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Postby intense » Thu Feb 16, 2006 1:51 am

Im doing my first 2 roto leagues this year and I have a few questions. I have done points leagues and h2h before so roto from what I hear is a lot different.

What im hearing is BALANCE is obviously the key to having a great team. Could some of you are familiar with roto possibly suggest some draft tips? When do I start grabbing pitching? If I take a big power hitter do I need to look for a speed guy soon?

thanks much and any help is greatly appreciated.
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Postby WittyC » Thu Feb 16, 2006 3:06 am

OhMrScottyTrav06 wrote:Saves are vital in Roto... Not necessarily having Rivera, Nathan, and Ryan on your squad, but having 2 decent closers who'll rack up 30+ saves and 1 or 2 others who have a spot as a closer but aren't by any means a lock to keep their jobs.

You can't punt any categories, doing so will result in a 5th-8th place finish in a 12 team league. However, punting a category halfway through the season is a reasonable option if you find it nearly impossible to make up reasonable ground in that category and can get some value in return for your best specialist in that category.

Just get an all-around solid team (focusing more on hitting than pitching) and you'll be fine. Assuming you're a hawk on the waiver wire, picking up the next hot player, you should be fine.

Good luck.

Good advice! ;-D

I experienced this H2H-to-Roto hangover last year, when I entered my first money roto league. The differences are really nominal, since there's really no evidence that punting catagories in H2H is a good strategy, either.

The biggest difference I found wasn't so much in the makeup of the team while drafting, as in making shrewd deals late in the year. Before the trade deadline, you have to take a good, hard look at what catagories you can make up the most room in. Then make appropriate trades and wire transactions.

Also, be sure you watch how you're progressing with maximum IP (assuming your league has it). I had some trouble with this initially, but ended up running what is affectionately known here as the "Roto Hail Mary" in the last week, and ended up winning the first roto league I ever participated in! B-)
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Postby Ragoczy » Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:31 pm

Balance is good, very good. Also, on offense try not to put all your eggs in one basket--particularly with speed. Some owners go out and snag that Reyes/Pierre/Podsednik type guy thinking that will take care of the team's speed. But if that player gets hurt or underperforms you are going to be in a world of hurt. Try to get multiple category players--like guys that will get you 15+ hr and 15+ sb.
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Postby RAmst23 » Thu Feb 16, 2006 5:52 pm

Balance is a good key. Guys who contribute double-digits is gold in roto. For example, Carlos Lee is a great roto guy with his 10-12 SBs.

Watch the WW for closers, as saves can always be found that way. You might want to draft one upper tier closer just to make it easier on yourself since this is your first roto go-around.
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