Strengths- He has 4 top 10 hitters. Kemp/Votto/Miggy/Giancarlo. Nuff said. Santana poised to put it all together, and Goldy had a promising first full season.
Weakness- His pitching, obviously. Only keep 2 SP's, both young guys with huge upside, but both have something to prove.
The hitters easily have Earl in the top spot. #2 is at a distance. 2. Clams
Strengths- starts with his 2 bonafide stud SPs, Strasburg & Kershaw. Both sub 3.00 ERA and 200K potential. Solid proven top 20 hitters McCutchen and Cargo.
Weaknesses- no glaring weakness, just not as top heavy as Earl is. 3. Toula
Strengths- his hitting is very good and balanced by position. AGon, Upton & HanRam were good last year, but not as good as they can be. Look for rebounds, esp by Gonzo.
Weakness- I really dont like Scherzer, besides his Ks. And Chapman's uncertainty is worrisome. Should have better options here, imo. 4. Gyno
Strengths- his power & RBI potential. JBats, Tex, Beltre and even Edwin should all be good for 30/100. 2 or 3 may hit 40. Not many teams can boast that type of power. Also has 2 really good pitchers.
Weakness- would have to say speed, and the fact he is keeping Wil Myers, who has not had an MLB at bat. Kipnis was solid, but faded down the stretch it seemed. What will he bring? 5. VKC
Strengths- Has a good speed/power combo going on. Braun and Bruce are a strong 1-2 punch. Napoli & Kinsler are top 5 at their position, respectively. Both pitchers are solid
Weakness- age and uncertainty. Mainly, which Roy Halladay & Josh Johnson will he get? Will Victorino continue his downward plane? I have faith in the 2 pitchers otherwise i wouldnt have him this high, but we shall see. 6. Louie T
Strengths- His pitching. 3 really good SP, when a lot of teams are lacking in that area. Pujols in his new lineup should be a monster, and Lou will benefit from a healthy Longo. I like Hosmer a lot this year.
Weakness- he's keeping 3 Royals, and honestly you could argue that based on last year, none of them are keepers in our format. However, 2 have big upside, and the 3rd, Gordon, is a year removed from a really good year. 7. Lester
Strengths- I really like my pitching, and i think my hitting, overall is solid top to bottom. Posey is a stud, Zobrist gives good position flexibility, and Allen Craig has been a beast his first season and a half.
Weakness- keeping 3 catchers at this point may be a mistake, but someone will need them once the season is underway. 8. Chat
Strengths- good power/speed balance, as well as spread out position eligibility. Prince anchors his lineup, then a flurry of speed/power combo guys. REally like the way he is built. Could be higher.
Weakness-guys coming off "the big year". Im not sold on MEdlen or Desmond. And Ellsbury's injuries are always a concern. 9. Chowds
Stengths- has big power potential guys, Dunn, Howard and Granderson. 2 up and coming stars in Lawrie and Middlebrooks. Wainwright had a rough one by his standards last year, but i like both of his SP's.
Weakness- injuries and age. Granderson is already hurt, Ryan Howard is coming off a serious injury, and then you have a guy like Rollins which you never know what you will get. 10. Jew T
Strengths- Im not really big on any of his guys, but he has more talent than the rest of the teams left. Reyes and Holliday pace him, and he has a bunch of guys wanting to take the next step.
Weakness- only keeping 1 pitcher is questionable, but can survive in a 8 keeper league. I think Adam jones played over his head, so look for a small drop off. Nelson Cruz is a cocktease. Should Jennings and Freeman take the next step, this team vaults up several spots. 11. Rondo
Strengths- Has 2 solid SPs, including Verlander. Should call this team rebound, because he has a lot of guys coming off down years, whether injury or just substandard play. But i like most of them. Tulo is his best hitter, followed by Panda and Upton. But Crawford and Weeks are just a few years removed from big years. I have him higher than the others because he has more upside.
Weakness- as mentioned above, a lot of questions. Crawford has been downward, Pablo and Kenrys are always batting injuries too. 12. Port
Strength- really like his pitching,Sheilds and CC, and i love Bauers upside. I have hard time getting into any of his hitters. None blow me away
Weakness- hitting. I feel like this group is very questionable. Uggla especially, followed by Astrubal. Can Reddick really hit 30+ HR in OAK again? I'll believe when i see it. 13. Papz
Strengths- I love Hamilton in LAA this year, so thats a start. Also i think Dickey continues his success, evne though in a tougher division. i think Lince gets his ERA back around 3.50. Really love Choo in Cincy.
Weakness- cueto is great, but could really up his K rate. Lincecum, while i think he rebounds, had his problems last year. I want to see Cespedes in year 2. Will they have the book on him ? Same with Headley; can he really repeat that? Those are my questions there. 14. cwill
Strengths- If we are talking this year, he has explosive young players in Trout, JHey and Kimbrel. Great building blocks here. Billy Butler also a solid hitter.
Weakness- inexperience. Profar & Machado have huge upside, but when will he be able to enjoy their success? When will Moustakas ever stop being a FGT? John Lester is his only starter, coming off a poo season. This team has big upside, but has plenty of work to do.
This post was edited on 3/4 at 10:59 pm