I personally like R Hernandez over Pierzynski. Ramon was hot in the WBC and he's now hitting in a premier hitters park but that's a personal preference.
If I had your team I'd be concerned about depth at RP. You have two aged/injury risk RP in Percival and Wood and an undeclared Closer in Marmol. Is maybe Jason Motte available off waivers? Not sure who you'd drop though. Might have to work a trade for RP depth.
Good point on Hernandez, I wasn't even thinking about the ballpark switch. I may wind up doing that, but I like the depth that got left on the board here. Snyder's underrated and Molina showed signs of breakout last year. One of the reasons I'm eyeing Molina is because he walked more than he struck out last year, and the one offensive category I'm really weak in is Ks. Napoli, Dunn, and Werth are K machines, and although Wright is a stud in every other category, he's also good for 100 Ks. The way it shook out, I kind of regret not taking Brian Roberts in the third instead of Brandon Phillips, but at the time, I liked Phillips current level of multi-category production and upside.
As for RP, that's kind of what I figured going in. Once I got Marmol, I just figured I'd target guys on decent teams who will get their save opportunities. There was a CL rush right before I grabbed Wood. Valverde, Bell, and Ryan all went in the 12th before my pick. Knowing Marmol was iffy for the CL job, I basically had a choice of Wood, Cordero, Capps, or Devine. Devine was tempting (he went with the first pick in the 13th), but Wood's peripherals were actually quite good last year, and assuming the Indians can bridge the gap to him, should get plenty of chances to close games. I don't really like Cordero, and I didn't wanna take Capps because he's a mid-level closer on a bad team. I actually like Wood quite a bit, his health is a bit of a risk, but he was very good last year and his job isn't in any kind of jeopardy.
Motte got grabbed in the 18th, but Kevin Gregg is still out there, so you know I'll be awaiting Pinella's announcement with great attention. But SVs are one of the most difficult categories to predict, and in a 10x10 league, its not quite as important to focus on a category you wind up lacking in if you're good in the other 9. I feel like I'm so strong in the other pitching categories, unless there's an injury, I'm in great shape.
Other interesting RP on the waiver wire: Fernando Rodney, Dan Wheeler (could take Percival's place easily), Chris Perez, George Sherrill, JJ Putz.
I am not an Abreu fan, his age has not caught up with him yet, but I think it all comes at once - hopefully for you it won't be this year. The good news, I love LAA's potential to score a million runs this year - if he's the same ol Abreu, he'll get his, especially considering what's around him in LAA.
Jeter: Believe it or not, as funny as it sounds, JETER is still top 5 ss - He's a .306 career hitter, and the Yankees should have more offensive output from everywhere this year, I think he has a good year. But NO, I don't like him anymore than you other than that.
DUNN: You know what you're going to get here. A walk, A Strikeout, or a HOMERUN. I'll take that kind of consistency. At least you know your downside. He will hit 40+hr. And for God's sake, he can't strikeout anymore.
I drafted Billy Butler last year, last pick, and think he's got that Sleeper potential, but he seems to lack the Killer Instinct, so I stayed away from him this year.
Yeah, since its a 10x10 league Abreu has a bit more value, but I like the balance of my outfield. There's risk in Abreu, uspide in Milledge, but lots of security there with Hunter and I really like Werth as a sleeper.
As for Jeter, agreed, its really unfair that I got him in the 16th. Mets fans hate him though. In terms of allegiances and fantasy, I'd much rather have Jeter than a Philly player though. I don't HAVE to root against Jeter if I want the Mets to do well, lol. Seriously though, with Alexei's positional versatility, Jeter has extra value for me. If I have a problem with Phillips, I can slide Alexei over and insert Jeter and lose very little overall. If Jeter and Alexei both outperform one of my starting OFers, I could put Alexei out there and start Jeter at SS. Its a nice bit of flexibility.
Like the OF situation, Dunn and Butler are meant to be a tandem. I know what I'm buying with Dunn. Butler probably has the upside to have all of Dunn's strengths and much fewer weaknesses. If not, oh well, I got a busted 19th round pick. No biggie.
As for your pitching staff:
Yeah, you got this right.
Not really a sleeper but better than people think = TED LILLY. I watched him 4 times in person late last season and he was consistently hitting 97 (yeah freaking 97mph) on the radar gun. He tends to have one fluke inning in otherwise DOMINATING outings, so I consider him a bit unlucky. After watching him live and in person last year, I think he's potentially an ACE quality guy.
Lincecum = Freak & will be even better than last year (and if the giants can score any runs at all, he could very easily surpass his win total from last year, he's my favorite pitcher in the league)
Hamels = Stud
Marmol = Stud (but I think Gregg steals his closer spot as Pinella knows the value of the setup man and likes Marmol there)
Wood = I happen to think the Cubs were smart to get rid of him, but he'll get his saves. Hope he stays healthy
Definitely agreed. CC and Santana went before Lincecum, which was fine, because in a 10 category league I actually thought Lincecum might take over the top pitcher slot. He was my second round target and I was happy to get with the 21st overall pick.
I could have possibly waited a round on Lilly, but I didn't want to risk it, he was a great bargain in the 15th. He's solid-very good across the board. Getting Hamels in the 5th was a steal, he and Lilly would make a good #1 and #2, but they're my #2 and #3 behind Lincecum. It just makes my pitching an absolute force. There's some risk in both Lincecum and Hamels, but even if just one of them stays healthy I should be fine. The highest WHIP any of my pitchers had last year was 1.23. The lowest K/9 I have from last year is Wainwright's 6.20, and I have three guys who were over 10.00 (Lincecum, Marmol, Wood).
I like your team quite a bit. I don't see any holes. Very balance, with lots of big upside guys (Phillips, Milledge, Hart especially)
Thanks. I think I'm in pretty good shape. I have lots of multi-category players, plenty of upside, and enough surpluses to make some trades if it comes to it. Like I said, my one big regret is taking Phillips over Roberts in the third round. The way the draft went, I decided it was between those two here. I felt there were more nice mid-round SS than 2B, and knowing I'd have to wait 17 picks before my next selection, I wanted to make sure I got some positional scarcity. Phillips would have been the better choice if I wound up with Jose Reyes in the first round instead of David Wright, but he got taken in the first three picks (with the 4th overall pick, I was pretty sure I was getting one of the two, with Pujols and Hanley going in the top three as well). Roberts would have been a better compliment to Wright, and as it turns out the rest of my roster as well. I have a surplus on power, and though I'm okay on speed, the extra steals from Roberts along with walks, lack of Ks, and avg would have fit better with guys like Dunn and Napoli than Phillips' power/speed/upside combo.