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Keeper Analysis

Just a warning - I received tons of keeper emails, so unfortunately I won't be able to get to many of them.  Anyway, let's kick it off.

Melissa writes in with a 10 team 6x6 roto league (quality starts and doubles being the extra stats).  She is allowed six keepers from the following list:

Mark Teixeira
Jimmy Rollins
Ryan Braun
B.J. Upton
Nick Markakis
Adrian Gonzalez
Josh Beckett
Chad Billingsley
Jamie Shields
Justin Verlander

Solid group!  I have to admit I have little experience with the 6x6 format.  Seems like a good pitcher or slugger should get plenty of quality starts and doubles anyway, so it shouldn't change things drastically. 

  • Braun is a no-brainer for me, a first-round five category monster.
  • I love five-tool players; they make it really easy to balance a team.  I am taking Markakis.
  • Even with a down year Rollins is a huge asset at shortstop.  He's in.
  • Shields is reliable and proven; I'll take him.
  • I tend to lean toward dependable early-round sluggers, so I'll take Teixeira.
  • That leaves one slot left.  I have to choose between Upton, Gonzalez, Beckett, Billingsley, and Verlander.  To me it was between Upton and Beckett.  Both are having off years compared to '07, but have still provided value.  With Upton losing his 2B eligibility, I will go with Beckett.  With his peripherals he could easily be in the mid 3's with 13-14 wins.  Upton also has question marks in the batting average and power categories.
  • So, the keepers are Braun, Markakis, Rollins, Shields, Teixeira, and Beckett.

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