This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
We are in the final stretch of the fantasy baseball season with just three more scoring periods after this week. Fantasy races are tight for many of us; I am in contention for two league titles, and either holding onto or chasing second place in several others. Heck, I have even made a comeback from the dead in AL LABR and Tout (thank you Starling Marte & Adalberto Mondesi Jr) to get into the top five in both of those leagues.
One common theme in every league is just how tight the wins category is, irrespective of the league format. The category is just as bunched in my mixed-league formats as it is in my single-league formats. Big swings are possible when the category is as bunched as it is, so we have to look at how to do as much as we can in a category that is maddening to manage. Chasing wins is like drinking soup with a fork or getting your kids to agree on anything, but it could be even more frustrating these final three weeks if the opening week of the month tells us anything.
2020 saw pitching usage get crazy with teams trying to build back staffs after the long COVID-19 shutdown. Relievers soaked up a record-level of work early when rosters were up to 30 and that tapered off a bit once rosters went down to 28, which is where they stand this September 2021. Throughout the first half of this season, starting