My Jason Barlett for his Marco Scutaro and Ben Sheets... I could use the pitching up but the horrendous first game and decent second game from Sheets this spring is making me question it and the Rays offense is good so he would be good with runs and everything, but so is the Red Sox offense...what should I do?
Team A - yahoo! 12 team h2h league...standard stats c - jorge posada 1b - Mark Teixieria 2b - dan uggla 3b - Kevin Yokilis ss - Jason Bartlett of - Ryan Braun, Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran util - Josh Hamilton, Alfonso Soriano bn - Juan Pierre, Vladimir Guerrero, Magglio Ordonez
sp - Ryan Dempster, Erik Bedard, Cole Hamels, kevin correia, Edwin Jackson, Shaun Marcum, Dice - K rp -Ryan Franklin, Brad Lidge, Chad Qualls
His team: c - Joe Mauer 1b - Justin Morneau 2b - Dustin Pedroia 3b - Evan Longoria ss - Marco Scutaro of - Denard Span, Jason Kubel, Carlos Quentin util - Nyjer Morgan, Placido Polanco bn - Jason Heyward, James Loney
sp - Zack Greinke, Johan Santana, Neftali Feliz, Ben Sheets, Derek Lowe, Scott Feldman, Max Scherzer rp -Mike Gonzo, Rafael Soriano, David Aardsma
I actually like this move for you. Its a risk/reward scenario, but considering fantasy sports is nothing but risk, I think it makes perfect sense.
Bartlett - He's a solid SS, no doubt.
Sheets - Not having a pretty Spring, and he just came back after a year's rest...both of these things are correct. However, at first glance, what pitcher with a rotation spot ever really tries in Spring Training? For them it appears to be more about different handles on pitches/minor stretch or wind up adjustments/pick off move tweaks/etc. Any starting pitcher, especially one in an ace role, wants to have a strong showing in innings pitched at the end of the season (200ish give or take), so why waste an inning of "real" pitching in the Spring when all your "real" stats don't start till April anyway? Oakland obviously saw something in Sheets that warranted them bringing him on board for a whopping 10 million dollars. In reality he will probably start off slow and finish strong, think New York Yankee-esk.
Scutaro - Proved he is more than capable of handling most infield duties last year, in what was a mini-breakout year for him. He's on Boston now, and as much as I hate them, Boston knows how to score runs.
Yes, Marco is a slight downgrade from Jason, but if your pitching needs help, Sheets is a great answer. Pounce on his diminished value while you still can my friend.