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Grouperman941 wrote:Having ARod and Abreu last year was pretty sweet.
I don't think this is something I'd plan for -- more like a situation to take advantage of if the opportunity arises.
MTUCache wrote:In poker terms (or general statistics), I'd call this adding "variance" to your lineup.
Putting all your eggs in one basket doesn't particularly increase or decrease your chances of success in the long-term. In the end of the season two players slated for rbi/run totals of 100/95 and 95/100 are both going to get what they get, regardless of what team they're on or how they relate to eachother.
But, in the short-term (say, for instance, in a week), this could have HUGE consequences on your team. One week they could have a good schedule against some weak pitchers and really go off, both getting 10/10 and solidifying your win for the week. While the next week they could be scheduled against three of the toughest pitchers in the game and have two days off, and rack up a whopping total of 1/1 each, essentially killing your team's chances of winning those categories.
In roto leagues, this has absolutely no impact. The projected statistics of one player have very little to do with the projections of another player (on your roster... it may impact the projections to start with).
In H2H leagues, having one instance of this isn't a big deal, but having three or four "sets" of these guys could make your team very unpredictable. If there's one thing that I like in my H2H teams, it's an even keel. It helps lineup-wise to know what stats you're going to be needing each week in order to compete against certain opponents. Not knowing where you stand going into the week (either because of your own variance or your opponent's) is frustrating, and could negatively impact your lineups for the week if you choose incorrectly.
In the end, unless you built a team specifically around this, I don't think you'd notice much of a difference. Having five or six players from one team, or having several (4+) sets of two players from select teams would definitely make a noticeable difference. You'd probably end up near the same in the end, because stats are so random anyway, but I'd bet you could put a team together that would have some ridiculous hot-and-cold streaks throughout the season.
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