I honestly don't see the pitching problems that everyone is talking about. As far as saves go, who cares who you get them from, as long as you get them. The pitching strategy in and of itself looks good as well - while you have no number one, you have a good number of 2's, 3's and 4's that leave you having a balanced staff while, im assuming giving the number pitchers you carry, other teams will have a number 1, 3's, 4's and 5's. In the end it should balance out.
In terms of offense, I'm not sold on Cano. I DO think he has good potential, and will likely do better this year than last, but I think that 2nd base is your true upgrade point.
Thanks so much for your help with mine. GOOD LUCK!
Solid team. I'm fine with how you handled your pitching, it doesn't seem like a huge weakness to me, and could be a strength. Verlander's the one guy I feel might be a bit overvalued, but he's useful. Cain, Baker, Meche are all solid values. I like your outfield as well. Markakis is no secret, and I think Kemp gets a bit overvalued and you can find similar types of players generally later on, but I'm a big fan of Werth. I've wound up with him in both my real drafts and numerous mock drafts. He's a great source of speed and power for your outfield in the mid-late rounds. Good infield too. I understand being down on Cano, but I feel like its gotten to the point where people are so down on him he's become a nice bargain in a lot of drafts. Peralta is nothing special, but he's a solid mid-round SS. I'd be a little bit worried about RP, but you should never get too worried about RP before the season starts.
Overall, as it is it looks like a quality team. I think my only concern would be that you don't have much depth at any one position, so if you have a need sometime down the road, it may be difficult to figure out what part of your roster to deal from. But you have lots of multi-category guys, and that goes a long way to reducing your risk, which IMO is more important than making sure you have the depth to swing a big trade. Its nice to have both, but if I had to pick one or the other I'd take the multi-category guys in a heartbeat.
I don't see that big of concern with you not having an ace. However, I am really not crazy about the back end of your rotation. Also, Lyon is pretty worthless for a reliever. I would just stay active on the WW and pick up some guys with high upside and start off the season well. Your hitting is solid, but not overpowering, so I wouldn't trade any hitters to get any pitchers. You should be alright, but I'm going off what I predict a good 14-team league team looks like (never done such a big league).
shoelessjoetara wrote:14 team mixed roto league. I agree that I don't have the typical "Ace Pitcher" but I drafted knowing that I was not targeting that type of pitcher. Billingsley, Verlander, Cain and Baker are not pitchers with name recognition but they do provide solid K, ERA and WHIP. I feel drafting a pitcher with a high win projection is a crapshoot simply because if the team he plays for can't score runs, he won't get wins. Bills, Verlander and Baker can win games because there teams are competitive. The wildcard is Escobar because of his upside if he is healthy. If he comes back healthy he will give me another pitcher in the same value of the four already stated. I also like Owings because of his dynamite stuff. He was injured last year but early in the season he was solid and looks to be pitching great in spring training.
C Chris Iannetta 1B Lance Berkman 2B Robinson Cano 3B David Wright SS Jhonny Peralta OF Nick Markakis OF Matt Kemp OF Jayson Werth CI Pablo Sandavol MI Jose Lopez DH Andre Ethier SP Chad Billingsley SP Justin Verlander SP Matt Cain SP Scott Baker SP Gil Meche SP Kelvim Escobar SP Micah Owings SP James McDonald SP David Purcey SP Dave Bush RP Mike Gonzalez RP Heath Bell RP Brandon Lyon BN David Dejesus BN Daniel Murphy
Thanks for the help for my post.
I agree that not drafting an ACE in round 1-5 is helpful and we both drafted accordingly. But don't undermind BILLINGSLY! This kid has the makings of a FANTASY ACE. Very nice pickup. C-like 1b-like 2b-If you didn't overpay for Cano - he's Mr. Consistant, so I like 3b-worst pick ever. I hate Wright, he's a waste of a pick - APRIL FOOLS!!!! LOVE David RIGHT!!! ss-Peralta has sleeper tattoo'd across his head like a fratboy passed out on a couch OF-20/20 writen all over each of them CI - dont like Pablo, but if you're using him as a C backup thats OK. MI - Jose Lopez - did you see the WBC? Kid will be *hopefully* be HOT this year.
Not gonna go in depth on your pitching. You have WAY MORE REWARD THAN RISK which is any fantasy players dream draft, especially pitching.
Remember that you can always find an uprising star on the pitching WW rather than a big bat.
I like your pitching staff, and for the closers it doesn't matter who gives you the saves as that is primarily the only stat you're looking for from them. A good ERA and WHIP from your SP should counter any high numbers from the closers. I like your offense as well, I guess if you want to upgrade Cano that would be fine, but I wouldn't be terribly upset with him as my 2B there are a lot more that could be worse to have. Especially in a league with MI slots.
BatBoy wrote:Agree with most others. Pretty good overall, but an upgrade at SP and 2B would be nice. I think Gonzalez and Bell are good options at RP. Otherwise looks great!
Thanks for the help on mine. I agree here, though I think your SP will be just fine. Billingsley isn't quite to the elite level, but he's pretty darn close. If he can cut down on the walks he's going to be a great value. It's your RP that needs work, Lyon seems to be out, and Gonzalez is an injury risk. Is anyone still available on the WW?
"This guy leads the league in most offensive categories, including nose hair..."
I like Cano. I was able to pick him up in the 9th round of my 12-team draft. When he gets hot, he absolutely scorches the ball. Last year was a down year, but he was also unlucky - his BABIP was 40 points below his career average. As a Yankee fan I'm biased, but he's also shown flashes of plate discipline. He's already drawn 6 walks in only 13 games this season. If he were on last season's pace, it would have taken him 38 games to do it.
The drop-off from Cano to Alexei Ramirez or Kelly Johnson is a lot bigger than people think, in my opinion.
I like the offense, with Berkman and Wright in your infield, and Markakis with Kemp/Ethier for OFs.
Your pitching staff is filled with solid dudes. Chad Billingsley is like the best possible non-#1 starter you can get; I like him better than Hamels, even. I also like Gil Meche, very solid guy to round out the rotation. Micah Owings I'm skeptical about. It seems like he's more like a novelty with his bat, and without it, he's just a league-average 5th starter.
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