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TRF
02-23-2008, 10:35 PM
Yahoo league. Hitting stats are R, HR, RBI, SB and BA (hey i just got assigned to the league, I didn't pick the stats.) Pitching stats are W, SV, K, ERA and WHIP.

here is my team, 12 team league, I picked 10th:

C Geovany Soto
1B Carlos Peña
2B Rickie Weeks
3B Edwin Encarnación
SS Jason Bartlett
OF Adam Dunn
OF Josh Hamilton
OF Austin Kearns
Util Matt Kemp
BN Evan Longoria
BN Conor Jackson
BN Felipe López
BN Wily Mo Peña
SP Johan Santana
SP Dan Haren
RP Francisco Cordero
RP Joakim Soria
P Scott Kazmir
P Justin Verlander
P Bronson Arroyo
P Edison Vólquez

*BaseClogger*
02-24-2008, 12:15 AM
Who was your second round pick? The offense is pretty weak...

TRF
02-24-2008, 12:29 AM
Haren. I went in strong on pitching because I knew everyone was going after offense. I don't think the offense is all that weak, but I do hate the categories.

AtomicDumpling
02-24-2008, 12:49 AM
Those are the standard 5x5 categories that 95% of fantasy leagues use.

Your team is very strong on starting pitching. You only have two relievers. I would cut Lopez and pick up a reliever, preferably one with a shot at saves. Relievers can be good at strikeouts (per inning), ERA and WHIP.

Your team has a lot of very young players, some of them might not even start the season in the big leagues (Volquez, Longoria). If they start in the minors you can cut them for relievers. Your success will hinge on some young prospects breaking out into stud status.

I notice a lot of Reds or former Reds too.

What round did you snag Kemp in? I am high on Kemp (not high on hemp ;)), I think he could be a fantasy goldmine.

You will probably need a better outfielder than Kearns, but you can't be stacked at every position.

I would try to trade Santana for someone like A-Rod, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Matt Holliday or some other 1st round stud hitter. Deal from your strength (starting pitching) to help out your weaknesses.

Overall I would say your team looks pretty good.

TRF
02-24-2008, 12:55 AM
Got Kemp in Rd 12. total steal. I took Kearns based on his second half (851 OPS) and moving to a new park. WMP is benched except against LH pitching.

Soto is the starting catcher in Chicago. Kid can rake. 3B is Longoria's to lose. a bit of a risk there, but EE is my starter. FeLo was a late rd pick. I'm already looking for relievers to replace him.

I am looking for a few breakout seasons. Jackson, Hamilton (500 AB's) Bartlett (he's gonna shock some people) and Weeks.

TRF
02-24-2008, 12:58 AM
just dropped FeLo for Jon Rauch. if/when Washington starts to fade, JimBo will have himself a bidding war for Cordero.

GoReds33
02-24-2008, 01:29 AM
just dropped FeLo for Jon Rauch. if/when Washington starts to fade, JimBo will have himself a bidding war for Cordero.We thought JimBo would have a bidding war with Soriano too. He's got a real chance to cash in and rebuild that system though. I hope he doesn't try to hold onto Cordero, only to realize he won't be able to keep him.

I like the move though. Lopez is falling fast. Rauch is a solid pitcher, in a very pitcher friendly ballpark.

*BaseClogger*
02-24-2008, 01:53 AM
Rauch is a solid pitcher, in a very pitcher friendly ballpark.

We don't know how their new park will play...

*BaseClogger*
02-24-2008, 01:54 AM
What round did you snag Kemp in? I am high on Kemp (not high on hemp ;)), I think he could be a fantasy goldmine.

Sounds like I beat you to him in the NL Only Dynasty League ;)

*BaseClogger*
02-24-2008, 01:55 AM
Haren. I went in strong on pitching because I knew everyone was going after offense. I don't think the offense is all that weak, but I do hate the categories.

Haren is simply not a second round pick...

TRF
02-24-2008, 02:19 AM
I probably could have gotten him lower, but I really think he's going to dominate the NL this year.

AtomicDumpling
02-24-2008, 02:34 AM
Sounds like I beat you to him in the NL Only Dynasty League ;)

Yes you did. LOL

I seriously considered taking him with the first pick of the 6th round. In fact I was all set to do it. Then I saw that Smoltz was still available and jumped all over him. I figured there was a good chance that Kemp would still be there when I got my 7th pick. No dice.

Now I hope he sucks. :p::D

Stephenk29
02-24-2008, 02:48 AM
Peavy wasn't there in the second round?

TeamSelig
02-24-2008, 04:36 AM
A few too many Reds (or former). I try to use a guideline for no Reds on my fantasy teams, and it works. Kearns could probably be picked up from waivers if you notice that he is playing well. Wily Mo is a long shot. Pena is your only big time hitter, and he had a huge career year last season.

I do love your pitching though. I'd also recommend trading one of your pitchers for some hitting. Try to get Hanley Ramirez and a decent closer for Santana and one of your hitters.

GoReds33
02-24-2008, 01:10 PM
We don't know how their new park will play...The new one is a bit smaller than the current one, but by the dimensions it looks like a pitcher's park. You're right though, we don't yet know how it will play.

TRF
02-24-2008, 02:38 PM
Definitely smaller. There could be a wind tunnel effect in CF, but they aren't sure if it's blowing in or out.

I actually like the Nats offense. I dropped FeLo for Rauch, and I may go after Heath Bell as well. I offered up Santana and Kemp for Hanley and Billy Wagner. I doubt he bites, but it will open up some talking. He offered me Hanley and Russel Martin for Santana and another player, can't remember who. So, he actually might go for it.

mlbfan30
02-24-2008, 03:32 PM
I'm assuming this is a roto league....
It's amazing that not one person has mentioned you have no steals. You will not win if you punt a category.
You also will probably be last in BA. Dunn/Weeks/Kearns/Bartlet all have AVGs around or lower than .265.
You will also lose saves. 2 RP is not enough. Soria might be a good pitcher, but the Royals arent going to in many games. He just isn't going to help very much. Arroyo and Volquez will both hurt you just by being on the team due to poor WHIP and ERA.

It's amazing how much your Red Bias played a role into this team. Your pretty much guaranteed to be bottom 1/2 in the standings will probably be last. SP is easy to find and getting top SP was a poor strategy. Almost 1/2 your team are Reds

TRF
02-24-2008, 07:45 PM
SP is much harder to find. it's a 5x5 league. dominating pitching while everyone else went after hitters isn't a bad strategy. I finished in second last year doing the same thing. I've got depth in the rotation and a few key hitters. Volquez was my last pick, and I'm probably dropping Arroyo in favor of Heath Bell. Bell won't get me any saves, but he'll get me K's, ERA and WHIP.

Yeah, I had a Reds bias this time around. familiarity isn't just a JimBo fault.