TheYanks04 wrote:IMO, Holds is one dumb category to score on and you should discourage using it at all costs. I have only played with it in the one H2H league I play (all my others are Roto). Basically, you can completely ignore the category in the draft...COMPLETELY. It is not worth even wasting a roster spot on early on. Who the holds leaders are can change like the wind year to year. And there are enough solid holds guys on the wire in April to allow you to compete in the catgeory without even using a draft choice on.
Basically, the only time I carry a holds guy on my roster is when I have an open slot and figure I can steal a point from my opponent for the week. I rather take saves and gather SPs for Ws and Ks and let my oppponent waste 2 or 3 roster slots trying to capture a few holds. It really is one dumb category too since even in the last week of the playoffs, guys like Cliff Polite were still on the wire in my league.
I used to try draft the Gordons...simply is not worth it. You can use potential closers in waiting (and we saw a lot of those this year pan out) to gather holds while speculating on saves. Guys like Farnsworth and Reitsma and Rodney worked out pretty well in that regard.
From the top ten saves leaders this year, only 3 names repeated in the top ten from last year.
From the top ten leaders in wins in this year, only two of the names were repeats from the prior year.
From the top ten leaders in holds, two names were repeats from last year.
Holds are no more or less variable than other stats that are highly dependent on team performance and manager decision, like wins and saves.
In a league where other good players understand that MRs provide value not only in their holds, but in their low ERA and WHIP, potential for saves, and vulture wins, and the fact that good ones get more K's per 9 than many good starters, you have to not only draft well, but be active on waivers. Just as with saves, it's difficult to compete in holds if you don't have at least on quality closer. Sure, you can pick up waiver guys and increase your holds, but their impact on WHIP and ERA has a definite cost.
And the fact that Politte was available clearly shows me that owners in your league weren't on the ball. My league has used holds in roto for several years and he never hit the waiver wire all year.