Looking for some feedback here...In my only other serious baseball league, 6x6 head 2 head (H,R,HR,SB,BA,RBI,QS,W,K,WHIP,ERA,S), daily keeper league. Auction style: $260.
Here is my list of people I'm considering as possible keepers (can keep up to three):
Fielder @ 33
Reyes @ 26
Hamels @ 18
Papelbon @ 4
Axford @ 2
Gallardo @ 15
Latos @ 19
Cain @ 19
Gio @ 10
This league I'm in has a few more price happy bidders than our league (ie Halladay 44, Hanley 47, Youk 36 are some of the outliers) so there's a spike for some guys in the "top tier" positions and many many more dollar wars late in the game. Unfortunately players picked up after the draft were ineligible this year (bye bye Strausburg, Lawrie, and Hosmer)
I'm leaning towards Pap, Ax, and Cole as of right now. That's a solid $24 to spend on 3 guys ranked in the top 10 of their positions. I'm actively trying to trade Fielder for some cheaper talent. I did just trade Cano ($40) for Reyes, Cain, and Gio G since I don't have Cano on my radar for $40.
Just looking for your words of wisdom
Too many pitchers. From an unnamed fantasy expert:
"Broxton is the prime example of why it's a dangerous game to build a keeper or dynasty team around relievers. Here's another fact to support the argument: Since the turn of the century, only 12 pitchers have managed at least three seasons with 30-plus saves and 2.0 or greater Wins Above Replacement (per Baseball-Reference.com). Mariano Rivera has spoiled us; the truth is that "great" closers are usually lucky to have half the shelf life that he has had.
It's for that reason that Craig Kimbrel, fantasy's No. 1 closer, not to mention the most valuable rookie closer in the history of baseball, is one of only two closers to crack my top 100 keepers. Drew Storen at No. 77 is the other.
Kimbrel's No. 61 ranking, in fact, is the highest by any closer in my history of doing these rankings, and it's from the simple angle that, while his hefty workload as a rookie could burn him in the long haul, his potential contributions in 2012 and 2013 alone are far greater than anyone else at his position. He's 23 years old and has as much upside as any relief pitcher in professional baseball. That makes him a viable keeper.
As for pitching in general, while I'm more willing to pay for quality arms in a redraft league in today's increasingly pitching-rich landscape, in a keeper format I still prefer to invest in safer, more projectable hitters. .
Consider this: Five of the 10 players to rank among the top five starting pitchers on our Player Rater in either 2009 or 2010 failed to crack the top 50 at their position the following season. One of them, Adam Wainwright (No. 2 in 2010), was lost to injury for the entire subsequent season.
That's not to say you shouldn't invest at all in pitching, but you need to be picky doing so. Among the most critical qualities sought: Youth, strikeout ability, durability and command (performance in WHIP). And if you're facing a difficult decision between similar pitchers, take the one with greater long-term upside."
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