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    Thoghts on my Team Please

    by John Mar 31, 2015 9:57 AM

    Betances was my only total screw up pick. I was looking at closers and I sorted by yahoo ranks. Betances was on top and the next thing I knew I had drafted him. Now I just have to hope he gets the job and holds onto it. I totally agree on my 2b and ss situation. If just one of them has a really good season I'll be okay. If they both flop I'm in trouble. I'll be watching fa like a hawk for 2b and ss and I'm open to trades as well. I did reach a bit for Lynn but I don't regret that pick. He wasn't going to last until my next draft spot and he's a pitcher I really wanted to own this year. I believe he will have a big season.

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    Best Offense you've seen?

    by Ryan L Mar 31, 2015 12:19 PM

    The difference is minimal. Zunino gives you power. Lucroy gives you avg. Almost all catchers are the same.

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    Rate It

    by Shawn K Mar 31, 2015 10:26 AM

    This isn't exactly true. I have played in multiple 12 team leagues and mock drafted in a ton of 12 teamers. The particular 12 team league Shawn and I play in is full of smart managers that are active on these forums. All the same players on everyone's radar. They all know the value picks and the over-rated players to avoid. You can't get by waiting to take a Wong or Santana until late because those type of players will go before their ADP. No one is taking red flag players like Wainwright as quickly as they would go in other leagues. In many leagues (especially public ones), the manager's aren't that savvy. They make worse picks and don't avoid obvious traps. This leaves better players on the board longer for smart managers to grab. So 276 players are taken either way, but in a public league, a smart manager will end up with a much higher percentage of good players than he will in a highly competitive private league with managers who are in the know.

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    Thoghts on my Team Please

    by John Mar 31, 2015 9:57 AM

    What moves/trades would you suggest I make? Who woul dI pick up if I dropped Segura? Who could I trade to improve SS or 2B?

    I liked the idea of owning Gregerson and Qualls until the closer situation in Houston was more clear. Parnell is on track to be back in Mid April and, with the way Mejia has looked, he'll get the job back. If he doesn't I'll drop him for a hot SP then.

    I agree with you on my 2B/SS. Easily my weakest areas. Rollins was taken right before I would have. Same with Santana. Same with Dozier and wong. So I ended up taking a risks with Segura and Alcantara. I see Segura as a decent bounceback candidate (his kid did die last year) and a nice source for SB even if he doesn't return to 2013 form. Alcantara has a more clear path to playing time with Baez sent down. If he gets 500+ at bats I think I'll be happy owning him. If not I'm going to struggle.

    There is no innings pitched limit, so I don't agree that I have too many starters. I do agree, though, that the chances are they don't all pan out and I end up streaming with one of those spots.

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    Thoghts on my Team Please

    by John Mar 31, 2015 9:57 AM
    John John Mar 31, 2015 2:40 PM Flag

    Kershaw, Felix, and Scherzer in the first 3 rounds. First guy to take a closer off the board too. Interesting strategy to say the least. My own assessment of my team is that I need a little more power, but we'll see.

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    Best Offense you've seen?

    by Ryan L Mar 31, 2015 12:19 PM
    John John Mar 31, 2015 12:28 PM Flag

    It's a solid offense. But, as always, you can improve. Lucroy is way over-rated for fantasy. I would guess you could trade him to the right manager for a nice 2B upgrade and then pick up a f/a catcher that is as good or better than Lucroy anyway (Zunino?). You also have some question marks with Blackmon, Gordon, Soler, and to a degree Rollins. But you'll just have to wait and see how that stuff shakes out.

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    Help me out and I will try and help you

    by Ricky Mar 31, 2015 10:48 AM
    John John Mar 31, 2015 11:22 AM Flag

    Nevermind, just saw it's a 10 team league. I think you ned more power/speed.

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    Help me out and I will try and help you

    by Ricky Mar 31, 2015 10:48 AM
    John John Mar 31, 2015 11:19 AM Flag

    How deep is the league? I agree that you need more power, and amazingly, probably a little more speed too. Unless it's a 16 team league or something. My post is "Thoughts on My Team" Thanks.

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    h2h drafting ideas

    by jestin Mar 30, 2015 10:57 PM
    John John Mar 31, 2015 10:24 AM Flag

    I like to draft as many balance type of guys as possible that give you power and speed. But there will inevitably be a couple of positions or roster spots on your team where no one is available that gives you both. So maybe you take a 1B who gives you power only and a SS or 2B that gives you speed only.

