Hey Mike/Cory/Casey or Zach,
Thought I would drop you a question regarding my upcoming draft in another keeper league. Just wanted some of your insight for my first pick. It is a 14 team, 12 man keeper, no dollar values, mixed H2H 5×5 with OB%. We also can protect 2 rookies.
Here are some of the top guys NOT protected, I have the 8th pick in the first round (essentially the 13th round).
Billy Wagner, Ellsbury, John Smoltz, Takashi Saito, Rafael Soriano, Chipper, F. Cordero, Rowand, K. Escobar, Oliver Perez, Carmona, Snell, and Howie Kendrick.
Here are my protected players.
Adam Jones (rookie)
Just wondering who you would go with considering my roster, and what players I could wait on for a couple rounds. Maybe rank them? What weaknesses do you see in my roster?
Thanks guys…always value your opinions! This will help me out for the draft this weekend.
Wow…this is a tough one…so many players to choose from! In the HR and RBI areas, you’re stacked. The clear weakness in this keeper group is speed. The two middle infielders (Cano and Peralta) might give you about 8 combined stolen bases at positions that almost always require steals. Figgins and to a lesser extent Markakis are your only sources. The one guy listed here who will help in this department is Ellsbury, someone you can wait a bit before drafting. My first choice would be to get an SB specialist like Taveras or Pierre with your first pick. If that’s not possible, I’d turn my attention to grabbing a starter and closer with the first two picks and trading for speed once the season starts. In a 14 team league, the pitching depth is nowhere near what it is in a 12 teamer, and though your rotation can be an excellent one if Liriano’s healthy, snatching up another #2-3 type isn’t a bad idea. I’m actually shocked that Smoltz may be available. I’ll rank him first among the SP’s but be careful! A 40 year old who will likely start the season on the DL with shoulder issues is scary. Consider Snell a fallback option with Carmona close behind. Snell offers more strikeouts while Carmona has the higher win potential. As for the closers, I’d rank them Wagner, Saito, Cordero, Soriano. If you wind up with Saito, make sure to get Broxton as insurance. Addressing a weakness is always a first step, but don’t be afraid to go in a different direction and deal from strength later on.
Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com