I'm in a custom, 8-team league. I've managed to finish #1 in season standings the past 2 years, but I would owe it to me being very active adding/dropping players instead of my draft ability. In fact, I'd say my drafting has definitely had its mistakes. I've read up on some drafting strategies and advice for this season (just my 3rd season).
A bit of strategy that really struck me was loading up in certain categories for H2H so you're almost guaranteed to win the majority of categories, even if it means almost certainly losing the remaining. What would you guys recommend with the following settings?
8 Teams - Live Online Standard Draft - "Snake" style
H2H by categories - ie you go 9-3 , 5-7 etc each week and not 1-0 or 0-1
Batting: Runs, Hits, HR, RBI, SB, OPS
Pitching: QS, Saves, Holds, ERA, WHIP, K/9
No maximum acquisitions per week/season. 40 IP minimum per week (easy when you see player slots below)
Slots: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, Util, SP, SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, RP, RP, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL
My general strategy would be to use the P slot for an extra RP, have 3 "savers" and 3 "holders", or 4:2
4 of 8 teams make playoffs
Under the strategy I'm asking about, when drafting I would aim to crush 7 of the 12 categories, even if it meant "giving up" the other 5. When I think about it, it may hurt my overall season standings using this approach (since others may be winning 8-4, 9-3, 10-2 more), but 4 of 8 teams make our playoffs- and when you're in the playoffs all that matters is who advances. I've heard advice about paying no regard to pitchers, especially RP's in shallow leagues (shallow as it gets, 8 teams all players universe). What are your guys' thoughts? Thanks a lot for helping a beginner out!