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  • aaron aaron Feb 18, 2010 9:34 AM Flag

    Tinkering with H2H Categories, Roster Spots

    So ..I'm planning on starting up a 16-team, H2H keeper league on Yahoo.

    This will be my first time running a league and I'm trying to come up with settings that value quality SP over quantity of SP.
    I'd like to have deep rosters (26 or 27 players), while at the same time, limiting the viability of streaming pitchers from the bench. Some feedback on my initial ideas would be really helpful and I'd appreciate any other ideas you might have.

    These are the 8 pitching categories I'd like to use:
    W, K, K/BB, SV, Holds, ERA, WHIP, QS

    As far as rosters go, I think I will set a maximum of 2 or 3 adds/week. This will limit streaming SP from the waiver wire.
    To limit streaming from the bench I've thought about setting up the roster positions as such:

    SP, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, RP, RP, RP
    (4) SP slots + (6) RP slots There will then be (7 or 8) bench slots for batters/pitchers.

    My thinking is that increasing the standard RP slots will keep managers from punting saves or holds (ideally you'd want to start 3 closers and 3 middle relievers). I'll also set the Minimum IP/week at 40 to discourage the opposite.

    I am probably overlooking some things, or maybe i'm doing it all wrong. Opinions?

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    • Maybe I'm overlooking something here but you said 8 categories, correct? What is the K/BB? Is that the ratio between the 2 because I never even knew that existed. Why not go to 9 and incorporate good old fashioned K's and BB's as a negative stat? Penalize these guys when their middle relief comes in and walks the first 3 batters they face.

      If that indeed is a ratio category then your settings look OK to me. I think you seem to have put the safeguards in place to prevent what you stated you set out to prevent. Might I also suggest increasing the minimum number of transactions to 4 or 5? The light days on the MLB schedule, usually Mondays and Thursdays, are where you make your money in fantasy baseball. You should allow owners to be rewarded more for picking up the guy who goes 4-4, or the reliever who picks up a 2 inning win on Thursday while their regs are traveling. 4 or 5 transactions a week shouldn't open the floodgates for streamers to run too wild, I think. Good luck to you sir and check out my post titled "A proposition" on this same board.

    • That's not bad. I like that you have enough ratio categories (era/whip/k-bb) to balance out the counting categories (W,SV,etc) so that keeps owners needing to focus on quality as well as quantity. Personally, I'd love to play in a league that got rid of Wins since it can be such a random, uncontrollable stat, but I get why people are still attached to it.

      I'm interested in what you're thinking about regarding offensive categories. For me, over the past few years I've really tried steering the league I'm in away from AVG in favor of OBP. I think it's a much more accurate view of what a player's contributing (especially when paired up with SLG or OPS).

      Anyway, I'm interested, and even if you just want a sounding board, feel free to email me at pedersen.bryan@gmail.com

      Thanks, and good luck!

      • 1 Reply to Bryan
      • Thanks for the input. This is what I'm thinking for offensive categories:

        R, 2B, 3B, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG

        I've thought about using OBP instead of average. For now though, I've included BB which should account for a good portion of OBP. For some reason I just don't want to get rid of AVG, probably just tradition. I'm always open to changes though.

        Anyways, I think I'll be sending out invites this weekend. So check your email if you're interested.

    • Send me an invite!!
      league sounds good

      thanks matt



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