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Dynasty Review: Year 2

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What a year of tanking looks like.

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Almost one year ago today, I reviewed my first year of my first dynasty team, and asked fantasy readers what I should do with my roster.  Prior to me taking it over, the team was neglected for a full year, and was more or less a dumpster fire.  It's a 14 team dynasty league, that uses 6x6 scoring with OPS and K/BB.  Here was the initial team I had prior to cuts and the draft.

2015

C

Wilin Rosario

Christian Betancourt

C

Russell Martin

Jesse Biddle

1B

Mitch Moreland

Jose Campos

2B

Dan Uggla

Ian Clarkin

2B

Mike Aviles

Jonathon Crawford

3B

David Wright

Matt Davidson

SS

Elvis Andrus

Delino DeShields Jr.

OF

Justin Upton

Slade Heathcott

OF

Austin Jackson

Rob Kaminsky

OF

Angel Pagan

Austin Meadows

OF

Carlos Quentin

Adam Morgan

OF

Drew Stubbs

Henry Owens

SP

Justin Verlander

Jose Ramirez

SP

Anibal Sanchez

Henry Urrutia

SP

Scott Kazmir

Vince Velazquez

SP

Tim Lincecum

Kyle Zimmer

SP

Rubby de la Rosa

SP

Kyle Gibson

SP

Jorge de la Rosa

SP

Brandon Morrow

RP

Trevor Rosenthal

RP

Joe Nathan

DL

RP

Ross Detwiler

Nick Swisher

RP

Joel Hanrahan

Alexei Ogando

From there, I had very little value on my team, and I asked Fake Teams readers for advice.  Some was good, some wasn't, but it gave me an outside opinion on the players I was holding going forward.  With that said, I will go through this process again this year.  I made a ton of moves this year, and acquired a massively better and younger lineup for 2016, and my farm system is something I have greatly improved.  Here is what I have today.  I will have to cut down to 37 players prior to this years draft.

2016

C

Russell Martin

Spencer Adams

1B

Mitch Moreland

Anthony Alford

1B

Justin Bour

Franklin Barreto

2B

DJ LeMahieu

Rafael Devers

3B

Trevor Plouffe

Micah Johnson

SS

Elvis Andrus

Rob Kaminky

SS

Marcus Semien

Gilbert Lara

OF

Justin Upton

Jorge Lopez

OF

Adam Eaton

Francis Martes

OF

Billy Burns

Jorge Mateo

OF

Marcell Ozuna

Austin Meadows

OF

Melky Cabrera

Yoan Moncada

OF

Aaron Altherr

Peter O'Brien

OF

Ender Inciarte

Luis Ortiz

SP

Jeff Samardzija

Jomar Reyes

SP

Patrick Corbin

Kennys Vargas

SP

Kyle Hendricks

Vince Velasquez

SP

Henry Owens

Mac Williamson

SP

Rubby De La Rosa

Jesse Winker

SP

Drew Hutchinson

Kyle Zimmer

SP

Joe Kelly

RP

Wade Davis

DL60

RP

Hunter Strickland

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Joe Nathan

Zach Cozart

I presently have 46 players, meaning I have to cut 9 players from this current list.  Joe Nathan, Hunter Strickland, Joe Kelly, Mac Williamson, and Justin Bour are some of the players I'm not particularly attached to.  After that, I'm going to have to take a longer look at the remain 4 cuts I have to make.  I presently have a roster full of guys with question marks, many of whom I added from free agency.

On the offenseive side I have a team that does well in steals, with DJ LeMahieu, Elvis Andrus, Adam Eaton, and Billy Burns all being capable of putting up 20+ steals.  On the power side I'm severly lacking.  My top 5 power bats on my MLB team are Justin Upton, Mitch Moreland, Justin Bour, Trevor Plouffe, and Russell Martin.  To me that's a sad list, Upton is as good as player can be without being a star, Moreland and Bour are platoon players who are both older than you'd think, Plouffe is good but not great, and Martin is great but old.  Besides Upton, all of those are significant enough questions that I think they need be addressed.  Luckily, at the minor league level, I've acquired power in spades, and hopefully, 2 or 3 of those guys can continue that in the majors.

My pitching staff is comprised of a lot of guys with at least average strikeout stuff, except they issue a lot of walks, a big problem when you play with WHIP and K/BB.  Hopefully Samardzija can at least have better luck, but ideally, I'd like to hope he can gain some of his old strikeout rate back.  The best arm on my staff going into 2016 has to be Wade Davis whom I stashed early, and enjoyed watching his value skyrocket after Holland went down, and end up as the #41 overall player in baseball with our scoring.

Going forward, I have many issues with my pitching staff, and no real answers in sight.  Both Vince Velazquez and and Jorge Lopez are going to be upgrades for the middle of my rotation, assuming they are up for the majority of 2016.  But after that I'm waiting on Kyle Zimmer if he can remain healthy, 2015 breakout Francis Martes, and recently dealt Rob Kaminsky.  I essentially do not have an ace as of this writing.

Lastly, draft picks were flying on my team.  Since this team came in last I traded away picks and acquired even more.  Here is what I'm working with in the future.

2016

2017

2018

1.1

1

1

2.12

1 WTH

1 WTH

3.13

2

2

4.2

2 THC

3

5.1

3

4

6.1

3 THC

5

6.6

4

6

7.1

5

7

5 WTH

6

7

The names next to the picks are team abbreviations, since I don't know the actual pick number for those slots yet.  If it helps WTH came in 10th, and THC came in second this year.  With the 1.1 pick its looking like I'll be drafting Brendan Rodgers, SS on the Rockies.  An infield bat with a plus hit and power tool is another player for me to build around, Colorado will only enhance whatever skills he already has.  Beyond that, I'm not sure how I'll attack the draft, as I'm not quite decided on who I'm cutting and whose spot I'll need to fill.  Going into the 2017 draft, I expect to have the 1.1 pick yet again.  The payouts in my league encourage teams to either tank or win it all, so I feel obligated to try and acquire yet another young stud for the future next year at the top of the draft.

So what do you think?  I'll be carrying fewer than 10 guys from year 1 into year 2, in a league where you keep 37 players year over year.  Who do you think the 9 guys I should cut are?  Is Moncada still the crown jewel of my team? Is Rodgers the pick to make in when in a full rebuild?  Comment below if you have any insight on how I should tackle year two with this team?