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Dear RotoRob: The Deepest Cut

July 30, 2010 | By Tim McLeod | comment on this post
Andres Torres is enjoying another strong season for the San Francisco Giants.
Andres Torres has made a very successful transition to full-timer.

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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3 Responses to “Dear RotoRob: The Deepest Cut”

  1. Jason says:

    Jay needs to drop Beltran and Stubbs and pickup Huff and Delmon Young. Can’t believe those guys are available.

  2. Tim McLeod says:

    One of the inherent problems in shallow leagues is the constant source of talent available from the waiver wire. Now that we’re on the verge of heading into football season, the problem is magnified as many Fantasy players running non-contending teams simply walk away, leaving the talent source and options even greater. I certainly agree that Huff and Young are great pickups as are Bourn, Lee, Pagan and Stanton and, from a pitching perspective, Bumgarner, De La Rosa, Anibal Sanchez and Wade Davis. Looking at this week, Stanton was almost a must sit in weekly leagues-facing solid rotations in the Giants and Padres on the road — and thus far he has two homers and six RBI. The trick is to pick the right week for the right results and in shallow leagues with the depth of talent available it is a challenge to say the least.

  3. […] Pittsburgh scored three times in the eighth on Sunday to rally past the D-Backs, with Walker’s two-run homer the key blow. It’s nice to see Walker hitting again. He had been slumping in the past week, but came through with four hits, two homers and five RBI this weekend. Walker looked really strong in July and August, so hopefully this weekend portents a hot end to his season. If Walker can improve his batting eye, I think he has a chance to be a .315 hitter with around 20 homers and perhaps 10 steals – not too shabby for a second baseman that was on the wire in shallower leagues in late July. […]

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