Unread Questions for 4/9/08
Hey guys, wanted to get your thoughts on my team this year. League is 5×5, head-to-head, 12 teams, five keepers.
Here’s what I ended up with…
OF Matsui, Ibanez, Dye
SP – Santana, Peavy, Webb, Lackey (DL – brought in Glavine), Halladay, Sheets, Jered Weaver RP – Nathan, K-Rod, Cordero, Izzy, Gregg
I won 9-1 in Week 1 and am set for a similar result in Week 2. I feel pretty good but wondered what ya’ll would be thinking if these were your cards. Thanks, Stan
The first thing that stands out here is the insane amount of top shelf pitching. Santana, Peavy, and Webb are probably the three most valuable starting pitchers in fantasy while Halladay and Sheets are both borderline aces.
As for your closers, I don’t even know how you were able to get all these guys. And 5 of them in a 12 teamer! The only way possible is you took Santana, Peavy, Webb, Nathan and K-Rod with your first five picks. It’s nice to have a clear strength, but not at the expense of the rest of the roster. The hitting can use significant improvement. Average-wise you’re fine, as Loney and Kendrick are .300 plus hitters while Matsui and Ibanez will post averages at or above .280. Power-wise, you’re lacking, with Burrell and maybe Dye being the only ones with a legitimate shot at 30 homers. And now we get to the real problem. Steals IS a stat…and it counts! Kendrick is the only player with a chance of approaching 20 stolen bases. Outside of him, there’s nobody. 30 steals for the season would be a generous projection for the entire team. And that’s nowhere near enough to compete on a weekly basis. A trade is in order. Can you deal Webb or even Peavy for Crawford? Or how about Peavy and Peralta for Sizemore and a speedy shortstop (like a Furcal?) Whatever the end result, let’s figure you need about 70 more stolen bases to be in solid shape. The good news is that there’s plenty of excess pitching on this roster, so working out a trade shouldn’t be hard.
Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com
I’m in a 12-team, mixed, 5×5, H2H league. It’s a non-keeper with 25-man rosters. 11 hitters, 9 pitchers and 5 bench spots. My starting 3B is Yunel Escobar. I have no backups at 3B. The guys who are available in my league are Mark Reynolds, Joe Crede, Melvin Mora, Aubrey Huff, Brandon Inge, Pedro Feliz, and Mark DeRosa. Are any of those guys better than Escobar? If so, which one of the following guys should I cut? Asdrubal Cabrera, Yuniesky Betancourt, Rickie Weeks or Escobar.
This one’s a no-brainer for me: grab Mark Reynolds while you still have the chance. The guy’s been flat-out phenomenal so far this season, and at this point it’s safe to say he’s the hottest hitter in baseball (10-22, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 7 R in his last five games). Sure, it might be a fluke, but I’ve heard multiple experts predict that he’ll hit 30-35 homers this year, so sign him ASAP.
In terms of who to drop, I’d hold onto Escobar, as he’s a very legitimate big league hitter in a much improved Braves lineup and gives you great versatility as a three-position infielder. Given his ability to score runs and steal bases, Weeks is probably worth holding onto as well, so it comes down to Betancourt and Cabrera. To me, this is a toss-up, as I don’t think either is poised to do much fantasy damage this season, but I’d keep Cabrera if I were you…just more upside there.
So there you go–a Reynolds for Betancourt add-drop is a major upgrade in my mind.
Corey Gottlieb, MLB.com