For the most part, season-long fantasy baseball can be played "safe." You draft your team based on what they'll do throughout the season, and make adjustments as needed. Now is the time to take risks and chances. If you don't, are you comfortable thinking, "what if?" You'll have to wait until next season to make your wrongs/inactions right.
It's that time of the season where you're in the middle or near the bottom of your league's standings and throw in the towel. Maybe you've completely abandoned your team, or you leave it as it is but make a conscious effort to start your starters. Or, you're in the playoffs and the real managing begins.
For me, if I'm in the middle or near the bottom and not in playoff contention, I'm one of those that will make the conscious effort to start my starters. I don't make (or rarely do) moves on the waivers to let those who are competing for something, have a chance to pick up available players. But if I'm in the playoffs, or in contention of winning the league...GAME ON! It's the time of the season where I'll admit, I'm pretty cutthroat. If you're not in it to win it, what are you here for?
Daily roto and H2H leagues can somewhat be treated like DFS, where you look at your roster day-by-day. You need to determine who your weakest links are, and shuffle them out. This is where streaming pitchers is absolutely crucial (and you can check out my weekly Pitching Streamers article on www.fakepigskin.com). Not all pitchers are for the taking. You really need to analyze where you are in the standings (for roto), and figure out what categories you need to gain more points. This goes for any league setup: you'll need to closely look at a pitcher's matchups, and their opposing pitcher too, especially if wins and losses are categories for your league.
Weekly leagues, whether their roto or H2H, involve a little more planning. Taking a look at the overall schedule is extremely important. If you don't already, take a look at Tristan H. Cockcroft's Fantasy Baseball Forecaster, where he provides projecting starting pitchers, starting pitcher rankings, and hitter matchup ratings. This article is updated as needed, and is a very useful way of mapping out your week.
My favorite league type: daily, category, H2H. Every single day is a grind, and it's about out-managing your opponent. I can do it 9 out of 10 times (nobody's perfect, or so they say). In some ways, having to stream pitchers is easier during the playoffs because there's a little less competition for those players since about half your league isn't playing for anything. A way that it's difficult - there's a reason teams make the playoffs and you'll be competing with other managers for highly sought after pitchers. Make sure to save those pitchers you're keeping your eye on, and make those transactions as soon as you can.
Those are some of my thoughts on season-long fantasy baseball playoffs. If you need help with your team, I'm here to help! And so are the guys at www.fakepigskin.com.
If you haven't signed up for any leagues yet, you will want to start looking into it now. Regular season of baseball is less than a month away, and you don't want to wait until the last minute to draft your team. To my surprise, there were several people who expressed their interest in playing season-long fantasy baseball. They play DFS, but want to give season-long a try, and that's great! I'm used to people who play DFS say that they don't play season-long anymore.
For those who only play season-long, give DFS a try. It'll help with streaming pitchers and deciding which batters you want to start. You need to look at each day individually, and the research that goes into DFS lineups will help with your season-long rosters as well. On the other hand, if you play DFS and want to start playing season-long fantasy baseball, I think you have a little bit of an advantage once the season starts. The part you'll need to prepare for is the draft.
Types of leagues
"Roto" scoring goes by rank for each category. The better you do, the more points you get in a category. The total of each team's points will determine their position in the league. In a league like this, you're competing with other owners and battling for points. In roto leagues, I've had success with drafting a balanced team throughout all categories.
Honestly, if it weren't for DFS, I would have no interest in golf. I'm always looking to do something fun and different, and going to the Sony Open surely fit the bill. Luckily for me, Oahu is just a 5o-minute plane ride away and taxis and Uber made it easy to get to and from the Waialae Country Club for the last two rounds of the tournament.
The golf course is nestled in a residential area along the waterfront. Saturday felt like perfect spectator weather; a bit overcast with a light breeze that made for watching golf under the shade pleasurable, to say the least. I wasn't sure what to expect but our time at a live event was perfect because we walked the entire course with Justin Thomas, Hudson Swafford, and Gary Woodland.
Starting at the first hole, there were more putts missed than I had expected, and some of them looked to come within inches! Thomas had a more than exceptional first round on Thursday, so expectations were high. On the fifth hole, it looked like Swafford hit a ball off the tee, which ended up in a creek with very little water, possibly hitting the trees (but I can't say for sure). Both Woodland and Thomas hit balls outside of the fairway during the third round. At the 18th hole, Thomas hit a ball off the tee that was far left into the trees. I assume he was trying to hit it over the trees but it didn't have the distance. He had to hit the ball through the trees to get it to the green and made it, by only hitting a leaf from a coconut tree.