This was a ridiculously shallow league: Magglio, Hart, Michael Young, and Dye went after I filled 2 of my bench slots, and so did Eithier. In retrospect, I didn't do the best with Hawpe, but it was still the 17th round.
Do I play Hawpe over Pence, or will Pence's OBP rebound?
Did I actually draft enough speed for once?
For pitching, Carmona and a few closers are on the wire (i.e., Rodney and Qualls or Bell), and I'll nab one as soon as Smoltz is DL'd. I missed on RJ for Kuo, whom I could have had later. People were not paying for saves or holds. I actually held strong on filling my lineup nearly before taking too many pitchers (7 hitters in the first 10, unheard of for Tuttle who usually nearly splits them), but is my pitching any good?
I'm sad this is only an 8 teamer. I fear the streamer in H2H with so few teams. I am commish--is there an inocuous way to kill that possibility after a draft? I'd hoped holds and 27 man rosters would do it, but I had a lot of cancellations at the last minute from what was to have been a 12 team league.
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I'd play Hawpe over Pence myself...Honestly, there is not much to critique with an 8 team league as the teams are all solid usually. And call me crazy - or crazy risky - but i like Carmona for a bounce back year. Your SPs are fine, enough so that Id take a risk with him and even drop Wang...why not - there is a good wire out there. You probably could get him back
Johnny Tuttle wrote:I have visions of Wang's 19 win seasons dancing through my head
Yeah, Wang's going to rack up the wins. You know what you're getting into with him. Won't strike out a soul, but he could honestly win 20 games this year. His ERA and WHIP will be solid, and his injury last year was a total fluke.
Still, your staff looks a little iffy to me. High risk, high reward, though I'm sure you knew that when you drafted. Peavy's a rock, but will Liriano and Beckett stay healthy? Will Greinke, Kershaw and Slowey make the next step that everyone's hoping for? If it all pans out, you're golden, but you're going to have to be on top of them.
Well peavy has a history of injuries as well, but I don't see that high of risk in your SP, It would take Beckett, Peavy and Liriano, to get injured at the same time to possibly implode your SP stats, but Slowey and Kershaw will be okay.
I do think you need ome speed on the bench, if Willy Tavares is availabe I would get him for Kuo, the only real speedsters you have is Han-Ram and Kemp, and Kemp's cieling is about 30 sb, you may get a dozen or so sb from Utley and Lee
I think your team looks quite solid, even for an 8 team league. Your staff has a nice balance of consistency (Peavy, Wang - I think his injury last year was a total fluke) with some risks that could pay off huge in Liriano, Kershaw, and even Slowey.
Your relief is especially good, assuming that Broxton can get himself together this year.
On offense, you're pretty much set in most categories, although you'll be punting steals each week, and may have some difficulties in winning runs. But in OBP and Slug Pct, you should also be in good shape.
Overall, I'd say you should be pretty happy with your draft. The potential risk of some guys on your staff is counterbalanced by the consistency of almost all of your hitters, from Lee to Utley to Hanley.