This is more of a general fantasy baseball strategy post (and aimed for Roto more than H2H).Â This is sort of a continuation of this morningâ€™s roundup.Â Wellâ€¦Â Of every roundup, really.Â At least the thought process for why Iâ€™m writing it is in continuation.Â Do you start or sit pitchers?Â There isnâ€™t an easy, broad answer to start every guy, so I understand the questions about starting certain guys.Â You donâ€™t want Wandy sitting on your teamâ€™s face right after he ate Mexican food.Â But you also donâ€™t want to start a guy for all his bad outings and sit him for the great ones.Â In a lot of cases, it comes down to overthinking.Â Listen, even your fearless leader sometimes overthinks his starts and misses a good one.Â And some guys really are for just matchups.Â Youâ€™re not starting Kevin Millwood every time out. (In some leagues, youâ€™re never starting him.)Â So rather than try to come up with some all encompassing rule that doesnâ€™t really apply in every case, Iâ€™m going to show you by example.
In one fourteen team league, I have a pitching staff of K-Rod, Fuentes, F-Her, Filthy Sanchez, Oswalt, Burnett, Penny, Liriano, Billingsley, a since-dropped Buehrle and a DLâ€™d Duchscherer.Â Up until Tuesday, Iâ€™ve missed two starts on purpose this year.Â In my infinite wisdom, I sat Liriano vs. the Sawx and Yanks, missing out on 13 IP, 3 ER and 15 Ks.Â Strategy moves that were to my detriment.Â I did sit Burnett vs. the Rays last night, which worked out for me, but that was more of a case that I’m over my innings limit than my fear of Burnett.Â So out of 14 points in each Ks, WHIP and ERA, I have a 14, 8 and 11, respectively.Â (BTW, I also have terrible stats from Juan Gutierrez, Joel Hanarahanananan and Ryan Madson.)Â Not one spot start, only three benchings.
Sober people donâ€™t bet on baseball for one simple reason.Â In the short term, from start to start, no one really has any idea what anyoneâ€™s going to do.Â In the big picture, itâ€™s another thing.Â But the big picture only works if you start your guys so you get their cumulative stats.Â Now, of course, if youâ€™re in a ten team league, certain matchups become less startable than 12 team leagues. Then certain matchups in 15 team leagues, you wouldnâ€™t dream of in 12 team leagues.Â So when you ask me in the comments or our fantasy baseball forums about starting a guy, the most important thing is your league depth.Â Otherwise, I assume 12 team or I’ll say something vague like, “(That start) could work out for you.”Â Okay, so whoâ€™s starting F-Her next time out?Â No way!!!