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  • Just drafted this team in a public, autodraft, ROTO league....not sure how I got this much quality starting pitching...already putting out feelers to try and deal one away for a closer.

    C Iván Rodríguez
    1B Adrián González
    2B Kelly Johnson
    3B Adrián Béltre
    SS Khalil Greene
    OF Matt Holliday
    OF Nick Swisher
    OF Jeff Francoeur
    Util Pat Burrell
    BN Adam LaRoche
    BN José Guillén
    BN Rick Ankiel

    SP Jake Peavy
    SP Brandon Webb
    RP Chad Billingsley
    RP Troy Percival
    P C.C. Sabathia
    P Justin Verlander
    P John Lackey
    BN Andy Pettitte
    BN Barry Zito

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    • in Roto leagues I like to get a few 5-tool guys (Upton for Tampa and Granderson for Det are money in roto) and also I like to draft 3 or 4 STUD closers. First of all, they will keep your innings down so you have wiggle room towards the end of the season to bulk up on starting pitchers if you need k's and wins. Secondly, they by far have the best ERA and WHIP ratios of all pitchers, so you'll score high in those categories. They also give you high strikeout rate so for the innings you are using, you're getting good strikeouts. Like I said, if towards the end of the season you are low on wins and ks (which generally happens with a team full of stud closers) you can try and trade players or pick up free agents to get wins and whatnot.

    • I think you definitely need another closer, and with that many SP, you will surely run out of innings in early September. The idea of offering Sabathia and, say, Ankiel for Roberts and a decent closer is very good. Also, consider dropping your weakest SP (Pettitte or Zito) and picking up Hennessey - he's the Giants closer, but because Yahoo has him ranked at 334, he is off everybody's radar. Currently only about 10% owned.

      Also note that Billingsley is starting for the Dodgers, not relieving.

      Do you have an answer for my question about Weeks/Ankiel?

    • Any other thoughts? Should I try to pick another closer or a upper-tier MI (Roberts, Phillips, etc.)?

    • I wouldn't worry about getting a stud closer. I'd be more worried about getting a ungrade at either 2b, 3b, or ss. Offer up either Webb or CC along with one of your OFs for a top notch infielder along with a middle of the road closer.


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