If you've got plenty of 'bulk' stat categories like W, K, IP then it can be an easy way to a victory every week, especially if you get torched in the first day or two.
Something I've been doing to offset the bad ERA and WHIP you inevitably get is load up on middle relief as well. My 6 relief guys (2 SP-eligible) combined will give me 15-20 innings of cheap low-ratio work each week, meaning I have a comfortable lead in the bulk stats, and the third best season ERA despite not having a particularly good rotation (and Lidge and Benitez
). I haven't been rotating as much recently though as the guys I've got have been pitching OK and the WW is a bit thin (Esteban Loaiza? I don't think so...)
The obvious counter is to go the other way and pitch the bare minimum. One guy in my league got really angry last week when his opponent saw he had something like 5 guys starting twice (similar to getting a lot of spot starts), realised he couldn't compete in the bulk stats, and pitched his two aces, a handful of relief appearances and then benched everyone for the last three days, winning most of the stats.
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