I've read some good posts on this board about the forgotten value of the excellent middle relievers in roto leagues, who boost K totals, hold down the ratios, and get the occasional win.
What I'm curious about is whether those same arguments make a case against having ANY late-round starter types on a fantasy team at all. Should the low-K, decent ratios, decent wins guys like Capuano, Freddy Garcia, Derek Lowe, Tim Hudson, Zach Duke, etc. be owned? People usually draft them to try to get up to their league's max-innings limit and to provide moderate help to their wins and Ks totals. But a lot of these guys can hurt ratios, and in my league which counts a bunch of extra categories including losses, they can hurt a third category.
Would it ever make sense to dump all the fantasy fifth starters and just play great middle relievers at the P spots all season, holding on to 3 or so dominant starters? I'm thinking I could assume the wins and losses would be a wash, and it'd help my ERA/WHIP and nort hurt Ks if I have all the Broxton types.