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Dear RotoRob: The Deepest Cut

July 30, 2010 | By Tim McLeod | comment on this post
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Dear RotoRob,

Re: Is it time to make H2H Cuts?

I’m in a ten-team H2H league with a maximum 25-man roster.

Hitting Stat Categories: R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, TB, BA, OBP, SLG, OPS, XBH

Pitching Stat Categories: IP, W, SV, Earned Runs, BB, K, TB, ERA, WHIP, K/BB, K/9, BB/9

My team:

C – Brian McCann
1B – Prince Fielder
2B – Gordon Beckham
3B – Adrian Beltre
SS – Jimmy Rollins
OF – Matt Holliday/Andre Ethier/Shane Victorino
UTIL – Buster Posey/Aramis Ramirez
BN – Andres Torres/Carlos Beltran/Drew Stubbs
DL – Dustin Pedroia

SP – Trevor Cahill/Yovani Gallarado/Adam Wainwright
RP – Neftali Feliz/Matt Capps/Billy Wagner
P – John Axford/Matt Cain/Gavin Floyd
BN – Felix Hernandez/Jair Jurrjens/Mat Latos

Wire options:

C – Mike Napoli, Jason Kendall, Yorvit Torrealba
1B – Luke Scott, Aubrey Huff, Gaby Sanchez
2B – Delwyn Young, Placido Polanco, Felipe Lopez, Neil Walker, Brian Roberts
3B – Pedro Alvarez, Danny Valencia, Chris Davis, Chipper Jones, Edwin Encarnacion
SS – Yunel Escobar, Jason Bartlett, Alexei Casilla, Reid Brignac, Asdrubal Cabrera
OF – Michael Bourn, Carlos Lee, Scott Podsednik, Delmon Young, Hideki Matsui, Angel Pagan, Nyjer Morgan, Raul Ibanez, Tyler Colvin, Matt Diaz, Jason Kubel, Mike Stanton
SP – C.J. Wilson, Derek Lowe, Edwin Jackson, Ted Lilly, Randy Wells, Jorge De La Rosa, Bronson Arroyo, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Morrow, Jason Hammel, Travis Wood, Anibal Sanchez, Wade Davis, Brian Matusz
RP – Chris Perez, Hung-Chiu Kuo


Hi Jay,

The problem you’re faced with is very common to those playing in very shallow leagues and there really is no hard and fast answer to your question. You have a very solid roster, but as we all know, the hot hands will jump up and the waiver wire in your league will be constantly filled with options. The problem is getting the crystal ball to work for you and with the amount of talent available in your league that is truly a crap shoot.

Most of the options on your league wire could at any time out-produce your active roster but, and it’s a big but, if you have assembled a solid team, do you start gambling? The guessing game is a tough one to play. Matsui goes 0-fer two weeks or so and then out of the blue hits four or five homers in a short span. There is no way to guess if and when such occurrences will occur. Rotating players in and out of your lineup can have great results and at the same time can be an exercise in total frustration. I try to avoid playing this game unless I am backed into a corner and am desperate, but it can work and only you can make that determination as to when it’s time to throw caution to the wind.

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