It's a 10-team, 5x5 H2H keeper league on ESPN. We keep 5 players in whatever round they were drafted in the previous year; if the player was kept the previous year, they cost a first-round pick, and FA/WW pick ups cost a last-round pick. I ended up keeping Felix Hernandez (8), Pablo Sandoval (20), Ryan Zimmerman (21), Troy Tulowitzki (22) and Justin Upton (23). The way everyone else's keepers lined up, I ended up with the 2nd, 3rd, 11th and 12th overall picks. I was hoping for at least one of Dan Haren or (more likely) Yovani Gallardo to fall to me in the 3rd/4th, but when they both were taken I decided to finish up my outfield and spend the next several rounds concentrating only on pitching. Too bad for me, there ended up being a pretty good run on pitching at the same time, so I feel like I might've gotten the short end on a couple of those picks.
I'm not worried in the least about my offense, but I thought I should post it just so you get the whole picture. I don't really know what to make of my pitching, so if you could help me out, thanks.
C - Kurt Suzuki (13) 1B - Mark Teixeira (2) 2B - Chase Utley (1) 3B - Ryan Zimmerman (21) SS - Troy Tulowitzki (22) OF - BJ Upton (3) OF - Grady Sizemore (4) OF - Justin Upton (23) UTIL - Pablo Sandoval (20) B - Carlos Gonzalez (12) B - Alcides Escobar (16) B - Corey Hart (18) B - Scott Sizemore (19)
SP - Felix Hernandez (8) SP - Ricky Nolasco (6) RP - Jonathan Papelbon (5) RP - Francisco Cordero (11) P - Cole Hamels (7) P - Chad Billingsley (9) P - Matt Garza (10) B - Clay Buchholz (14) B - Chad Qualls (15) B - Francisco Liriano (17)
I think I'll tell you what you already probably know.
Your staff is filled with a bunch of high upside guys.
Felix is a strong commodity. I think you have to hope that either Billingsley or Hamels can find their form, and if they do you staff should be strong enough that with your offense you should be able to compete at the top of your league.
You also have a chance to have Felix and a bunch of busts, but I would feel ok with your pitching staff right now.
Last edited by Kimbos Beard on Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:38 pm, edited 2 times in total.
As was mentioned, lot of high upside pitchers and I would rather take my chance on them rather than some "safe" and "steady" veteran #3 starter. If anything, the thought of Felix and a bunch of busts...it is tough to have all those guys fall on their face, so I think you are safea and if one or two do blow it, you can comb the waiver wire for a hot hand. You should do well.
I might've psyched myself out on it during the draft, it seemed like every time I was ready to take a certain pitcher (Gallardo, Hanson, Porcello, etc) at various times throughout the draft, they were taken right before it got back around to me, and I felt like I was settling for someone I wasn't all that high on.
I actually like your pitching a lot. Felix is a stud and I feel that 2 out of 3 will bounce beck out of Nolasco, Hamels and Bills. Garza also has the potential to be great and you also have the high upsides of Buchholz and Liriano. I'd take that staff.
I think you have a very good staff. Felix is a top pitcher obviously. Garza and Nolasco are both two of my main targets this year, I think both are in store for big years. Also, Billingsley and Hamels have the potential to vault into the top 10 of starters. Is there are chance none of them take a step forward? Yes, but that is a very slim chance. Then you also have Buchholz and Liriano who also have major upside. I'd take that staff