We are in the midst of our slow draft and I'm not sure where to go with this. The run on closers has happened and I only have 2, both with substantial question marks. We start 3 RP so it's nice o have 3 closers if possible. Please rank the following players, going at least 8 deep since have 4 picks until I go.
At the moment, I'm not really happy with many of the options. It's time for a bat or RP. I've gone old so far in this draft, which scares me in a keeper league, so I'd like to get younger, but the best bats on the board are Torii Hunter, Bobby Abreu, Andres Torres, Manny Ramirez, Carlos Beltran and Derek Lee. I know a lot of people have Hunter and Abreu highest on their boards, but Abreu slipped in average and contact % last year and Hunter doesn't really run anymore. Instead, I'm thinking that I'd like to take a high upside risk here. If I stay old Ramirez and Beltran make sense. However, I'm tempted to go with Logan Morrison. He's basically Billy Butler-lite in the OF. He may only muster up 10 homers, but he will post a nice OPS (around .800) thanks to his stellar OBP and a power breakout isn't out of the question. I won't pick again for a while, so let me know if you think that this is too much of a reach. Tabata has similar upside, but I feel like his lack of power/ higher OBP skills hurt his value in our OPS league.
My team thus far: Hitters: Geovanny Soto, Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Hanley Ramirez, Kevin Youkilis, Shin Soo Choo, Shane Victorino (Need 1 OF and 1 UTIL) Pitchers: Roy Halladay, Jon Lester, Jered Weaver, Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Thornton, Andrew Bailey (Need 1 RP) Minors: Chris Sale, Brandon Belt, Zach Britton, Lonnie Chisenhall, John Lamb, Aaron Hicks (System full)
Available: Non-OF Hitters: Derek Lee, Howie Kendrick, Chone Figgins, Neil Walker, Adam LaRoche, Danny Espinoza, Garret Jones, James Loney, David Freese, Chase Headly, Chris Johnson
OF: Torii Hunter, Bobby Abreu, Andres Torres, Vernon Wells, Denard Span, Jose Tabata, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Lee, Ryan Raburn, Rajai Davis, Logan Morrison, Andres Torres, Carlos Lee,Manny Ramirez, Chris Coghlan, Dexter Fowler, Jason Kubel, Michael Morse, Hideki Matsui, Alfonso Soriano, Will Venable
SP: CJ Wilson, Jair Jurrjens, Wade Davis, Bronson Arroyo, Brett Cecil, Clayton Richards, Derek Holland, Jake Peavy, Jeff Niemann, Bud Norris, Jason McDonald, R.A. Dickey, Marc Rzepczynski, Phil Coke, Carlos Carrasco, Justin Masterson, Aaron Harang, Jason Hammel.
RP: Frank Francisco, Koji Uehara, David Aardsma, Brandon League, Matt Capps, Brian Fuentes (pair with Bailey?) -------------------------------------------------- 6x6 weekly HtH 14 team roto keeper (bet. 5 and 10 keepers losing a draft pick for each after 5)
Offensive Categories: BA, OPS, RBI, HR, SB and Runs Scored. C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, UTIL Pitching Categories: W-L, S, ERA, K/IP, Quality Starts and WHIP 5 SP and 3 RP ----------------------------------------------------
well, if ur afraid of going old, steer clear of bobby and torii. why not go tabata, hes the youngest of the better hitters and did huge things in a little over 1/2 season last yr. hes still a baby! however, how many keepers do u get? 2,4,6,10? the whole team? because alot of what i would say depends on the amount of keepers u get. all of the sp left u listed, the only 2 for this year i would go with are jair and cj. as far as non of go,... what about backing up kinsler with walker, hes an up and coming star and kinsler is dl bound every season. as far as rp,... aardsma still is a closer(depending on return from dl and how well league does. same goes for francisco. of the guys you listed, the 2 with the highest upside i feel are walker and tabata. (and this is coming from a pgh guy who hates the buccos) u dont need sp but cj would be a nice add, and the 2 closers left are dl bound to start the season
I agree Hunter is a tad boring, plus there are other younger OFers who could rival Torii's output and a are more exciting to draft.
With Kinsler, I like the idea of drafting Walker or Figgins as a back up.
None of the pitchers leap as someone to have either. I like Manny as a comeback player, but you can wait there. Perhaps, go 2B... Figgins gets 3B this year too... and someone helps make the pick next go around.
Thanks for your input.
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Honestly I really like Rajai this year. He'll hit atop the Jays lineup, so he should score a ton of runs, and they're talking about letting him loose. He could steal 50 + with over 100 runs if healthy all season...to me he's not far behind Ellsbury. None of those pitchers look especially interesting to me. Manny could be in for a nice season hitting cleanup, and Walker/Raburn would be nice to back up Kinsler. Thanks for your input.
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