In 14 team 5x5 h2h/roto league. Start 5 P's (no min innings), 3 OF's and 1 at each other position. Teams have 22 players with 7 P, 5 OF's and a backup at each other position. Total team stats count toward roto where only starting lineup count towards h2h. Last year was my first and I got lucky and had a very good team. It was very balanced and I ran away with the roto portion. It was only worth $200 where the winner of h2h got $900. I only finished a couple games over .500. I want to put more emphasis on h2h this year. We have option to protect one player as your 1st round pick and am going to protect C Beltran.
If the goal of h2h is to win 6 of the categories each week then what is you guys opinion on the strategy of drafting closers and speed guys?
This strategy is to win SV, ERA and WHIP from pitching and AVG, R, and SB from hitting. One problem with this is that I will basically have no chance of winning W, SO, HR or RBI's. I do not know what pick I will have until the draft so will just speak in general terms regarding rounds and then guess that certain players will be available based on this leagues draft history and owners.
So to pull this off I would need to draft something like this:
Round 1: Beltran
Round 2: Gagne/Wagner
Round 3: Wagner/Foulke/Suzuki
Round 4: R Furcal/Peirre
Round 5: Furcal/Pierre/Crawford/Castillo
Round 6: Castillo
Round 7: Sweeney
Round 8: F Cordero/Benetiz
Round 9: R Winn/Kendell
Round 10: Hinske/Koskie
So basically punting W, SO, HR, RBI but trying to get front of the lineup, run scoring, good avg, speed guys and starters/rp that won't hurt era and whip. Once I have starting lineup then I could take flyers on HR RBI guys like Burrell, Burnitz, Dunn to help roto stats.
I know it is more fun having power hitters and starting pitchers but if I cornered the market on the categories I targeted then I would think I would have a lot of h2h success. Another problem I could have is if/WHEN the other owners catch on to what I'm doing and follow with runs on my closers and speed guys.
What do you guys think? Am I way off base? Remember my goal is to win h2h.