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Fantasy Strategy for leagues with non-standard categories



Many fantasy leaguers use general fantasy guides and magazines to prepare for their draft, and those usually use the standard 4x4 or 5x5 categories. But not everyone is in leagues with those categories, so there can be some inefficiencies a savvy owner could take advantage of.

For example, in my league (auction roto - 14 hitters, 9 pitchers) the offensive categories are HR, AVG, Runs Produced (RBI + R - HR) and Net Bases (TB +BB) with Stolen Bases as a half-category... leading that category will net you 5 pts as opposed to 10 for the others.

For pitching, the categories are ERA, WHIP, Strikeouts, Net Wins (2xW - L) and Saves as a half category.

With these settings, and reduced emphasis for Saves and Steals, is it a wise strategy to throw one or both of those half-categories? Also, does it make an excellent starting pitcher more valuable, since they contribute to 4.5/5 categories instead of 4/5? I'm debating whether I should go for a bat like Teixeira/Fielder or an arm like Felix... not sure if Felix's stats will have a bigger impact since there are only 9 pitchers to 14 hitters.

Any advice? Also feel free to post your own league's unusual categories and how it changes your draft strategy.

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