My 165th post will answer you 165th post, coincidently.
Good question which happend to make me cringe. Easy answer... I am a homer. I expected a huge rebound this year and took Ortiz in the first round as I have/or traded for since 2005, with great success I might also add. In this $ league I have tophied and cashed every year...2008 3 of 13, 2007 2 of 15, 2006 1 of 15, 2005 2 of 16. I was the 11th pick of 14 as follows...
Halladay (CC was gone and I drafted him for CG)
Magglio (I thought he would rebound)
Jeter (always good value in the 6th)
Hideki (expecting 25 HR with good AVG and OPS)
Glaus (before I knew he would miss much time)
Pettitte (started playing matchup with him recently)
Wang (first time drafting him in my career)
Escobar (for depth and the upside, ahead of schedule my ass)
Shoppach (thought he would be the #1)
Pedro Martinez (I have not been holding onto him this entire time I swear)
Hill (19th round)
Sheffield (I have loved this man ever since I can remember)
I disagree with you and see this as a solid team in a 14 teamer, especially with the cats. I am currently in 2nd place, 12.5 points out of 1st with a mapped out plan to win. I have a 7.5 point lead over 3rd and 20 points over 4th.
Varitek FA, You dont need an all star catcher to win, if I get 20 HR, decent OPS and his AVG up to 260 I will be exstatic.
Rolen FA, Preseason replacement for Glaus. Low HR, but helps in R, TB, AVG and OPS.
Hudson FA, R, RBI, TB, AVG.
Cuddyer FA, R, HR, RBI, TB, OPS.
Fowler FA, Specialist for SB.
Weaver, Preseason # 4 Waiver claim. 3 CG, 10 wins, great K/BB ratios and overall good numbers.
Smoltz FA, DL him for a month before his return, I expect nothing short of... well Smoltz.
Washburn FA, picked him up after I gave up on Escobar. I have used him 4 starts, winning 3 with a CG and insane numbers, low BB.
Pedro and Hudson FA, I recently picked them both up for depth down the stretch.
As for the rest of the gang, sure there are better options out there, but they all are helping me in more cats than hurting me, which I consider solidified. The league also carries a CI and MI slot which softens out the overall depth. I also have a shit ton of more overall points to gain in multiple cats.
This league puts a great deal of emphasis on power, which is why I am trying to package Weaver and Sanchez for Berkman. Wish me luck I guess