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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A Step-by-step Guide in Playing Fantasy Football

Fantasy football has been running around for quite some time, but some of you may have no idea what this game is about or how it is played.

This game enhances your skills as fantasy owner. After joining a league, the next thing you need to do is to scout and draft your players, then battle other fantasy owners on a competition and do everything that you can to win the championship. It’s pretty easy to learn how this game is played however it’s a different story when it comes to conquering your competitors and winning the championship.

Being a rookie in fantasy football though does not mean that you are bound to fail. Below are easy step-by-step guides in understanding how this game works.

  1. You Join A League

The first step in playing fantasy football is joining a league. While others are playing for money, beginners like you should play for fun. There are 2 ways for you to join a league: public league where anyone can sign up for a spot and private league where an invitation is required to play.

No matter which league you join, make sure that you have a clear understanding of how it works and its rules. Don’t take league selection lightly as it is an important factor in the fantasy football.

  1. Scout Players for your Draft

The selection of your fantasy team can take you to high places. Before making your final pick, make sure that you do your research first. Read all relevant information about the current NFL news and who’s doing a good performance. Once you have your picks, pre-rank them according to your personal preference. Having a full grasp of your team’s scoring system and roster setup is a critical factor in creating a winning draft strategy.

  1. Build Your Fantasy Football Team Using the Draft

Probably one of the most exciting and fun day in the fantasy season is the draft. During the draft, you choose your NFL player at a time until your rosters are complete. Though most of the drafts take place online, some leagues – typically co-workers or friends – are conducted in person. Remember to draft all of the correct positions, so that you can have a full team roster.

  1. Your team competes against another team every week.

The real NFL team competes against each other during the season and so do the fantasy teams in your league. The real-time stats of the players are then converted into fantasy points by your league provider. The winner of the week is the fantasy team that has the most points. The goal is to win as many games as possible to make the playoffs.

  1. You make moves to improve your team.

You are in total control of your fantasy game. You can remove the players that you think are not doing well and replace them with free agents. You can bench an injured player and replace him with a fresh pick as well. You can even make a trade offer to another owner.

  1. You hope that your team makes the playoffs and wins the league

At the end of the fantasy season, the top teams face each other in a single elimination tournament to decide who wins the championship. The last team standing wins a trophy and a cash prize.

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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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How to Become a Guru in Flash Mode

If you want to get the most out of your fantasy football experience, why not up your game and try the Flash Mode instead?

What is a Flash Mode?

Flash Mode is a newly introduced game mode that is unique and packed with interesting ideas. In this game, you have only 3 minutes to pick your game, after which you are no longer allowed to make any changes. With tight time limit as its factor, you could end up feeling frustrated for not being able to complete your team.

Though it’s almost identical to the traditional fantasy football game when it comes to points system, you can master some important strategic skills to become a guru in this game mode. Here are some of the tips that you can follow by heart:

  • Take your sweetest time and decide your picks as late as possible, would even be better if you can make your picks till Saturday morning. This is to avoid the headaches when your players have injuries or if there were surprising changes in the team sheets.
  • Because of the above, you don’t need to spend too much time or budget on your bench. There’s no need for you to have your 2nd or 3rd subs if you pick your team as late as possible.
  • Remember that you have limited selection options because you are playing with a unique, shared or lucky list of players. Put in every big hitter that you can and forget about stressing on the budget entirely.

How Do You Pick Your Team?

Though team selection is hard to master, here are the 5 steps that you can apply to ensure that you end up with a good team.

  1. Prioritize Elites

How do you set your priorities in choosing who makes up your team? First, select the heavy hitters, then get your elite forward, choose your 2 or 3 elite midfielders and 2 elite defenders/keepers. These 5-7 players could make up 80% of your points.

  1. Reliability

Once you have picked your heavy hitters, the rest of your XI should be filled with good reliable players. Doing this will avoid your first XI to be autocompleted should you lose track of time. Choose those fantasy players who are proven to be reliable.

  1. Captains

You can be overwhelmed with picking your heavy hitters and other team members that you could end up forgetting the icing on the cake – that is the captain. Once you have your selection of your elite players and first XI filled, choose your captain and vice-captain. Though the system automatically selects the most expensive player as the captain, this may not be always the best choice.

  1. Tweak and refine

You should complete the first 3 steps above in your 2 minutes time limit so that you still have a minute left to review your selection. This is the time to finalize your team so it’s entirely up to you how you do tweak and refine your selections.

  1. Picking Subs

Don’t spend much time on choosing for subs since they are unlikely to play. Choose for players who are guaranteed to start in the event that they are needed.

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