I had a couple boring ones in classifieds, but this was my first real post here.
I would say Soriano for now...another person people are really overlooking is Miguel Cabrera...he had an incredible year if you look at the #'s and he is valuable in every part of the game. Also, for leagues using real life salaries, he has an extremely low one.
In a thread voting on who the Cafe's 2004 all-star starting lineup would be-
I think you have to put bonds in the starting lineup over berkman or beltran. Bonds has more runs, home runs, and a better average than both beltran and berkman. And that's not even considering how many fewer AB he has. Berkman has about 70 more AB and Beltran has about 110 more AB. The only reason Bonds isn't far surpassing them both is because he's always walked. In an All-Star game the pitchers aren't going to walk Bonds to get to someone weaker in the lineup. He's a better hitter than the other two and is more deserving of a starting spot.
Mine also was a holes post. Unfortunately I didn't include "WHIR" like you.
This is a 11 man league. What kind of trades do I need to look for?
J. Willingham(Fla - C) T. Helton (Col - 1B) C. Biggio (Hou - 2B) D. Wright (NYM - 3B) D. Jeter(NYY - SS) C. Shelton(Det - 1B) E. Encarnación(Cin - 3B) A. Dunn(Cin - 1B,OF) M. Holliday(Col - OF) J. Hermida(Fla - OF) C. Patterson (Bal - OF) B. Wilkerson(Tex - 1B,OF) C. Kotchman(LAA - 1B) T. Hunter(Min - OF) M. Ordóñez (Det - OF) C. Monroe (Det - OF)
J. Peavy(SD - SP) J. Lackey(LAA - SP) M. Rivera (NYY - RP) J. Nathan(Min - RP) J. Garland (CWS - SP) K. Escobar (LAA - SP,RP) C. Orvella(TB - RP) T. Jones(Det - RP)
I ain't askin' nobody for nothin, If I can't get it on my own. - Charlie Daniels
fezzik wrote:As said a number of times...your offense is outstanding (especially for a 14 team league)...if I was looking for fault in your offense I'd say you could use a few more SB's since Castillo isn't the bag-swiper that he used to be, and it remains to be seen how much the Yankees will let Shef run.
Moving on...I actually think your starters are solid. While you don't have a top 10 guy, I think you have two top 20 guys in Mussina and Beckett, and Clement (who had a solid second half last year and has the ability to win 17-18 games if he learns how to pitch well on the road) is a top 25-30 guy with plenty of upside. Three top 30 starters in a 14 team league is good. If you want to improve upon that, I'd suggest either packaging an aging Mussina with a quality (but not exceptional) offensive player for a true ace, or trading a solid offensive player like Cabrera for a quality starter of similar caliber (maybe target someone with a crappy SS so you can get a little more than standard value for Cabrera).
By simple mathematics, it's clear that adding two categories will devalue each individual category. So you're right about saves not being as important as in a roto league or a standard 10 team H2H format. I finished second last season to a guy who did the same thing...he dominated the regular season without a closer...so I'm not going to tell you not to do it. But if your offense ends up not being as dominant as it appears it's going to be, you're in big trouble. It's a risk to do what you're doing, but you obviously have experience with the strategy, so do it if you feel your offense has no peer in your league.
Plus, if you win the holds category every week, you're right that the loss of the saves category will cancel it out...so that means you basicly start each week 1-1, with 10 other categories to compete for, 6 of which are offense (your strong suit)...
Looking again at your roster, I'd suggest trading for a starter with low era/whip numbers like Hudson...you still must have really strong starters if you want to employ your strategy, and I find a starter who eats up innings and has a low era/whip is really able to anchor a pitching staff.
Perhaps, give me a few management tips based on what you think my team's strengths and weaknesses are?
1. (12) Prince Fielder 1B 2. (13) Ryan Braun 3B 3. (36) Alex Rios OF 4. (37) Erik Bedard SP 5. (60) Jonathan Papelbon RP 6. (61) Chris Young SP 7. (84) Michael Young SS 8. (85) Shane Victorino OF 9. (108) Nick Swisher 1B,OF 10. (109) Kelvim Escobar SP 11. (132) Evan Longoria 3B 12. (133) Oliver Perez SP 13. (156) Kelly Johnson 2B 14. (157) Pat Burrell OF 15. (180) Kevin Gregg RP 16. (181) Eric Gagne RP 17. (204) Jay Bruce OF 18. (205) J.R. Towles C 19. (228) Bronson Arroyo SP 20. (229) Andre Ethier OF 21. (252) Aaron Hill 2B