There's growing buzz, ok it's really more of a gentle hum, around Scott Williamson and the potential upside play he represents. He has downright wicked stuff and an off-the-charts K/9 rate....when healthy....as he appears to be....at least at the moment. Most auction value projections have him in the $1-$3 range - which frankly I think are too low. He's likely going undrafted in NL-Only leagues with fewer than 11 teams.
So the question is this - if you somehow have him on your roster going into pre-auction roster freeze - at what maximum price would you protect him?
Personally, I had made up my mind, as recently as a week ago, to throw him back and see if I could land him for $3 or less late in the auction. Ah, but there's that dreaded week long wait in our league between roster freeze and the actual auction. In that time period does the gentle hum grow into an strong buzz? Does he maybe get traded to, say, the Reds? We all know they need a closer! Plus it's the organization he came up with AND was Rookie of the Year with! Bet you forgot about that one, eh?
Anyway....this has been quite therapeutic. I'm still no closer on deciding what to do with Williamson. A keeper at $5? A bit risky - and I know it's only a buck or two difference we're talking here, but sometimes a buck or two and the difference between keeping a guy like Williamson can mean the difference of one place in the final standings!
Other thoughts or input? Bring it on!