Let me layout the settings and proposed strategy. It's a 16 team league with 5 rounds of auction ($100 auction money) followed by rounds 6-25 of regular serp picks. It's H2H with 5x5 categories (R,HR,RBI,S,OBP,W,K,SV,ERA,WHIP) plus 4-OF, MI/CI and 8 P slots.
With regard to the half auction, you can buy 2 guys for $50 each or 8 guys for $100 total - just think of it as a regular serp if your debating over the strategy. Last year I had Cano/Stanton/Andrus for say $86 total... the top hitters go for 40-50, and the top pitchers go for 20-25 (with only about 10 auctioned).
Strategy: I'm looking to buy 4-5 top SP's in the auction (no hitters). $100 will allow me to get say, Kershaw (28), Strasburg (25), Lee (18) = $71 so far, maybe another $15 in Darvish = $86 total (leaves 14)
My thinking is, sort of like punting offense but not completely. In a 16 team H2H league, I'm looking at starting these 4-5 monster SP's (high innings, high k's) with 2 good closers and shutting the door on all the pitching categories.
This obviously puts me behind in hitting, I mean I'm facing a guy with say Votto/Cano/Hanley... but his #1 SP might be a guy like Latos (who would be good for my 5th or 6th SP slot). He can't possibly keep up in pitching that week...
Then I'm serping rounds 6-20 basically all hitters... positions are thin enough with 16 teams - offense can be streaky on any given week.
Granted pitching is deep, but I've been burned so many times with 1st and 2nd round hitters that cost too much and either get injured for months or have a down year - let's say you are serping regular and pickup Carlos Gonzo & Justin Upton (they have a down year or an injury)... wouldn't drafting Verlander & Strasburg give you an immediate advantage over the guy who lost an early round hitter - since his pitching is worse... (that is if your SP stay healthy)
I'm not looking for balance, I'm looking to shake things up and take a shot... and not with 1 or 2 high aces, but 4-5... all in!
Last edited by Chaos151p on Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.