Grey and fellow Razzballers ... any advice on any of the questions below?
Just drafted the second team below (in the 6x5 league) and am generally happy. I worry about power and averages (BA, ERA, WHIP), though I've learned I should wait a few weeks to act on those determinations. But some names I like are on waivers: Wade Miley was dropped and is on waivers until tomorrow and Aaron Hicks and EY2 are available.
Four related questions:
1. Do you think Ryan Madson gets the closer role in LAA when he's healthy? He's on waivers until tomorrow. My team should be fine with saves, but it's easy to trade closers in this league and so he'd be a good investment. I could stash him in my DL slot, but I need to have him on my active roster first, so I'd need to drop someone.
2. It's temping to drop Griffin or Milone for Miley (Miley's ranked higher than Griffin but lower than Milone in your rankings, but the projected stats for Griffin and Milone seem about the same). But with Greinke, Scherzer, and Niese, I'm probably OK with Ks, right? And it seems like Griffin and Milone are better for ratios. If I do grab Miley, is it worth using my No. 2 waiver priority? Or wait to see if he clears?
3. I'm guessing both Hicks and EY2 are upgrades compared to Leonys in terms of speed, where I seem to be OK, but not power, where I might need help. But Leonys' power isn't great and if he keeps hitting 9th and Hicks and EY2 lead off, then does that compensate? Assuming you suggest holding off on the SP changes, a different idea is to drop Leonys, grab Madson, DL him, then immediately fill the OF spot with Hicks or EY2. Assuming Leonys clears waivers in a couple of days I could pick him up again. And if he doesn't, I keep Hicks/EY2. Worth it?
4. Any general advice on this team? I followed your draft advice pretty well, and got Upton, Longoria, Ellsbury, Choo, Greinke, Scherzer with the first six picks. Aside from the injury risks of Longoria and Ellsbury, anything else I should keep an eye on?
(Sorry for always asking multi-part questions as I do ... I'm a journalist and I find I do the same thing in press conferences)
14-team 6x6 (incl. holds) mixed roto, 1350-inning limit, 25-man roster, 2 keepers from 5th round or later
C Victor Martinez
1B Billy Butler
1B/OF Adrian Gonzales, Chris Carter
2B Aaron Hill
2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio
2B/SS Josh Rutledge
3B Miguel Cabrera
3B/SS Eduardo Nuñez
OF Adam Jones, Shin-Soo Choo, Hunter Pence, Ben Revere
SP Max Scherzer, Kris Medlen, Jonathon Niese, Matt Moore, Tommy Milone, Chad Billingsley
SP/RP Andrew Cashner
RP Joe Nathan, Greg Holland, Luke Gregerson, Al Alburquerque, Trevor Rosenthal
DL Brandon Beachy, Michael Saunders
14-team 6x5 mixed roto, 1300-inning limit, 22-man roster, redraft
C Salvador Perez
1B Ike Davis
1B/3B/OF Todd Frazier
2B/OF Emilio Bonifacio
2B/SS Josh Rutledge, Danny Espinosa
3B Evan Longoria
OF Justin Upton, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo, Starling Marte
SP Max Scherzer, Jonathon Niese, Tommy Milone, AJ Griffin, Chad Billingsley
RP Rafael Soriano, Glen Perkins, Jose Veras, Joaquin Benoit, Luke Gregerson, Edward Mujica
DL Zach Greinke