on May 25, 2010 @ 12:00:00
To punt or not to punt? If you're considering punting a category, you are attempting to find a strategic way around some limitations that have borne themselves out on your roster, while still making every attempt to win the league or finish in the money. There's a lot to consider when determining if this is a viable strategy, including the following:
How are the categories stratified? Obviously, in the category that you are considering punting, you are already likely at or near the bottom. But the other categories that you seek to improve in through punting should be bunched tightly enough so that a small improvement can net you several standings points. If there are wide gaps in many of the remaining categories, then punting might not have the desired effect.
Is there a market for the players you wish to trade? If you play in a shallow league, then chances are that there are several decent pitching options available on the free agent market. This reduces the value of any starters that you might deal, for example, if you're considering punting wins. Similarly, if you're punting SBs, are your potential trading partners already set in this category? If so, then your Juan Pierre won't get you as far as it would otherwise.
Is there enough time left in the season to implement this strategy? You should look at projected stats for the remaining weeks and project the final standings with you (A) standing pat; and (B) with you making several possible trades after punting a category. In June, you should have time to pull this off. In July, it gets less likely (especially with the uncertainty of the MLB trading deadline), and in August it is most likely too late.
When deciding to punt, you also must weigh the affect that your traded players will have on other categories as well. Here's a look at possible categories to punt, and what else is affected:
Remember, unless you can determine that punting a category will allow you to improve enough in other categories to make a run at the money, it's probably not worth trying to implement this strategy. But, if you can project high enough in the final standings by making a few bold moves and giving up in one or two categories, then by all means give it a shot.
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