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Tips for a Successful Fantasy Baseball Season: Part One

I’m quite excited to be making my blogging debut here on Zazenlife.com. You may be asking yourself why you should listen to my advice regarding fantasy baseball. Here are my qualifications in a nutshell:

  1. I have been playing fantasy baseball since before there was such a thing as the interwebs. In order to correctly score our leagues in the early 90’s, we had to rely on printed boxscores. If that doesn’t show dedication (or dangerous obsession) then I don’t know what does.
  2. In 20+ years of playing fantasy baseball, I have missed the postseason exactly 3 times. I am coming off of back to back championships in a very competitive 12 team head to head league.
  3. I don’t sleep much. My lifestyle often leads to me being up for the day at 3am. So while the rest of the world is sleeping, I’m doing research. Knowledge is power.

Ok, so now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get to it, shall we?

Realize There is No Such Thing as the Offseason

You shouldn’t just be paying attention to baseball from April-October. A good fantasy baseball owner makes it a point to keep his head in the game during the late fall and through the winter. I’m not necessarily stating you have to devote hours to doing research, but a weekly check of the transaction wire could very well give you a leg up on less prepared owners on draft day. Everyone in baseball knows all about Albert Pujols, but the Rockies’ signing of Michael Cuddyer could well be just as relevant in a fantasy baseball season.

Draft With Your Head, Not With Your Heart

So, the article is coming along nicely. Let me alienate over half of you by stating I am a New York Yankee fan. For those of you who stayed, I cannot emphasize this point enough. I have seen fantasy seasons ruined by owners insisting on drafting a player simply because of the uniform he wears. Hey, it’s great if you’re a Yankee fan and Jeter is available for you in the later rounds. However,  if you are presented an opportunity to draft Miguel Cabrera but instead opt for Mark Texeira, you just gave away a  hundred points of average and about 200 points of OPS.

Don’t Rely on Your League Host for Your Player Dope

CBS Sports, ESPN, Yahoo, it doesn’t matter. If you’re relying on the player news provided by your league, you’re missing out. Everyone in your league gets that information concurrently. You should seek out player news at its source, and the best source is the local newspaper of whatever team the player you’re interested in plays for. I have every local paper for every major league team favorited in my browser. You’ll be days ahead of everyone in your league. This strategy allowed me to pick up Eric Hosmer this past season, days before the announcement that he was coming up was officially given. That transaction played a significant part in my championship run.

Don’t Panic!

Statistics are a funny thing. Over a long enough timeframe, they can be scarily accurate. If a player averages .300/25/100 over a 4-year period, and he’s at .140/5/20 late in May, you should not panic. My drafted roster last year contained two guys I gave up  way too soon on,  Adam Jones and Austin Jackson. The testament to this don’t panic credo, however, was Dan Uggla. For well over half the season, this guy looked absolutely clueless at the plate. I had taken to starting Danny Espinoza over him at 2nd base and let Uggla ride the pine. Well, he started to heat up after the All-Star Break, including a 33 game hitting streak, and by the time the season was over, his numbers were pretty much in line with his 4-year average. That’s not to say that players don’t sometimes just have lost years, though. Alex Rios, Adam Dunn, and to a lesser extent Carl Crawford all underwhelmed this past season.

I’ll be back soon with part two in this recurring series. Any feedback by you, the reader, is appreciated.

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About phdinweed
Father of 2 sons on the autism spectrum, wage slave, socially functional nerd of all sorts. Just entered my 40's, but still love video games (RPGs especially), cartoons, fart jokes, and getting nice.

11 Responses to Tips for a Successful Fantasy Baseball Season: Part One

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  3. Adrienne says:

    Why are you giving out your secrets then how will you win and buy me things with said winnings?

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  5. Money says:

    I cant begin to tell you how great it is, to see someone else having the same problem I do!!!

    There is no off season in this house. I do a little different reading as you, Im sure. I still have an MLB prospect, Im working with (my 11year old son).

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