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Postby Urban Cohorts » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:30 am

5x5 Yahoo Keeper League: Standard positions plus CI, MI, OF (we also use LF/CF/RF)

I have kept 5 hitters for 8 of my keepers, but no major HR threats. There are a few decent HR hitters available in the draft, but I'm thinking of punting HR since I have a lot of high R/RBI/SB/AVG guys and some good pitching. Is it crazy to neglect HR? Is it feasible to go heavy pitching and try to win R/SB/AVG every week? Or should I try to balance my team with some power early in the draft?

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Re: Draft Help WHIR

Postby Remotethumb » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:38 am

Do you have any idea what power hitters are left to choose from?
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Re: Draft Help WHIR

Postby Urban Cohorts » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:42 am

Remotethumb wrote:Do you have any idea what power hitters are left to choose from?


Konerko is the best available at 1B. Reynolds/Alvarez/A Ramirez for 3B. Some guys in the OF, best being D Young, Hart, and Granderson.

My best HR hitter as of now is probably Werth. My other 4 hitters should all hit between 20-25 HR a piece.
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Re: Draft Help WHIR

Postby dmbpanic » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:49 am

Thanks for your help on mine.

I don't think I would punt HRs intentionally, but I don't think you need to go out of your way to add HRs if it doesn't make sense. In other words, don't pass up the right position or the right pitcher simply because you feel you need to grab some HRs that might not be there for your next pick.

Also...20-25 per player isn't bad, so I don't think you need to punt.

I like Konerko at the right price/round. I really like ARam as a bounce back this year, and since you already seem pretty strong in AVG, you can weather the poor AVG from Alvarez and benefit from his potential to hit 30 bombs (though I would lean toward Konerko or ARam over Alvarez).

It would help to know the 5 offensive players you've kept, but I don't think it would change my reply.

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Re: Draft Help WHIR

Postby Remotethumb » Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:02 am

dmbpanic wrote:Thanks for your help on mine.

I don't think I would punt HRs intentionally, but I don't think you need to go out of your way to add HRs if it doesn't make sense. In other words, don't pass up the right position or the right pitcher simply because you feel you need to grab some HRs that might not be there for your next pick.

Also...20-25 per player isn't bad, so I don't think you need to punt.

I like Konerko at the right price/round. I really like ARam as a bounce back this year, and since you already seem pretty strong in AVG, you can weather the poor AVG from Alvarez and benefit from his potential to hit 30 bombs (though I would lean toward Konerko or ARam over Alvarez).

It would help to know the 5 offensive players you've kept, but I don't think it would change my reply.

Thanks!


;-D I agree (isn't it funny how we all ask our questions about these keeper leagues and really it just comes down to taking the best player available? I kept all hitters and dang if my co-managers almost all (10 of 12 teams) kept at least 1 sp and 4 of them kept 2 SP. We keep 4. So you just never know! I'm starting to realize the old adage that "hitting is more predictable, pitching can come from out of the blue) so maybe all us keeper league guys should just go for best available hitters. last year I got Jaime Garcia off the wire
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Re: Draft Help WHIR

Postby Urban Cohorts » Sat Feb 19, 2011 1:04 am

dmbpanic wrote:Thanks for your help on mine. It would help to know the 5 offensive players you've kept, but I don't think it would change my reply.


Tulo, Dustin, Crawford, Werth, B Upton. I have them all penciled in for 20-25 HR, with most of those guys making up for Upton's poor BA. Konerko is the best value right now (I'll get him with a 9th round pick). But I could also pick up another speedster R/SB/AVG guy and a pitcher. That or add a 1B and 3B with some power.

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Re: Draft Help WHIR

Postby Phillip » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:20 am

I tend to agree with the above posters that you shouldn't intentionally avoid or add power. My biggest issue with punting power is the loss of two categories that tend to be more reliant on the player. HRs may vary, but RBIs come from power hitters fairly regularly. BA is a much flukier category that can have a lot of change based on a slump (a 1/20 stretch can kill anyone's average even the best contact hitter, but at least with a power hitter that 1 might have been a 3-run jack). SB is dependent on situations and Rs is dependent on having competent guys behind you (ask Ichiro last year). So I would tend to avoid just straight punting HR. I have less of an issue punting something like BA or SB since they are isolated, but punting HR has a big impact on Rs and RBIs.

THanks for your help on mine
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Re: Draft Help WHIR

Postby fast dogs » Sat Feb 19, 2011 2:35 am

I think you are a picking the right 3rd basemen away from competing in HR. When you said punting HR I envisioned a weaker group. Alvarez has a chance to be a long term keeper for you.Sometimes you can just outwork the league to muster 4 or 5 points in a cat. It could still end up being the right strategy but don't go into it that way
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Re: Draft Help WHIR

Postby birdbrains » Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:23 am

I think homers is important based on experience, as with homers comes rbis and ops and runs , but you dont need to have them in your 8 keepers...I didnt in my 10 keepers...but I drafted guys like Pena and Raynolds that werent on anyones keeper list and that balanced me out.

Can you take a look at mine.
Its a keeper league where I need some pick advice
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Re: Draft Help WHIR

Postby Elsy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:12 pm

I'd go with Alvarez as he, IMO, is the best option of the 3 in a keeper league.
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