Snakes Gould wrote:not only that but if your ERA and WHIP are already both terrible, you would need as many ip as possible to make a drastic change. if you were only starting 4-5 pitchers, and getting 5-6 starts a week, you would see minimal movement even if they were exceptional.
and instead of injured pitchers, why not just start relievers with good ratios but have SP as well? (taylor buchholtz, chad durbin come to mind).
I tried this in a 10 team yahoo league this year. Completely ignored SP and filled my slots with good ratio closers and elite MRs (some of whom have SP eligibility). Im first in ERA, WHIP, SVs. Means Im getting 33 (actually have gotten enough Ks to pass a couple teams) points from pitching without spending a draft pick before the 18th round on them. Meanwhile my offense-first draft has me in first or second in SB, R, BA and decent in HR and RsBI for 38 points.
That means out of 100 possible points I have 81, giving me a nice lead on the rest of the league without much effort and without making a single trade. In a couple weeks if my whip and ERA leads are high enough I may grab some crappy high K pitchers to try to steal a couple points there.