BronxBrawler wrote:MY 1 major concern right now is Clayton Kershaw. I could spot start him and get some K's, but I dont trust him on an every start basis and I dont like to have pitchers I cant trust. Some of the pitchers I am watching as possible replacements are Shaun Marcum, Jonathan Sanchez, CJ Wilson or Rich Harden. Opinions would be greatly appreciated!!
Hey BronxBrawler, thanks for the cudos, im just glad im able to help. I didnt mention this yesterday but our teams are eerily similar and I too held Clayton Kershaw. Held being the operative word here. I agree with your comments about Kershaw and think I overpaid for him in the draft, despite drafting him in a later round. I have been thus far dissatisfied with his services and am sick of gambling every outing on whether or not he will a) last 5 innings and b) if the dodgers offense will come to life for him (prior to his last outing he was only getting 1.4runs/game in support). You and the rest of the people on this forum might think im crazy for this http://www.fantasybaseballcafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=410357
, but I out right dropped him and picked up Jaime Garcia off the wire. He is quite the dark horse and I will probably regret my decision later on as someone has already picked him up, but the way i see it -- your the one who has to deal with that mess, not me.
Now regarding your replacement options - they are not much better, but if you play your cards right, one or two of them might shine now and then.... first off, Jon Sanchez is not much better than Kershaw so unless you want similar pains avoid at all costs. He does have the K's and has been going deeper than Kid K, but there is still a downside despite the high upside of K's. His era will soon rise as he has been terribly lucky thus far and will of course allow more runs etc. Ive just been reading others recommendations about Shaun Marcum and havent looked into him yet to comment. Ive been watching CJ Wilson since the season began and as a RP turned SP he is doing well, but im worried about his long term potential and expect him to fizzle out as his innings increase beyond his usual workload, but it would be my recommendation to spot start him playing your match ups right (ie - at home where the rangers offense rules) and being careful. Im avoiding Rich Harden despite any nice games he might have, too erratic. But why just settle on one pitcher when you can stream from the wire all you like week to week?? I did that towards the end of the season last year and went from last to third by playing my options well and looking at matchups - you win some you lose some, but you learn a lot. Some tips: Right now Padres pitchers rule - check out their SP's era for april. They are almost unstoppable at home and with the way their offense is winning games, its a no brainer to stream them almost exclusively against some of the weaker teams in their league, ie - avoid power teams. If you ever have questions about who to stream, feel free to ask, and i will give you my best shot at an educated guess.
good luck! and if you get a chance, ive got a team that needs some help too!