Ernie Whitt wrote:
Here is the difference:
On April 1st, A-Rod goes 2-4 with 0HRs, 3RBIs, and 1 Run.
On April 1st, Lowell goes 2-4 with 0HRs, 3RBIs, and 1 Run.
On April 1st, Ortiz goes 2-4 with 0HRS, 1RBI and 3 runs.
And, for the sake of argument, assume Ortiz and Lowell knocked each other in for their respective runs and RBIS.
If you own Lowell and Ortiz your total for the day is:
4-8, 0HR, 4 RBI, 4 Runs
If you own A-Rod and Ortiz your total for the day is:
4-8, 0HR, 4 RBI, 4 Runs - exactly the same.
But we're not talking so much as your bottom line as limiting your opponents' bottom lines.
If you own A-Rod and Ortiz (and one of your opponents own Lowell), they're getting the benefit of Lowell's stats which were a direct by-product of Ortiz's stats. Same thing with the players who got the benefit of A-Rod's stats. It's a domino effect.
By owning A-Rod and Ortiz, in addition to your 4 runs and RBIs, you created 4 runs and RBIs for other players in your league - the people who own Lowell and whoever A-Rod knocked in.
But by owning Lowell and Ortiz, you still get your 4 runs and 4 rbis, but have created nothing for anyone else in the rest of the league.
Obviously you can create hypotheticals like this, but it really doesn't help explain your theory - especially since very infrequently would an entire game's stats be created by only a select few individuals on a team. Even so, although Ortiz and Lowell might have created, themselves, all of those statistics, every single fantasy stat has a positive or negative effect on another player. Every hit is an increase in WHIP for the pitcher, almost every Run is an RBI for someone, and is a hit on ERA for a pitcher. Every K for a pitcher is a hit on the batter's BA, etc. By owning Lowell and Ortiz, you may be "preventing" their stats from being accumulated by another owner, but in turn each owner's players are preventing you from accumulating their statistics. The fact that you might not have any Rockies on your teams disqualifies you from benefiting from their statistics. Again, it depends on the caliber of the player in regards to fantasy - therefore their team, ballpark, competition, etc. So in your hyopthetical, while you may accumulate the same statistics having Ortiz/Lowell vs Rodriguez/Lowell and you thus keep any other team from accumulating the stats of Ortiz, having ARod and Lowell allow you to accumulate the statistics previously prohibited to you. Simply having two+ players on the same team does not provide any offensive or defensive advantages.