I joined a keeper league this year as an expansion team. They expanded from 10-12 teams, have 10-player minor league rosters, and each team may sign a variable number of players (details don't matter). This is my first league using a minor league, and it's an established league. Each team could protect something like 6-10 players in the MLB expansion draft, and a similar number of MiLB players. I figured my strategy was build for the future.
But after the expansion and regular draft, I like the team I ended up with. I think I can finish in the top half of the league, and maybe even make a run if things really go my way. Am I crazy?
HR, OBP, R, RBI, SB, SLG;
BAA, ERA, K, QS, S+HD, WHIP
Here's my team:
Bench: C. Jones, Smoak, Barton, Viciedo, D. Jennings
SP-Verlander, Lilly, Marcum, Zimmerman, Nolasco, Kuroda, W. Davis, M. Rogers, Bedard
RP-Adams, Bard, McGee, Kuo
There's no innings max, and with a Saves+Holds category I think I've got a pretty solid pitching staff. Verlander, obviously, but the other guys on my staff should put up good numbers in this league. Using QS instead of wins will help guys like Nolasco, though may ding Rogers and Davis if they are on a IP leash. I've got four top Holds guys, which should, hopefully, get me some points there.
My offense is a bit weaker, but could be good enough to get some points. Not much of a bench, to be fair, but I like my starting OF, love Napoli in this league, and think that Konerko, D. Lee and Abreu were great bargains in this scoring system. Likewise, Jones and Barton could be decent fill-ins for their OBP, and Smoak was an OBP monster in the minors (though it hasn't translated to MLB yet).
That said, I'm just not sure I have the star-power in my offense to win in a league like this. I wonder if the ceiling is too low for my team, even if everyone pays off. I'm especially not happy about Stewart at 3B, but didn't have many options given what was out there (again, that whole expansion team thing).
I'm going to play it by ear. If it looks like I can get into a money position I'll play for this year, otherwise I'll be pretty quick to move useful parts for draft picks and/or young talent.
"The game has a cleanness. If you do a good job, the numbers say so. You don't have to ask anyone or play politics. You don't have to wait for the reviews." - Sandy Koufax