For the 14-team league below, I'm in 1st but near the bottom in HR and Holds, and I've got too many SPs, which has me nearly 30 inning over pace. I also lack the space to activate Stauffer from the DL, which is OK for now since I wouldn't start him his first game back. But I can't make any waiver moves until he's activated, and I think he would be good to start at home against LAA in five days.
I've been playing fantasy for a while but until now it was always in leagues where rules or personalities limited trades. So I'm a relative newbie when it comes to constructing anything but straight-up trades. Any advice is welcome!
Aside from HR and holds, the team is strong in most other categories: top 3 in R, RBI, SB, AVE, Saves, and WHIP and top five in OPS, and ERA. I'm just a little better than mid-pack in Ws, but we all know the follies of the "W".
The Balfour demotion might actually help, since he'll likely get holds rather than saves for a while. And I think I'll move up there with Cook and Frieri. So I'm less worried about that.
But I'm really looking to add some pop to the lineup (hence grabbing Ibañez). My idea is to do a 2-for-1 trade in order to open up space to activate Stauffer, with an eye toward dropping Ibañez once he cools (if he isn't part of a trade) in order to active Chris Young when his time comes to come off the DL.
So far I've tried to trade Aviles as the centerpiece in deals for guys expected to hit 20-25 more HR on teams with limited middle infield flexibility or a weak SS (Encarnacion, Corey Hart, Willingham) with no luck.
So what I need is some help on potential deals to add some pop and also open up a roster spot (or two). I know it's hard without seeing the other rosters, but it'd be helpful to have an idea what level of an idea I should pursue.
Two possibilities involving DL players: I did get an inquiry from the team with Michael Morse on the DL in need of playable OF help and trading for him even straight up would open up a roster spot because I could put him directly on the DL. With Reynolds on the DL, something similar could work out there, though he's such a BA drain I'm more hesitant. What's a good offer for Morse? What do we expect from him if he comes back in June? Is it worth trading for Reynolds in hopes that a DL stint will help him focus?
What are some more complex trade ideas (i.e. pitcher + hitter = slugger) that could work?
Sorry for such a long message, but there's a lot to cover. I'd really appreciate some good ideas from more experienced traders.
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