Pitching Strategy for point based Fantasy Leagues

PITCHING FOR POINTS

(PLAYOFF STRATEGY)

 

By Nick Wallace

 

Most of you run a fantasy league based on points which is also H-2-H. 10 total Standings points, 5 pitching and 5 batting. This strategy here is to help you win each week by winning 6 points or more. The normal points for batting are: Runs, HR, RBI, SB, AVG and for pitching: Win, Saves, K, ERA and WHIP.

The strategy I am going to discuss here was used against me last season and was the only way they could beat me. After looking at how they did it, it was pretty ingenious. The strategy here is to have backup SP for your 2 aces along with the closers for those teams. In NFL terms it is a lot like the QB/K combo that Muntradamus likes to use.

Here is an example of how it is done.

Max Scherzer is my Ace and he plays for WAS. I also have Papelbon as my closer and he also plays for WAS. The trick here is to pickup another WAS SP who is decent. For me I have picked up Joe Ross. On some occasions if I am facing good pitching you will want to rotate and after Joe Ross pitches, then you drop him and pickup another WAS pitcher, or just trade for Gio Gonzalez.

You do this with your 2 aces and 2 closers (Your closers should at least be on the same teams as your aces). What this does is pairs you up for a knockout blow. If your ace has a good day, then you’re almost guaranteed a Save. You also have high K’s and a good ERA and WHIP. You can then follow that with the other pitcher on the team and this is the 2nd knockout. This of course is typical, but not always the case. If all goes well, then you’re looking at winning 4 out of 5 points for pitching. You might even win all 5 if they have high K’s. This will actually help you in batting as you only now need to win 1-3 points in batting which can be easily accomplished from great waiver claims. You do not need super bats to accomplish this, you just need to make sure you start the trending up batters and let them do the work.

MUNTRADAMUS 2016 BASEBALL PREDICTIONS

MUNTRADAMUS 2016 BASEBALL PREDICTIONS

 

 

By Muntradamus

BEAST DOME NATION.

This is the first time in quite some time we could see some 50+ Home Run Hitters in the same season. Crush Davis/Donaldson/Bautista/Trout/Harper/Cruz and of course Giancarlo Stanton looked primed to have some BEAST seasons. With those guys swinging the power stick, Baseball will be almost as exciting as the Sammy Sosa/Barry Bonds mid 90s days. With that, here is my predicted 2016 MLB Finish.

 

NL WEST

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (90-72)

LOS ANGELES DODGERS (87-75)

COLORADO ROCKIES (80-82)

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (70-92)

SAN DIEGO PADRES (65-97)

Giants are the team to beat the in the NL West. Addition of Cueto and Samardzija is everything they need to dominate the weak NL West. Dodgers really counting on youthful hitting to carrying one of their weakest pitching staffs they have had in some time. Rockies can never be in the playoffs until they have pitching, and Diamondbacks/Padres possess two offenses that will not win games.

NL CENTRAL

CHICAGO CUBS (101-61)

PITTSBURGH PIRATES (91-71)

ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (85-77)

MILWAUKEE BREWERS (65-97)

CINCINNATI REDS (63-99)

Cubs pitching staff and offense is as deep as any. Look for them to cruise to a 2nd straight playoff berth. Pirates should be more than solid this season as their only weakness is back of their rotation. Cardinals are about to have their down year now that their offense is weak and their pitching can only carry them so far. Brewers lack quality pitching and their hitting is on the decline. Reds are in complete re-build mode.

NL EAST

WASHINGTON NATIONALS (110-52)

NEW YORK METS (99-63)

MIAMI MARLINS (80-82)

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (55-107)

ATLANTA BRAVES (50-112)

Nationals have a strong batting order and a dominant pitching staff. Look for Bryce to be the anchor of this team and carry them to the NL East title. Mets definitely a contender to win it all this year, will the non-big name hitters carry them in the playoffs is the question. Marlins will be better as long as Stanton stays healthy. Phillies are in complete re-build mode. Braves don’t have a clue what they are doing with horrible talent and not enough youth.

