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In an AL only dynasty league I made an offer of Nick Castellanos (I still have Kyle Seager) and Elvis Andrus (or Tim Anderson) for Carlos Correa. The other owner said I would have to throw in prospect Alex Bregman to make any deal for Correa. I am not comfortable dealing Bregman as well. Am I buying into the hype on Bregman to much? I feel that's a deal killer for me. Your advise?? Castellanos/Andrus/Bregman for Correa Thanks in advance for your help!!!

Wow - the other owner is asking quite a bit to give up Correa. I don't blame him really, although adding Bregman? That's steep. I'm with you, I'm not comfortable making that move either with Bregman being unproven in MLB play (although we know the kid is going to be a superstar, right?!?). I would pass on this as it sits; however, you're going to need to offer more to get Correa. An offer of Bregman and Castellanos to land Correa and another small bat/arm may do it. Seems pretty fair. Just not sure you're willing to go that route. I'm not sure if you're fighting for a title this season. If not, I'd sit tight and wait for Bregman. If you are, then I can see going after Correa. Good luck! -Dave Hunter


I have a keeper league auction coming up -- it's a contract league where you can keep up to 10 players. Out of a $280 budget, I still have $230 left after my ten keeps. My question: Trout, Harper AND Kershaw (along with Staton, Arrieta, Bumgarner, Price, Grienke, Kluber) will all be available in the draft pool this year. Do you think, for the average price, it's worth going after one of those three all stars (Trout, Harper, or Kershaw,) or do you think it's better to save that cash, generally speaking, this year?

It depends on your keepers and the size of the league. The shallower the league, the more viable going stars and scrubs is. In a deeper league, it is tougher because the other players you will be able to afford will not be very good. If you have 10 solid keepers, and the league is 12-teams or fewer then getting all three guys would be a viable strategy. Shawn (CDub)


I'm in a 7x6 league (5x5 + OBP + QS + CGSO). We start 9 hitters (8 regular positions + Util), 2 SP, 2 RP, 3 P, and 5 bench spots. Everyone typically fills all 5 bench spots with SP. How heavy would you go SP-wise in the 1st 5 rounds? (The league has been won 4 times in 5 years by a guy who has taken 9 SP and 1 hitter with his 1st 10 picks every year. His logic was more pitching categories meant SP were more valuable. We all laughed thinking CGSO would almost always be a tie, but he has a dynasty.)

Well, taking a bunch of pitchers and then loading your lineup with speedsters is a legit strategy for sure, but be aware that if you do it, you and that other guy will dilute each other's pools and reduce each other's value, which will probably hurt the both of you while the rest of the league profits. Personally, I would be a maverick and take the opposite route -- assemble a team of high-OBP hitters, go light on starters (fill in with a few high-upside guys on the back end), and use five closers. This strategy is risky because closers are risky, but I think it's a more interesting counterpunch than just copying that other guy. - Andrew Fiorentino


I have the 14th pick in a 14 team snake draft that has 14 hitters (2 catchers) and 10 pitchers with standard 5 by 5 scoring. Sitting in this blizzard thinking of crazy strategies like taking 6 starting pitchers in first 10 rounds or two top catchers in first two rounds or anything that could give me an advantage. Any suggestions or should I just play it straight with the first 10 picks and take 4 pitchers and 6 hitters?

It is much easier to use a crazy strategy in an auction league than a snake draft. You cannot go pitchers in the first ten rounds. A lot of what you should do will depend on who is available when you pick. Given how many C start in your league, I could see going with 2 C in the first 5 rounds and a couple of P too. I think a pretty crazy, while still effective strategy might be, to go with 5 P and 5 batters in the first ten rounds with 2 of the batters being C. Shawn


My fantasy football season is over, and even though it is still December, my thoughts are turning to baseball. I seem to always finish in the middle of my 16 team leagues no matter what strategy I use. I am tossing around the idea of going against conventional wisdom and using a draft strategy of drafting SPs only for the 1st 5 rounds, possibly with one stud hitter early. Is this throwing away the season, or do you think this contrary strategy can succeed, and why? Thanks.

Dear Valued Subscriber -- I wouldn't go into your drafts with the mindset that you HAVE to "draft only SPs for the first five rounds." It's important to remain flexible during your drafts as they play out so not to miss out on any value picks of players who might have fallen farther than they should have. I can tell you from experience, however, that drafting elite SPs in the early rounds is a strategy that works. Last year, I entered drafts wanting to land two elite starters out of Kershaw, Darvish, Sale, Jose Fernandez and King Felix in the first four rounds. Both of my Kershaw/Sale teams that cashed and I had a Darvish/Sale team that fell just shy of the money in another league. RotoWire's Jeff Erickson employed a strategy like this in the NFBC Online Championship, which you can read about here: http://www.rotowire.com/baseball/showArticle.htm?id=19851 Thanks and best of luck! -- Ryan Rufe


I picked up Kuechel to fill in for Cain as I thought he was going on the DL but now I seee he will be starting against the Mets but I don,t trust him. Cain or Kuechel Friday night ? Dennis

Keuchel. It is not a tough choice for me at all. Keuchel has been much better and it is not like his match up is bad at all. Keuchel is also a safe start given his huge ground ball tilt. Start Keuchel over Cain. Shawn (CDub)


HI and thanks in advance. 4x4 12 team league. I have only Latroy Hawkins. I have Wainwright, Kazmir, Tyson Ross, Quintana, Kluber. Would you trade Anibal Sanchez for Broxton and Wily Peralta? I know Broxton will lose the closer role when Chapman comes back. The other option is to pick up Melancon and Cody Allen and wait for Grilli and Axford to implode. Thanks

Broxton is not the guy to trade for. Chapman looks like he will be starting a rehab assignment next week so you would be lucky to get four saves from Broxton. Grab Melancon now, he should not be a free agent -- and Grilli does not look right. If you have the room grab Allen too, but I think you can wait on him; Axford is in no danger of losing his job anytime soon. Shawn (CDub)