This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Readers often ask about my own pitching staffs in the various fantasy leagues in which I compete. Unfortunately, this staff is the only one completed so far as my other drafts were delayed. Hopefully I'll be filling out the others very soon. So, I thought I might take this opportunity to discuss the pitching staff I will go to war with in this 16-team dynasty league. I will add that I typically focus very heavily on a few arms, so many of these guys might pitch on several of my teams by the time the season begins
A little background:
With 16 teams, it is a mixed league keeper/dynasty with deep rosters (41 players per team including 10 minor league slots). Standard scoring categories, five hitting and five pitching, with a lineup consisting of 14 hitters and nine pitchers. We have protections prior to the auction each season, the auction fills the remainder of the starting lineup, followed by a draft (no initial contract price) of unpurchased players as reserves and minor leaguers. Minor league players can be protected indefinitely until they exceed a minimum number of appearances at the major league level.
I could probably say this almost every season regarding almost every fantasy pitching staff I own, but I really am cautiously optimistic about this one. Interestingly, there aren't any true marquee names. However, I do feel there is a ton of potential value. In almost every case, I see realistic opportunity for the pitcher to outperform his