|Fantasy Q & A (XVI)|
Written by Bryan Roth (Contact & Archive) on September 04, 2007
Q: Edgar Renteria is on my DL, but when he returns, I'll have to drop one of the following:
Q: It's our first year doing keepers in an auction league and keepers (keep 3 at $5 salary inflation per year, choice of a 1,2 or 3 year contract). I'm looking for a guide that might rank keepers and any analysis on how to predict values next year (assuming some key players will be held, i assume the price of elite players will go up). Ultimately I'm trying to figure out whether to keep the elite players at high rates, the best "values", how to anticipate scarcity, etc.
A: Depending on how deep your league is might affect your strategy. However, as with any draft - keeper or otherwise - you want to have the best players on your team. Don’t sacrifice your team’s potential because you feel you need to save a few bucks. Remember, the reason why top draft picks go at the top is because the players aren’t only good, but they are also dependable. You need to have that kind of steady production on your team so keep your best players and hope you can get some bargains if need be come draft day.
Q: In standard 5x5 keeper league, add $3 for each player kept.
A: If you need to have saves, you need saves. Between Cano and Utley, you’re basically getting a wash. Utley has hit over .400 since coming off the DL and could offer just as much or more power than Cano. Plus, you’re getting whatever saves Papelbon might offer.
Q: I’m in a 12 team 5x5 standard keeper league. I have a ton of SBs and need to deal one of my speedsters for a big bat.
A: It really depends on what kind of big bat you’re looking for. I’d say hold onto Ichiro because the Mariners are fighting for the playoffs right now and you know that they’ll be trying to create as many runs as possible in every game and Ichiro will be playing hard. If you want a guaranteed big hitter, Carl Crawford will be your best bet. He’s a quality name that people will want to have and you should be able to get a top-tier outfielder or first baseman in return.