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Fantasy Baseball Team-- HELP WANTED

Posted on: April 4, 2011 1:13 am
Hey guys, my fantasy league just drafted a few days ago and I'm curious to get other's opinions of moves that I need to make. I didn't do as much research as other years. I have good general knowledge of most of the league's players, but there are some prospects I picked that I really didn't research and just picked them hoping that they would pan out. I drafted in a 12 man league on yahoo, which scores by stat categories (unlike CBS scoring). Here is the team:

C- Carlos Santana
1B- Kevin Youkilis
2B- Rickie Weeks
3B- Pedro Alvarez
SS- Hanley Ramirez
OF- Mike Stanton
OF- Carlos Lee
OF- Jose Tabata
Util- Derek Lee
Util- Lance Berkman

SP- Tim Lincecum
SP- Josh Johnson
RP- Huston Street
RP- Andrew Bailey (DL)
P- Brett Myers
P- Johnathan Sanchez
P- Dan Haren
P- Josh Beckett
BN- Jeremy Helickson
BN- Kyle Drabek
BN- Johnny Cueto (DL)
BN- Jair Jurrjens (DL)
BN- Travis Wood
BN- Jose Contreras (until Bailey comes off the DL)

My usual strategy is to focus on infield early on and then draft pitchers late. But this year, I decided against that and snagged Lincecum and Johnson early on. I used my high picks to get Han-Ram, Youk, and Weeks. I wanted a catcher who would play everyday (not Brian McCann) so I went with Santana fairly early since he plays 1B occassionaly. Now my riskiest pick was Alvarez and Tabata, both Pirates who I don't know much about. I want to know from you guys whether or not I should sell early on these guys because they're not that highly touted. Also, Stanton is another prospect who everyone figures will have a breakout season. Is it worth keeping him or selling him now? Lee and Berkman I'll probably replace, so if there are any under the radar prospects that are most likely not on anyone's rosters, you guys can tell me. Weeks is another guy who seems to be entering his prime and yet may be worth trading (only 1 full season healthy). Anyone have any thoughts on Weeks?

As for the starting pitching, I'm a little more knowledgable about some of the prospects I'm picking (like Drabek and Helickson), but I'm fairly uncertain about Cueto, Jurrjens, and Wood. Have these guys looked good and camp and are they worth hanging on to?

Thanks for the help.
Category: Fantasy Baseball

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: April 17, 2011 7:25 pm

Fantasy Baseball Team-- HELP WANTED

Thanks for the tips guys. I followed both of your guy's advice and dropped Derrek Lee. Some moron in my league dropped Delmon Young after a slow start and I got lucky enough to get him.

Also, I followed Willie's advice and traded away Alvarez. I traded Alvarez and Drabek for McGehee and Lackey. McGehee seems to be much further along in his development and also he plays in a hitters park and has great guys in front of him. After Alvarez was given a day off this early in the season and keeps switching from 5th to 6th in the order, I felt like I didn't want to deal with that all season.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: April 17, 2011 12:22 am

Fantasy Baseball Team-- HELP WANTED

Your pitching is flat out stellar.  Lincecum AND Johnson?  Plus Haren and Myers are well above average.  Drabek, Cueto and Hellickson?  Super depth.  That said, your batters are pretty weak.  Santana is a nice pick at C.  1B and 2B are fine.  Ramirez is great obviously at SS.  But 3B and outfield is just a chasm of production.  No way Alvarez should be a starter.  I grabbed him late in some leagues as a backup, just in case he happened to explode, but this doesn't appear to be the year.  You'd be better grabbing Rolen off waivers until Alvarez heats up.  And your OF is pretty awful.  You simply lucky to have Berkman while he's hot but that's not a long term guy.  Drop Derek Lee.  Waste of space.  Tabata can be ok.  C Lee and Stanton are just way too inconsistent to be starters.  I'd package up one of those good starters and try to pick up a #1 OF.  Johnson for Holliday maybe?

Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: April 14, 2011 4:19 pm

Fantasy Baseball Team-- HELP WANTED

you have an awesome lineup but im a little worried about how consistent derek lee is going to be this year... i have him and he just keeps getting strike out after strike out and cant seem to get his bat on the ball...however your bullpen is probs one of the best ive ever may also want to look into outfielders since stanton is like never healthy...all iin all a very good team

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