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Rookie Fantasy Player looking for some Pro Advice!!

Postby whtlghtn49 » Sun May 04, 2008 9:31 pm

Hey guys, first of all, I appreciate any help or advice you offer me, and I will do my best to return the favors and give my opinions whenever I can. I am a rookie in the fantasy business, but am a longtime avid baseball fan. I'm going to make a big post to give you all a good idea of my team & the league I'm in.

I am in a 10 team H2H Yahoo league with the following stats counting: R, HR, RBI, SB, Avg, W, SV, K, ERA, WHIP. I'm currently in 3rd place in my league with a record of 18-11-1. Not bad I thought considering I have many "Buy Low" candidates on my team, haha!

Here is my current roster:

C - Brian McCann
1B - Justin Morneau
2B - BJ Upton (can also plug in at OF if playing Uggla here would be beneficial)
3B - Ryan Zimmerman (picked him up off waivers when ARod was injured)
SS - Derek Jeter
OF - Carl Crawford
OF - Jason Bay
OF - Gary Sheffield
Util - Ken Griffey Jr.
BN - J.D. Drew OF
BN - Brad Hawpe OF
BN - Gary Matthews Jr. OF
BN - Carlos Delgado 1B
BN - Dan Uggla (picked him up off waivers when Upton went down)
DL - ARod

SP - Josh Beckett
SP - Tim Lincecum
RP - Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Francisco Cordero
P - Zack Greinke
P - Randy Wolf
P - Manny Acosta
P - Matt Cain
BN - Joe Borowski DL

Moves this season thus far:
*Dropped Chad Cordero - a closer I thought would have big year...injuries killed that.
*Dropped Manuel Corpas when he got replaced as Colorado's closer
*Dropped Jacoby Ellsbury when all I heard was that he'll never play with CoCo Crisp in front of him...nice choice huh? :(
*Dropped Orlando Cabrera to make room for Ryan Zimmerman when ARod went on DL

Notable Players on FA or Waivers:

Highest Orignally Ranked Batters Available: Andruw Jones, Delmon Young, Jermaine Dye, Orlando Cabrera, James Loney, J.J. Hardy, Michael Cuddyer, Orlando Hudson

Highest Currently Ranked Batters Available: Emil Brown, Fred Lewis, Aubrey Huff, Melky Cabrera, Skip Schumaker, Carlos Gomez, Mark DeRosa, James Loney, David Murphy.

Highest Originally Ranked Pitchers Available: Liriano, C. Cordero, Y. Gallardo, P. Martinez, Jeff Francis, Phil Hughes, Clay Buchholz, Tony Pena

Other Pitchers Available: Dan Wheeler, Jeremy Accardo, Chad Qualls



Here are my thoughts. This week, I actually did great in the pitching dept, winning in Wins (thanks to Papelbon's 2), K, ERA, & WHIP, while tying on saves. I did ok in hitting, winning in Runs, RBI, while losing in HR, Avg, & SB. My Avg, Saves, and even HR are consistently pretty low, while ERA, K's, and WHIP are ok.

I have somehow collected way too many OF's, and so far, most are pretty worthless! In my opinion, I might need a reliable closer, and I'd like to improve my Batting Avg. somehow. I'd like to trade either Bay or Hawpe for someone, as they are pretty similar players and I can't always play them both. Also like to move any of my other OF's, either dropping & adding some players, or trading, but I don't know who I can get good value on right now, as Sheff, Bay, Hawpe are all down right now. Remember, I can also play BJ Upton at OF & Uggla at 2B if that is advantageous?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated guys! Thanks a lot, and I will offer my input on all who comment.
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Re: Rookie Fantasy Player looking for some Pro Advice!!

Postby CKGJR30 » Mon May 05, 2008 1:29 am

I am also sort of new to fantasy but will gladly give you my advice.

I think Your teams pretty good, I'd recommend getting rid of Gary Sheifflield and picking up Schumaker, you have a good pitching staff tho i wouldn't change anything there just yet, i would look into seeing if anybody on the waivers are doing better than griffey. he's my fav baseball player of all time but on a fantasy it's a huge risk due to injury and if i am correct i think he's been cooling down as of late. if orlando hudson is available i'd snag him up as a utility. about the trade im not to sure, don't have any ideas there sorry.

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Re: Rookie Fantasy Player looking for some Pro Advice!!

Postby whtlghtn49 » Tue May 06, 2008 1:50 am

Thanks for the comments bro! I made a couple moves today, pretty much exactly what you suggested. Here is my updated roster.

C - Brian McCann
1B - Justin Morneau
2B - BJ Upton (can also plug in at OF if playing Uggla here would be beneficial)
3B - Ryan Zimmerman (picked him up off waivers when ARod was injured)
SS - Derek Jeter
OF - Carl Crawford
OF - Jason Bay
OF - Gary Sheffield
Util - Melky Cabrera - Dropped KG Jr. today and picked him up
BN - Brad Hawpe OF
BN - Gary Matthews Jr. OF
BN - Carlos Delgado 1B
BN - Dan Uggla (picked him up off waivers when Upton went down)
DL - ARod

SP - Josh Beckett
SP - Tim Lincecum
RP - Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Francisco Cordero
P - Zack Greinke
P - Randy Wolf
P - Manny Acosta
P - Matt Cain
P - Santiago Casilla - added him today for some bonus K's and potential SVs. Dropped JD Drew
BN - Joe Borowski DL

Here is my plan...my OF has sucked thus far this year. Uggla is an upgrade over almost any of them, so I plan to play Uggla at 2B, move Upton to OF, and then pick between Bay, Hawpe, Sheff, & Matthews Jr. to play with Upton & Crawford in the OF, and then between them & C. Delgado for my Util spot. Opinions? Smart move by moving Upton to OF & plugging Uggla in at 2nd? I found Uggla on the WW, so I thought it was a good pickup.

Also, when ARod comes back, think I could get anything for Zimmerman in a trade? Possibly a lower-tier closer? Or is that wishful thinking?

Thanks for any comments...I WHIR on any.
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Re: Rookie Fantasy Player looking for some Pro Advice!!

Postby whtlghtn49 » Tue May 06, 2008 1:52 am

Oh, and about Sheffield...has everyone given up on him, and should I? I can't get crap for him in a trade right now, so it is prolly either drop him, put him in as a throw-in on another trade, or ride him out and see if things improve. What do you think?
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