Mercer Boy wrote:
Just skimmed your article on the two-start SP strategy. I just wanted to comment on it.
While it may not be effective in a normal H2H 5x5 league or even in a roto league that uses ERA and WHIP as categories and daily roster changes, it is absolutely vital to do it in weekly H2H leagues that use IP as a category (yes, I know that's not common, but I am playing in one). If you don't pick up at least one 2 start guy, the chances of you winning IP and K is about nil.
It's also a must to do in weekly points league that give high value to wins and IP. Last week I lost my H2H points matchup by 70 points because my opponent had 9 total starts to my 6 (I had very good pitchers - Mulder, Vazquez, Garland, Mussina, Oswalt), but only one pitched twice. He won 7 of 9 starts, and I won 5 of my 6. He also had 20 more IP than I did. These extra stats (not including the points he got for K's) gave him an extra 80 total points than my pitchers. My offense consists of guys like Pujols, A-Rod, Abreu, Jeter, Bay, Alou, and Hafner (no, I'm not making this up) - all who had big weeks - and I still couldn't even come close because of the points he scored from his SP's.
Sure, if you take into account all 2 start pitchers, their combined stats may be very bad...but that's why you only pick certain guys each week. All you have to do is study the matchups (who's playing two bad teams, who has a good track record against the two teams they play, etc.) and determine which guys have the best chance to do well twice.
So as you can see, in some instances and scoring formats, you absolutely have to use 2 start SP's. I have at least one if not two revolving 2 start slots on my fantasy teams in these leagues because it's impossible to win without it.
Greg (aka Mercer Boy)http://www.fantasybaseballcafe.com