As many of you know, points leagues can be an entirely different animal. In nearly all head to head and roto leagues, A strikeout artist such as Ian Desmond or Justin Upton won’t hurt you much. A strikeout is just an out. However, in points leagues, the strikeout costs you a point in those leagues. You have to come up with a different evaluation of risk/reward with hitters who strike out a lot. This weekend, I will focus on targets specifically for points leagues, and reveal places where you may be leaking points.
I play in a 16-team points league that starts one of every position, three outfielders, and a utility slot. There is also a five start maximum per week, and only one RP slot. My drop/adds will mostly be based on deeper points leagues because of this. Here are some names who are still very valuable in standard scoring leagues that are often overvalued in points leagues. And of course, I will offer a couple of replacement ideas for each.
Most points leagues have a start limit, and for good reason. There is no better way to rack up points than with great starting pitching. This also means that you run into a lot of struggling pitchers who can’t be dropped, but you also don’t trust them on the mound. You see more benching of middle tier starting pitchers in leagues like this, and more streaming of lower tier guys against bad lineups.
The same goes for relief pitchers. There are 30 guys who regularly get saves, but all 16 teams have only one slot that can accrue saves on a given day. There is always a handful of acceptable replacements on waivers, so you don’t have to deal with a guy like Grant Balfour who has been struggling lately. The overvalued players are not necessarily ones you should drop, but they are definitely ones that you should bench if they face a tough lineup, or just can’t seem to put together a good start.