Matthias wrote:Hitters you have a fair amount to choose from and the standard fare isn't too bad...
AVG, OBP, HR, RBI, R, Steals... nothing really wrong with that.
I would definitely be up for these offensive categories, in just about any league. You could swap OBP for OBP or SLG, but either way I like an additional averaging category to emphasize quality over quantity.
Pitchers are more tricky.
K's I would definitely put in.
ERA is a must.
WHIP is good.
After that, it becomes a balancing job. You don't want to create a situation with too many, or at least too rough, of counting stats so people just churn through crap. But you also want to have enough that people do more than just play RP's and win on rate stats.
So I would suggest:
Wins - Losses: This creates a potential penalty for playing a crappy starter.
Saves + Holds: This makes a relief counting stat, equivalent to wins, that favors closers but keeps the top-tier set-up men in the game.
Innings Pitched?: This one I'm not so sold on, but you have to look at what you're doing in the context of what you have. ERA, WHIP, and Saves/Holds are all reliever-friendly stats. K's is a starter-friendly stat. And W-L is a quality starter-friendly stat, but can be negative to crappy starters. So there's incentive with those 5 to go heavy on relievers and light on starters. Putting in IP would create a further incentive to go a bit deeper on starters.
Agreed. The K, ERA, and WHIP are givens (although, an argument for K/9 could be made, but this brings us back to the relievers/starters).
I particularly like the W-L category. Much moreso than just W, or using W and L as seperate category. Combining the two leaves you with some decisions to make throughout the week as the H2H picture becomes more clear. This also puts a little heat on the guys who have pitchers going against eachother to pick one or the other in a tight match.
The Saves+Holds doesn't really float my boat, but it wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. With a 10 or 12 team league, there's more than enough relievers to go around so that everybody can scratch together a couple of routine closers for saves. Adding in holds just seems to try and fix a problem that was never really there. Setup guys and MR in fantasy baseball have always seemed like kickers in fantasy football... not really necessary. Sure, it's nice to be able to flaunt your knowledge in front of other players when they don't have a clue, but if everybody knows about these guys it's pretty much a wash.
IP is a pretty arbitrary category as well. Seems to favor quantity over quality. A balanced enough league should be able to not worry about a minimum IP per week. If things are setup right, there's no advantage to punting Wins just to load up on Saves and keep a bunch of premier closers going with good ERA/WHIP. This is why I think the K total (rather than the K/9) would work better.
My preferred pithing categories would be:
Wins-Losses, Saves, ERA, WHIP, K's, and K/BB.
Three averaging categories, two counting, and one in the middle... keeps quality high while still requiring some decent quantitiy.
In this type of league hitters would definitely still be more valuable than pitchers... but I prefer that any day of the week.