For offensive players, it is fine to simply use totals, because you would like to able to assume that your top player at each position will play most of the games allowed. However, in a points league, there is usually a max innings for pitchers. You can't just go by point totals, you have to figure points per inning to come up with an effective cheat sheet. For example, Livan Hernandez may get you 600 points, but may use 250 of your allotted innings, whereas Ben Sheets could get the same 600 points and use only 200 innings. That leaves 50 innings better spent elsewhere.
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