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.
When you get a chance to play in a fantasy league with some of the best, you jump at the chance. Then the realization sets in that you have a spot in the league that so many others would love it have, and you can't screw it up! I am eternally grateful for the opportunity. Results aren't always a testament to your success. What has made me better over the years is the lessons learned and more so when I'm not near the top. The competitor in me wants another shot at doing this again and putting together a better team.
Congratulations to David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield), who won first place! Tristan H. Cockcroft (@SultanofStat) did great too, with his team finishing in third.
The highest-placing listener goes to Brad Altman (@brad_altman) in second place. Very impressive! As mentioned many times on the Fantasy Focus Baseball Podcast, Brad made over 300 moves throughout the season; 337 to be exact, as you can see below.
For a 20-team, weekly league, I was surprised to see all of the adds/drops, and trades. I thought there wouldn't be as many moves to make with the free agent pool being so thin. There were always transactions going on and you really needed to be tuned into what was happening to take advantage of any drops to add to your team.
I've been building lineups when I get the chance and will be posting them as a way for me to see how I'm doing, and a way for you to let me know how I'm measuring up…or not. These are lineups that I would have entered into contests if I could play.
Jose Fernandez was the pitcher to have on this slate against the Phillies, which meant that there wouldn't be as much salary to go around for bats. Chris Davis putting up a ZERO hurt since he was one of my "pricey" hitters on this day.
Gosh, this is ugly! This point total would have slayed last season but we can just skip over this one.