ThisOneGuy wrote:Try a H2H points league, if you think that's bad. I'm finally starting to hate my money league that I've been in for years.
In a points league, ERA, WHIP, etc. don't matter, so you're better off with 3-4 spots at the end of your bench that you can use to pick up '2-start' guys each week.
There is no innings limit and since ERA and WHIP mean nothing, the only penalty for starting an average pitcher is you might not get a lot of points, but with 2 starts, there's a very good chance you'll outscore a good 1-start pitcher. Since wins depend so much on the rest of a pitcher's team, a lot of times these 2-start guys will luck into 2 wins in a week and have a real good shot at at least 1. So really, you're probably better off starting an average 2-start guy over a really good pitcher who only starts once that week.
What this has done to our league is this:
Noone has any hitters on their bench, literally. You just can't afford it.
Some teams start 7 starting pitchers and no closers every week.
Some teams cut 3-4 guys every Monday and pick up 3-4 '2-start' guys for the next week.
Teams who have quality guys at the end of their bench are unable to do this, so you're basically rewarded for drafting a team with a bunch of expendable players at the end of your bench.
The worst part about it is, our whole league has basically come down to who has more 2-start pitchers for the week. If you have 5 2-start guys and your opponent only has 2, you're basically guaranteed a win for that week. It's getting worse too, as more owners are realizing this is what you need to do to win.
It just doesn't seem like that's how fantasy baseball was meant to be played.
So, in your league, guys can luck into a win every once in a while, but at least they can't cheese their way into a bunch of wins throughout the season, or even a championship.
i'm in a similar league and we had the same complaints last year. this year we added deeper benches so that everyone can stash away their 2-start guys and put in a transaction limit of 25.
i used the strategy alot last year, but i can honestly say i've gotten burnt by my 2 start guys just as often as they've helped.
it just really sucks for the playoffs though, if you happen to go up against a guy with 5 more starts than you, but over the regular season it seems to balance out
we also made our championship 2 weeks to help balance that out as well