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.
Currently, I'm in sixth place.
1. Added: Clint Barmes 2B, SS (COL):
I've been playing without a shortstop for a little while since Rafael Furcal landed on the disabled list, and with Eric Gagne getting knocked around yet again, then complaining of shoulder problems, I figured now was as good a time as any to address this situation. Clint Barmes has been outstanding so far this season. He's hitting .391 with 3 HR, 9 RBI, 7 R and 2 SB in May. He's only a short-term solution, but that's what I need with Furcal coming off the DL shortly.
1. Dropped: Eric Gagne, RP (MIL):
This guy has quickly become the bane of my existence in my fantasy league. He'll get saves down the road - I guarantee it - but I'm tired of the headache. Getting Joe Borowski back - hopefully soon - also factored into this decision.
2. Added: Jermaine Dye, OF (CHW):
Jeremy Hermida provides runs and RBIs, but not power and steals. Jermaine Dye just offers more across the board and he is pretty hot right now. Dye has six home runs this month with 11 RBIs and 14 runs. That's pretty solid.
2. Dropped: Jeremy Hermida, OF (FLA):
I've had Jeremy Hermida a couple of times this year, but his average has dropped nearly 40 points over the last week or so. Outfield isn't a big need, but I felt that Dye offered more than Hermida's contributions.
3. Added: Jose Guillen, OF (KC):
I might be splitting hairs here, but I picked Jose Guillen over Jermaine Dye to be my third/fourth outfielder. Guillen has 34 RBIs and 21 runs and is batting .318 this month. He's the eighth most valuable outfielder over the last week. I like that he's hitting cleanup for the Royals and I'm going to keep him while he's hot.
3. Dropped: Jermaine Dye, OF (CHW):
Dye has been outstanding this month, but I like Guillen's RBIs. The key difference for me was the batters in front of these guys. Guillen has a few decent guys from 1-3, including a good lead-off hitter. Dye isn't producing as many runs simply because the White Sox have been without a legitimate lead-off hitter since Scott Podsednik. If the rumored Chone Figgins deal works out and he moves to the top of the White Sox order, my opinion might change.
4. Added: Tim Redding, SP (WAS):
Over the last month, Tim Redding has been the 35th-best pitcher in my league, which means he'll probably get rocked in his next start now that I own him. But seriously, his ERA is 3.10, his WHIP is 1.16, he has six wins (on a team that only has 20 total) and he has a respectable 36 strikeouts. Welcome aboard!
4. Dropped: Tom Gorzelanny, SP (PIT):
A bad start by Tom Gorzelanny turned me off. He allowed seven earned runs and four home runs, which is a very bad indication. I just want someone steady with upside and he's not that guy for me.
5. Added: Dioner Navarro (TB):
I'm just looking for a fill-in while Jorge Posada is mending on the DL, but apparently Chris Iannetta isn't willing to oblige. Dioner Navarro has been the fifth-most valuable catcher in my league over the last month. In that span, he's hitting .368 with 15 RBIs and 11 runs. That's what I'm talking about. This is the best stretch of his career, so there is risk involved, but I'm hoping he can tide me over until Posada returns.
5. Dropped: Chris Iannetta, C (COL)
Only two hits in his last 17 at-bats earned him a pink slip off of my team. The truth is that I had much higher hopes, but he's just not being productive right now. And the problem is that the worse he struggles at the plate, the more Yorvit Torrealba will work his way back into the time-share.
C - Dioner Navarro (TB)
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 - Jose Guillen (KC)
UTIL - Conor Jackson (ARI)
BN - Milton Bradley (TEX)
SP - Erik Bedard (SEA)
SP - Matt Garza (TB)
RP - Francisco Cordero (CIN)
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 - Tim Redding (WAS)