J35J wrote:People under value those who may not get 200IP or even 170IP....if a player is going to give you 160 elite IP I'll take that every time because the stats don't just stop there...if the player gets hurt or gets shut down then you can fill in with a reliever, another starter or if you have a deep staff then just someone you were generally spot starting can fill in the remaining 30,40 or 50IP that your main guy isn't giving you....especially so in H2H leagues
There were reasons why guys like Harden/Bedard were still getting drafted even though they may only get you 100-120IP and thats because the IP they did give were elite or close to it and you could then mix in the needed spot start or reliever to fill the rest of the innings they weren't giving you.
In theory, this looks to be true and the correct way to go about handling SP who have an innings cap (whether that is due to injury or being shut down). I can see little to no problem with this type of approach in standard, run of the mill leagues.
But what about more in depth leagues? Or leagues that use Holds or just SP/RP spots?
In these instances, it is going to be much harder to find a good RP to complement your lower IP starter. Especially true in a league that uses Holds. All of the good RP will most likely be on the roster of some other team. In these types of scenarios, I find it very doubtful that most people can simply pick up a Kenly Jansen type and use him when Strasburg is shut down or when Bedard gets injured.
I believe the stats for an average RP last year were somewhere in the ballpark of a 3.95 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and about 6 Ks / 9 IP.
And unless your starter goes on the DL (like Bedard), you actually have to drop someone to put in that RP. In a one year league, you can obviously drop said SP and grab an average RP. But once this happens, you aren't going to get the remaining 30-60 IP from any reliever in 1 to 1.5 months of a season (once the starter is shut down). You might get 20 IP if the RP is insanely overworked. You're more apt to get 10-15 innings over roughly a month.
It is true that you could use spot starters, but then again that assumes a shallow league. In a deeper league (or a league that runs multiple streaming managers) your options for adding another SP are limited. And in these cases, picking a good SP to add (or to stream) is a gamble. If that SP blows up, he helps to destroy the stats that your elite SP accumulated.