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Postby YardBirds » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:00 am

So last night I had both Broxton and Balfour give me saves for a line of 0.00 ERA, 0.00 Whip, 19.29 K/9, 2 SVs for the week.

This gives more 4 of our 6 pitching categories for the week. My opponent started Johan Santana and John Maine, with 3 SVs from various relievers for a grand total of 0 Ws, 1 L, 3 SVs, 8.03 ERA, 1.86 Whip, and 5.84 k/9.

Now, in any other situation I would stand pat with no Min IP requirement and take my 4 of 6 cats... but

I am really thinking about starting all of my RP (Nathan, Rauch, Morrow, Broxton, Balfour and attempt to also win the SVs category and heck maybe even Wins.

Do you think this is being to greedy and will come back to bite me (fantasy karma) or do you think I have such a safe lead in my categories that I should try and take one more?

I am in 7th place and 12 games out of 6th (playoffs) and a huge win this week would put me about 5-6 games out of 6th...

What does the cafe think?
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Re: Managing and the Devil on my Shoulder...

Postby Bloody Sox » Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:25 am

Answering the general question of whether you should take advantage of stated rules to try to win as many categories as possible, ABSOLUTELY. I assume you get one point per category, not a weekly win, right?

My initial inclination was to say that you should do your strategy, but I'm not so sure. One or two blowups by your relievers and you could lose ERA and WHIP very easily. If one of your pitchers went 1 IP and gave up 3 ER, your ERA would be 9.00 now and you'd lose that category.

Take your guaranteed 4 of 6 categories... or at the very least, cherry pick the relievers you use - maybe only put Nathan and Broxton in, or something like that. Protect your lead and make a half-hearted attempts at saves.
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Re: Managing and the Devil on my Shoulder...

Postby Inukchuk » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:20 am

Bloody's idea sounds good to me, too. You definitely shouldn't feel guilty...
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Re: Managing and the Devil on my Shoulder...

Postby YardBirds » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:26 am

Inukchuk wrote:Bloody's idea sounds good to me, too. You definitely shouldn't feel guilty...


I don't feel guilty and would never... he knew the rules for this week as well as I did...

I was just asking whether or not I should get greedy or take my 4 cats in pitching and sit everyone for the weekend.
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Re: Managing and the Devil on my Shoulder...

Postby Inukchuk » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:40 am

Oh. !+)

I thought that the devil on your shoulder was telling you not to pitch the rest of your closers. In actuality, he was telling you to be greedy...gotcha.

I wish the devil on my shoulder gave me fantasy advice. Instead, he's always like, "Go ahead. Grease up the handicap ramp. It'll be fun." Or "Think of how funny it would be if you crapped in your neighbor's mailbox..." Stuff like that.
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Re: Managing and the Devil on my Shoulder...

Postby YardBirds » Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:42 am

Mine is very versatile, he gets me in trouble in real life and fantasy... but you know what they say...

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Re: Managing and the Devil on my Shoulder...

Postby Gang Green » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:09 am

Take the 4 out of 6 categories and be happy. You may win another 2 categories but you could give back two categories or more in pursuit of all 6 categories. Play the percentages and hope your team does well over the last six weeks. Close the 12 game gap week by week.
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Re: Managing and the Devil on my Shoulder...

Postby bigh0rt » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:49 am

Go for the win. The big win. You're currently not slotted in a playoff spot, never mind comfortable with one. If you want to make a push to get in, calculated risks like these are worth taking. Your opponent's ratios will need some real strong innings to bring them down to a reasonable level, and your K/9 shouldn't be in jeopardy, regardless. I think you stand a strong chance, if you start all your relievers, of taking 5 categories (all but Wins). What you may want to do is check the sports book every morning and if one of your reliever's teams is a big underdog, sit him, as there's a small likelihood of him recording a save, and a greater possibility of him getting the non-save appearance. I think you should definitely go for the kill, though.
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Re: Managing and the Devil on my Shoulder...

Postby Inukchuk » Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:53 am

bigh0rt wrote: What you may want to do is check the sports book every morning and if one of your reliever's teams is a big underdog, sit him, as there's a small likelihood of him recording a save, and a greater possibility of him getting the non-save appearance.


Wow. And I thought I used a lot of sources to make fantasy decisions. That is a damn fine idea. You sir, are my hero. O:-)
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Re: Managing and the Devil on my Shoulder...

Postby BiggGC » Tue Jul 22, 2008 1:10 am

YardBirds wrote:Mine is very versatile, he gets me in trouble in real life and fantasy... but you know what they say...

Go to Heaven for the view, Hell for the company.

LMAO! My devil does the same thing. Its always like"You are smart go ahead make that crappy trade, .Hey look at that girl your wife won't notice"
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