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    Trade Offer?

    by Patrick Mar 31, 2015 9:04 AM
    John John Mar 31, 2015 10:22 AM Flag

    I say go for it. You don't need 2 catchers, ever. Especially when your primary catcher isn't a catcher and will get a ton of at bats. Betts is a nice replacement for Gordon. And you definitely need a 3rd closer. 2 closers isn't doing anyone any good. Take a look at my "Thoughts on my team" post if you don't mind.

  • Drafted in a 12 team h2h 5x5 league last night (with many of you from here). Just looking for some thoughts on my draft and how I might be able to improve the team going forward. I didn't end up with all guys I intended to target. Some of the guys I planned to target just went way too soon, so I tried to be reactionary and grab value players that weren't necessarily on my draft list but had fallen way below adp. And, yeah, I know Richard...I don't have a back-up SS.

    C) Santana
    1B) Prince
    2B) Alcantara
    3B) Beltre
    SS) Segura
    OF) Trout, Dickerson, Heyward
    UT) Blackmon
    BN) R. Zimmerman

    SP) Zimmerman, Hughes, Lynn, Yordano, Bailey, Lackey, Keuchel, Tillman

    RP) Betances, Cecil, Gregerson, Qualls, Parnell

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    WHAT TO DO????

    by Ryan Mar 27, 2015 5:21 PM
    John John Mar 27, 2015 5:24 PM Flag

    1250 innings limit and you're worrying about owning Verlander? Trade him fast. Stream to fill up your innings if it's an issue.

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    Dickerson or Springer?

    by Chris C. Mar 27, 2015 4:25 PM
    John John Mar 27, 2015 4:34 PM Flag

    Dickerson no doubt.

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    Cespedes or Kemp - who do you draft?

    by j wishbone Mar 26, 2015 4:27 PM
    John John Mar 27, 2015 3:39 PM Flag

    San Diego is pitcher friendly. Horrible for hitters. But Kemp is still more valuable.

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    Encarnacion Swap: Two Choices

    by Tom Mar 27, 2015 10:50 AM
    John John Mar 27, 2015 11:12 AM Flag

    Keep EE.

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    Who got the better end of the deal?

    by Larkin Mar 27, 2015 10:21 AM
    John John Mar 27, 2015 11:10 AM Flag

    3B & SP for 3B & SP. I typically find these kind of apples to apples trades silly. Asking who won doesn't make sense. One team (probably) slightly upgraded 3B and the other team (probably) slightly upgraded SP. The Wright/Wainwright combo has more upside and a little more risk.

  • John John Mar 27, 2015 9:41 AM Flag

    That's why I didn't mention taking all ceiling guys as a strategy that would work. But, taking a mix of ceiling guys and floor guys can work. Drafting a team full of guys with solid floors and then being confident enough that their floors can carry you even if you one of your ceiling picks doesn't pan out is a calculated roll of the dice. And a calculated roll of the dice is another thing that baseball and fantasy baseball "is about". Also, you can take guys, like Stanton or Harper, who themselves are a balance of floor and ceiling. They have a very high ceiling and also have a fairly established floor that may be lower McCutchen's, but is still very ownable. In a floor year, those guys are not going to kill your team the way that Lawrie, Souza, Buxton, etc are. You're an extremist. Try being reasonable.

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    Cespedes or Kemp - who do you draft?

    by j wishbone Mar 26, 2015 4:27 PM
    John John Mar 27, 2015 9:31 AM Flag

    Kemp. 5 cat contributer, huge upside. Has Cespedes ever been the most valuable bat in fantasy? Kemp was just a couple of years ago. When he's healthy he's a beast.

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    Yasmani Grandal?

    by Matthew Mar 27, 2015 12:54 AM
    John John Mar 27, 2015 9:28 AM Flag

    I would feel a lot more comfortable drafting him if I was confident he would get a lot of playing time.

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    Do I trade kershaw?

    by Scotty Mac Mar 26, 2015 9:26 PM
    John John Mar 27, 2015 9:27 AM Flag

    There are obviously differing thoughts here, but I like the trade for you. I value hitting over pitching because pitching is so deep, doesn't affect your stats every day, and is a lot more fragile and injury prone. So, to me, Gomez is the best player in the trade. I'd draft Gomez over Kershaw every time. So I would take that trade in a heartbeat. You're getting Kluber, who isn't quite as good as Kershaw but is a fantasy ace in his own right. You're getting a big upgrade with Gomez over Kluber. And you're getting another top 40 draft pick guy in Upton for whatever a "Jensen" is. I say take it.

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