Today I am going to steal a column idea and talk about everyone’s least favorite subject, my fantasy team. I am going to look at the options I have in the playoffs for a team decimated by injuries. For the two people still reading, hang in for a ride of self pity.
Old keeper, unique rules, it is what it is and I like it.
Categories – 9×8. Several overlapping categories (OBP, W, TB, AVG). The only categories that don’t overlap are Holds and Losses for pitchers.
8 positions plus Util
5 SP, 2 RP, 1 P
9 keepers – forever
8 teams in playoffs, I ended up 4th in regular season.
Currently, my team has been just decimated by injuries at the worst time. I was fairly healthy through the rest of the season. Recently I have lost Zack Cozart, Nick Markakis and Kenley Jansen for the season. Also Anthony Rizzo is hurt for a few games and Josh Hamilton always seems to be hurt.
I have four spots on my bench taken up by players that won’t play. Right now, I have no offensive subs. I can’t mess too much with my pitching staff because I go with just five starters that I cycle in and out to go with four SP/RP guys to help with rate stats and Holds.
I am trying to figure out if I should go all in for a title (about had it last year, but my hitters went 6 for 65 over the final weekend) with a team band-aided together. Or should I just accept my fate and be happy to make the playoffs.The band-aided team would need to drop three potential keepers in Cozart, Markakis and Jansen (I just let go of Jeff Samardzija after he reached his innings limit).
It is tough to give up when I am so close, but reality is setting in. I can’t mortgage the future in a league with 180 keepers (20 teams * 9 keepers per team). It is tough to get any good hitters in this league.
I feel I will be mad if I didn’t give it my best over the off season, but I can’t give up the future also. This balancing act, a chance of pennants now vs. chance of pennants in the future, is one of the toughest decisions to make in fantasy sports.
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