Staying Loyal To Slumping Players Can Bury Your Fantasy Baseball TeamStaying loyal to slumping players may pan out better for real-life MLB managers than for fantasy owners, so think long and hard about keeping your favorite player in the lineup while he's going through an 0-for-28 slump at the plate. Those at-bats can really hurt your team down the stretch.
Once MLB Trade Deadline Dust Settles, Your Fantasy Roster May Need Some TweaksIt happens every year: A solid productive player on your fantasy baseball roster gets traded to a team that just plans on using him as a backup. If you're lucky, one of your backups is the benefit of such a trade, too. However, every fantasy owner needs to make adjustments after July 31 to make sure their rosters are still competitive and productive. If not, it's a slow crawl to the end of September and sixth place in your league.
Beware Players That Switch Leagues At The Trade DeadlineEvery year it happens: Big-league trades send hitters and pitchers from the National League to the American League—and vice versa. This isn't always a good thing, though, as pitchers have a hard time adjusting going from the NL to the AL, while hitters have a hard time adjusting going from the AL to the NL.
FanDuel MLB Lineup for July 17thThe trade deadline is approaching and Wild Card fever is beginning to heat up, just as the FanDuel baseball leagues are starting to hit their major paydays. We’ll identify some players who appear set to kick of the second half of the season on Friday night with a bang, and others you should avoid.
Which Stat Categories Do You Need The Most In Fantasy Baseball?When trying to improve your fantasy roster, it's important to gauge which statistical categories can help you the most. If you're last in batting average, maybe it's not worth it to acquire a .300 hitter. If you're in the middle of the pack in steals, it might be worth it to find a speedster for your lineup.
Fantasy Baseball All-Star Edition: Which Players Do You Actually Want On Your Team?Just because someone is an All-Star in the eyes of Major League Baseball doesn't mean you need or want them on your fantasy baseball roster. In fact, it's mostly irrelevant to smart fantasy owners. By looking the hitters and pitchers in line for the big honor this week, you can find assets you have that other clueless owners might want in a trade. Think about how to exploit that weakness in your fantasy baseball league this weekend.
Now Is The Time To Trade Overachievers For Underachievers In Fantasy BaseballMost teams have played around 81 games by now, so the baseball season is half over. It's a good time to assess which players on your team are likely to decline—and thus give you a chance to trade them to a desperate owner that doesn't know any better. Likewise, you can scour league rosters for those players who have underachieved and smile all the way to October when they have superb second halves.
Certain Positions In Fantasy Baseball Require Quality Backups On Your BenchWhat are the thinnest positions in fantasy baseball? Catcher? The infield positions of second base, shortstop and third base? All of the above? Yes, depth is better in the outfield and first base positions, so when you think about which players to stash on your bench, think about the ones with multi-position eligibility. They may not be the most productive on a day-to-day basis, but they have the capability to be very valuable to your team's chances of winning.
When It Comes To Fantasy Baseball, Always Beware Wrist And Foot Injuries On Your RosterStrange as it may seem, not all injuries are created equal in sports. In baseball, any kind of hand/wrist injury can really impact a hitter's ability to turn on a fastball, and those players trying to come back from such injuries often struggle at the plate. Likewise, foot injuries are hard to overcome for hitters and pitchers, especially if it's to a plant foot that gives the player power to swing or throw the ball.
One Owner's Fantasy Baseball Trash Is Another Owner's TreasureA lot of owners play fantasy baseball with too much emotion, waiving players they don't like personally or that they have a grudge against because of some game result a few years back. That's when you—the analytical owner—step in and make your team better by picking up players from waivers or via trade.
You Can't Win Your Fantasy Baseball League In June, But You Can Lose ItSummer is coming; the kids will be out of school soon if they aren't already. This is not the time to forget about your fantasy baseball team. Sure, life gets busy, but the minute you let a transaction period go by unattended is the minute you lose your league. Staying on top of your roster all the time is key to winning your league, even if it becomes a challenge to find the time to manage your team.
Fantasy Baseball Season Is One-Third Over, So What Does Your Team Need To Win?Two months into baseball season, and it's time to assess what categories your fantasy team needs to improve—and win. On offense, you want to find players that can help your team batting average, for example, or move you up a few places in steals. For the pitching side, do you need more wins or saves? Figuring out now where the biggest gains are to be had in your league will make all the difference through the summer months.
Are Injured Veterans Worth The Risk In Fantasy Baseball?Everyone likes to grab the hot rookies in fantasy baseball, but the truth is, only a few of them really stay productive over the course of the full season. Sometimes, investing in the veteran coming off the disabled list is a good idea, if you're willing to risk the possibility of more injury later on.
Always Be Looking For High Performers At Thin Fantasy PositionsCatcher and the three infield positions are often the most difficult to find good players on your fantasy teams, because the talent pool is so shallow. If you don't grab a stud at those positions early in your draft, you may get stuck with a revolving door of middling players all season long.
Stable Veterans Flying Under The Radar Can Help Your Fantasy Baseball TeamA lot of fantasy baseball owners like to grab a rookie early and wait for him to pan out on the field. That can take all season, though. Sometimes, it's best to grab the non-flashy veterans with the steady statistics instead, because at least they're playing every day—and playing at a level you can rely on to win your league.