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Anyone else try this year. I tried on three separate browsers. It loads page and says connecting to server, but never connects. Not my connection, flash is up to date, so is it just not working yet? I'm assuming 1st day glitch - hopefully.
You've got your six keepers correct. Considering you only keep 6 players I would not drop a bat for another pitcher. There should be plenty of pitching available to you in the draft (assuming this is a 12 team league or less). Want to make sure, go to fantasyassembly and submit your question. We are a new site and I've been on a bunch of message boards trying to get the word out. We're also featured on fantasyrundown and are currently doing a slow mock draft with faketeams for sportsnation.
If it's a public league I would veto the trade. Reporting for collusion for the first offense is a bit much IMO, but I don't know what's been going on before this trade with transactions. Considering the two of you are friends, there are some big red flags here regardless of what the intent was on either side.
And if your buddy is the kind of person that would drop his entire team, he's not the kind of person I would want in my league.
That's why I like the "rate the manager feature". Once/If yahoo starts posting the ratings on your fantasy profile, we can see what losers some of these people really are.
As for the dumb collusion trade, if cheating to win your fantasy league is the only way you can win, and after you win you actually brag about it......YOU'RE A LOSER.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, if you do decide to move your league, do NOT go to CBS. The only thing worse than glitches like this is paying a site only to have more problems than the free site. You've been warned.
If you have thousands of dollars on the line, then maybe you guys should spend a few extra bucks for a better site instead of relying on a free one that is bound to have glitches. You get what you pay for spanky.
I've gotten accustomed to these occasional yahoo scoring glitches and take them with a grain of salt now. It does get annoying though when you have waiver wire requests and trades pending that aren't getting put through as a result. Hopefully this is done before game time.
Lets get the obvious out of the way first.
1. Matt Kemp
2. Andrew McCutchen
3. Carlos Gonzalez
4. Starlin Castro - Young stud future top 5 SS
5. Dustin Pedroia - getting older but still top 5 second baseman
6. Billy Butler - The only 1st baseman you have but will give you solid numbers and is the next best thing when the Votto's, Fielder's are gone. Some may say he's not an obvious choice but with 10 keepers he's better than anyone you'll get in the draft and better than some first baseman that will be kept.
You could go two different ways for your final 4, the win now approach or the build for later approach. Given the core above you can win now with the following 4.
7. CC Sabathia - He's older and has no upside, but is a workhorse with a solid K rate that's good for 15 wins with a good ERA & WHIP.
8. Cliff Lee - Like Sabathia he's old with no upside, but his numbers speak for himself. He may not get the wins with Philly, but he'll have more than last year with similar stats.
9. Jon Lester - He had an off year after 4 very solid years. He's not gonna have an ERA under 3 and may not get 200+ strikeouts, but an ERA in the low 3's with with 180+ K's and 13-15 wins are very realistic. Bounce back candidate.
10. Adrian Beltre - He turns 34 this year but he can carry your team at 3rd base. Moustakas is yournger with upside, but keeping him could leave a hole for you at 3rd for a few years, or longer if he doesn't improve.
If you choose to get the potential future player which involves some risk go with
7. Aroldis Chapman - He did great as a closer and will give you K's, but there is no guarantee the success he had as a closer will translate to the starting rotation.
8. Jarrod Parker - Another young pitcher with upside. His number were up and down depending on month. He has good but not great strikeout potential and is a year or two away from being a top pitcher. He should be ok this year, but given his ranking I think you can get him back if you let him go, unlike Chapman
10. Mike Moustakas - He's younger than Beltre with 25+HR power. He's probably a year or two away with his BA. Just like any rookie he's a risk and there are better options in the minors a year or two away. How much do you like him?
1 Yadier Mokina - Catcher is deep and you'll be able to get someone you can live with
2 Jimmy Rollins - Will be better or equal to Castro this year, but has no long term value
3 Adam Dunn - Big power but on downside of career and a BA killer
4 Ryan Howard - Could have more power than Butler but Butler will give you better overall numbers. Howards may have a good year left in him but at 33 with a declining BA, not worth a keeper spot.
