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Fantasy Baseball Strategy Tips

During your draft/auction

  • Take advantage of players who are eligible at several positions and slot them at the position that has the least depth. For example, use Martin Prado as a Third Baseman rather than an Outfielder, particularly in NL-only leagues.

  • Do not draft/buy players who figure to miss more than the first month of the season. Use your roster spots on players who are healthy to begin the season.

  • Make sure to get at least one Closer you feel very comfortable with. However, rather than taking additional Closers who are mediocre or below-average, opt instead for a top-notch set-up man.

  • For Bench spots give strong consideration to players who are eligible at several positions (e.g. – Garrett Jones, Ryan Doumit), since you are essentially putting multiple players in one roster spot. This tactic allows you to increase your depth at other positions.

  • For Bench spots target unproven players with high potential (e.g. – Jurickson Profar, Starling Marte), but give strong preference to players who are currently starting over those who are currently languishing on the bench.

  • If your league does not limit the number of innings pitched, use at least half of your Bench spots for young, promising starting pitchers. In addition to guarding against the inherent variance between pitchers’ actual vs. expected results, this strategy also gives you more opportunities to exploit favorable match-ups and take advantage of pitchers with two-start weeks. However, do not speculate on pitchers who have yet to pitch in the major leagues!

  • Even if you are playing in a Keeper league, keep your focus on the current season rather than trying to speculate on possible mid-late season call-ups. Better to win with Jonathan Niese on your roster than lose with Taijuan Walker on your roster.

After the draft/auction

  • Analyze your roster by scoring category to identify your team’s strengths and weaknesses. Also analyze as many of your competitors’ rosters as time permits to determine their strengths and weaknesses. This will give you a big head start in initiating and evaluating potential trades.

  • While you should be concerned if you enter the season with only one bona fide Closer and your league uses cumulative roto scoring for the whole season, it’s not as big a deal if your league uses head-to-head scoring or roto scoring for weekly periods.

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