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Mound Musings: To Punt or Not to Punt

Brad Johnson

For more than 25 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.

Let me start by saying I’m looking for an interactive conversation on this topic. I would really like to hear YOUR observations, experiences, preferences and opinions. In many leagues, especially deeper leagues, there may be owners who opt to ignore one pitching category in an attempt to dominate in one (or more) other categories. I will note that I have pretty much always employed the Option A approach with a mix of six or seven starting pitchers, and two or three relievers depending on weekly matchups, injuries, and later in the year, opportunities to pick up points in one of the scoring categories.

I am also listing two other options (Option B and Option C) where an owner overloads his pitching staff with starting pitchers or relief pitchers – in standard formats, usually closers with some high strikeout, high leverage nonclosers. With judicious managing, and a well thought out roster, all three options offer positives and negatives.

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