In typical fantasy baseball fashion the 2 highest scoring teams got paired against each other to start the season. Team Texas I’m Stuck In and Team Snuke’s slugged it out to a final score of 536-524.5, with Texas pulling off the victory. Early in the week Texas had a 70 point lead, but by 6pm on Sunday the two teams were tied. Clayton Kershaw’s implosion is what sealed the Snuke’s fate.
The nail biter was Team Real vs. Team Reconsider Baby, with Real eking out a win 450-447.
Best Acquisitions of the week:
Short Term Pick: Team Snuke’s with Edwin Jackson. The pickup gave the Snuke’s a much needed 36.5 points for the day.
Long Term Pick: Team Real with Fernando Rodney. Even though Real just acquired him and has not started him, Fernando is lighting up the MLB up with 1 Win, 3 Saves, 2 K’s and a 0.00 ERA which translates to 40 points that nobody got.
For the week, the team with the most acquisitions is Snuke’s with 8. Three teams have yet to make an acquisition: Texas I’m Stuck In, Mike Pelfail, and Niese’s Nose. Hey, why mess with perfection?
One of the benefits and consequences to having a lineup that can be altered every day as opposed to only weekly changes is the ability to “Stream” pitchers. This is where a team can look at the available starting pitchers to see who is starting, pick him up for the days point totals, and drop them like the statistical meatbags that they are. Starters only play once every five days, which means that for 4 days, they are adding no benefit to your team. So, streaming helps fill in the gaps. There are two issues with this strategy, the streamed pitcher can put on his best Mike Pelfrey impression and land your team negative points, and there are only 4 available bench players on your roster. So to bring a player on, one must go. No team is going to risk waiving C.C. Sabathia, to get one day’s worth of jollies with Gavin Floyd. So a team must consider who is deemed expendable.
ESPN’s resident fantasy expert, “The Talented Mr. Roto” (Matthew Berry), recently posted an article called “Where is the line” that discusses this very strategy. We are all familiar with the “Mendoza Line” where a hitter is batting 200. He has created a line called the “Wandy Line” (after Wandy Rodriguez), which analyzes the pitcher based on their fantasy effectiveness. Players above the line shouldn’t get dropped, and players below are expendable and useful for the one day streaming. It’s an interesting fantasy read, so check it out.