I've been playing fantasy baseball for years but this is the first year I'm playing a points H2H weekly league. Considering that it's the default scoring system for free CBS leagues, I'm a little curious as to why I've not seen more info regarding draft strategy for it.
The points values are as follows: Batting Category Point Value Single 1 point Double 2 points Triple 3 points Home Run 4 points RBI 1 point Run 1 point Base on Balls 1 point Stolen Base 2 points
Pitching Category Point Value Win 10 points Save 10 points Complete Game 5 points Strikeout 1 point Base on Balls -0.5 points Inning Pitched 2 points Hits Allowed -0.5 points Earned Runs -1 point
Are they any general rules of thumb I need to know about regarding this type of scoring? It looks to me like I may want to inflate the value of pitchers some, but other than that, stick with the "best player available" rule I usually live by.
(This is a cafe league and I know some of the other guys in it haven't played points before either)
I'd look into the value of closers vs. starters when wins and saves are worth the same amount. I haven't played in a points league in ages but it could be worth taking the elites early if you calculate their total value from last season compared to the top aces.
I've never played points either, but I think with saves equally weighted with wins, a closer is a tad more valuable than a starter, which vaults the likes of Papelbon, K-Rod, and Putz up the draft board seeing how there tends to be greater turnover amongst closers and because a top 3-5 closer will yield less hits allowed, a high K rate, and 1/3 of a starter's IP. You have a better chance to claim maximum points out of a closer on one outing especially given the randomness of wins.
I still think you take the best player off the board and try to achieve balance with your pitching in mixing high ceiling pitchers with those who can stick it out for 7 innings regularly and/or can get the run support to rack up wins.
The other thing is, hardly any fantasy press writes about this format. People read nothing but articles advising not to waste higher picks on closers, which is good advice for 5X5, not so much here.
Use that to your advantage, so you can focus on offense the first five or six rounds, then clean up on stud closers. Santana and other top pitchers will likely still be drafted in their normal rounds, but that would be overpaying in this format. Let the other owners pay too much for the top SPs, grab offense, then pounce on the closers. It does pay to have solid starting pitching, so don't forget about it. Just don't overpay.
I've played in that points format for 3 years. According to Sportsline, it has overtaken roto as the most popular format on their site.
1) Draft offense and offense. Offense is the driving force to winning in this format. Especially power bats.
2) Get closers. Like in roto, where it's practically suicide to punt saves, it's just as bad if not worse in this format. Closers will get more points overall than most pitchers but there are weeks when they may get you nada.
3) When it comes to pitching, downplay ERA and WHIP. Go for pitchers who will get you wins or saves, high total of K's or both (Mr. Joe Borowski with his 5.07 ERA and 1.43 WHIP was the #5 closer ).
The reason there are no strategy articles is because it's the easiest format to prepare for. You already have the scoring system. All you have to do is plug in your projections for each player to come up with a total points projection, then subtract the top replacement-level player from each position to come up with your adjusted points. Then draft away based on the order of adjusted points. There's no strategy, just take the players with highest ranked adjusted points! Quite simple indeed.