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Rookie Playing With Sharks

Postby SewerRat22 » Sun Apr 29, 2007 10:36 am

My second season playing FBB and I feel like a guppy swimming in a pool of sharks. Im 2-2 in a 14 team H2H Points league with 23 man rosters. Its well known that this is my first non public league and by the trade offers Im receiving... theres little doubt to this theory. (Note WW is extremely thin with 30 percent owned or less)

Would you guys help a rookie out and show which direction my team should be looking for improvement. Appreciate any responses.

League Scoring:

Roster Limits:
Active Players 17
Reserve Players 3
Injured Players 2
Minors Players 1
Total Players 23


Scoring For Batters:
1B - Singles 1 point
2B - Doubles 2 points
3B - Triples 3 points
BB - Walks (Batters) 1 point
CYC - Hitting for the Cycle 10 points
E - Errors -1 point
GDP - Ground Into Double Plays -1 point
GSHR - Grand Slam Home Runs 8 points
HR - Home Runs 4 points
KO - Strikeouts (Batter) -1 point
R - Runs 1 point
RBI - Runs Batted In 1 point
SB-CS - Stolen Bases - Caught Stealing 1 point
SF - Sacrifice Flies 0.25 points
SH - Sacrifice Hits 0.25 points

Scoring for Pitching Categories
BS - Blown Saves -2 points
CG - Complete Games 5 points
ER - Earned Runs -1 point
HRA - Home Runs Allowed -1 point
INN - Innings 0.5 points
K-BB - Strikeouts Minus Walks 1 point
L - Losses -5 points
NH - No-Hitters 8 points
PA - Plate Appearances 0.25 points
PG - Perfect Games 10 points
PKO - Pick Offs 2 points
S - Saves 4 points
SO - Shutouts 6 points
W - Wins 6 points
WP - Wild Pitches -1 point
Active Batters:
Barrett, Michael
Jacobs, Mike
Theriot, Ryan
Cabrera, Miguel
Ramirez, Hanley
Peralta, Jhonny
Gordon, Alex 3B
Holliday, Matt LF
Ibanez, Raul LF
Sizemore, Grady CF
DeJesus, David LF

Active Pitchers
Beckett, Josh
Colon, Bartolo
Matsuzaka, Daisuke SP
Smoltz, John SP
Zito, Barry SP
Rodriguez, Francisco RP

Reserve Batters
Hatteberg, Scott
Barfield, Josh

Reserve Pitchers:
Blanton, Joe SP

Injured Pitchers
Mulder, Mark

Minors Pitchers
Hughes, Phil
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Postby The Big Train » Mon Apr 30, 2007 12:22 am

There's always room for improvement, but quite frankly I'm looking at your team and I can only ask one question: "What's not to like?" It's hard to take into account all the various point categories when contemplating an answer to your question, but on paper I'd say that you have a solid team given the limited alternatives on the waiver wire. I would hold for now, especially with respect to some of the players who have started slowly, i.e. Gordon, Ibanez. I can't say that I'm big on Blanton or Hatteberg, but both are off to nice starts. I seriously doubt Mulder will have any value this year.

With a limited waiver wire, and being new to FB, I think one of the important keys to your success will be to constantly keep up to date on baseball news and player analysis in general (maybe you already do this). Make sure to do some serious research on all the players being offered to you by those sharks in your league; take note of potential call-ups that might help; look for under/over performing players that you might be able to deal or trade for; and most importantly, check in here at the Cafe on a regular basis. ;-D Good luck.
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Postby kaiser » Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:26 am

Yeah, Jesus... all those point catagories make my head hurt. I try ot avoid legaues with that many cats, as I think it just makes the end results more random.

That being said, i think your team is very solid. remember that we are still early on in the season. Some of your underperformers will come around as the weather hearts up. Your pitching is very solid. I would wait and not make any moves right now. Give it a few more weeks and then reevaluate.

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Postby Dodgerbluesc » Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:18 pm

Yeah, you have a great team. The only thing to consider is, if this is a yearly league as opposed to a keeper league, I would deal Gordon to someone who loves rookies (your league definitely has one, just put him on the block and ask for serious offers only and see who replies). When you find the right guy, he'll pay the right price... You need a better 3B this year, and maybe a better 1B this year (I am currently relying on Jacobs myself, which I don't feel good about either).

Very solid team though - considering there are 14 teams in your division, you did a great job getting 6 guys who I consider to be top-50 players to anchor your team - Cabrera/Sizemore/Dice-K/K-Rod/Holliday/Hanley. You should do well.

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