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  • Matthew Matthew Sep 23, 2013 4:53 PM Flag

    What to do with Mariano Rivera in a dynasty league

    Okay, I have Rivera in a dynasty league. I am in the championship, and I am considering dropping Rivera for either a RP to get holds or a two-start pitcher. My offense is set.
    Pitching categories are: W, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, K/9.

    My pitching roster:

    James Shields
    Andrew Cashner
    Anibal Sánchez
    Casey Janssen
    Mariano Rivera
    David Carpenter
    Tommy Hunter
    Joe Smith
    Tony Watson
    Justin Verlander
    Hiroki Kuroda
    Max Scherzer
    Erasmo Ramírez
    Hisashi Iwakuma
    Jake Peavy
    Matt Cain

    My opponents' roster:

    Jordan Zimmermann
    Mike Minor
    Tanner Roark
    Craig Kimbrel
    Kenley Jansen
    Greg Holland
    Trevor Rosenthal
    Tanner Scheppers
    Luis Avilán
    Drew Smyly
    Stephen Strasburg
    Julio Teherán
    Martín Pérez
    Madison Bumgarner
    I don't think I will win saves with Rivera and Janssen against Holland, Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen. We each have 4 middle relievers, one more could give me holds. I have 10 SPs, he has 7. Bruce Chen and Todd Redmond are available if I go with a two-start pitcher, Santiago Casilla, Luis Ayala and Craig Stammen are the available RPs. Keep Rivera or drop him, and for whom?

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    • I agree with #$%$. Saves and Holds are toss ups. My league has the SV+ HLD category and it's very rare that I get holds from those guys consistently. Closers will help in that category. Keep Rivera, you never know who will have a bad week that you may win saves. Since your offense is set the add really goes nowhere else. If your offense is as good as you say it is, then I am impressed by your team because that is a good pitching staff.

      • 1 Reply to Harry
      • Thanks for the reply
        My offense is set partially because there aren't any players worth grabbing on waivers.
        My offense:
        Alex Avila, Jason Castro
        Joey Votto, Matt Adams
        Cano, Bonifacio
        Asdrubal Cabrera, Jurickson Profar, Everth Cabrera
        Miguel Cabrera, Josh Donaldson, Nick Castellanos
        Austin Jackson, Cespedes, Aoki, Gardner, Nelson Cruz, George Springer
        4 of those players are in NA or DL slots. It is a 12 team league.

    • I chuckle every time I see a league that has both SV and HLD. They should have one or the other...or...instead of having both they can go with the new SV + HLD category. Having both SV and HLD in the same league is like having both W and QS...or...like having both K and K/9. You should either have one or the other...not both.

      *steps off soap box*

      Now...to answer your question...

      I don't really think it matters. My opponent last week had Rivera, Papelbon, and Rodney to my Janssen, Balfour, and Farquhar and I beat him in SV. SV are a toss up on a weekly basis and if it is 3 CL to 3 CL or 3 CL to 4 CL you ALWAYS have a chance at winning saves. The fact that you each have the same number of middle relievers and that you have 3 more SP than your opponent means that you should have an edge in the SP controlled stats (W and K) and that you would have an easier time mitigating bad RP performances by having your SPs pitch more innings to lower the impact on your ERA and WHIP. I don't see where adding another SP will help that situation. On the other hand...dropping a closer virtually assures you of losing SV.

 

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