How to Ensure a Successful MLB Fantasy Season
With the 2015 MLB Fantasy Season well and truly underway, it goes without saying that you will have set your lineup. However, this doesn’t mean there aren’t a few tips and tricks you can follow to keep updating your team accordingly to give your team the best shot at winning. MLB is perhaps the most difficult league to bet on, as you could have to choose from up to 1200 players. Not to mention, some teams even call up players from the minor leagues which further expands the pool.
From creating strategies to have the best possible chances of winning while keeping an eye on the minor leagues to analyzing which players are starting every week and which are not, it takes a lot of time and effort to keep your fantasy team up to date and in a strong position every week. So, to make things a little easier for you (just a bit; you will have to do most of the work yourself), here are some tips to ensure a successful MLB fantasy season:
- Catchers won’t win you the league, no sir. According to the ESPN MLB Fantasy, the most popular catcher picker is Buster Posey of the Giants. No surprise there, as Posey seems to always be in the running for MVP. The issue is that there is more than just daylight between Posey and the other catchers. So, you should try to get in Posey into your lineup, though that would make him an expensive pick. If you miss out, well you miss out. Any other catcher won’t get you the points you need to beat your rivals.
- It’s Cuban fever at the MLB with teams running after any new talent which shows up from Cuba. However, not every Cuban player turns out to be a hit, so if you have stacked up your lineup with Cubans, now is the time to make some changes. Of course, Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers is a great pick, but don’t fall for the $72 million paid by the Red Sox to Rusney Castillo. The big-money and big game pressure might hamper his performance.
- You have to play your budget systematically. A few too many guys are guilty of spending 30% to 50% of their budget on one big pick. For instance, you might feel Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates may be a great addition to your team, but that doesn’t mean you devote half your budget to him. If you overbid during the initial stages, you might not have the money left to make changes during the middle rounds.
- Keep a close eye on the injury list. Every season, many team owners have to suffer because they didn’t trade out players who were injured long-term and instead carried them on, ultimately losing the league as a result. This is why you should follow the team news every week and then decide if you need to make changes due to injury.
- Last, but not the least, set up a reminder on your phone or computer to be alerted whenever you have to set your lineup. Being actively involved in an MLB fantasy league doesn’t mean there is no chance you will not forget about setting your lineup. What if you are too caught up in work that you just didn’t have the time? Set a reminder using Google Alerts so that you don’t miss out. After all, all it takes is one missed deadline and your season goes kaput.
So, follow these tips and you will be in a great position to enjoy a successful MLB fantasy season.