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  • Greenraven Greenraven Feb 11, 2012 12:24 AM Flag

    First Ever Draft... Rank It.

    Okay nothing wrong in being new and quite smart of you to want to learn. I hope the below doesn't seem harsh. I kind of mean it in a matter of fact tone of voice as in you asked for advice. :-)

    I went heavy with starting pitching my first fantasy year. Over half of them had bust seasons and/or got injured on my teams. And cause they were elite pitchers they were on Yahoo's darn CAN'T CUT LIST. I was stuck with them forever it seemed. Couldn't trade them to anyone, couldn't cut them. It was horrible. A pitcher's arm is a fragile thing.

    Never again. It's about 50/50 now if I even draft one top tier pitcher. I'd rather take hitters first, they play for me all week long.

    Also despite your pitcher heavy strategy I noticed you didn't pick up a stud at closer. Or even any closer. In standard Yahoo leagues, winning the Saves each week is equal to winning the ... well ... Wins. A good closer usually helps a lot with the WHiP and ERA stats too. Even K's. Standard Yahoo has two RP (relief pitcher) slots. You can't put a starter only in those. Tho there are always people who draft tons of RP, majority of people will draft at least 2 cause of that.

    Look at what stats you are competing with and see how you can cover the most stats to win each week (if H-to-H - you didn't mention the format).

    There are 10 stats in Yahoo Public Leagues (assuming that cause you didn't say otherwise). 5 are for hitters. If you play with this line-up you are pretty much conceding a tie each week IF you win all 5 pitching stats. And without a closer, you lost that stat.

    And in roto it is even more important not to be weak in that many stats.

    If this is a real team and not a practice draft, I'd recommend you look to trade at least 2 if not up to 4 of those first 6 starters for elite hitters and a closer. Don't trade one to one for a closer with your elites but get a real good hitter + decent closer for one maybe.

    Young pitchers come up all the time in FA pool. I've rarely had any problem cobbling together a decent staff from middle round pitchers and minor leaguer being called up.

    Also, the Free Agent pool is your friend. Watch it and see which guys are having good years, get them and if they fade, dump them. And don't be afraid to cut players ever, their feelings won't get hurt, heh. Just give the better players more time to turn it around is all.

    Best of luck to you. We all learn by doing.


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