Streaming In Leagues With Cap Penalties
A couple of years ago, I started an Ottoneu League with friends and readers my former site, Scouting The Sally. In year one, I surged to the title in the final week of the season. This year, I was the owner unable to avoid the oncoming train which sped by and left me in the dust.
So what was this owner’s secret? Was he propelled by superstars? Career years? A great auction? All three? One thing’s for sure, no owner ever wins salary cap leagues by streaming and accumulating penalties. Right? Wrong!
37. That’s the number of cap penalties the champion of my league had on the season’s final day. With a salary cap of $400, $40 in penalties totaled 10% of his overall budget. It didn’t matter.
On May 1, the owner picked up Josh Donaldson off of waivers for $1. On May 13, Francisco Liriano entered the fold at the same price. I won’t be able to run values for awhile, but I’m confident these two acquisitions offset all of the penalties and then some in terms of actual value.
Add Yasiel Puig and Jose Fernandez at a total of $8 and it allows for even more flexibility. This owner wound up having the financial freedom to scoop up players during hot streaks and dump them as they turned back into pumpkins.
In the Ottoneu Experts League, I held onto Matt Kemp and Jason Heyward at $78 for fear other owners would scoop them up on waivers at half their auctioned price. During the final weeks of the season, my team fizzled out and what was a 3-5 point deficit through August turned into a 15-point drubbing. Had I been more aggressive, might things have been different?
An additional 8 home runs would have resulted in a three point swing in my favor.
An additional 8 RBI would have been another three points.
Four more steals, one more point.
Batting average? Wins? Saves? A pile of points were left on the table. Streaming hot hands would have been beneficial had I believed it could be done successfully in this format. I didn’t until a competing owner used the strategy to perfection.
In all, my hesitance to cut bait and make a run played a big role in a second place finish. Consider me enlightened. Take nothing away from the champion — he earned the spoils. I just could have fought harder and didn’t for fear of repercussions in future seasons.
3 Feb 2014 / Mike Newman /
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