In my keeper league we can only keep 5 and I've got alot of quality players, now I know it is a little early to be thinking about keeping players but I'm trying to stay ahead. Would at the end of the season, because I feel my team could dogfight it out with any team in the league with the exception of pitching, move some of my potential keepers in 2 for 1s or even 3 for 1s to get studs and so I can make room to keep my project Justin Upton (or is he a year away from shallow keeper status) is this a smart move or I'm I getting ahead of myself?
14 team H2H keep 5 per year
My Team: C John Buck 1B Mark Teixeira (NYY - 1B) 2B Dustin Pedroia (Bos - 2B) 3B Ryan Zimmerman (Was - 3B) SS Jimmy Rollins (Phi-SS) OF Ryan Braun (Mil - OF) OF Curtis Granderson (Det - OF) OF Carlos Lee (Hou-OF) Util Justin Upton (Ari - OF) BN Brad Hawpe (Col-OF) BN Adrian Beltre (Sea-3B) BN Felipe Lopez (Ari-2B,3B,SS,OF)
SP Javier Vazquez (Atl - SP) SP Chris Volstad (Fla - SP) RP Rafeal Soriano (Atl-RP) RP Brian Wilson (SF - RP) P Jose Arrendondo(LAA-RP) P Jason Marquis (Col - SP) P Edwin Jackson (Det - SP) BN Roy Oswalt (Hou - SP) BN Sean Marshall (Chc-SP, RP) BN Kyle Loshe (Stl-SP) BN Paul Maholm (Pit - SP) DL Rich Hill (Bal - SP)DL
Your not going to have any problem piting together 5 good keepers. So I would focus primarily on what you need to do to compete this season.
If you do decide to to make some 2-1 or 3-1 trades, I think Upton is your best bargaining chip to obtain a 1st round caliber player. I think it would be tough for you to upgrade your keepers through trades AND hold onto Upton.
I'm for sure not going to make any more moves, maybe getting some pitching, before the season ends but I was thinking I would package like Lee and Rollins for a 1st round grade keeper like Sizemore (just an example) after the season ends. That way I would reduce my keepers so that I could use one of my keeper slots to take a flier on J. Upton, while getting the best keepers in the game, does that make any sense?
That absolutely makes sense to me. If you have guys on the edge of keeper status then you would be wise to try and move 2 for 1. The one thing I don't see on your roster is a keeper starting pitcher. You might be wise to try and move a bat and a middle level starter for a elite starter.
I dont really understand what you mean when you say you'd try to package 2-for-1 after the season ends. Why would anyone trade a top keeper for two border-line keepers after the season? They get nothing from them this year and then throw them back into the draft pool.... you'd have to find a clueless owner to pull something like that off.
I think your best bet like someone else mentioned is packaging one of your borderline keepers and a mid-level pitcher for a keeper type SP. That could help you this year as well as giving you better keepers next year. Something like an IF who is borderline keeper (Pedroia/Zimmerman - which ever one you'd be less likely to keep) and a mid-level start who is definitely not a keeper (Vazquez/Jackson/Oswalt/Malholm) for someone like a Jake Peavy, who is struggling a little early this year so you might be able to snag him away from another owner.
You would improve your SP this year, you could plug in Lopez for whichever IF you traded, and your keepers for next year are still good
What I am saying is that I have 6 solid keepers for anyone or any team, not borderline at all, Granderson, Tex, Braun, Lee, Rollins and Pedroia, but I only have 5 slots. I'm pretty sure I could package two or three of those to get a top 5 talent because who wouldn't want 3 good keepers rather than one great, am I right?
I don't think most shrewd owners trade top 5 players for 2 or 3 lesser types unless it's to win it during the current season. In many leagues (not sure of yours?) keeping the max 5 would be optional not mandantory. In that case the shrewd owner will simply keep fewer and then cherry pick your drops before the sixth round begins for you. As for dealing away too much talent because you think/hope J Upton might become a top keeper, I don't like the strategy. You already own several young and proven top keepers. Of course you do the offseason deal if you can find a dance partner. The strategy worked OK for a couple years in my keepers, but hasn't worked in about 6 or 7 seven years since all the owners wised up.
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Ok I'm new in a keeper so I was just trying to think ahead and if I'm out of contention I will surely unload for top keepers, but now that I have too many quality keepers what would you suggest I do or not do (and just let the league wait tell I have to drop one into the draft pool next year)?