I’m surprised to hear that limiting the pitcher slots to 2 or 3 works well. Aren’t there a lot of weeks where your pitcher starts all line up on the same day? If 4 or 5 of your best pitchers just happen to pitch the same day and you can only start 2 or 3 of them, that’s a lot of points you would miss out on.
Sorry I’m late on this reply.
It isn’t a perfect solution but it works to automatically limit the Pitching side so that the Hitting side doesn’t get overrun by a pitching-heavy roster strategy.
The problem with 4 or 5 active SP slots comes when teams stock their roster with an abundance of SP’s in order to push the soft IP or GS cap as much as possible for every matchup. My experience with leagues that are set this way is that they always ultimately skew towards pitching, even to the point where some owners won’t even roster enough Hitters to cover all of their active Hitting slots because the 20 or so points per week you’d get from a Batter doesn’t match up to the extra 100+ points you could snag from the extra IP or GS over the limit when you start those 4 extra players on that final matchup day.
Limiting it to 2 active SP slots forces every owner to manage an actual rotation and gives the league a natural cap on SP’s for a more level playing field, which is important if you believe owners should be able to build their teams around offense as well as around pitching. Sometimes you do have 4 or 5 good arms lined up to start on the same day- which can suck- but, considering the alternative, it certainly sucks more to be the teams that get bulldozed every week by the soft cap when there are no more decent arms left in the FA pool because those owners were late to the party.
To frame it another way, I believe that the points lost by not being able to start more than 2 SP’s each day are not nearly as meaningful to the league or to a random matchup as are the extra points that are gained from starting 2 or 3 or 4 extra arms for each matchup over the course of a full season.
If anyone would like to follow the leagues I run on Yahoo that do this, drop me a DM. I’ve seen many owners with reservations like yours come around to enjoying (if not preferring) the 2 active SP limit after they’ve played it out and seen how the alternative can really skew a league.