Everyone at some point in our lives has been shown a new way to do things. Right? This new way may just change the way you view things. Things that you used to do for years with out ever questioning them. Sometimes these new habits completely eradicate the old making them useless and boring like a VCR or AM radio.
The old way I speak of is rotisserie leagues. The game changers are Head to head points leagues. I never before really cared to try joining a league using this format but, once i did there was no going back.
Gone are my days of setting my lineup and seeing if maybe I gained 0.5 of a point on the guy ahead of me in the standings and looking for pitchers who had a great WHIP on a good team. Now, I play a different team every 7 days. We are allowed only 7 transactions per week and you don’t have to struggle to find guys who excel in 5 hitting (AVG,R,HR,RBI,SB) or 5 pitching (W,SV,K,WHIP,ERA). Points leagues use the Billy Beane method. I can remember Brad Pitt saying in Moneyball “I don’t care how they get on base. I just want them to get on base” Same type of thinking is true for Points leagues. You might have a Chris Carter type of guy who hits home runs but might not help you in any other category. Billy Hamilton Can steal you 50-60 bases but not much else. Roto leagues are no place for these one trick pony’s.
Points leagues have a place for these players. Points given for each stat vary from one league to another so you need to understand the setup for league scoring but, most of the time for hitting the only things that will bring negative points are strike outs and when a guy is caught stealing. Extra base hits are very valuable and some of the best players you can own are the guys who walk more than they strike out. Even walks get you points which could lead to more runs scored. guys who control the strike zone are valuable because of the rate that they put the ball in play. approximately 1/3 of the time that lead to a hit.
If you have an all or nothing power hitter that goes 0-4 with 3 strike outs one night you might be looking at him costing you -1.5 points.. Conversely if you have a light hitting middle infielder that went 1-4 with a single then you would receive 1.5 points. That is a swing of 3.0 points. After playing in Roto leagues for a long time I had trouble getting used to this line of thinking. Compared to my old mantra that said if you are not productive in 3 of our 5 hitting or pitching stats then i have no need for you.
Basically you want to score more total points then your opponent that week to give you a win or a loss. This make consistent point production so valuable. Guys who bat in the first 3 or 4 spots in the batting order are valuable because they get more AB’s. Hitters who play everyday are more helpful than guys in a platoon. In Roto a platoon might not be so bad because they would only play when they have a favorable match up like an Adam Lind vs right handed pitchers. Hitters whose teams play 7 games that week are awesome Maybe they are playing a team with poor pitching and maybe the are hitting at Coors field this week.
Pitchers you are greatly helped by starters that have 2 starts that week and or favorable match ups with poor hitting teams. Strikeouts are a huge commodity to have you want to have guys that have a high swinging strike rate and the ability to keep a low hard hit rate as well. Streaming pitchers is a very large part of having success in this format.
As we get close to the all star break and the stretch run for our fantasy seasons. I am going to focus on helping my fellow point league enthusiasts to identify players that are trending upwards. Players that you grab before others in your league do giving you a leg up.
Please check back regularly so you are well prepared to win your points leagues.