Another kind of surprising drop in my 10-team Yahoo H2H redraft league (6x6 scoring; with OPS and holds). I have #1 waiver, so he's mine if I want him. Though my roster is currently feeling a big injury crunch (only 2 DL spots), and I need to maximize my players. Also, my leaguemates have done dumb drops in the past (it's likely something better could come along). And no one trades
Which means picking up someone with the intent of trading (either that guy, or someone else) is a pointless plan. Anyway, here's the team:
SS: Yunel Escobar
OF: Carlos Lee
Bn: Ordonez - OF (have to bench until he shows signs of life), ARam (soon to be on DL), Drew (DL)
SP: Halladay, Grienke, Gallardo, Nolasco, Baker, Danks, Slowey, Smoltz (DL), Carpenter (DL)
RP: Soria, Franklin, Percival, Putz (don't forget - this is a holds league, and this is my only holds guy)
If Drew comes off the DL, that would open up a roster spot (dropping Yunel). Before the Ethier drop, I was thinking of using that spot for another pitcher (another SP or a holds guy). If I pick up Ethier, that would leave me with 6 outfielders - not a great use of my roster spots. If Drew doesn't come back ... well, I have to have a SS. I don't see another easy drop here. Is this worth the #1 waiver claim? I'd be surprised if a better player wasn't dropped later on (like a top 50 guy). I suppose Ethier could be an upgrade over some of my starters, but Werth and Damon are playing well (and Ordonez has to start hitting eventually). Who knows what the Manny-less effect will be on Ethier's numbers. He put up consistently ok numbers in 2007 and the first 4 months of 2008 (0.280, 10-15 HR power, 0.800 OPS) but really shot up when Manny joined the team.
I don't know. What do you think? Leave a link and I'll answer yours.