Morneau - No Brainer Utley - No Brainer A. Ramirez - 3B has become a very shallow position OF: Sizemore - No Brainer M Ramirez - I like Manny in a contract year....but roughly a tie w/ Bay SP: Haren - No Brainer
On the Bubble (in order):
Bay - I prefer Manny in a contract year...but a lot of people probably take Bay...but you just cant keep 3 of's Tulowitzki - A consideration due to position scaricity, but I think you have better options (ie Aramis) Billingsly - A solid Young pitcher, but with only 6 keepers I would want 5 of them to be hitters Nathan - you just can't keep a closer w/ only 6 keepers....not even Nathan
the reasoning why no one brings up Jeter as a keep is that he is 35, while still good, he doesn't take roids (for all we know) and can go south at any given moment, plus you have ateam full of potential keepers and can only have 6 so you want to go with young in the prime players
It looks like the concensus top 5 are: Morneau, Utley, Manny, Sizemore, and Haren. As you would expect, i agree completely.
To address your questions, there is no way you can keep Jeter. Great player, but at his age he barely makes the top 10 for keepers on your team....he definitely doesn't make the top 6. I have Tulowitzki tanked much higher than Jeter @ SS for next season.
Personally, I think people are over-reacting to Reynolds. Solid player, but if I were ranking 3b's for next season, I have Reaynolds in the top 10...while Aramis Ramirez is in the top 5. Ramirez's body of work is just so much better than Reynolds at this point I don't even think it's even close. When it comes to Reynolds, I think people tend to over-value young players in keeper leagues. In keeper leagues, just like in regular leagues, it's the veteran players in their prime that win championships!
I wouldn't blame if you passed on Ramirez....but only if you decided to keep a pitcher instead....you can't keep Reynolds over Ramirez.
I stand by the mantra that, when in doubt, always keep a hitter over a pitcher. Whitch is why I recommend that you pass on Billingsly and Nathan. Billingsly has a huge upside, but he has been very inconsistant this season. You just Aramis Ramirez or Bay over Billingsly.
When it comes to Nathan, it boils down to the fact that he really only excels in one category. If you kept 10 players, Nathan is a must keep. But since you keep only 6 players you just can't affors to keep a closer...even Nathan. You have too many guys on your roster that can benefit you in 3 or 4 categories that it doesn't make any sense to keep a closer. Besides, it is far too easy to get saves in the draft and/or off the waiver wire once the season starts. Another common mistake people make is over-valuing closers...especially in keeper leagues.