How can people say there is no strategy in H2H?
Every week it is a completely new game...
"Beat your opponent."
If you do not sit down on Sunday Night, and look to see how many starters your opponent has going that week, and what you will 'need' to beat him, be it skipping a starter or whatever, you fail to understand the H2H concept.
If you do not sit down on Sunday Night, and see what kind of stolen base threat your opponent has for you this week, and whether or not you can sit Taveras in lieu of somebody who might give you more RBI's, you fail to understand the H2H concept.
If you do not sit down on Sunday Night, and analyze your opponent’s bullpen to see if he is 'Saves' strong, 'Holds' strong, or "Neither", and then make adjustments to your pen, you fail to understand the H2H concept.
If you do not sit down on Sunday Night, look at your individual outfield splits versus upcoming match ups, Left/Right, Home/Away, and then make adjustments, you fail to understand the H2H Concept.
If you are down 5 SB's to 1 on Friday night. Do you bench Pierre for help in other areas, or just decide to gamble over the weekend? If you have never even considered this, you fail to understand the H2H concept.
It is Sunday morning and you are ahead in 4 of the 6 pitching categories including ratios, but just barely. You are killing him in K's 42- 25.
Do you bench your Sunday starter in order to 'not lose' those two ratio categories?
If sitting Roy Oswalt on a Sunday vs. the Cardinals never crossed your mind, you fail to understand the H2H concept.
I cannot for the life of me figure out why people say there is no strategy in H2H, unless...
They do not understand the concept.
I agree this can be a fun aspect of HtH, but it requires a deep bench. My HtH league has virtually no bench spots so this strategy goes out the window...it leads to some wild WW cycling but I'd much rather stash guys on my bench than dump a solid player because he is cold and hope you can pick him back up.
Last year, my HtH league on CBS used CBS's power ranking, which combines total points, as well as HtH standings to determine who made the playoffs. I liked that a lot, because it at least eliminated randomness from who made the playoffs. (unfortunately not from the playoffs themselves)