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Keeper league. I don't have a 1b, and these two are the first players available to draft. With which to I take #1?? Craig is steady, but he is injury prone. Butler might or might not have trouble keeping 1b eligibility in years to come, and could become strictly a DH. I inherited a team that doesn't have a top 30 player...I need production here.
I f I didn't get a 1b with this pick, I could target Adam LaRoache a few rounds later...after that, it's Garrett Jones. If I didn't take one of these two, I would probably pick Altuve or Melky Cabrerra.
What would you do?
I'd scoop up Moreland and Olt later on in the draft, but I'm afraid I'd have to pick Craig over Butler. It's just a very hittery lineup, very productive team, and he's going to be playing 1B all year and not get the shift-around like he did all last year and the year before.
I think Butler reached his ceiling last year. Underrated lineup, he's durable, they'll both finish around 25-90 .300, but Craig comes around to score R's more than Butler does, in a lineup that doesn't really drive him in as much.
I'd be happy with either, but I think Craig will be healthy all year and have the year Butler had last year, while Butler comes a little bit down, though not by much.
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