Nash I’m in a 5×5 head to head keeper league where I am set to make the playoffs. I currently have Stephen Strasburg and I’m wondering how flexible I should be in dropping him and risk losing him for next year?
We get 5 keepers in a snake style draft and the rest of my roster is as follows:
As of right now I think I’d keep Prince, Cano, Granderson, Felix and Strasburg
Personally I would never recommend keeping two pitchers unless your league has more pitching categories, double-digit keepers, or if the pitchers are both top-tier and you don’t have great hitters.
Strasburg is a VERY good pitcher, and probably a top-tier pitcher especially next year if he has his innings cap lifted.
That said, given your situation I would keep a fourth hitter over Starasburg, most likely Wieters. He really came on strong this year and is carving out a spot as a top-five catcher, and that is nothing to scoff at. Having a thin position like catcher taken care of pre-draft is a really good place to be in and you will be able to more easily replace Strasburg in the sixth round and beyond than you can Wieters.
Now in some leagues that have quality starts as a category then I MIGHT keep Strasburg as well as Felix however it is still tough for me.
Now I wouldn’t automatically drop Strasburg in favor of another arm because I would prefer to have him around to maybe trade to someone else for a better fifth keeper. Perhaps you can trade Wieters and Strasburg for Buster Posey or maybe Carlos Santana. An upgrade at catcher would be awesome, but maybe a pipe dream.
If you can work around dropping Strasburg you should in fact do so! However no reason to keep him and end up losing a round of playoffs in which you needed to stream in a pitcher or two.
The Strasburg situation has been an interesting one to anticipate at the end of the season because he is a such a talent. Just chalk this dilema up to an embarassment of riches.
Good luck sir!