mweir145 wrote:Mercer Boy wrote:I'm going to bet that fantasy purists are going to tell you this is not right. I'm one of those people.
If this is a public Yahoo leauge, then it is against the rules...and I pull these up all the time to answer these questions:Yahoo ! Fantasy Baseball Rules wrote:No owner will make any roster moves (including waiver claims, trade proposals, etc.) whose sole purpose is to hamper the play of other owners.
Now, if it's a Private league, then it says all things are controlled by the commissioner...but if you have a good one, they wouldn't allow this stuff to happen either. The problem is that if they didn't set a move limit or state that cycling pitchers was wrong, then I suppose you could do it.
The only thing that comes from doing this is animosty among your leaguemates and the possible "bad feeling" you may get for doing something like that. If no one cares, that's fine...but if you have some people that don't condone that action, they may not play in your league next year.
I know this will start a firestorm, and I'm not going to say anything more on the subject. I'm just giving the purist's side of the story.
But what if you have no innings limit, and you are picking up 4 pitchers a day in an attempt to better your team?
I agree with Mercer. The Yahoo rules are pretty straight forward to my mind. If it's a private league, then it's up to the league whether to allow this sort of thing or not.
If you have no innings limit and pick up 4 pitchers a day, then you may better your team Ks and (maybe) wins, but your ERA and WHIP are going to take a serious hit.
I had a competitor use a churning strategy against me in a H2H championship matchup one year. He told me ahead of time he was going to try it, because that was his only hope. If you know that someone will employ that strategy against you there is a counter-strategy: do a mini-churn.
A mini-churn is best employed when you have the better pitching staff and know that your opponent is going to throw every FA pitcher he can grab at you. Dedicate one (maybe two) roster spots to grabbing FA pitchers for spot starts. Odds are your opponent won't be expecting YOU to churn, as he's doing it out of desperation. Don't start as many pitchers as he does, but grab the best spot starts of the week a day or two before he can. He's going to throw 4 pitchers at you on Monday? Grab the best spot start for Tuesday. Stay one day ahead. You'll still win ERA and WHIP, and if you grab the right guys you may even stay ahead in wins and K. You'll be effectively depleting the free agent pool that much more.
Another strategy is to make more use of middle relievers that have high K/9 ratios. Odds are that two good MR will do more for your team than your opponents crappy spot start pitcher.