Guys....some thoughts from my experience........Over the last few years I have participated in many drafts.Auction,straight,etc. What I have found is ,the smaller the league,the easier it is to use an unbalanced hitting / pitching split. I dont play in standard 12 team roto leagues anymore because of it. If you play in a standard 5x5 roto league,you can run away with the title by loading up on hitting and grabbing the dollar pitchers.This only because there are only 12 teams and 9 pitchers.That equates out to 108 pitchers total.Within that number you can certainly get enough pitchers at the end for little money or at the end of a draft.The deeper the league,(15 teams,larger rosters,extra categories etc) The harder this is to pull off.In a 15 team league,you need to find an additional 27 pitchers for an active roster(135 total).If there are reserves aloowed on your roster that # of pitchers gets even higher.Between70 and 108 you can still get a servicable starter or Middle reliever that can vulture you some wins or saves.As you start getting past 108,the probability of getting a servicable pitcher that wont kill your other cats,is getting much slimmer.Only the saviest roto player can pull it off in deeper leagues.You still need to understand and know pitching very well to pull it off in a 12 team league .I caution those that dont ,to stick to a balanced team.But the savy player can use a 75/25 split or even an 80/20 to great success.The only problem with this strategy is if a lot of players in your league are using it.In an auction league it will inflate the prices of hitters and devalue the pitchers a bit.If you realize this at the draft,YOU MUST REEVALUATE!!Take the underpriced top pitchers, or in a draft ,If they let pitchers go too far youve got to grab em and pick up your deep positions (OF and 1B) later. Always take what other owners are giving you at a draft!!!Zig when they Zag.
In public Yahoo leagues(which a lot of you play) you can pull this 80/20 split off pretty easily.The average skill of a public league player is a lot less than pay laegues.If you are reading this now and participate in free public leagues, It means you probably are sharper than most in that league ,and on your way to greater success.My previous statements werent intended to insult free league players because there are many savy ones out there.Many of them are here at the CAFE.Itwas only meant to point out the fact that ,if you are here at the Cafe,You are probably way ahead of the competition you will face in your league this year.Take this knowlege and GO WHIP THE PANTS OFF THEM!!!!!