I am going to have to disagree and say that punting a category can be a very effective strategy. I am currently winning a 12 team NL only league 5x5 roto league with 0 saves. I knew the only way i could contend in saves would be to pick up at least two top notch closers maybe three.
Instead i pouched saves and picked up Bats. Now my pitching isn't that bad either. I am currently in 4th out of 12 teams with no saves. How you ask. I have RJ and he carriew my team but i surrouned him with cheap hurlers with Low Era's, Whip, and in the case of my league decent K-BB.
Middle relievers are the key if you are pouching saves, add guys like Remlinger for cheap he always has a nice ERA and Whip and gets K's plus a few wins. A Guy like Vizcaino of Mil is also nice, Gabe white. I do have a few other quality starters too in J. Fogg, Rusch, Quevado, Nomo. Plus you can work the wire and pick up spot starters i added simontacchi and he has been stellar.
If you are writing off a category you have to constantly watch the league and make the neccesary adjustments to hold on. I am in 1st in Hr, 1st in RBi, 1st in Runs, 3rd in SB, and 3rd in BA.
The way i see it in order to get a big fat zero in a category and come in the $ you need a deep league it won't work in a 8 team league and you have to do your homework. Look at it this way i could of gotten one closer for $20 who would get me like
4 wins, 60 k's, 35 saves, a 3.0 era, a 1.3 whip or
I could get 3 middle relievers a dollar starter and still have $15 for batters.
i got J. fogg for $1 6 wins a nice era, etc.
Remlinger $2 2 wins a low era, whip, etc.
G. White $1 2 wins a low era, whip, etc.
Vizcaino, $1 3 wins a low era, whip, etc.
Plus i got $15 to buy a batter lets say in this case i used the $ to buy S. Finley.
10 Hr's, 6 Stolen bases
In a roto league you are much better off with a $1 pitcher who is a decent middle reliever or an unknown starter than a $1 batter.
Sure i'd prefer not to have to write off a category like saves but if you are gonna finish last or second to last in the category why waste $ and for nothing, your resources could be better spent somewhere else.