My long withstanding CBS Commissioner leauge chose to expand this year. It changed from the 12 team head to head format we have used for the past 5 years to a 16 team head to head League. We pretty much utilize the CBS standard scoring except for penalizing hitters slightly less (no -1 for SO, no -2 for CS). We have 5 bench spots, start 6 SP's with no RP requirement, and start 1 Utility Player.
I welcomed the expansion to 16 teams to lessen the available talent on the waiver wire. It became entirely too easy to replace an injured player or non performing player. Now with 16 rosters people will be forced to trade and if you are so unfortunate to lose your 1st round draft pick; you better make a move! Right?
So I had Evan Longoria.
Traded him for the newly 3B eligible Kevin Youkilis and OF Curtis Granderson. I gave up Daniel Hudson SP and Ivan Nova SP along in the package. I felt so early in the season I couldn't sustain an injury to my stud 3B. (I especially didn't like the thought of an oblique injury lingering as he would struggle to hit 30 HR in a full healthy season anyhow.)
So I gave him up.
I like the move through and through. The production I will get out of Kevin Youkilis will easily match what I will have gotten from Longoria after he sits out 3-5 weeks and then deals with a lingering oblique injury... Right? As for Curtis Granderson... well... I dunno. I guess the possibility for him to hit 30 HR and bat .250 in a league that doesn't penalize strikeouts, I figured he'd play. He will look good in the own/start column at least. (don't act like you don't base your judgement on own/start %)
Now my second round pick...
Today he goes down with a shoulder injury after legging out a 4pt triple for me today. Finishing the week (and the next 6-8 weeks) with a lowly 7 FPTS. Wow. First Longoria and now Hamilton. What can I do here? I already leveraged myself with the Longoria trade (Curtis Granderson doesn't look so bad now does he). My outfield now consists of Curtis Granderson and Torii Hunter then: Jason Bay (almost back from the DL), Magglio Ordonez (lingering injury to ankle/achilles), and newly acquired Chris Coghlan. One of those guys has to start at U as well mind you.
My third round pick Adam Dunn had a neat little emergency appendectamy already this year too. That was fun.
What to do (stay tuned)