waddup fellas I'm in a 12 team, 8X8 H2H keeper league now approaching it's fifth year of existence. Got some big decisions coming up, could use some help. We can keep 6 players, no rules with it. Basically if you keep 6 players, you start drafting in the 7th round, if you keep 5, you draft starting in the 6th, etc.... At the moment I'm looking at these players to keep, I'm not keeping any pitchers because the one's I have can be drafted again relatively easily. C- Matt Weiters 1B- Mark Texeira SS- Troy Tulowitzki 3B- Pablo Sandoval OF- Grady Sizemore OF- Justin Upton
Other possible options: 2B/3B- Gordon Beckham, OF- BJ Upton, 1B- Lance Berkman, SS- Alexei Ramirez If I keep those 6 players, I feel my draft strategy will be a whole lot simpler to devise and execute seeing as I have my whole infield wrapped up and 2/3 OF's needed. Starting in the 7th round, I could then focus on a 2B, 1 OF, 1 UTIL and pitching. I feel confident that with a good, smart draft my team could be very formidable.
I really don't think you need to hold onto Wieters in this spot, not at 6th round value. How 2010 is turning out, there is a lot of catching talent to be had late this year with Posada, Soto, etc. going in the late rounds. Personally, I would rather take a chance on BJ Upton in this spot. He is the one player you're not keeping who could easily turn into a no-brainer keeper for many years to come if things go right. In most scratch drafts, he's going in about the 5th round in 12 team leagues and that is not even including the value of being ableto keep him in the case that he does break out. Remember, he's only 25 this year, so he has plenty of time left to be great and stay great. If you don't feel comfortable keeping Upton, I would rather just keep the 5 slam dunks you have and take the extra pick. If you really don't like the other options at that point, just select Wieters again, although I think you'll have better options.
The thing with Weiters though is I believe he's going to take a big leap forward in his development and begin realizing his potential. I know that catcher is relatively deep, in that you can find a bunch of players who will give you similar production to each other, however, as we all know there are very few high impact catchers out there, and Weiters is poised to join the select few sometime soon. Considering this is a keeper league, I worry that if I throw Weiters back to the sharks in the draft, someone else out of us 12 will reach for him because of his position and potential. I drafted BJ Upton last year and he really burned me, I don't know if I can take seeing his name on my roster for another season. I don't see him becoming the player I hoped for when I drafted him, so I'd rather throw him back. I think I'd have an easier time redrafting Upton again than Weiters though. Thanks for the feedback