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Anyone ever used catcher tandems for fantasy?

Postby hooligan1 » Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:38 am

I'm thinking about the possibility of starting up a new keeper league for next season, and I know "traditional" roto had two catchers, which I don't particularly like. It's such a weak offensive position, it sometimes sucks to have one, let alone two. But I had this thought and perhaps it's not very original but what about drafting a team's catcher tandem? That way you are getting stats every day, and nobody gets two awesome catchers. If one of the two gets hurt, you and only you have dibs on their replacement. You could even have a bench spot reserved specifically for a team's third catcher or likely call-up......

I don't know. What do you guys think?
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Postby pokerplaya » Wed Oct 12, 2005 9:55 am

Sounds like an interesting idea. I've never done it, or heard of it for that matter, but it sounds fairly interesting. If you do give it a shot, let us know how it goes.
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Postby The Jury » Wed Oct 12, 2005 11:01 am

Hm.. you could call it "Smeagol-ing" the team's catcher to yourself, to have them become your preccciousssss :-D
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Re: Anyone ever used catcher tandems for fantasy?

Postby RAmst23 » Wed Oct 12, 2005 11:08 am

hooligan1 wrote:I'm thinking about the possibility of starting up a new keeper league for next season, and I know "traditional" roto had two catchers, which I don't particularly like. It's such a weak offensive position, it sometimes sucks to have one, let alone two. But I had this thought and perhaps it's not very original but what about drafting a team's catcher tandem? That way you are getting stats every day, and nobody gets two awesome catchers. If one of the two gets hurt, you and only you have dibs on their replacement. You could even have a bench spot reserved specifically for a team's third catcher or likely call-up......

I don't know. What do you guys think?


Do you mean that this catcher tandem would only take up one bench spot? If so, sure, I guess it would be ok. I would think it would just cause everyone to get fairly crappy offensive stats from their catching position, but worth a try.
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Postby GotowarMissAgnes » Wed Oct 12, 2005 1:39 pm

My league only uses one catcher (why any league would want 2 is beyond me), but I've effectively done this the past two years. Last year I have Varitek, and while I did not keep Mirabelli on my roster, I would typically pick him up the day before Wakefield's starts. I had AJ this year, and so on Sunday or before lefties where I knew he would sit, I'd grab Widger.

It's worked out both times for me,
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Postby Half Massed » Wed Oct 12, 2005 1:53 pm

I've never heard of that, but it could be a workable idea. Some may prefer to just miss the stats when their good catcher sits rather than take a likely 0-4 from a defense-only type backup though. Still, it's an interesting idea and would balance out if everybody did it.
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Postby Pogotheostrich » Wed Oct 12, 2005 2:10 pm

Sounds workable. The only thing is what happens if a catcher is traded? Say you have Boston C like defenses in football and Varitek gets traded to Seattle. You drafted Boston C for Varitek and now you end up with who knows what.
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Wed Oct 12, 2005 3:06 pm

I think you'd have to just hope that owners don't try to take advantage of the system by just adding an extra bench spot and keep their rosters up to date because I don't know of any fantasy provider (free ones anyway) that have that feature built in. :-? It's definitely an interesting idea though. ;-D
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Postby bigh0rt » Wed Oct 12, 2005 5:52 pm

Pretty neat idea.
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Postby Pablo975 » Fri Oct 14, 2005 6:57 pm

Hmmmm.....assuming you could use a "Boston C" position like football defenses, how would this be handled?

You have Albert Pujols as you 1B.

You have St. Louis C as your catcher tandem.

Albert has been out a day or two with his foot acting up, but he's available to pinch hit.

Bottom of the 9th, two on, two out, Cards down by 1, and Mike Matheny, Molina, etc, due up.....but LaRussa pinch hits Albert there. Albert, for that at bat and until a defensive sub is put in or if it's a double switch, is the catcher right?

Albert cranks a 3 run HR. Cards win. Do you get stats for Albert at both C AND 1B (meaning , 2HR, 6RBI)? Or just one? Or none? What if it's H2H and the other guy has Albert at 1B and you have him only due to the C appearance?

I think a situation like this reveals how difficult this concept would be to pull off. There are so many variables. Great idea though.....
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