Cardphan wrote:I just dropped him in my ROTO league for AJ Piersynski...I just can't have my starting catcher benched in the first two games, thats unacceptable. Even this early I need something from that spot, be it .250 with a R or occasional bomb.
I don't see how in a roto league you're going to benefit from this.
A projected Napoli 20/70/70 line over a season is a 20/70/70 line, no matter how many games it's in.
Pierzynski might end up with 15/50/60 line, no matter how many games he plays in.
How is that any better?
Unless you've got ABs or hits as a category, what does it matter if Napoli gets his stats in 110 hits through 400 ABs? AJ might have 140 hits through 500 ABs, but those extra 30 hits (and another 30 on top of that) don't count for anything in a standard 5x5 league. If they're all singles with no run resulting, they don't add to your R total, your RBI total, or your HR total, and the average is still the same.
Counting stats are just that... counting. I understand the frustration about him putting up nothing most days of the week, but how is it any better to be getting zeroes
from some other catcher just as many days? When
Nap produces, it's at a much higher rate. Just because it's difficult to predict when
that production is going to come doesn't make it any less valuable. If you just left him in your C slot the entire year and didn't even look at it, you'd still end up with a better catcher-line than half your league. It's easy to get wrapped up in worrying about his playing time, but if you're constantly plugging in new guys, micro-managing the whole thing, I don't think you're going to get much better results.
You could argue that a .270 average from Nap drags you down much more than the .280 that AJ will get, but when you consider that you're only getting 400 ABs of .270 (rather than the 500 you'll get out of most catchers), it doesn't have that much of an impact.