Standard Scoring 5X5 Rotisserie League with 14 teams. We start 2 C, 2 1B, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 SS, 5 OF, 10 P (Starter or Reliever). Teams keep up to 10 players - keeping fewer allows supplemental picks. I kept 10 players and had 3 of the top 50 picks from trades last year. I kept 4 OF this year, fully intent on trading one and just swung a deal sending my #2 OF to a team for the #2 overall pick, while also swapping my 14th and 21st round picks for his 9th and 16th round pick. I now have all but 2 of my picks before the 20th round.
Here is my roster: 1B - Mark Teixeira, Kevin Youkilis 2B - Martin Prado SS - Derek Jeter OF - Carl Crawford, Shane Victorino, Drew Stubbs RP - Brian Wilson, Mariano Rivera Farm: Jesus Montero, Jose Tabata
My dillema is who do I grab with my #2 pick? There is some decent talent available, but there are two guys who I think should be my choice - Mike Stanton and Pedro Alvarez. I am leaning towards Stanton to get that big power bat.
Here are some other top choices: C - G. Soto, M. Napoli, M. Montero 2B - K. Johnson, H. Kendrick, A. Hill SS - S. Drew, I. Desmond 3B - P. Alvarez, M. Young, P. Sandoval, M. Reynolds, I. Stewart OF - H. Pence, M. Stanton, A. Rios, N. Markakis, C. Rasmus, C. Granderson, C. Young
There were a ton of pitchers kept - Clay Bucholz the only one in most top 100 lists. So I am aiming to pick up bats first and use my middle round picks to try and get some mid-level starters.
I also had a sort-of offer that would net me Cliff Lee for the #2 overall and a 9th round pick.
Anyone have a thought about what to do here? Thanks and as always, WHIR.
Totally agree with your thinking here. Stanton, if he's not taken first would be a great pick. But... wouldn't it have partly defeated the reason for the trade in the first place? I hope Stanton is better than who you traded.
Anyway, I especially like Stanton because he'll throw in some steals, which you're OK with, but this could put you in a pretty good position overall. You've got good BA so his low BA won't hurt as much. I mean, Stanton is a bit of a roll of the dice, but I think at his age he's trending upwards so it's worth the shot.
I traded Choo for the three picks - I just saw better value overall for my team by doing it. I get this #2 pick and exchange my later picks for his earlier picks - it amounts to moving up 70 spots for each pick. Choo was a decent HR source and more stolen bases with a good average, but I think I end up coming ahead despite the downgrade that Choo to Stanton would be.
I am also contemplating the offer made by another team to give me Cliff Lee in exchange for the #2 overall and one of my 9th round picks.
My strategy (not sure if there is a fancy fantasy term for it) is to finish at least 4th in all 10 categories (10 Categories X 11 Points/Category = 110 Points). I figure that I will do better in certain categories as well, picking up points there as well. Basically 110 points represents a first place finish in a lot of years and is at least second place most years. I looked back through the league history and came up with the idea this year. So basically, just a balanced team instead of trying to blow away everyone in one category.