Dan Haren with another player to try to get like a Brandon Webb or Tim Lincecum if you're feelin' lucky. But I think you would be fine without them too.

And yes, I think Weiters is worth the roster spot. I wouldn't start him over Ianetta, although there are people on the forum that would, but get him, keep him on the bench and there's a chance he could take over Ianetta's roster spot if he performs.
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Re: My First Ever $$ League

Postby imnottheonly » Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:48 pm

Few things I see, you drafted alot of early starters I personally don't like that strategy and I think if you want to win this league you will have to pick up at least one more saves option. Shop one of your starters id say Kazmir or Hernandez and look for a solid closing option. Unless you planned to punt saves.

Additionally I think you can find a better 3B out there than Gordon...yes he has progressed but I don't know if he is there yet. Perhaps looking to package him with Tulowitzki if someone in your league has a very weak SS which as weak as the position is very much could be the case. Though with Arod hopefully returning in 2-3 months that may help you make a midseason run in spite of the weakness at the moment.

Do not drop Upton in my opinion he has a bigger upside than Ankiel, more raw skills and really an unknown ceiling he could very well make his way onto your starting roster quickly into the season.

Honestly I would hold on wieters I think Iannetta is capable and perhaps this season more likely to put up big numbers than Wieters. So I would recommend holding off on that for now.
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Re: My First Ever $$ League

Postby Rockfan616 » Thu Mar 19, 2009 4:24 am

Lsquad wrote:I just finished a ten team 8x8 (R, H, HR, RBI, SB, K, TB, AVG)x(W, L, SV, HR, BB, K, ERA, WHIP). It's my first time playing for money, and I want to get it right, and the bragging rights at work are just as valuble as the cash. I know my draft is pretty good, If A-Rod is close to himself it's great, but I want some constructive criticism. Pick my team apart if you see any weak spots, in any case, tell me what you think.

Team Better Than Avg.:

C: Innetta (15,141)
1B: Fielder (2,20)
2B: Utley (3,21)
3B: Gordon (17,161)
SS: Rameirez (1,1)
OF: Rios, (4,40)
OF: Ellsbury (7,61)
OF: Young (16, 160)
Util: Votto (10,100)
Util: Tulowitzki (14, 140) couldn't belive he fell this far. Had to take him, even with Hanley
Bn: Upton (19,181)
Bn: Ankiel (20, 200)
Bn, soon to be DL: A-Rod (5,41)

SP: Haren (6,60)
SP: Billingsly (8,80)
RP: Gonzalez (18,180)
RP: Sherrill (22,220)
P: Hernandez (9,81)
P: Kazmir (11,101)
P: Vazquez (12,120)
Bn: Gallardo (13,121)
Bn: Johnson (21,201)

Also, someone dropped wieters. Is he worth a roster spot? If so, would you lean towards dropping Upton or Ankiel?

Thanks in advance for your help. leave a link, and I'll look at yours.




First of all, I don't care which Upton brother that is (I'm assuming it's Justin since you drafted him late though)but you need to put him in your lineup and not Delmon Young (who's going to be a platoon player at best this year). Keep Delmon on your bench if you want, but Justin Upton is going to be a huge star so you need to put him in your lineup. Secondly, you could definitely use a better 3B than Gordon and need better closers than Gonzalez and Sherrill. I'm sure Gordon is only in there though until A-Rod gets off the DL, so you can probably get away with that for now. Sherrill had way too high of an ERA/WHIP however for a closer (think lesser scary version of the recently retired Joe Borowski) and Gonzalez is too injury prone to rely on him for saves. Look thru the free agent list and see if you can find some lesser known guys like Joel Hanrahan or Manny Corpas or Joey Devine for saves. Wieters is probably going to start the season in AAA ball (according to Andy McPhail the O's GM) so if you can grab him and stash him on your bench for now then go ahead and do it. I have a feeling it won't be long before the O's call him up out of necessity (like the Rays did last year with Longoria)so grab him if you can. Other than that you're team isn't terrible, but there are some areas to watch for. OF depth is a concern as well, but you can always pick up good OF'ers during the season. Good luck and go ahead and take a look at my team below.


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Re: My First Ever $$ League

Postby Lsquad » Thu Mar 19, 2009 8:18 pm

It's actually Chris young, not Delmon, and yes, its Justin Upton, I figure my last outfield spot won't kill me with either of them. I agree my RP is weak, but with 16 categories, saves are only worth 6.25% of the points, I couldn't justify spending any real picks there. I'm seiously concidering abandoning saves, grabing some good middle relievers and going at the rest of the categories (theres a 100 transaction limit, so I don't have to worry about my opponents streaming pitchers too much). I like Gordon more than most, and think he's a more than adequte fill in, though I do appreciate the advice redgarding him.


I ended up packaging Johnson and Ankiel for Grienke to clear space, and picked up wieters.
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Re: My First Ever $$ League

Postby Rockfan616 » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:45 am

My mistake, for some reason when I think Chris Young it's usually the pitcher for the Padres and not the OF for the D-backs. I'm sure I'm not the only one who makes that mistake sometimes though. Anyway, nice job in picking up Wieters. Just stash him on your bench and then put him in when the O's decide to call him up.
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Re: My First Ever $$ League

Postby Lsquad » Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:16 pm

I managed to add Harang after sending ARod to the DL. I think my team looks pretty good for opening day, but I wonder is I have too many pitchers. With both L's and walks counted, starting too many pitchers can be a bad strategy. I'm exploring trades, but like where I'm at. Do you think this is probably the team to beat?
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