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The trade deadline in my league is next week and I just made my final move. Check out my lineup of batters in a 13 team league. Here's hoping they help me make a run...
C - Kurt Suzuki
1B - Mark Teixeira
2B - Dustin Pedroia
SS - Hanley Ramirez
3B - Evan Longoria
OF - Raul Ibanez
OF - Ichiro Suzuki
OF - Andrew McCutchen
Util - Gordon Beckam
BN - Torii Hunter
BN - Garrett Jones
- 1 Reply to Evan
It doesn't suck, but it's certainly not top tier. Jurrjens and Nolasco are my top 2 guys. Not great by any means, but definitely not bad either. Houston Street is my closer. Randy Wolf, Jeff Niemann, John Lannan and Joe Blanton are my spot start guys. All of them have been solid in match-up starts and all pitch pretty well at home.
If you use traditional stats, I'm sure these guys will be fine as they tend to get a lot of hits, RBIs and runs.
But overall, from an overall offensive standpoint, here is my assessment:
One of the worst offensive full-time catchers in MLB.
A top 5 or 6 first-baseman, depending on how Lance Berkman comes back.
Besides Utley, one of the only 2Bs worth having. Pretty solid.
By far the best SS, and a top 5 player overall.
Weird that you would slot Beckham at UTIL - wouldn't you rather a bigger bat there? He's good, but most valuable if you can use him at SS.
A top 5 third baseman. Not bad.
For your OF, you have a top 20 outfielder (Ibanez), a top 25 (Hunter - he will not OPS .950 for the rest of the year), a top 40 (Ichiro), and then McCutchen who is solid but not likely to put up a near .850 OPS for the rest of the year.
Garrett Jones is not that great - I'd trade him before his value dips any lower. Maybe package him with someone else and get an upgrade for your outfield somehow Or find someone better on waivers - an underrated power OF bat, or maybe a solid, overlooked pitcher.
- 1 Reply to Andrew Z
For the most part, I agree with your assessment. The catcher position is thin for fantasy this year. In my points league, Suzuki is 4th behind Mauer, V-Mart, and Sandoval (with the latter 2 having multi position eligibility).
1B is a deep position this year, Teixeira is currently 4th in points playing in that lefty friendly ballpark. I like.
I thought about going after Kinsler here, but the injury scared me away. Dustin should be solid. Currently 5th at 2B.
Hanley is a beast and Longoria has been slumping. But I'm betting Evan pulls himself together.
If you annualized McCutchen's numbers, he'd be a top 15 OF in a points league. Either way, he's probably headed to the bench when Hunter returns. I'll take Ibanez in that Philly lineup and Ichiro is consistent. OF is my weakest position but I've made a living this year picking up guys while their hot. OF's are a dime a dozen.
Beckham is at utility because he's been on fire as of late. 12th best hitter in points over the last month. The FA list for batters is slim. I'm trying to move Jones but must of the owners in my league are content for the long haul, which doesn't give me many options.
Oh, Hunter will definitely get back in the lineup. I've been patiently waiting for his return. McCutchen did give me 23 points on Saturday though. :)
Ibanez and Suzuki for Mauer isn't enough value. Suzuki plays just about every night and is a solid catcher. Ibanez is a beast on a great hitting team in a lefty friendly ballpark. My OF is the weakest part of my team, but it still isn't bad.
- 1 Reply to Swiggs
Misread your post. Don't know if I could pass Suzuki and Ibanez for someone like Jones AND Mauer. That would definitely make my batters ridiculous, but that's probably not enough to get those guys. Suzuki is solid, but he's solid in the sense that catcher is a weak fantasy position this year.
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