I’m in a 16-team, 6x6 H2H keeper league where we keep 6 players each season. I finished in 3rd place this season and feel I have the pieces to continue to compete. My roster is listed below.
I’m looking for help in devising my off-season plan-of-attack in a couple areas:
1) Who are my 6 keepers for 2014?
I’m thinking I need to keep Dustin Pedroia, Hanley Ramirez, Shin-Soo Choo, Jay Bruce, Madison Bumgarner and 1 of Johnny Cueto(for 2 SP)/Brett Lawrie(3B is shallow)/Hunter Pence(but I already have Bruce and want to keep my younger power hitter, so leaning more towards trading Pence)
2) What trade targets could I look at to upgrade my keepers?
First and foremost, I’m hoping to try to trade a couple of my extra pieces to one of the worst teams to obtain the 1st or 2nd overall pick in the draft so that I could theoretically get to keep 7 of my own players (or nab a surprise non-keeper from another team). I hope to try to get one of these top picks for a pair out of the following: Pence, Cueto, Lawrie, or at the lower end of potential keeper options Peralta (based on positional needs), Rizzo (potential), Gordon, Beachy (potential).
Secondly, with 3B being as shallow as it is I’d like to try and upgrade on 3B. But 3B being as shallow as it is, I figure Lawrie will have to be part of the package going back since anyone currently owning a top 3B presumably won’t want to be left without a 3B. I could also try to sell them on Lawrie’s 2B-eligibility as well as he can cover 2 of the shallower positions. Problem is finding a trading partner… obviously Miggy is not getting dealt, and the David Wright owner has Profar and Rendon who he’s talking about keeping for 2B/3B/SS so likely no interest in Lawrie. So that puts me at Longoria (injury issues) or Beltre (age concerns) as the last top 3B. Is there any realistic chance of acquiring a top 3B?
Given the two options above, my ideal situation would be along the lines of trading Pence and 1 of Rizzo/Peralta/Gordon/Beachy for the #1 overall pick, and then trading Lawrie and 1 of Rizzo/Peralta/Gordon/Beachy for either Longoria or Beltre (as I type that, I’d probably have to target Beltre and sell the other owner of Lawrie’s youth for long-term potential over Beltre), and then keeping Pedroia, Hanley, Choo, Bruce, Bumgarner and whichever 3B I acquire by trade and drafting either Cueto or a surprise high-end non-kept player #1 overall.
In conclusion... All of this is VERY optimistic thinking, I know. But how much of the above could be realistic, and/or what other course of action or players to target should I be looking at this off-season?
Here’s my roster going into the off-season:
C Jonathan Lucroy (Mil - C,1B)
1B Anthony Rizzo (ChC - 1B)
2B Dustin Pedroia (Bos - 2B)
3B Brett Lawrie (Tor - 2B,3B)
SS Hanley Ramírez (LAD - 3B,SS)
LF Alex Gordon (KC - LF)
CF Shin-Soo Choo (Cin - CF,RF)
RF Jay Bruce (Cin - RF)
Util Hunter Pence (SF - RF)
BN Jhonny Peralta (Det - SS)
BN Matt Adams (StL - 1B)
SP Madison Bumgarner (SF - SP)
SP Johnny Cueto (Cin - SP)
SP Ubaldo Jiménez (Cle - SP)
SP José Quintana (CWS - SP)
RP Jim Henderson (Mil - RP)
RP LaTroy Hawkins (NYM - RP)
P Pedro Strop (ChC - RP)
BN Jarrod Parker (Oak - SP)
BN A.J. Griffin (Oak - SP)
BN Kyle Lohse (Mil - SP)
BN Hiroki Kuroda (NYY - SP)
DL Brandon Beachy (Atl - SP)