When thinking about your league's scoring system and more specifically which categories are used, there are a number of options out there. Some fantasy baseball players prefer the standard 5x5 scoring system:
Others prefer to deviate from the "standard" and add/substitute categories. There are many other non-standard categories that can be used, and I could post countless blog entries discussing all of them. Today however, there is one specific category that is commonly used as a non-standard category that I want to dig a bit deeper into and discuss some of it's pro's and con's: Quality Starts (QS).
A quality start is a category that can only apply to a starting pitcher, similar to how a save can only apply to a reliever. A quality start occurs when a pitcher starts a game, pitches at least 6 innings, and allows 3 or less earned runs. For some time now it has been accepted as a metric to determine if a starting pitcher pitched well enough to give his team a reasonable chance to win the game. Now, rather than get into a debate about the metric itself (I would argue that it's a bit too lenient), for the sake of this article, let's assume it's validity.
In many leagues I've seen as well as been a part of, Wins are often replaced with Quality Starts as one of the pitching categories. Those who advocate for QS's argue that it is much more indicative of a starters performance compared to a Win. Too often, Wins are out of a pitchers control and even if they pitched very well, do not receive credit for their performance. I absolutely agree, and when comparing Quality Starts to Wins, Quality Starts are much more indicative of a pitchers performance.
Even with these positive things to say about QS as a metric, I am still in favor of Wins as a category. I concede that Wins are more random, less of an accurate measure of performance and flawed. For the sake of my next few points, consider a common scenario where someone is debating on replacing Wins with Quality Starts as a category in their league: