shawngee03 wrote:in roto...apparently you can fall too far behind at the beginning of the season, as you wont be able to make up serious ground. does this mean you trade away, bench, or give up on slow starting players in order to play/obtain teh hot start guys? this seems weird as most people here say to wait them out, and not to bench your studs. but if you do this you will fall too far behind. seems like a catch 22. and do you draft differntly. reaching for guys who start fast in order to gain an advantage in the cats?
This is the absolute biggest misconception in roto. The type of mangers that buy into this are the ones that go mainly for the flash in the pan type of player and deal away their underperforming studs. They are also the players that tend to whine when a stud isn't performing to his potential.
I have been in absolute dead last by as late as the All Star break and come back to win. Last year, I was in 10th of 12 for the majority of the season and finished in 2nd. This May, I was in 11th. I'm currently up to 6th and rising. With a proven (and obviously healthy) team, it is not
difficult at all to make up ground.
I'm not trying to sound arrogant, it's just that patience is the most important thing to have in a roto league, especially if you have a team full of proven performers. Oddly enough, patience is also something that many roto players lack. Fortunately for me, it's one of my strengths (of course, it can also be a weakness in other areas: just take a look at how much money I have left over after every auction I've ever been in...$30 of $260 last year...
) That being said, flash in the pan guys are popular in roto, but incorrectly so. Successful managers don't deal their studs for pennies on the dollar. Impatient ones do.
ohh another thought....do stud starting pitchers lose their value at the end of a roto league's season? which would be opposite from H2H where they gain value as tehy are some of the certainties near the end(limitting young guys' innings, burn outs
They only do if you exceed your IP limit (Yahoo defaults 1250). However, if you keep track of your IP over the season, it's a non issue. I'll usually start my studs all the time and play matchups with lesser pitchers...