Trust me, I would have liked to have gotten Hamels, but I couldn't - he was already gone. Cliff Lee will definitely come back to earth, but if I can get 14 - 16 wins out of him, I feel good.
Regarding E. Santana, I got him in the 23rd or 24th round. You can't tell me it's not worth a flier at that point - I mean he's ctually owned in 96% of ESPN leagues. When the guy gets back (assuming he's healthy), I'll have another ace, and I didn't spend much to get him.
Once again, in regards to the balance statement, in reality the only two categories I've really sacrified are HRs and RBIs. I'll be competitive in BA, Runs, and I should dominate SBs and most of th pitching categories.
Think about it, if Johan duplicates last year (which was an off year by his standards), Lincecum wins 15 and puts up good lines, Halladay does what he alays does, and I've got Lee, Shields, Dice-K, Scherzer etc. on the back end? I'm starting these guys when my opponent is picking up Jeff Suppan and hopes he does well that day. Then I've got 4 top tier closers.
To me, that's a huge advantage.
Here's one more way to look at it:
I got Santana, Lincecum, Halladay, Shields, Lee and Dice-K. They're all arguably top 20 SPs, with three of them in the top 5. 9 other teams have to split the other top 14 SPs. I got 6 of them - they got about 1.5 each. Even if I miss on Lee, I'm still ahead.