Has anyone ever tried picking up a handful of good middle relievers and trading some of your starting pitching for hitters? I know Wins would take a serious hit but if you could get some talent on offense and win all the offensive categories would it be worth it? It would seem like Relievers would be able to give you good K, WHIP, ERA, and Save stats. anyone every tried this? Im 50 innings over the max and was thinking this strategy over. I am currently in first place in my 10 team 5x5 roto league. Which relievers would you look for?
I'm doing that in my H2H league this year. I drafted two starters (Peavy and Randy Johnson), and filled the rest of my slots with relievers. K-Rod, Turnbow, Duchscherer, Mike Gonzalez, Gagne, and Scot Shields. The thing is my league has an odd setup: only 15 innings requirement each week, and the categories are W, L, CG, SHO, SV, HR, K, TB, ERA, WHIP. I was very fortunate to pick up Papelbon as well.
Basically my strategy was, if i throw peavy and/or johnson out there for whatever start looks most appealing that week, my other relievers can eat up the rest of the innings, and over the course of the season I should normally win categories like SV, HR, TB, ERA, and Whip without much struggle. Wins and losses are also possible to win, as are CG & SHO since they're so random.
Anyways I ended up trading Turnbow for Beltran (yeah... i know) and my strategy is working pretty well thus far. In my opinion, scot shields is a very valuable player, especially if your league has holds.
It's a huge gamble. The thing is if just ONE of your relievers goes through a rough stretch, then your ERA and WHIP will be skewed. You can always choose who you think is the most reliable middle relievers, but if one or two turn out to be a bust, then youre in trouble.
It might be a good idea to hold onto a couple aces if you can for insurance in buffering your era/whip