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Keeper League Late Comer...Strategy Suggestions?

Postby Remotethumb » Tue Feb 06, 2007 9:56 pm

12 team, H2H, 5 x 5 scoring league that keeps only 4 players every season, also 4 minor leaguers can be drafted and stashed away.

This will be my 4th season. The league will be 6 years old this season. I've made some mistakes and have finished at or near the bottom each year. I get frustrated b/c I couldn't build my own "team core," but I don't want to quit on the league, especially while I'm down.

To cut to it, asking those of you who are in long term keeper leagues, did you have more success being very patient with young guys & carrying hot prospects through their first few seasons?

Or do you just worry about the current year & not try to predict prospects?

I've traded away some great prospects who are now other team's keepers, but we can only keep 4, so if you wiff on a couple young players, you're that much further behind. Not to mention the top 40 or so players are not available at all.

I know it's a vaque question, and about basic fantasy baseball. But I would just like to hear from some guys who have made it through the long haul & succeeded. Did you do it with veterans & luck on young players, or did you dive into finding minor leaguers & developing your own team over time?
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Postby Niffoc4 » Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:20 pm

First off, can the minor league players be kept, or is it just 4 roster spots during the year of non-major leaguers? If the minor leaguers are kept, then dive right in, and try to get the best prospects. For example, if you didn't think your team would win, keeping an Alex Gordon, even though you only keep 4 would be worth it.
It is tough to build with just 4 players. I would reccomend trying to take the Best player available in every round this year. Look towards young guys with upside, don't worry about backups, or having enough at positions, your goal is to get the best 4 at the end of the year.
You can go after closers if you want, but only think of them as trade bait, because you won't keep a closer.
Throughout the season know which players you think are your four best and work hard to improve those 4. So be willing to overpay, in order to upgrade your keepers, because the rest get thrown back anyway.
Also, target injured players on teams that are competing for the title this year. Last year (for example), Derrek Lee would have been a good target. Look for someone like that, who is an established star, but not helping this year.
Watch the waiver wire, you probably won't find someone who you will keep at the end of the year, but knows? Also, if a player gets hot you can use him to upgrade one of your keepers.
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