(On edit: I put Morrow on the reliever list since he has been given the job. Given his upside, I like the idea. Also, I realized that I had it down that only 4 SP starter... it's actually 5, which should make my concern for pitching much more understandable).
In my league, teams are permitted to keep different numbers of players. In order to avoid confusion, we did a slow draft via email to even up all teams, the rest will be done electronically tomorrow in a live draft. I have the 4th overall pick from here on out; who should I take? Of course, it would help to rank (at least) the top 4, so I'd be assured at getting one of them.
Since I'm thin on pitching (and lesser guys like Wang, Garza, Meyers, Josh Johnson, Kershaw, Cueto, Danks, and Scherzer are kept), I'm thinking: 1) Ted Lilly, 2) Derek Lowe, 3) Kevin Slowey, 4) Matt Capps 5) Mark DeRosa
The best players still available: SP: Ted Lilly, Derek Lowe, Kevin Slowey, Gil Meche, Aaron Harang, Jered Weaver, Jair Jurrjens, Mark Buehrle, Mike Pelfrey, Erik Bedard RP: Brandon Morrow (added on edit) Matt Capps, Fransisco Cordero, Heath Bell, Joey Devine, Mike Gonzalez, C: Benjie Molina, Jorge Posada, Ramon Hernandez, 1B: Conor Jackson, James Loney, 2B: Jose Lopez, Mark DeRosa, Kelly Johnson, Mike Aviles SS: Miguel Tejada, Mike Aviles 3B: Adrian Beltre, Mark Reynolds, Alex Gordon, Edwin Encarnacion OF: Torii Hunter, Johnny Damon, Andre Either, Brad Hawpe, Lastings Milledge, Jayson Werth, David Dejesus, Nelson Cruz, Shin-Soo Choo, Rick Ankiel
My team thus far: C 1B Adrian Gonzalez 2B SS Michael Young 3B Garret Atkins OF Carlos Beltran OF Corey Hart OF Adam Dunn UT SP (Start 5) Johan Santana, Chris Young RP (Start 3) Joe Nathan, Joakim Soria
I also have an extra 15th round pick and 18th round pick.
As for minor leaguers, I keep 5 for free: Colby Rasmus (OF-Stl) Matt LaPorta (1B-Cle), Neftali Feliz (SP-Tex), Josh Vitters (3B-ChiNL), Michael Bowden (SP-Bos)
6x6 weekly HtH 14 team roto keeper (between 5 and 10 keepers (no time limits or costs), losing a draft pick for each after 5) Offensive Categories: BA, OPS, RBI, HR, SB and Runs Scored. Pitching Categories: W, S, ERA, K/IP, Quality Starts minus Losses, and WHIP Offensive Starters: C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 0F, 0F, 0F, UTIL Pitching Starters: SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP Bench: 10 spots Minors: 5 "free" keepers. These players if are eligible to be kept without the loss of a draft pick and in addition to the max of 10.
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Last edited by plapre3 on Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.
I actually like Bedard there above the rest of them and then Lilly and Slowey before Lowe. But unless Bedard was there I'd grab Hunter-Milledge-Ethier for UT and take the best SP in the next round because. Capps is good value there as well but it's H2H and you already have two so I'd be focused on the hitting.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey
There looks to be alot a depth at SP and OF still. The most risk/reward is Bedard. I heard there was talks of Harang getting traded which could really help his numbers. I think the safest is Danks or Lilly and I really think Hunter should have another solid year. I think Aviles will have ok numbers and he can fill 2nd and SS. I would not touch Capps, he is not worth it. there will be much better guys that come up through inj. that are better.
I guess I would pick 1. Hunter 2. Aviles 3. Bedard 4. Danks 5. Slowey 6. Lilly 7. Meche 8. Harang 9.
You have some excellent offensive options and I would go for one: Hunter Werth Cruz I personally think by the time the year is over, Werth may be a top 10 OF. How about filling your catcher with Pablo Sandoval if available? He will qualify at catcher and absolutely rakes. Pitching I would say Capps or Bell are good choices though both play for poor teams and may not get a lot of opportunity. If Capps can finally stay health, he's got great stuff. SP I would consider Slowey, Harang and Jurrjens. Harang was a top 10 pitcher just last year remember and the Reds have a nice young team that could be better than you think and score him some runs.
I think the depth on offense seems to be much deeper than pitching other than at C and 2B. That's why I'm thinking of staying away from Hunter, Werth, and Damon with the 1st pick. Also, we start 5 starting pitchers and I only have 2, with a question mark in C. Young. I think you're all right that I should stay way from the closers, though.
Also, for the record Danks is already on another team.
I agree, Start with pitching. I think Bedard is going to have a great year if he can stary healthy (that's a big 'if'). But you might not need to take him with your first pick. I would choose out of these three pitchers for your first pick: Lowe, Slowey, and Lilly. Thanks for the help on mine and good luck this year!