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ultrazero wrote:A guy in my league does the closer thing. Drafts as many closers as he can and holds as few starters as he can. What he's losing in W/K's he makes up for in S, ERA, WHIP. Chases those three stats all year and forfeits the others.
How do you feel about a strategy like this? And what are some other season long strategies you guys employ?
OT2000 wrote:Nice post Boomer.
Those gimmiks never work in H2H, but I have seen the "throw W's & K's" strategy in a 5x5 Roto. The guy front-loaded on hitting and got a few good closers. Worked really well. (No innings min.)
MikeYoung4President wrote:My ROTO strategy's working well (1st in my 3 leagues), but my H2H has garnered mixed results (1st in 2 leagues, middle of the pack in 3 leagues).
doyourealize1 wrote:The guys that you will want to have on your bench should be high BA, high steals guys. Think of them as guys that'll get you free steals, runs, rbis, etc without being a liability.
2. Prioritize having a deep offensive bench over grabbing a mediocre starter over the waiver wire. The offensive guy is much less of a liability than a guy like Bush or Lowe who you don't know will give you a 2 ERA one day and 9ERA the next. If you need pitching, consider trading your offense for pitching. Hot batters often will come up on the waiver wire.
2. Don't fall in love with your stars. I drafted Dye, Delgado, Howard, A. Jones in some leagues, adamant that they would do well this season. I"ve benched them from the start in favor of guys like Victorino, Tavaras, O Cabrera, Kazuo Matsui etc how are solid and have the "opposite" skillset that these guys have (power vs. speed). You have to remember that your stats are based on what you have in your lineups every day, not what your players have at the end of the season -- so you will want to ride the hot player at all times. If Dye and Delgado heat up, I will put them in the lineup and be glad that I got steals and runs while they were slumping. When they're hot they will catch me up in the power numbers. I even benched Howard for much of the season. If you have a guy who has been slumping for 3-4 days, consider benching him if you have a hot or reliable alternative.
3. Go for well roundedness, but lean towards power and BA. Like I said, high steal guys are a dime a dozen, but a power hitter that has a high BA is a very rare find.
4. Have 4 closers or 3 closers + 1 solid MR. You have 2RP slots and 3P slots -- utilize them to cover for starters who might be less than stellar. Chances are you'll have at least 1 SP who will drive you crazy throughout the season, so a solid MR might help you with the ERA and the K.
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