I'm in the first off-season of a deep dynasty league (20 teams, 25 keepers).It's head to head and 6x6 with holds and OPS being the two extra categories.
I would be receiving Ryan Ludwick and Seth Smith for Nelson Cruz
Now, I really liked Seth Smith heading into last year, but they never really seemed to give him a chance to be an everyday player. And now they've got themselves a crowded OF between him, Fowler, Hawpe, and Gonzalez as well as Eric Young who played some CF when he was called up. I know there was talk about moving Hawpe to 1B but I've got to expect that he's still going to be in the OF quite a bit when not giving Helton a breather. I'd probably end up dropping Conor Jackson or Darren O'Day from keepers and go for holds in the expansion draft if I accepted this. So Smith is really the wild card here. I obviously like Cruz more than Ludwick, but will Smith get enough opportunity to be worth giving up Cruz (and keeping him over another potentially useful player).
My 25 expected keepers at this point:
C: Joe Mauer
1B: Chris Davis
2B: Ian Kinsler
3B: Pablo Sandoval
SS: Yunel Escobar
OF: Denard Span, Nelson Cruz, Matt LaPorta
SP: John Danks, Jon Lester, Jeff Niemann, Ricky Nolasco, Kevin Correia, Jeremy Guthrie, Jeremy Bonderman
RP: Jose Valverde, David Aardsma, Angel Guzman, Darren O'Day
Bench: Michael Brantley, Brandon Wood, Dayan Viciedo, Yadier Molina, Lars Anderson, Conor Jackson
And I'd be cutting: Nick Johnson, Ben Francisco, Nate Schierholtz, Adam Everett, Freddy Garcia, Bryan Augenstein
(All subject to change depending on their situations closer to the deadline).
So, any thoughts?