Welcome to the Pitching Planner for Week 26. I’ve already received emails from several subscribers whose leagues have finished up already. Many of the head to head leagues finished up with Week 25, although some you will have your championship this week. Meanwhile, the Roto-style owners are still grinding it out right up to the final game of the regular season next Sunday.
I’m one of those owners still working towards a potential win in a few Roto leagues. In some of the leagues I’m in, we won’t crown a winner until late next Sunday night in all likelihood. The competition has been fierce and I’ll need every single counting stat I can get my hands on to finish in the money, so to speak. I always try to make sure every hitter on my roster is playing daily. I will replace them if it’s practical to do so. The same goes for my pitching staff. I am in several leagues with innings pitched limits. I always try to nudge my team right up to the maximum number of innings as the final day of games approaches. Then I load up every pitching slot with someone who is active on the last day of the season. This way I can squeeze a few extra innings out of my pitchers.
For example, one league I play in has a limit of 1500 innings. I carefully watch the matchups until my total approaches somewhere between 1495 and 1499 innings. Then, before the next day’s games, I’ll drop every pitcher on my staff who isn’t pitching the next day and replace them with a starter who will definitely start. Last season, I ended up with 1530 innings using this approach, and it’s all quite legal under my league’s rules.
What kind of rule-bending do you do to win your leagues? Drop me a line or two to tell me about it. While you’re at it, I’d love to get some feedback from you about what kind of baseball articles you’d like to see during the offseason. Is there a particular aspect of the game you’d like covered? Would you be interested in some in-depth player analysis? How about Fantasy Baseball strategy? Whatever it is you’d like to read about while we await Spring Training 2018, please make sure to let me know, and I will do everything I can to make it happen. In the meantime, I wish you all a great offseason and I look forward to seeing you back here in February. We have some exciting plans for our Fantasy Baseball coverage next year, including a few big surprises that I know will make some of you quite happy.
1 – Must-Start – These pitchers are aces and are virtually matchup proof.
2 – Favorable Start – These pitchers may or may not be aces but the matchup is favorable.
3 – Streaming Option – These pitchers are in a favorable matchup, so they can be started if needed.
4 – Risky Start – The matchup is prohibitively risky. Owners are advised to avoid this pitcher.
5 – Bench – Do not start this pitcher in this matchup.
MATCHUP RANKINGS FOR WEEK 26[table “2198” not found /]
TWO-START PITCHERS FOR WEEK 26[table “2199” not found /]