It's been rough: Hanley, Choo, Dunn, Rios, and others really screwed me this year. I tried my best to do triage on the keeper situation, but even still, I'm not happy with what I have headed into the offseason. I'm putting this post out there in hopes that you all can help my analyze my team and better plan for the offseason. I realize that this is a different type of request, but I'd greatly appreciate the help and will do the same for you even if it's not something that you are not putting out there.
First, what I did in the way of triage... I've loaded my roster so that every player has a chance, however small in some cases, at being a keeper. We can keep a minimum of 5 players and a maximum of 10, losing a pock for each kept after 5. So, if I were to keep 5 while everyone else kept 10, I'd have the first 5 picks in the remaining talent pool (which includes 2011 June draftees like Bauer). If I keep all 10, a player would have to be considered at least a top 140 pick in a typical keeper draft (which is pretty deep and why I think guys like Niese are worth having on roster). I took all available relievers who could end up closers and other players whose value could rise with increased playing time as similar fringe 140 guys. I also stocked up on as many players who would be free keepers according to our league settings. It is my hope that I will be able to use this free keeper stockpile to make my trades a little more enticing.
I'm looking for feedback on a few things.
My teacher side (Global History) wants to scaffold a look at the team, but feel free to break from the suggestions below:
1) How bad is the damage?
- Do a SWOT analysis? Identify what you think my teams Strengths and Weaknesses are and then identify Opportunities or Threats that might exist (like predicting the future and telling me who this years Hanley, Dunn, Choo, and Rios will be...)
2) Ideas on strategies in the offseason
- Rank my keepers and free keeper options, then decide which pieces I should move.
- Considering rankings, which players will have most value? Consider opportunity cost of free keepers... sure, we can easily say that Goldschmidt is better than Blanks, but might I be better off dealing the former considering I have an in-house replacement?
- Should I aim for less or more keepers?
3) Identify my outlook for next year:
- Am I a rebuilding team? Should I sell my aging talent or can I compete next year without mortgaging the future?
6x6 weekly HtH 14 team roto keeper (bet. 5 and 10 keepers losing a draft pick for each after 5)
BA, OPS, RBI, HR, SB and Runs Scored.
W-L, S, ERA, K/IP, Quality Starts and WHIP
Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, Hanley Ramirez (ugh), Roy Halladay, Jon Lester, Jered Weaver, Yovanni Gallardo
Guys I'm questioning/ considering:
Kevin Youkilis, Shin Soo-Choo, Corey Luebke, Danny Espinosa
C - Geovany Soto and Jarrod Saltalamacchia
OF - Jose Tabata, Marcus Thames, J.D. Matinez, Dexter Fowler
SP - Jon Niese
RP - Bobby Parnell, Sean Marshall, Luke Gregerson, Tyler Clippard
Free keepers (but can only keep 5):
Close to majors: Paul Goldschmidt, Brandon Belt, Henderson Alvarez, Brad Peacock, Zach Cozart, Kyle Blanks, Robbie Erlin
Further away: Jurickson Profar, Jacob Marisnick, Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin