The night after what I deemed a disappointing beginning to my season in the Tout Wars Mixed Draft League, because of how I dealt with its OBP category, I drafted my entry in a Fantasy Sports Writers Association Industry Insiders League.
My league is one of eight divisions, each a 12-team mixed league with OBP and SLG in place of BA and HR as well as QS (quality starts) in place of W. Your team's pitching staff is limited to 180 starts for the season. In addition to individual league winners, the FSWA crowns an overall champion -- the manager at the top of the roto standings of a mishmash of all eight leagues.
This league requires a different strategy.
Players who derive most of their worth from stolen bases are usually drains on slugging percentage. It's difficult, although not impossible, to compete for top billing in both categories.
Strikeouts, ERA and WHIP reign supreme. You can continue to do damage in those cats long after you have used your 180 starts. Quality relievers are more valuable. You can use them -- plenty of them -- all season.
I didn't want to over-emphasize their importance, however. Plenty of bullpen hurlers who serve a purpose will emerge throughout the season. Many of them can be FAABed for $0.
I drafted first basemen with back-to-back picks because Pujols was the most highly rated hitter left on my board at the time -- other than Joe Mauer, whom I had valued by a few bucks more in this format. I mistakenly believed that the Minnesota Twins' catcher-eligible first baseman would come back to me in Round 5. I have had the impression that the crowd doesn't care for him, despite developments that should make him appealing. I pushed my luck more than necessary. It takes only one other person to have a similar thought. And I could probably say the same about the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim slugger.
Pujols will be a greater asset in slugging percentage, so I'm not overly disappointed. I opted for Napoli later for similar reasons. Both of them will also provide plenty of counting stats. I didn't lose sight of those here, like I did for a while in the Tout Mixed Draft.
Tomorrow's Fantasy Baseball Round Table discussion, hosted by Mastersball's Lord Todd Zola, will be centered on the effect of Tout Wars' change from BA to OBP across all its leagues this season. We have had a pretty good back-and-forth thus far. Can't wait to read Todd's wrap-up.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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