Unlike other sports, baseball requires your full attention because the game is recurring every night. You would need to try several techniques first in playing fantasy baseball.
What is fantasy baseball by the way?
Fantasy baseball is a game where you manage your own roster of league baseball players, either in a physical location or online. Then, you get to compete with other participants using the statistics of the real life players to score points.
The first ever recorded fantasy baseball was played by Jack Kerouac in the 1920s. His version was completely fictitious, with made up players and statistics. Other early forms of fantasy baseball was called tabletop baseball which was played in the 1950s.It was in 1989 that the first national fantasy baseball competition was developed and was called Dugout Derby. It was launched in 1990 and was headlined in various newspapers throughout the country.
Now that we have a little history background of fantasy baseball, what are the things that you need to do to excel in this game?
With mock drafts ramping up across fantasy baseball, here are some of the tips that you can apply to ace this season.
- Don’t Overdraft Starting Pitchers
Major League Baseball came off a record-setting year for 2017 so the average draft position has never been taken off yet, even for the best starting pitchers.
According to the pros in Fantasy Play, only 12 starting pitchers are included among the overall top 50 players. You don’t need a lot of reaching in building a strong starting staff. To reach a standard 10-team league, you can pick Marcus Stroman, Darvish, Sonny Gray, Jon Lester and Bauer for your starting five
- Don’t Forget the Relievers
Relievers are more valuable in fantasy than in real life. Remember that it was Lance McCullers throwing the final four innings that made the Houston Astros won the World Series against the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the ALCS. Read more of this story here.
Most of your fantasy opponents will put too much investment with starters too early, so one potential strategy that you can make is building your pitching staff around relievers. It’s easier to build your starting staff if you wait a little longer than going all-in on starters who will come off the board sooner than they need to.
- Don’t Rely on the Rookies
Despite a number of new superstars emerging in the past 3 years, don’t put too much faith on the new kid.
Players who were not in the Opening Day of 2015 MLB were Francisco Lindor, Kris Bryant, Aaron Judge, Carlos Correa, Cody Bellinger, Gary Sanchez, Andrew Benintendi, Corey Seager, Noah Syndergaard and Trea Turner . Now, it is quiet impossible to get halfway through a fantasy draft without each of those players off the board.
Though the idea of betting on the new kid sounds deliciously enticing, there’s no reason to do it at the expense of valuable players that are already proven when it comes to their track records.
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