Alternative format alert: The Fantasy Sports Writers Association Industry Insiders Leagues use OBP and SLG instead of BA and HR, and this year, the bigwigs installed quality starts instead of wins.
This ships some value back to starting pitchers in what had typically been a format dominated by RPs.
Still, there's enough flexibility that you can rent solid QS situations from the waiver wire. (Two DL spots, too.)
I approached the draft from the No. 4 pick with this in mind: Get a solid SP core comprised of value options, and lean a bit more heavily than I normally do on stoppers. And of course, tweak offensive expectations based on the two revised categories.
The Motte-Papelbon pair was in - well, I guess the middle of my mind, not the back, heading in. I wanted two dominant firemen, and landing those two on back-to-back picks freed me up for the rest of the draft.
I followed a similar double-play investment with the low-risk Cishek and Parnell - two flawed but skilled stoppers - which could net me an even bigger advantage in trade commodities or simply the .
Know your league settings: This format bumps the value of Werth, Youkilis, Markakis and even Ackley and Reynolds.
I had to grab some steals specialists who'll likely carry most of my hopes in that category, but I still think the dispersion is enough for me to compete with some breaks - FA SB, an increase in attempts from one of my moderate contributors, whatever.
I finally got the chance to display my modest belief that Maybin will take a noticeable step forward this year; all I really care about is if he thieves.
I'll have to be overly aggressive in stashing SPs; I devalued the QS category slightly but didn't want to ignore it.
I fell asleep making the Peralta pick. At least it's one that'll easily be corrected.
Stay tuned next week for the final installment of my pitching primer.
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