I see absolutely nothing wrong with this strategy and commend anybody that successfully executes it.
I am in a 7-person points pool where ERA and WHIP don't matter (only wins, K's, and losses count against). What I've done for the past 2 years is draft or trade away 1-less pitcher than is necessary to remain at about even for innings. That way, come August, when I need a little extra to volt me into the lead or smash any hopes of someone catching me, I use my saved up innings by picking up good starters with favourable matchups. It is fun and I always look forward to August and September so that I can finally employ this strategy. Heck, last year I picked up R.A. Dickey 2-days before his start against Detroit. What did he do? Pick up the save (the closer was resting, or something like that) and then the next day tossed a CG SHO!
The ones who complain about this strategy and others like it (a move that is not illegal and can be employed by any other interested managers) should not be playing fantasy sports. Let me guess, you guys are usaully the ones that finish 2nd or 3rd or 4th and look back and find some excuse why you didn't win.
Lose, suck it up, then win the next year, but don't make excuses and complain about your shortcomings...
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