Alright, so as we're creeping to roughly ~2 weeks to go until the games count, I'm in that pre-season stage of looking at my team and being worried about most of the ostentatious holes and trying to fill them to win the vaunted PRE-SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP.
This is the Yahoo 5x5 12-team Roto Winners League, so it's usually a bit harder than normal to nab quality bats/arms off of the waiver wire... plus people actually practice the concept of sitting on people. i've got a glut of middling-at-best 1B on the squad right now, and I want to know who you'd go with.... i'm also going to list a bunch of available FAs, cuz pretty much I would LOVE to break camp with 3+ closers and the best 1B/3B situations possible, cuz ian stewart doesn't exactly strike fear in the heart of men. if i can get 25+/80+ @ 1st and 3rd base and get another solid OF type bat alongside enough saves to crack 100+, I think I should be in the running for this league, barring das superteam rising up.... these winners leagues are usually parity filled, altho last year a man named jose bautista turned a 3B hole into 46/105 or something by the time I got him, thus propelling me up to a superteam status that dropped 101.5 points on the league, with the parity kicking in circa 81 points, cuz like ~4 teams finished with between 81-77 points =D
c - brian mccann (.275/20/75 floor, .300/30/100 dreams for this guy)
1B - luke scott (penciled in, but I'm probably not going to ride him early cuz he's streaky and never an RBI guy)
2B - gordon beckham (an every league guy. i like the kid and see .280/20/80 in a full season not marred by slump/injury)
SS - alexei ramirez (another guy who can give you top-100 overall production from the SS position)
3B - ian stewart (i was desperate at that point in the draft, altho I do have a quintessential sleeper backup)
OF - ryan braun (first round pick. here's to hoping he's closer to 2009 (#4 overall) than last year (#20ish overall)
OF - vladimir guerrero (nobody believes in the guy... so these last 2 years he's a round 9-13 scoopjob)
OF - juan pierre (talk about sleeper... his 68 steals helped him reach #52 overall last year)
util/OF - rajai davis (speak of the devil... .280ish and ~50/+ steals for a full season = nice)
util/(1B/OF) - adam lind (the quintessential take-a-flier guy who you hope can end up somewhere between last year (.237/27/72) and 2009 (.315/35/116)
bench/1B - adam laroche (i was desperate to have a productive 1B, what can i say?)
bench/1B - ike davis (see above)
bench/3B - edwin encarnacion (21HR 52RBI in ~330 at bats last year and reknown as a sleeper)
SP - felix hernandez, david price, tommy hanson, matt cain, carlos zambrano (i figure zambrano has a chance to get back to his 2006ish #s of ~15+ wins, 3.50/1.25 with a pretty OK k-rate... remember that from ~august 1st on he was just about the most dominating sleeper SP in the game)
RP - carlos marmol, ryan franklin, chris sale, mark lowe, kyle farnsworth (franklin always scares me some, seeing as he's like 37-38... from there, i've got kyle farnsworth as my first horse in the rays' closer derby, and mark lowe, prior to giving up like 9ER in 2IP over outings in the last week, seemed to be the guy the rangers wanted to take the closer role should feliz go to the rotation. oh and ozzie hasn't named a closer between sale and thornton yet. peter gammons tweeted that ozzie said thornton has "first dibs" but i heard on chicago sportstalk radio that the plan is to have sale close, seeing as thornton already has his money, and this way they can use thornton when needed and always easily slide him into the closer role at any point)
so basically, once i got wind that neftali feliz is trying to start and still pitching 4+ dominant innings in spring outings, I cut freddie freeman (another 1B, who woulda thunk it) for mark lowe. freeman has cleared waivers, and once you hear the national buzz and see him look solid, you never know if you've got a kid who can put up .300ish/20ish/80ish AU GRATIS.... basically, I wouldn't be expecting super-powered mash #s but if he's as-advertised and hit and hitting .300+ all year with ~20/80-or-beyond peripherals, I'd love to have him) so he's on waivers.
ALSO, coco crisp is there for the taking. I understand that he's a perennial injury risk, and he's already got a tender hammy in the last day or two, with some speculation that he could be back sunday. He swiped ~32 bases in ~290 at bats last season, alongside 8HR and 38RBI. I think we all know the talent/potential is there for him to be a real poor man's carl crawford, i.e. ~13+HR/50+ RBI and 40+ SB if he were to get a full season in him... but in an unforgiving league filled with people who eeked out victories in a league last year, do you drop one of the vaunted 1B bats to give him a flier, fully knowing you've got juan pierre and rajai davis? if he was going even for 1/3 of a season at full bore stealing those bases with some pop I could get out ahead in SB and cover up some of the potential offensive woes i got from a roughly C-minus draft.
So what do you think? My gut says "f*ck adam laroche" and maybe give freddie freeman a go, as obviously his arrow is point up while with laroche we're hoping it stays the same, tho i'd be amazed if he drives in 100+, i figure his usual line of ~.275/25/85 is a nice floor to fall back on @ 1B.
ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE LEAGUE:
- reid brignac (a 2B/SS guy who many are bullish on because of his .256/8/45 in 301 at bats last year)
- domonic brown (the injury got him cut, as i figure many are saying "hey this kid didn't do excrement last year and now he's hurt")
- chipper jones
- reid brignac (in my other leagues where I'm weak/ish at shortstop, i.e. hello jhonny peralta, brignac would be nice cuz he put up .256/8/45 in ~300 at bats last year, and he has 2B/SS eligibility)
- dan johnson (his cup of coffee #s last year were quite pena-esque)
- peter bourjos
- kila ka'aihue
- david freese
- jake mcgee (people seem to think he's the best long run bet for rays' closer, so would you cut farnsworth for him right now?)
- michael pineda (i hear the mariners job is his to lose)
- brett cecil (15 wins at age 24, but 4+ ERAs scare me)
- clay hensley (supposedly "the guy" if leo nunez faulters / never comes back from his dad's death)
- mike minor
- jon rauch (if/when frank francisco starts off "slowly" i guess he's "the guy" to back him up in the beginning)
SO ENOUGH OF MY BABBLE, WHAT DO YOU THINK?!! should you read through and respond to this dredge, drop me a link to your thread and i'll gladly apply my verbose expertise.
Last edited by sinicalypse on Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.