L0rdB23 wrote:11 Team 3 Player Keeper
Hit Cat's-R, H, 2B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, K, AVG
Pit Cat's-IP, W, L, SV, BB, K, ERA, WHIP, CG
1-Vizquel 2-Mueller 3-Milton 4-Byrd 5-V Zambrano 6-Suppan
Are 1-6 your reserves? When did you draft? Great grab on Byrd as I'm assumeing he was a late round pick before signing with the Angels. Eaton usually starts off the year with a few good outings, but I'm guessing around mid to late May you will be useing Byrd in Eaton's spot more often than not.
Womack will have a serious decrease in value IMHO. He wont bat lead off as I understand, and will bat near the bottom of the lineup as well as not geting to steal nearly as much as last year.
Is your league 5 game or 10 game eligibility rules? If it is 10 and Womack doesnt perform like last year you could find yourself haveing to use Mueller at 2B and haveing either, no 3B to back up Chipper, or no OF to back up Cabrerea shifting him to 3B as Lugo only played 8 at 2B last year. All that to say your roster flexibility might not be as secure as you think if you are banking on Womack repeating last years numbers.
Your SP is very solid and should keep you competetive in most categories, mainly with Gagne and Hoffman's high K rates to compliment a few of your control SP that help mostly in WHIP and ERA. With BB as a pitching category (Why BTW, as WHIP is already a category) Maddox should have even a little more value than he does in 5X5 roto leagues. The Mets offensive boost should help V. Zambrano get a few more wins here and there, but he should be used primarily for matchups against weaker lineups to help your strikeouts.
As good as Gagne and Hoffman are, you dont need to trade for a closer, but keep a dilligent watch on the waiver wire as getting 15-30 extra saves through 1 lucky gem or several different closer of the week waiver pickups would almost gaurantee you stayed near the top of the Saves category.
Also, Abreu and Finley are notorious slow starters and seem to always have horrible April's to start every season. Dont sell low on either unless you get a very tempting offer for Finley. It is hard to bench a player like Abreu but you might want to keep Finley reserved for the first few weeks of the season unless he adjusts well in Anaheim and starts off hot. Starting off hot I think is unlikely even playing in one of the better lineups he has been a part of.
OF is definately your strength with Varitek at C and D. Lee at 1B helping alot also but SP is where you are deepest at. You might want to consider tradeing a pitcher to get a 2B, MI, or OF to help out with your roster flexibility.
All in all that is a very well rounded team and probably a top 5 team if not better. The game is wild and unpedictable though, so who knows what could happen? I think you have the foundation to be very competetive though.
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