kab21 wrote:I don't really like the idea of punting any category before draft day. I am willing to wait on stats like SB's and saves for later in the draft and focus heavily on the other 8 categories. but definitely not willing to punt.
"Punting" takes on a different light when it's a H2H league... Assuming that even the best
team only has a 75% chance of winning a given category one week, almost regardless of rosters, you're going to be losing categories nearly every week anyway. I don't have too much of a problem planning
to do that, as long as you're giving yourself a significant edge in the other categories. Voluntarily giving away that 25% chance to win Saves or SB, simply because you don't want to put the energy into those categories, is asinine... and it's certainly not going to make up for it by giving you that big of an edge in the other categories.
I really don't see "punting saves" in H2H as a viable strategy, simply because it's not going to give you an edge in the draft. The spots where you would have drafted those mid-tier closers is barely going to make the difference between winning HR/RBI/R/AVG 8 out of 10 weeks instead of 7 out of 10 (i.e. maybe 4 points over 10 weeks), and in the meantime you're willingly giving up a point all 10 of those weeks that you might have won 2 or 3 times just by accident.
There's a difference between "punting" saves and drafting three or four bottom-tier closers and then watching the WW closely during the season.
Same situation with SB... any team can add a Rajai Davis in the 20th round and suddenly have a 40% chance of winning that category. Especially in a 10-team league, where at least a handful of speed guys are going to go undrafted. Draft any well-rounded team and keep a guy like this on your bench and you don't have to punt.
Let's face it.... H2H is easy
if you're paying attention. See what your opponent has, concede what you can't win, know what you will probably win, and then throw everything you've got into the categories which are undecided. Make as many roster moves as you need with your bench, and just by winning 6.5/10 categories every week you'll be in the playoffs.
There's a difference between being relaxed about a category (like AVG, ERA, WHIP), and completely punting it.