Roster Doctor – 5/13/09

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Peter’s team:

Mixed League
14 Teams
Roto scoring
Standard 5X5 non-keeper
Regular positons with 5 OF, and a MI and CI along with the utlity slot.

I’ve dropped 50 points in the last month due to all my batters went cold and probably paniced too early and dealt Trevor Hoffman for Elijah Dukes, but figured Dukes could help me in a few offensive categories while I’m not sure what Hoffman will bring me for the rest of the year. Here is the team:

C:Nick Hundley
C: Mike Napoli
1B: Casey Kotchman
2B: Mike Aviles
SS: Rafael Furcal
3B: Pedro Feliz
MI: Skip Schumaker
CI: Chris Coghlan
OF: Grady Sizemore
OF: Matt Kemp
OF: Alfonso Soriano
OF: Fred Lewis
OF: Ryan Sweeney
Utility: Elijah Dukes
P: James Shields
P: Jair Jurrjens
P: Derek Lowe
P: Brett Myers
P: Wandy Rodriguez
P: Shairon Martis
P: David Bush
P: Kevin Slowey
P: Joakim Soria


Dexter Fowler
Kevin Kouzmanoff
Ryan Doumit
Conor Jackson
Cody Ross
Travis Hafner
Brett Anderson

Peter, it is pretty clear that your offensive problems are coming mostly from your corner infield spots. Hopefully Coghlan will come through for you and replace the letdown that was/is Conor Jackson. Kotchman has been producing lately, but I’m not optimistic that it will continue. I guess you’re holding Kouzmanoff as insurance against something happening to Feliz or Coghlan, but, if you dropped him you, you’d probably be able to find him or someone similar on the waiver wire again if necessary. Instead, I would use that spot for someone with some upside at CI, like a Micah Hoffpauir (who can help at OF as well). If you can get Mat Gamel, I’d try that too.

In the outfield, you may not want to start Lewis until his manager has faith in him again. He’s been hitting, just not doing anything else. I’m inclined to believe that the other stuff will come, so keep him rostered. Fowler hasn’t been hitting, but I’d keep him as well. If he finds his stroke again (a terrible expression, I know), he’ll help in many ways. Cody Ross is a time bomb that hopefully has been exploding on your bench the whole season and not in your lineup. In the mean time, if Marlon Byrd is available, I would take him and start him for sure.

The rest of your offensive is pretty solid. You have a nice middle infield and catching. Your starting pitching is strong as well. Clearly, you’re going to miss Hoffman, particularly if Soria’s injury news gets worse. I would think about using one or two of your bench spots to speculate on future closers like Rafael Soriano, Joel Zumaya, or Joel Hanrahan.

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Charlie Watts
Charlie Watts

If you click on Mat Gamel, you arrive at Matt Laporta’s home page.  It was too late for me as a I dropped Matt Laporta to pick up Mat Gamel on the basis of your advice. I just lost 20,000 I’m afraid.