So tonight I have Holliday facing Halliday and nobody on my bench to replace Holliday if I choose to bench him. My assumption is that Halliday will dominate Holliday, just as he does everyone else in the league. I expect an O-fer from Holliday.
Of course, there is the chance he might get lucky and get an rbi or two, or even swat a dinger. Or maybe Halliday leaves after 7 IP and Holliday gets to the reliever...
This set-up is repeated throughout the year. Hanley v. Linceum... or for that matter, Cantu v. Cain.
The idea is that I expect to take a BA hit (in my rotisserie 5x5 league), but may get lucky in rbi, steals, HRs or runs.
Faced with that choice, do you take zero stats and bench the stud, or play studs when they face aces and hope for the best?
Of course, I know you can be more specific and look at match-ups... If Pujols is 0-30 vs Tim Wakefield, I'd consider benching him. But if your sample is small enough to be meaningless (or, as in the case with Halliday) non-existent... do you bench or play your studs? What about other batters that are less studly?