It's that time of year! I'm setting my keepers and I need some help sussing out what I think is some incredible value. The league is pretty different than most in it's keeper structure, so the question I ask is as much about understanding league dynamics as it as about player evaluation. Here's the setup: ----------------------------------------- 6x6 weekly HtH 14 team roto keeper
Can keep up to 12 keepers with each player able to be kept at the previous draft round plus 3 (so a 10th round pick last year becomes a 7th round next year, and a 4th rounder the following year). A player picked off the WW is keepable at 29th round value. If more than one WW player is kept, they can be kept at 28, 27, 26, 25, etc. One player can be franchised and locked in at the round in which they were drafted forever (Trout!).
My Question: I get to keep 12 of these guys. Considering the round in which they can be kept and the player's overall outlook, which 12 would you keep?
11 (~ pick 154) - Yadier Molina 14 - Mark Trumbo 15 - Mike Trout 16 - Paul Goldschmidt, Addison Reed, Neil Walker 17 - Aroldis Chapman, Jon Niese 18 - Edwin Jackson 20 - Wil Myers 21 - Taijaun Walker
22-29 (All could be kept at 29, but since I only have one pick there, I have to use picks 28, 27, etc for subsequent players) Greg Holland, Josh Reddick, Oscar Taveras, Dylan Bundy, Trevor Plouffe, Pedro Alvarez, Dan Straily, Mike Fiers, Josh Hammel, Ross Detwiler, Carlos Gomez, Marco Estrada, Grant Balfour
1 -- 11 (~ pick 154) - Yadier Molina (a stud catcher in the mid rounds - I'll take it) 2 -- 14 - 3b/OF/CI Mark Trumbo (good power and RBI production in mid rounds - I'll take it) 3 -- 15 - OF Mike Trout (no brainer in the 15th) 4 -- 16 - 1b Paul Goldschmidt (good 1b in the late mid rounds why not?) 5 -- 17 - SP Aroldis Chapman (good young player decent value here - bit risk/rewardish) 6 -- 22-29 RP Greg Holland (a closer in the late rounds yep) 7 -- SP Dylan Bundy (starting year in rotation - your future ace only will cost you a late round pick the next few years why not) 8 -- RP Grant Balfour (a good closer in the late rounds why not?) 9 -- OF Josh Reddick (an OF in the tier of Pence/Hawpe/Willingham in their primes - what's not to like?) 10 - OF Carlos Gomez (He's showing signs of finally putting it all together - might become the next Beltran or Cargo - capable of it - good value with some power and speed in the late rounds as your last OF why not?) 11 -- 3b/CI Pedro Alvarez (a good 3b/CI with all kinds of power at a value steal - Gotta keep em) 12 -- OF Oscar Tavares (only costs you a last round pick, sure he's 22 but quite frankly he's playing so well I think he's got an outside shot at the majors this year, especially with a good showing in Spring training - one of the best prospects in the game - well worth a last round pick remember how these values will be for a few years as well)
I mean Trevor Plouffe I love his power and his potential MI eligibility in certain leagues - but guys like JJ Hardy should be available for late round power outta SS if you need it....and on top of that...Marco Estrada is a solid pick too but I'd rather go with the legit upside here and you have some insane value picks....Good luck.
The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be!