WILDCARD

NEW YORK METS

NL PLAYOFFS 1st ROUND

METS @ NATIONALS

GIANTS @ CUBS

NL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

CUBS @ NATIONALS

NL CHAMPIONS

NATIONALS

NL ALL-STAR STARTING ROSTER

C: BUSTER POSEY

1B: PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT

2B: DEE GORDON

3B: NOLEN ARENADO

SS: JEAN SEGURA

OF: BRYCE HARPER

OF: GIANCARLO STANTON

OF: ANDREW MCCUTCHEN

SP: CLAYTON KERSHAW

AL WEST

HOUSTON ASTROS (95-67)

SEATTLE MARINERS (84-78)

TEXAS RANGERS (81-81)

LOS ANGELES ANGELS (77-85)

OAKLAND ATHLETICS (65-97)

Astros have so much speed that they can score anywhere from their lineup. As long as Altuve sets the table for this powerful offense they will score more than enough runs for this nice pitching staff. Mariners getting closer to playoff blood, but King Felix looks like he is about to take a step in the wrong direction with his smaller frame. Rangers have some nice offense and some nice pitching, but not deep enough in either category. Angels are done now that their pitching staff is done. Time to move on from Pujols and all the other veterans and re-build around Trout. Athletics playing money ball in a spend money league, those days are done.

AL CENTRAL

DETROIT TIGERS (107-55)

KANSAS CITY ROYALS (99-63)

CHICAGO WHITE SOX (81-81)

CLEVELAND INDIANS (80-82)

MINNESOTA TWINS (65-97)

Tigers still posses a bunch of hitters that can win any game for them. Starters may be falling off on talent, bullpen may be weak. Offense is too strong. Royals offense has nice tools but their starting pitching staff is definitely beatable. White Sox did a lot to improve team, but they still have ways to go. Indians have good nucleus of pitchers and hitters, but none of them will carry you to the playoffs. Twins on complete re-build, give it 5 more years.

AL EAST

TORONTO BLUE JAYS (112-50)

BALTIMORE ORIOLES (86-76)

NEW YORK YANKEES (82-80)

BOSTON RED SOX (81-81)

TAMPA BAY RAYS (60-102)

Blue Jays have the best offense in baseball and enough pitching in the bullpen to win those tight games. Baltimore Orioles have the offense to score as many runs as any team, but their pitching can give up as many runs as any team. Yankees have the offense but everyone is only getting older and this could be their last year to make it. Pitching is one injury to way to really hurting with their starters. Red Sox pitching is as inconsistent as any. Besides David Price no starter is reliable. Rays have way too much to make up for in talent in the very strong AL East.

WILDCARD

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

AL PLAYOFFS 1st ROUND

ROYALS @ BLUE JAYS

ASTROS @ TIGERS

AL CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

TIGERS @ BLUE JAYS

AL CHAMPION

BLUE JAYS

 

AL ALL-STAR STARTING ROSTER

C: BRIAN MCCANN

1B: CHRIS DAVIS

2B: JOSE ALTUVE

3B: JOSH DONALDSON

SS: TROY TULOWITZKI

OF: ADAM JONES

OF: JOSE BAUTISTA

OF: MIKE TROUT

SP: CHRIS SALE

 

WORLD SERIES

BLUE JAYS @ NATIONALS

WORLD SERIES CHAMPION

BLUE JAYS

MVP

JOSE BAUTISTA

CY YOUNG

MAX SCHERZER

 

 

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Fantasy Baseball 2015: Top 10 Mock Draft

Fantasy Baseball 2015:

Top 10 Mock Draft

 

By Muntradamus

 

BEAST DOME NATION.

Note. These 10 Players right here listed are listed as if I had the Top 10 Picks and I can take any player who was still left on the board. There is a good chance you can get a lot of these players later than the position I have them listed here.

Recap of the month coming up tomorrow and the future of BEAST DOME for the month of March.

 

BEAST

 

BEAST FRANCHISE

4.6.15

 

1st Pick 

Mike Trout – OF – LAA

Enough said about Trout. He is a Future Hall of Fame player who has yet to reach his peak. Anywhere from 50 HRs to 30+ SBs is the dream season we all want, but we will likely settle with a 40 HR/25 SB season. You cannot pass on Trout this season as he is clearly the most dominant player in Roto Baseball.

