A Fleshner Fantasy wrote:It couldn't work. In order to win WHIP, ERA, and saves, you would need to draft probably 3 closers in the first 7 or so rounds. With that in mind, there is no way you could get good enough hitting to win the league.
You don't need 3 of the top 5 or so closers to do this strategy. You can focus on hitting initially, just have to carefully select your closers.
MTUCache wrote:As others have said, if you're going to get closers who do anything other than get saves (i.e., closers with stellar ERA/WHIP #s), you're going to have to get them early.
That takes away from the hitting you need in order to make up for those punted categories.
If you're not drafting three closers in the 7-11 round area, then you might as well punt saves too and just go after MR with good ERA/WHIP numbers, because you're not going to get good averaging scores with bottom-tier closers.
In my attempt of this strategy this year, I took a closer in Rounds 7, 10, 13, 15, 16, and 19. I got Wagner in the 7th, Corpas in the 10th, and took guys like R. Soriano instead of Todd Jones/Joe Borowski type bottom-feeder closers. I then added some elite MR's to help my ratios, and I still managed a pretty kick-butt offense picking hitters while others grabbed SP's and other elite closers early on.
This said, I still say that it takes a lot
of luck, and it's near impossible to beat a competent owner who drafts a balanced team. Plus, I almost always have to try to grab another stuperstar offensive stud via trade mid-season. Lots of other owners only use 1 early pick on an ace pitcher, so they're not that far behind in offense, and they're also not punting K's/W's.
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