And... because you have them all, you may be able to get away with an inflated value for them on the trade market; if no-one can get consistent saves, then getting two from you makes them able to consistently win in that dept against everyone except yourself... so I would conisder trading 3, maybe 4 like was suggested earlier, in exchange for GREAT hitting, or if you decide to enter the SP market, some very good SP...
I would e interested how this works for you... the other owners should be shot for allowing this to happen... there should definitely have been a closer run created by your drafting this way...
I would hold on to Paps, Wood, Lindstrom and Capps (+ Cordero if you want to keep 5). Devine is going to see Dr. Death so he will do you no good. I can't see Lidge coming close to last years numbers (he was terrible the previous 2 years) so I would try to trade him high based on last year and due to name recognition and high saves you should get good value for Valverde, Wood and Wilson. Of course Nathan is a stud. I would try to flip them for guys like King Felix, Volquez, Liriano, Slowey or Beckett (as mentioned before high K guys except for Slowey who should be good for ratios)
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I'm not sure what your league limit is for waiver acquisitions or bench slots. I like the strategy, I always favor pitching myself since everyone looks for power - here's what I'm thinking, maybe you trade away 2 or 3 relievers max - guys like Lidge, Cordero, Wood could get you some extra lineup help easily or two or three decent starters - then you've got some help in wins & strikeouts. Now you stream starting pitching 2 or 3 times a week, move the bench around with spot starts and you contending for wins & strikeouts easily with your extra arms (on top of the 2 or 3 solid arms you dealt for) - your overloaded pen locks up saves & keeps the era/whip down. Shouldn't be hard winning almost every week.
I am pretty new at this fantasy thing but It seems to me that your strategy might work if you stay with it, but will most likely fail if you try and back out now. You punted 4 categories in hopes of winning the other categories, a risky strategy, but unless you are getting a top tier SP back for a couple of your relief pitchers I'd worry about one bad outing wrecking your ERA and WHIP. Therefore, you have to target steady SPs who rarely have bad outings and consistently put up low ERA and WHIP numbers. That type of SP comes at a premium where as batters with high SB, AVG, and R do not cost nearly as much. With the Monopoly of Saves that you appear to have in your league I would target a few bats that help you with the categories that you mentioned, if they happen to hit for power as well great but that is purely an ancillary benefit and one you shouldn't really be interested in as it will only make the bat more expensive. Just my take, hope it helped.
Well, as far as who you should pick up... mark teahen has had an absolutely absurd spring and shows no signs of slowing down.... who slugs 1000 in the spring? I know its only spring training, but its not the like the guy hasn't shown he can hit in the past, maybe he's finally living up to that promise?
Another guy i'd stick in the outfield is nick johnson... his ISOD(bating avg minus obp) is consistanly 100+ he has 20 hr power and is hitting in a lineup of nationals that is much improevd... he gets on base a lot and will have the oppurtunity to score runs, I like him a lot.
Look for teams in need of closers. Target them and check out all their pitchers. Offer Wilson, Cordero and Capps separately to 3 different teams. Target guys like Nolasco, Lilly and Sherzer (pitchers who will get a decent amount of K's but keep the ratios down as well).
Well after the first week, I won 7-3. I won R, RBI, SB, AVG, S, WHIP, ERA. After looking at the end other teams totals, it looks like my other matchups will be closer. I have made some changes since the last time I posted my roster. What do you think?
I traded Zimmerman/Pheralta for Figgins/Kendrick during last week. Right after the trade was completed, he dropped Zimmerman.
C Bengie Molina, SF C 1B Mark Teixeira, NYY 1B 2B Emilio Bonifacio, Fla 2B 3B Chone Figgins, LAA 3B SS Marco Scutaro, Tor 2B, 3B, SS 2B/SS Howie Kendrick, LAA 2B 1B/3B Justin Morneau, Min 1B OF Carl Crawford, TB OF OF Jacoby Ellsbury, Bos OF OF Cameron Maybin, Fla OF OF Shin-Soo Choo, Cle OF OF Randy Winn, SF OF UTIL Placido Polanco, Det 2B Bench Daniel Murphy, NYM OF DL Ichiro Suzuki*, Sea OF
P Jonathan Papelbon, Bos RP P Joe Nathan, Min RP P Brad Lidge, Phi RP P Jose Valverde, Hou RP P Kerry Wood, Cle RP P Matt Capps, Pit RP P Francisco Cordero, Cin RP P Matt Lindstrom, Fla RP P Carlos Villanueva, Mil RP Bench Brian Wilson, SF RP Bench J.J. Putz, NYM RP