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May 11, 2010
Do you guys have any rules you live by with start/bench??
I generally always play my studs…now this year has been a strange one…a lot of guys off to slow starts. So that rule has changed a bit I guess…but I also look at trends (how guys have performed in the last week to 2 weeks) and will play the hot hitter/hot pitcher often. This year, with the slow starts a lot of guys are off to, that means benching the studs here and there. But I won't sit them for long…because you just never know (even when slumping) when they are going to break out of it with a 2 homer, 5 RBI day. And I don't want to miss out on those stats!
What do you guys tend to do?
January 24, 2011
Most of the time I start my starters.
But with access to the computer A LOT during the week, I don't always stick to that. What I mean is, playing time equals stats. And this is a game of stats. Sooooooo, I check to see if ANY of my guys are starting that day (when possible to look). A lot of the time I will just substitute guys in off the bench because they are playing. Then I'll put the original starter who has a later start time into the Utility spot. If it's a day that I can constantly check up on my teams, I do it through the day and make sure I have a full team. Usually someone gets benched for a rest, a minor injury that wasn't reported, etc. etc., and I am not hurt because I have other guys playing. And my opponents? Well, I don't see anyone else doing this a lot. I guess they have real lives to live, lol.
Of course, it really bites when one of your starters is on the bench and he goes 4-5 with a HR when he was playing a night game in California, but that's the chance I take. And it works because most of my teams are near the top.
It also works because few can afford to look at their computers throughout the day. So I know this is a unique strategy.
January 24, 2011
Another strategy, especially for those with only one or two teams, would be to look at your match-ups. I'll just give an example from yesterday. On one of my main teams I have both Mike Aviles and Alex Gordon from the KC Royals. Yesterday they went up against Justin Verlander. Because I took the time to look at that, I switched in 2 other players who had better match-ups against pitchers.
Additionally, if you have a decision to make between 2 players at the same position, you can look at their history versus their pitching match-up. I picked up David Ortiz in one league, but kept him on my bench the first day because the guy he was going up against had held him to one hit in 13 career at-bats.
This one is a little time consuming, so I can't do it with all 10 of my teams though. But as we approach the playoffs, and especially IN the playoffs, I will use this strategy A LOT more.
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