5 Rafael Soriano - He's the new closer in Washington but given the players in the bullpen waiting to take over if he faulters, his injury past and the pitchers you have to choose from, you can't keep him.
6 Michael Pineda - Arm problems this early in his career are never good. If he's healthy he's worth a late round flyer, but more than likely you'll be able to get him off the waiver wire.
7. Jake Peavy - He had his first good year since leaving SD. He's good and someone I would want on my team, but I don't know if I would keep him over CC, Lee or Lester. You can make your own case for him, that's just my rankings.
McCutchen, Kemp & Verlander are automatic. Adrian Gonzalez was down on the power but the rest of his numbers were money so keep him.
With only 5 keepers and the catcher position being deep I'd let go of Montero.
Between Holliday and Craig I'd go with Craig. He's 4 years younger and everyone has been comparing him to Holliday for years, but his numbers last year were more in line with what you would get from Joey Votto. I have both but if I had to choose between the two I'd go Craig in a second.
Butler, Beltre & Lawrie. Lawrie has upside but I think is a year or two away from getting there so keeping Beltre to play 3rd while Lawrie matures would be wise.
I like Jones but like I said to someone else, he had 1 good year (now show me another so I know it wasn't a fluke). Same thing goes for Headley.
As for Molina, the catcher position is deep so don't worry about losing him (especially in an 8 team 1 catcher league).
Votto, Craig, Upton and Felix. Trumbo is to much of a risk. Jones did great but that's just one year (show me 2 and we'll talk). Lawrie has upside but showed little, you can get him back. Castro did well, but there are other better options to be had if everyone only keeps 4 players. If you didn't list Allen Craig I would have said keep Castro. I really like Craig and expect big things from him.
with only 5 keepers Markakis is not a keeper.
Rizzo has big power potential and if he has finally figured things out he could be a top 10 first baseman in a year or two. Sandoval is a top 10 third baseman, but has had problems staying healthy (like Zimmerman). They're both a gamble. One has big power potential but has had little success in the majors except for this year and the other is a good hitter but fragile.
If you don't have to have your keepers in til next year, I'd wait and see where both of them are ranked. If Rizzo is ranked in the 130-150 range, you can probably let him go and sneak him back on your team later in the draft.
I say it's between Goldschmidt & Medlen. You'll be able to get someone as good as Melky in the draft. Same thing with Sale who might be under a pitch restriction given his arm problems this year. Machado has good upside but is probably a year or two away from reaching it, and with a good number of third baseman that will probably be available to you, you can do better next year. Ortiz is on the decline and Goldschmidt should put up better numbers going forward.
Goldschmidt with help you in every category and has the potential to be a top 5 first baseman given his speed/power mix. Medlen had an awesome season and will give you good ratios and lots of K's. My heart says Medlen as I like his potential but my head says keep Goldschmidt. Hitters are usually kept over pitchers in most leagues and as good as Medlen is, I'm gonna say you can replace most of his numbers with someone else.
Harper, Posey & Cano are automatic.
After that it gets tough as the only logical throw back is Kipnis because you have Cano. Kipnis has upside but why gamble when you have the sure thing and you'll have at least 3 more good years from Cano before you have to worry about his decline years.
Lee is the better pitcher but Greinke is younger. Given you only keep 5 players and given most owners usually keep hitters, I'm gonna assume there will be a lot of pitching available in the draft so I'd take the best of the two (meaning Lee) regardless of their age. Looking at your keepers I think it's safe to assume you'll have another big pitcher or hitter to replace Lee with as a keeper next year.
That leaves Headley & Desmond who both had career years, and both did it at the magic age of 27 when players are supposed to take that next step. Both have displayed good speed in the majors and minors and both have never displayed big power in the minors so the jump in HR's are a suprise for both. This makes both of them a gamble, but if I had to pick one to take a chance on I would choose Ian Desmond just based upon his position. Assuming Cabrera, Longoria, Beltre, Wright and Zimmerman are all kept, you'll still get a decent 3rd baseman with players like Headley, Sandoval, Hanley, A-Rod, Prado or Freese. And you could have a chance at a future 3rd baseman with Lawrie, Frazier, Moustakas, Middlebrooks or Machado.
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