Understanding The Different Types Of Fantasy Baseball

Fantasy Baseball is a very exciting game. In order to play well, you must know the different types of Fantasy Baseball that exists. The various types of Fantasy Baseball depend on the unique scoring system. The kind of scoring system you use will affect your draft strategy. Here are the different types of Fantasy Baseball you should know about.

Head-to-head

In this type of scoring system, you go head-to-head in the league with another owner every week. The person with the highest score wins at the end of the week. There are ten categories and you can play in any category and can play in as many categories you want to.

Points

This scoring system depends on points. Home runs equal to four points, RBIs equal to one point and wins equal to five points. The points are added throughout the season and a the end of the season, the person with the highest point wins the league.

Rotisserie

In this scoring system, the different categories are ranked from best to worst. Here, winning depends on the position of the individual player and individual category. So, you win or lose depending on the batting average, total stolen bases, etc. On, the other hand, if it’s based on the individual player, then your win or loss will depend on the week’s ratings of pitchers, catchers, etc. Every week, the wins are added and the winner is declared at the end of the season.

Once you have a good idea about the different types of Fantasy Baseball, you will be able to decide what league you wish to play. Whichever scoring system you should, your target should be to win the game and have fun playing it.

Fantasy Baseball Ranking

With baseball season ongoing, everyone is putting their best foot forward. With so many great professional baseball players, you have to be exceptionally good to be included on the top ranking. Below is a list of players who make it to the top of the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Ranking.

  1. Mike Trout – CF – LAA

Though 2017 was not a good season for Trout since he missed significant amount of time due to a torn UCL in his thumb, this 26 years old player has a good 2018 in front of him.

In the past week, he hit .320 with three home runs, six RBIs, and eight runs scored. This comes as no surprise to anyone as he has hit his way to a career .305/.409/.566 slash line. These figures alone should convince you that you should include him in your fantasy lineup. Another reason why he should be on your top pick: he currently leads the AL in home runs and runs, and is top ten in RBIs, walks, stolen bases, slugging, and OPS.

  1. Jose Altuve 2B – HOU

If there’s one person that could challenge Trout on the top spot of fantasy baseball, it would be Altuve. He had a fantastic 2016 season and it’s more likely that it will be carbon-copied this year. With outstanding counting stats and elite batting average, there’s no doubt Altuve will keep his place on the top rank. With solid six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 14 of the 16 games played this season, this 2017 AL MVP will continue to heat up.

  1. Nolan Arenado 3B – COL

Arenado is a consistent elite baseball player, with 2017 marked his third straight season with at least 37 home runs and 130 RBI. With his impressive numbers (.283 batting average and a .531 slugging percentage), there’s no doubt that you should leave him off your fantasy baseball ranking.

Though he got 5 games suspension because he was involved in a brawl, Arenado will return to the game joining the series finale against the Pirates.

  1. Trea Turner SS – WSH

Though a wrist fracture caused by a hit-by-pitch made Turner missed more than a third of the season, this did not tainted his reliability as a true fantasy hero. He gained the most elite base-stealer in the game when he stole an incredible 46 bases in just 98 games. He also has an impressive 11 home runs, 75 runs, and a decent batting average. Though having a slow start this season, Turner has been batting leadoff more often recently after starting the season batting fifth and sixth in the order.

  1. Mookie Betts RF – BOS

It was quiet a disappointing 2017 season for Betts, with majority of his counting stats dropping off a bit where he dropped from .318 in 2016 to just .264 in 2017. Luck must be on his side, as his batted ball profile and speed simply do not support the .268 BABIP that he had last year. You know you’ve established yourself as a fantasy stud when a disappointing season is a .264-101-24-102-26 line.

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How to Play Fantasy Baseball

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.

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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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