I'm starting a new weekly article here, and the basis is very simple: I'm going to let you inside my head with my fantasy team.
I'm currently participating in a 12-team mixed league with 11 members of Hardcore Country.
The scoring system is 5x5 roto with one DL spot. Each week I'll list my rosters, the moves I made and a brief update on what I'm thinking with some of the players.
1. Added: Mark Hendrickson, SP (TB)
He doesn't look like a long-term solution but Hendrickson's numbers look somewhat passable. He's 5-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Hard to ignore those numbers.
1. Dropped: John Lannan, SP (WAS)
I was somewhat high on Lannan but when you hash out his season, without the 11 K performance against the New York Mets on April 17th, his K:BB ratio is 13:16. Plus he got blown up to the tune of 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K in 3.0 IP against the Pirates this week.
2. Added: Joe Borowski, RP (CLE):
Borowski is getting closer to returning -- he is supposed to have a bullpen session on Thursday and get back to closing once he returns. Rafael Betancourt hasn't grabbed the reigns while Borowski has been out, and saves are hard to come by in this league.
2. Dropped: Chad Cordero, RP (WAS):
I want to hold on to him but with Jorge Posada reserving my DL spot, I don't have enough room to carry him for four-to-six weeks in a roto league. I'll watch him closely and pick him up later.
3. Added: Randy Wolf, SP (SD)
Randy Wolf has 37 strikeouts, which is good for 13th in the NL. But almost everyone in front of him has (roughly) an extra 10 innings pitched. The 3.57 ERA is decent and his WHIP is a respectable 1.13 -- this guy should not be on the waiver wire. I love the fact that he's pitching in Petco Park, which is a renowned pitcher's ballpark. I think he can keep this up all year long.
3. Dropped: Mark Hendrickson, SP (TB)
Hendrickson's stay was short-lived. He's had a nice start, but I just have very little faith it will continue. Wolf has the pedigree.
4. Added: Johnny Cueto, SP (CIN)
Like many people, I read that the Cincinnati Reds called up Cueto's coach from the Dominican to help work his mechanics. Cueto had been struggling in his recent, starts and I got to examining his stats. He's giving up a lot of home runs (7) but outside of a few bad pitches, he's not really being knocked around. His 1.12 WHIP and his 41:7 K:BB ratio show that he can be downright dominant. He put up 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 8 K, 2 BB in his most recent start but he nearly gave up a couple more home runs that just barely stayed in the park. He's a very valuable fantasy pitcher if he can settle down a bit.
4. Dropped: Jeff Clement, UTIL (SEA)
The idea of adding Clement was based around his potential catcher eligibility and that he's supposed to be a good hitter. He's hitting .150 with one run in seven games since being called up. Au revoir.
5. Added: Chris Iannetta, C (COL)
You have to add Chris Iannetta in pretty much every league at this point. Catcher is such a thin position, and he's knocking the cover off the ball. While platooning with Yorvit Torrealba, he's hit .362 with 3 HR, 10 RBI and 8 RBIs. With Torrealba batting .235, that platoon might not last long. Iannetta also played a game at third base as the Rockies shuffled their infield with Troy Tulowitzki out.
5. Dropped: Fred Lewis, OF (SF)
I like Fred Lewis as I indicated in my last blog entry, but the bottom line is that I needed to drop someone to get Iannetta and I'm not ready to drop Travis Hafner yet. Lewis has had a good start to the season but considering he's a rookie, we don't know that this will continue.
Brad Hawpe, OF (COL): Brad Hawpe was sitting on my waiver wire and for some stupid reason, I didn't add him. I wrote about him last week, and even though I encouraged others to go get him, I opted for Fred Lewis instead. Hawpe will be a 30-100 guy this year, and I'll regret that for a while.
C - Chris Iannetta (COL)
1B - Albert Pujols (STL)
2B - Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3B - Alex Gordon (KC)
SS - Rafael Furcal (LAD)
OF - Curtis Granderson (DET)
OF - Carl Crawford (TB)
OF - Mike Cameron (MIL)
UTIL - Conor Jackson (ARI)
BN - Travis Hafner (CLE)
SP - Erik Bedard (SEA)
SP - Randy Wolf (SD)
RP - Francisco Cordero (CIN)
RP - Eric Gagne (MIL)
P - Jose Valverde (HOU)
P - Dan Haren (ARZ)
P - Ervin Santana (LAA)
BN - Brett Myers (PHI)
BN - Joe Borowski (CLE)
BN - Matt Cain (SF)
BN - Johnny Cueto (CIN)