I play in a H2H league, and we get to keep 5 players (no draft position replacement, you just keep 5 players from year to year). It’s a 10-team league, and I’m the league champion. My projected 5 keepers right now:
1B - Miguel Cabrera 1B - Ryan Howard OF - Ryan Braun SS - Troy Tulowitzski Jayson Werth or VMart (undecided)
As you can see, I have two 1B, and we only play one and one DH. So my DH spot and 1B are set each week.
My question to you is whether you would move Ryan Howard to get the top 3B or 2B out there? A member of my league has both A-Rod and Utley, and he has a man-crush on Howard.
Howard was a huge part of my season last year, leading me to the championship with an amazing run toward the end. His 40+ HRs would be tough to give up. Howard vs. A-Rod
Howard is age 30. A-Rod is 34. 3B looks a little weak this year, so upgrading there could be helpful. A-Rod missed time with injuries last year but looked solid in his return. Again, he’s 34. But he plays for the NYY in that favorable ball park. Can Miggy take Howard’s place as my 1B stud and do I go for A-Rod?
The next best options at 3B (after keepers) figure to be down a few tiers. I expect Youklis, Zimmerman, Reynolds, Wright, & Longoria all to be kept.
Howard vs. Utley
Howard is 30, Chase is 31. Utley is capable of hitting .300 with 30 home runs every year, which is hard to find in a second baseman. His playoffs were amazing, so he’ll be a hot commodity.
I expect Kinsler to be a keeper, but Hill, Cano, Phillips, Roberts, and maybe even Pedroia to be available as 2B. The problem is the dropoff to those guys from Utley is steeeeeppppp.
Burning Questions: Would you move Howard? Would you trade him for A-Rod? Would you trade him for Utley?
I personally would trade Howard for either guy especially since you have MCab too. I would rather have ARod because I still think there are more 40HR seasons in his near future in that ball park. I Mean he missed more than a month of this season and still hit 30 with 100 RBI. So, I would rather have ARod. But, if you decide to trade for Utley it is also a great idea as he is by far the best at his position. So, yeah, let Howard go for another stud to fill a need.
I'd deal Howard for either. I'd prefer A-Rod to Utley, but either would be fine. Both play premium positions, and both are capable of, and in my opinion will, outproduce Howard regardless of position. On a side note, I'd keep V-Mart over Werth as a good but not great OF in a 10 team league holds a lot less value then an elite catcher.