New to fantasy baseball:how do you ensure a starter at every position every day?
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New to fantasy baseball:how do you ensure a starter at every position every day?
Posted by Monticello on 3/30 at 9:41 am
Especially with starting pitchers?

I'm in a head to head category Yahoo pro league with C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, Util, Util, SP, SP, RP, RP, P, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL.

It appears you can sub in different players every day of the week. When drafting, how do you ensure you have 2 starting pitchers for every day? I'm a little confused by the format and my draft is in 2 hours.



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Posted by Louie T on 3/30 at 9:47 am to Monticello
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When drafting, how do you ensure you have 2 starting pitchers for every day? I'm a little confused by the format and my draft is in 2 hours.
You can leave a player in the SP spot even if they aren't pitching that day. They just must have the SP eligibility and can stay there every day of the week.



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Posted by floridatigah on 3/30 at 9:47 am to Monticello
You don't. There will be plenty of days where starting spots are empty, just get around 7 starting pitchers. Unless you get good value don't draft backups at C, 2B, or SS- quality over quantity.


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Posted by Monticello on 3/30 at 9:54 am to Louie T
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You can leave a player in the SP spot even if they aren't pitching that day. They just must have the SP eligibility and can stay there every day of the week.


Sorry to sound like a dumbass, but wouldn't I need to have an active player in every starting spot, every day to have any shot at winning? Is it common for managers to leave the same starting pitcher in a starting spot all week and only accumulate stats for him in one game for the whole week?



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Posted by papz on 3/30 at 10:09 am to Monticello
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Sorry to sound like a dumbass, but wouldn't I need to have an active player in every starting spot, every day to have any shot at winning?


No you don't. Depends on the quality of players on your team and luck. With that said, if a player isn't playing that day, and you have active players on the bench, substitute them out so you don't lose counting stats for that day. That's why you have a bench.

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Is it common for managers to leave the same starting pitcher in a starting spot all week and only accumulate stats for him in one game for the whole week?


That depends on your roster slots. If a pitcher isn't pitching that day, substitute him out for one that is if you need the stats. Just remember "P" is an active daily spot on your roster. If a starting pitcher is pitching that day, his stats will count if you're starting him at "P" and not "SP". So yes, you could draft 6 starting pitchers, start them all, and leave them be... but that could also hurt you in ERA/WHIP at the end of the week. It's like having a Monday Night Football game on and you're up by 1 with your kicker left. You might want to bench him because if he shanks enough field goals, you're going to wind up losing and you didn't need his stats to begin with to win.


Yahoo has the set lineup function on your roster page that should make it easier for you. If you've played fantasy football, the same principles apply. If your quarterback is on a bye week, substitute him out for your backup. The only difference is everyday is like a new Sunday. It requires more attention.


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Posted by Monticello on 3/30 at 10:30 am to papz
Thanks papz. That makes a lot more sense. It seemed so baffling to have such a small bench with so many starters needed. I guess having an unused roster spot here or there is just part of the game with fantasy baseball.

I'm so used to football where having an active player in every spot is a must and there are always plenty of bench players available on a bye or injury.




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Posted by floridatigah on 3/30 at 10:58 am to Monticello
There's a trade off in fantasy baseball, especially with pitchers. You could fill your bench with pitchers and accumulate a lot of Ks and wins but you would likely be sacrificing ERA amd WHIP by using pitchers that shouldn't be owned.


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Posted by Monticello on 3/30 at 2:38 pm to floridatigah
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There's a trade off in fantasy baseball, especially with pitchers. You could fill your bench with pitchers and accumulate a lot of Ks and wins but you would likely be sacrificing ERA amd WHIP by using pitchers that shouldn't be owned.


Makes sense now. I ended up stacking the bench with hitters to ensure I am starting someone every day there and going light on pitchers with more quality v. quantity.



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Posted by davy jones on 4/1 at 9:04 am to Monticello
i usually draft a bench full of hitters. but over the course of the season, my bench transitions to pitchers (even quality setup men) so i can be more selective when choosing who to start or not.


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Posted by BayouBengal on 4/3 at 4:22 pm to Monticello
Also pay attention to your categories. Towards the end of the week you may want to bench guys if you've got comfortable leads.


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Posted by Mouth on 4/5 at 7:29 pm to Monticello
Drop/Add everyday.

It's that simple.



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