Long but I thought this might be a good discussion and I could really use some opinions from the best.
My keepers league is only 4 years old and you can keep only 3 players. There
10 teams. All league owners are very good. Only 35 points seperates the 1st place team from the last place team. VERY VERY Balanced!!
They all have to be drafted at one point in time after the 5th round. So players like Pujols, Manny and Arod can not be kept. But the new gems of the bunch D.Wright, Howard and Fielder can be and were kept by there owners from last year.
My team and the draft:
I kept Mauer, Oswalt and Konerko from a team that I took over for the first time. This team came in dead last last year. And I'm currently in 9th place.
I got the last pick in the draft, so the best options were 2nd round pick at best(Sheffield and Berkman). I had to resort to high risk/high reward players, Prior, Gagne, Burnett and now Sheffield is out for 10 weeks. I liked my keepers more at the beginning of the season than now. Oswalt DL stint and Mauer only catching 5 days a week and doesn't add much production other than average. Konerko was the one I was worried about the most and he is probably the best. I had the option of keeping Burrell over Mauer and I wish I had now.
I'm currently in 9h place out of 10 teams, but I'm only 25 points from first.
The players that I picked up from waiver wire or drafted that are worthy of keeper considerations are Swisher, Glaus, F.Lopez, Verlander, Ray, Gagne and Prior. Players that I drafted that can't be kept Sheffield (1st R), Berkman (2) Reyes (3) Rivera (4) and Blalock (5).
1) I'm loving the idea of Glaus SS eliglble soon. Would he be a no brainer for a keeper?
2) Gagne was once a sure fire #1 round draft choice. Is he worth keeping?
3) Trade strategy, some teams have already started dropping their keepers (Duke, C.Tracy, Linebrink, Sexson, Cantu) Should I start looking to move my keeper eligble players for better option? For example, if I know I don't want to keep Mauer next year should I try and deal him now with another keeper and land a even bigger keeper for myself?
Give me some of your thoughts please?!?!?!