This article will explore which categories fantasy baseball owners should target to make a September push in rotisserie leagues. Of course, all league standings are different and the stands within the various categories strongly dictate which categories to target, but we believe there are certain categories that are easier to make a gain in during the later half of the season. The standard rotisserie league is a 5×5 league with the following categories: runs, RBIs, HR, Steals, AVG, W, Saves, K's, ERA and WHIP. Essentially there are two main subsets of categories, those based on average and those based on sum.
Categories Based on Average: AVG ERA WHIP
Categories Based on Sum: Runs RBIs HRs Steals Wins Saves K's
Obviously the categories based on average are tougher to move up in later in the season when the damage has seriously been done. However, it is worth taking a look at the category spread in your league as you may have a shot if you are 1-4 percent points away for the next closest person. Moving up in the average based categories requires you to clean house of all your problem children and really focus on that category.
The categories based on sum are another story. Here you really have a good shot at being able to gain some ground off waiver wire pickups and roster optimization. K's are probably the easiest category to gain ground in because all you really have to do is stream pitchers.
Next would be steals. There are most likely a number of one dimensional players on your waiver wire who do nothing but steal bases that can help you quickly advance in that category.
Saves are a category that are also easy to make a move on if you can pick up a closer due to a recent injury or make a trade. Once you actually gain a closer it is not so hard to gain ground, the tough thing is obtaining player who get saves.
Next we would bucket together RBIs and Runs. You can probably target a few players on waivers that hit high in the lineup (runs) or in the middle of the lineup (RBIs) to help you in those categories.
Lastly, HRs and Wins are the toughest of the sum-based categories to advance with. While you can play match-ups to try to move up in wins, there are still a number of variables that go into getting a win that need to go right in order to actually get the win. The same goes for HRs, while there are probably some players on waivers who hit bombs, they occur far less frequently than say a run or RBI and are there before tough to predict.