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  • TK from LA TK from LA Sep 20, 2013 12:35 AM Flag

    Critical decision re starting pitcher tomorrow

    Auction money league. NL only, 10 teams, with 25 players and 3 DL spots per team, so player availability is almost non-existent.

    Was in last place in mid-May, Roto league, 7 categories (standard plus OBP and slugging for hitters, and QS and holds for P). Moving into a relevant position took most of my FA auction budget. Continued to adjust roster all year. Now in 4th place, 1 point behind 3rd (money) spot, and 2.5 behind 2nd.

    Down to $3 left in auction budget so cannot stream willy-nilly.

    Need help in W, K's. Holding onto 1st place (and 10 points) in WHIP and ERA.

    So the question ... do I start Lincecum against the Yankees?? Picked him up for $1 on June 4, and he has provided team 7 wins, 113 K's, 11 QS and a not-terrible 3.99 ERA since then.

    So start him vs. Yankees? Streaming options are garbage and teams are fighting like North Korean housewives for fresh dogmeat over the available SP'ers so going that route is not an option.

    Help needed.

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    • Normally I would say..."if you own them...start them".

      However, I would not start Lincecum in this case.

      1) He still isn't that good.
      2) The Yankees are fighting for a playoff spot.
      3) The game is in NYC (I might start him if the game were in SF).
      4) AL rules apply so there is no gimme at the end of the lineup.

      blah...blah...blah...

      Oh...and I think Lincecum sucks.

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      • Lincecum has value in NL-only auction leagues with 10 teams, and 25 roster spots. It would be equivalent, obviously, to a 20-team dual league format ... at that point, any starting pitcher who can provide 10 wins and 185 K's has value.

        But yes, in standard 12-team, dual league format, he no longer has value. And I am leaning towards not starting him due to the fact that the game is in Yankee Stadium.

    • If I were in your position, I would start Lincecum.