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tinfoilxtouch wrote:Everyone always says that too much luck is involved in h2h leagues. On the other hand, I've always thought that even over the course of a week, things will even out...
Until this week.
I'll save the details of my roster, but basically I've built an all-star team at one oblivious owner's expense. We've done five or six deals this year, and almost all of them have been close to being vetoed for favoring me. At the moment, (excluding catcher), the latest any of my hitters were drafted is 41st overall. He has nobody left drafted in the top 50, except for Ichiro. This week we finally faced off...
I'm down 13 runs and 16 RBI. After three days.
It makes me wish there was a "toss-away" week, for the series in which your team is furthest away from their statistical mean.
Maybe next season I will look into roto.
tinfoilxtouch wrote:Everyone who has mentioned Karma must have a point. I've now changed my smack-talk to "This week is clearly god smiting me for my bogus trades". I'm now down 20 runs and 22 RBI.
ThisOneGuy wrote:Try a H2H points league, if you think that's bad. I'm finally starting to hate my money league that I've been in for years.
In a points league, ERA, WHIP, etc. don't matter, so you're better off with 3-4 spots at the end of your bench that you can use to pick up '2-start' guys each week.
There is no innings limit and since ERA and WHIP mean nothing, the only penalty for starting an average pitcher is you might not get a lot of points, but with 2 starts, there's a very good chance you'll outscore a good 1-start pitcher. Since wins depend so much on the rest of a pitcher's team, a lot of times these 2-start guys will luck into 2 wins in a week and have a real good shot at at least 1. So really, you're probably better off starting an average 2-start guy over a really good pitcher who only starts once that week.
What this has done to our league is this:
Noone has any hitters on their bench, literally. You just can't afford it.
Some teams start 7 starting pitchers and no closers every week.
Some teams cut 3-4 guys every Monday and pick up 3-4 '2-start' guys for the next week.
Teams who have quality guys at the end of their bench are unable to do this, so you're basically rewarded for drafting a team with a bunch of expendable players at the end of your bench.
The worst part about it is, our whole league has basically come down to who has more 2-start pitchers for the week. If you have 5 2-start guys and your opponent only has 2, you're basically guaranteed a win for that week. It's getting worse too, as more owners are realizing this is what you need to do to win.
It just doesn't seem like that's how fantasy baseball was meant to be played.
So, in your league, guys can luck into a win every once in a while, but at least they can't cheese their way into a bunch of wins throughout the season, or even a championship.
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