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12 Team, daily lineup change H2H with standard 5x5 categories. I was given advice in a mock draft to not focus too much on platoon players, and instead load up on pitching., Here's my team:
C: Carlos Santana
1B: Prince Fielder
2B: Ian Kinsler
3B: Will Middlebrooks
SS: Starlin Castro
OF: Mike Trout, Carl Crawford, Michael Bourn
UTIL: Ryan Howard, Lance Berkman
Bench: Manny Machado, Andrelton Simmons, Jayson Werth, Jason Kubel
SP: Jeff Samardzija, Madison Bumgarner, Max Scherzer, Matt Harvey, Julio Teheran, Clay Bucholz
RP: Ernesto Frieri, Sergio Romo, Vinnie Pestano
As it stands, I have no backup catcher or 2B. I'm thinking about picking up another good RP to try and help my ERA, WHIP, Ks, and get the occasional win or save. Most RP closers are gone in y league, but there are some decent setup en left. Should I drop Simmons and not have a backup SS? Or drop an outfielder; which one, Kubel or Werth? I really don't need three 1Bs when I have Prince, but Howard is a great UTIL I think and I actually expect Berkman to have a year with numbers close to 2011, so I hesitate to drop him. Or do you think my pitching staff will be fine as-is?
If you like Howard and Berkman, trade Fielder. You can get a lot for him. I would try to get Scutaro (2B/SS/3B eligibility) and an elite starter.
Drop Bucholtz, can you get Eric O'Flaherty or Luke Gregerson? They would both help your ERA, WHIP and Ks and Gregerson could close for a while if Street goes down again.
If I were you, I'd do what I just did and go pick up Rick Porcello and drop Jason Kubel. Go read the player page on Porcello and give me one reason why this kid is not poised to have a breakout year. I'm sure he's still available in your league. He was just named the Tigers 5th starter and had NO WALKS, a 3.00 era and 15 ks and impressed his catcher Alex Avila. Plus he beat out Drew Smyly for 5th spot and Smyly's no slouch. The kid was once rated a top prospect, has always had good control, and has been around since 2009. Plus he was coveted by a lot of teams this past offseason but the Tigers wanted too much for him. There's a reason why they did. Leyland has been around the game a while so I'm sure he knows something about this kid. He fixed his delivery and got rid of his slider from his repitoire which supposedly was holding him back while he perfected his curve which Avila says has become a legit "out" pitch. Plus he's on the AL defending champs in a stacked lineup so expect a lot of wins from him. He's also got a guy named Justin to guide him so everything's pointing in the right direction for him. I don't care for Kubel too much and would never consider him for fantasy. I'm sorry to hear about the lack of availabilty of RPs but Chris Perez on the Indians is an injury risk so Pestano might see save opportunities but if not keep an eye on the player updates and grab a closer when one becomes available and who will be around for the rest of the season if the main closer goes down with injury. Keep Werth...he's found new life as a leadoff hitter so is a good backup but I don't like Kubel...I'm also not sure of Simmons he's too raw but good as a backup and to stash for when he gets hot. Hold onto Machado too. You're pitching staff looks good but I'm telling you to grab Porcello because he's gonna have a big year. Good luck!