2nd Pick

Hanley Ramirez – SS – BOS

Hanley has put on a lot of muscle this offseason. Him, David Ortiz, Pablo Sandoval are hanging out 24/7 and taking pictures at dinner on Instagram every night. Everything else you need to know about Hanley can be read here. HANLEY BEING HANLEY

3rd Pick

Troy Tulowitzki – SS – COL

Tulo is a BEAST who can easily be among the league leaders in HR/RBI/Batting Average. He is very injury prone which is the only downfall, but a healthy Tulo is easily the MVP when healthy. The reason Hanley moves ahead of Tulo is the amount of easy ball parks Hanley will see as well as easy pitchers that should lead to a HUGE season. The most important factor to make a case for Hanley is those potential 15+ SBs which will make a big difference in the standings.

Tulo is a BEAST and he is a player to target in all leagues.

4th Pick

Miguel Cabrera – 3B – DET

If Miguel Cabrera qualifies at 3B in your Fantasy League, he is the easy #4 player to take this season. Miggy had a slow 2014 but that should be put in the past as he may be the best hitter in the game. Miguel Cabrera can easily hit 50 Bombs on any given season. If Miguel Cabrera does not qualify at 3B in your league, then let him go as there are plenty of 1B in the sea.

5th Pick

Clayton Kershaw – SP – LAD

After the Top 4 Hitters it is time to go after the Top Pitchers. Kershaw is the top pitcher in baseball. Everytime Kershaw goes to the mound you can expect 7 INN/2 ER/9 Ks. He will either fall short or exceed those numbers, he is consistent and as long as the Dodgers him run support despite losing Kemp and Hanley, Kershaw will win the NL CY Young.

6th Pick

Felix Hernandez – SP – SEA

King Felix used to have the problem of getting zero run support. Last season that changed with the addition of Robinson Cano who woke up this offense by getting on base at a consistent rate. Now the Mariners brought in Nelson Cruz which should give you the confidence that King Felix will get those 200+ Ks and the 20 potential wins. Grab King Felix.

7th Pick

Jacoby Ellsbury – OF – NYY

If people are discounting Jacoby Ellsbury because of his struggles with the Yankees, go ahead and laugh at them later. There are few players in the MLB who can put up similar stats that Kenny Lofton used to put up with his 14 HR/75 SB season. If there is anyone who can put up that type of season, Jacoby Ellsbury is your guy. Even in a season where it seemed like Jacoby did not live up to expectations, he still ended up with 16 HR/70 RBI/39 SB. With a year of confidence under the Yankees system, expect to see Jacoby Ellsbury reach those BEAST numbers that cannot be touched.

8th Pick

Carlos Gomez – OF – MIL

CarGo Future’ was one of the prime BEAST DOME breakout picks a couple of years ago. While Jacoby Ellsbury has a lot of that speed with the potential 30 HR/50 SB season. Carlos Gomez is the other way around. Carlos Gomez offers more power than Jacoby, and still enough electric speed to make him untouchable. Last season Gomez was not as consistent as I expected him to be, yet he still ended up with 23 HR/34 SB season. Carlos Gomez easily has the potential to hit 30+ HRs and this is the season he can do it as the Brewers offense got a lot stronger with the addition of Adam Lind and less pressure for Ryan Braun now that the steroid deal is a year old.

9th Pick

Max Scherzer – SP – WAS

252 Ks in the American League is an impressive feat. Especially when you add a 3.15 ERA and a WHIP of 1.10.

This season Scherz Dog moves to Washington where he will be facing some of the worst offenses in the NL East. The Braves offense is a joke now that they lost Upton/Gattis/Heyward. The Marlins are improved, but the Mets will still struggle to put runs on the board along with the Phillies. Scherzer has a good chance to build on his 2014 now that he is on a very dominant Nationals team.

10th Pick

Chris Sale – SP – CWS

The Clayton Kershaw of the American League, Chris Sale finally should see his offense come to life after adding Emilio Bonifacio and Melky Cabrera. The most important addition is probably David Robertson who will finally give Sale and his fantasy owners the peace of mind that the bullpen can lock down his amazing outings. Chris Sale is nearly unhittable when he is on, and we should expect him to continue to be a BEAST.

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