So joined a league last minute for a friend that had somebody drop last min. Draft is tonight. 8 TEAM
Scoring Type: Head-to-Head Player Universe: All baseball New Players Become Available: As soon as Yahoo! adds them Max Moves: No maximum Max Trades: No maximum Trade Reject Time: 2 Trade End Date: August 15, 2010 Waiver Time: 2 days Waiver Type: Continual rolling list Can't Cut List Provider: Yahoo! Sports Trade Review: League Votes Post Draft Players: Follow Waiver Rules Max Acquisitions per Week: 6 Min Innings Pitched: 7 Weekly Deadline: Daily - Tomorrow Start Scoring on: Week 1 Playoffs: Week 23, 24 and 25 (6 teams) Note: Week 25 runs 14 days from Sep 20 to Oct 3 Divisions: No Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, Util, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Singles (1B), Doubles (2B), Triples (3B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Strikeouts (K), Batting Average (AVG), On-base Percentage (OBP) Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Losses (L), Complete Games (CG), Shutouts (SHO), Saves (SV), Home Runs (HR), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP)
What is the best strategy? Load up on Hitters? Load up on SP and 2 good Closers. Punt holds?
For hitters, I'm not sure I load up so much as make sure I can cover some off days with a few well chosen bench players. I humbly suggest you punt Ks immediately. People should draft useless guys to avoid 'em; not you....with OBP in, don't be afraid to take a couple of the Dunns/Penas. Look for at least one speedy SS late, and target a fast guy in a big park to try for triples: maybe Borbon.
Pitching is whack. With 7 IP, I'd go for two aces early (first 5 rounds)
Roy Halladay is a stud, a complet stud in CG/SO leagues.
But it's 5 to 2 for counting stats for P (heavy IP), and really, a lot of weeks, you're not getting SO/CG. Add in the chance at some ridiculously low ERA/WHIP totals, and you could get 5 - 3 wins in P many weeks barely cracking your minimum.
For me, I'd grab an elite closer in the top 8 rounds, someone like a Paplebon: someone who could make a guy squinting past 7 IP pay dearly.
And then I'd take a reasonable amount of decent pitching after the 10th: but take your holds guys. It's another counting stat, and when you catch this year's Gregerson (take him), you'll be happy you did. You need major counting stats in few innings while owing decent enough pitching to play a tonne if your first start or so went terribly or the other owner sits all P after he gets 7 perfect IP.
Don't be afraid here to completely overpay for sheer dominance pitching wise. You absolutely don't want a Leo Nunez or a Price or a whatnot: ie solid.