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…
 
C  Varitek   
1B  Loney
2B  Kendrick
3B  Blalock
SS  Peralta
OF  Matsui, Ibanez, Dye
Util/DH  Burrell
 
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
                                                                                                                               

Hey 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.

Hey,

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

 

4 Comments

Stan____________________________________________
I have to disagree with Zach on this one. The key is Head-to-Head. You have such a strong pitching staff, you should be able to coast into your league’s playoffs with this team. You are weak at steals, but aggressively troll the waiver wire for players (Carlos Gomez for one). Be looking for rising stars out there, especially at C, 1B, and 3B (Mark Reynolds). You can have the best team but still finish fourth if you stink in September during the playoffs. Balance isn’t as important as certainty, and with this pitching staff you are very certain to win at least 4 cats each week (if not all 5). _______________________________________________________________________
I would keep the pitching, look to build a solid base in two or three offensive categories, and be very happy with a 7-3 or 6-4 win each week. Coming off a 9-1 week one win, you should not be initiating anything. Strength loves Certainty. Let them come to you. If you see offensive holes near the deadline and you need to build up a few offensive categories, then you should look to trade. But right now I would sit tight, see how things play out, and not touch any of your pitching until mid June at the earliest. ________________________________________________________________________ I’ve been playing head-to-head for years, and I ran away with my league last year only to lose in the playoffs, so I speak from experience. I won at a 75% clip during the regular season with no closers, and that was because I completely owned the other categories. I picked up September closers for the stretch, but lost due to stars resting late in the year. Not much you can do about that.

I completely agree with grabbing Reynolds and hanging on to Escobar. I’ve had Escobar at 3B last week and picked up Reynolds yesterday. I plan on riding this hot streak out, and I cut Encarnacion (DPNM- Dusty’s Problem, Not Mine). Cory’s projections for Reynolds was 17/ 79. Given this start, it’s not unreasonable to think 20/90 is possible. If Reynolds gets cold, you can still plug Escobar in his place and still be in decent shape (at least in Yahoo where Escobar is 2B/SS/3B eligible).

Hi guys,
again, great show, best fantasy podcast on da planet.

I have a question:
although I seem to have a pretty good ourfield

Crawford
Hawpe
Dunn

I have Fukudome on my bench and was wondering if I should put im into the lineup and wait for one of the other guys to get hot. I do need HRs, however.

Question: who would u bench and how good do u think Fukudome will be during the course of an entire season?

Thanx for ur help, Servus from Bavaria,
Danny D.

PS: H2H, 12 Team mixed league (Y!) My utiliy position (Zimmerman) is not really an option to bench, is it?

Danny, I think Fukudome should be in there for now while he’s hot, and probably over Dunn since he’s slumping. But over the course of the season Fukudome will probably be the odd man out so try to sell high and capitalize on his value. What can you get by packaging Fukudome AND Hawpe (who I think is overrated)… Sizemore? Markakis? Take a shot and find out…
–CS

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