So playoffs for my league start tomorrow (H2H Points 5x5) and in our rules is that any team in the playoffs cannot make any roster changes (except dropping someone who lands on the DL for a free agent; no trades and no dropping healthy players) until they are eliminated (or you know, win the thing). I have no expectations of getting very far, but if I can make it through the first round I have a 3-out-of-4 chance of receiving some prize money so I'd like to at least get there.
All that leads me to my question. I picked up John Niese this week since he was a two-game starter with very favorable matchups. From what I've looked at around the net the consensus is he is at least worthy of starting in mixed leagues. My question is should I stick with him or are there better options? Here are the only comparable pitchers available in my league:
Gio Gonzalez, Dallas Braden, Bronson Arroyo, Hiroki Kuroda, Jason Vargas, Clayton Richard
And just for reference here is my current line of starters (from most ppg to least ppg):
Yeah, it gets a little rough at the end there. There is a 10 start maximum in my league so I might not need to take a chance on Burnett or Beckett during some weeks. I mean, Burnett is pretty much what I expect him to be so I'm fine with him being there. Becket though... ouch. At least he gets Seattle this week so it might be a good bounce back game for him.
So anyone think I should stick with Niese or go for one of the guys available? Gio is a little tempting...
id agree with the above--niese and kuroda above burnett the rest of the year (take a look at niese's remaining schedule--he was a good 2 starter this week, but he has plenty more good starts coming up as well). burnett's been so bad recently, and the yankees do not have too many friendly matchups left, so i cant see playing him much for the rest of the year.
I know it goes beyond the scope of my original question, but any thoughts on what I should do with Beckett? I'd like to think he can turn it around, but with every beating he takes it makes me believe less and less that it is going to happen. Like I said, though, I can perhaps hold him out if it looks like a particularly bad match-up.
I think you've got to just keep throwing Beckett out there every 5th day. His stuff has looked fine - he's just been throwing the cut-fb too much and having a hard time getting out of jams. He's gonna get it figured out soon and you don't want him on the bench when he does.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
Kuroda now losing his 2nd start for this week, meaning he'll get 2 next but just the 1 @ Milw; a team he hasn't fared well against. Niese most likely won't pitch every 5th game the rest of the way, but the rain shortened outing last week means he's a great play this week at least