Grounded Polo wrote:I just punted saves in a cafe league because through 9 weeks, I only won the category once. My closers were only Mo Rivera and Brandon Lyon after Chad Cordero went down. I flipped Rivera and Lyon into Bedard and Cain so I'm satisfied. That league is 6x6 so it's different. I have Guthrie and Greinke in my RP slots also so that helped.
My rotation is Bedard, Hamels, Volquez, E. Santana, Cain, Greinke, McGowan, Guthrie, Laffey, and Pettite. With that many guys, I can basically pick and choose the matchups and still have more innings than my opponents.
That's exactly the same approach I've had in the 12 Angry Men league ever since last year. I exhaust the lion's share of my pitching slots to SP's (Bedard & Hamels are actually my top two anchors and Guthrie's a back-end starter too). I've accidentally stumbled upon having a closer seeing how I had no closers entering this year, but now I have Smoltz and Torres closing. Not according to plan at all.
Yes, you can win weeks and a league by punting saves in H2H (I did last year). Just make sure you have a strong offense and just as strong a pitching staff as you can muster.