Our league has a new rule this year about keepers and, having not seen it play out, I'm just not sure which strategy to use. We used to just keep 4 guys and they would go in rounds 1-4. Now the guys we keep get slotted in a place two rounds before they were drafted last year.
This is a standard Yahoo! 5x5 12 man league with 4 keepers
Here are my possiblities with the round in which they would be slotted:
Adrian Gonzalez (1) Ryan Braun (2) Ian Kinsler (1) David Wright (1) Jose Reyes (2) Jason Heyward (15) Mat Latos (19) Clayton Kershaw (5) Tommy Hanson (5)
If guys are kept with the same round, one of the guys goes to the next lower round. For example, should I keep Gonzalez and Kinsler, one would be drafted in round 1 and one would be my second rounder.
Like I said, this is a new rule and I have no idea what the other teams will do or how much value I should place on keeping a guy like Heyward over a guy like Braun to save 13 rounds. After going into the last day of the year tied with another manager last year and losing by one (mostly because I traded him Posey before he busted out), I have been hanging my head in shame and thinking about this all offeason. Any advice?
A follow up: Should I look at position scarcity and keep a guy like Reyes or Kinsler considering the depth of the OF position compared to the middle infield? Or is the idea of getting Heyward so cheaply while being able to pick in the fourth round too good to pass up?
I know that if this were just a straight keeper situation, I would probably keep Wright, Gonzalez, Braun and either Kinsler or Reyes. I just don't want to end up with junk at either 2B or SS like I have in years past. But, at the same time, don't want to play this new keeper rule wrong and waste a situation at a high pick while getting a good player cheaply.
The value for Heyward is better than the value for Reyes/Kinsler no matter what position they play at. Saying that, I would be hard pressed to let Heyward go back into the draft no matter what. There is a lot to like about Heyward and see him as a future top 20 player.
"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."- Douglas Adams
Any way to project the other keepers?? If you go th eway most are suggesting, you would not have a pick until round 4. Would everyone else do that perhaps?? Also, where do you draft slotwise?? If you could be sure of having and early pick, you might let one oe the hitters go and draft them back in the 3rd round.... risky, but might be doable, then you could keep Latos at 19!
Wright, A Gonz, braun, Latos and Heyward... first 3 are solid top round players that u would be taking and then Latos and Heyward for value here... Kershaw is good but not for a 3rd round pick and same goes for Hanson... Also Kinsler and Reyes arnt get values for those early of a pick
I think those 5 do you fine, get probably the best 3b in Wright, a solid 1b at a stacked position, Braun top 3 OF.... Latos a solid #1b pitcher and then Heyward has a lot of value for year to come
Just trying to figure this out does Heyward who now you have to take in the 15th become a 13th next year or does he stay @ a 15?