Pitchers and catchers have reported and now is a great time to familiarize yourself with MLB! This will be helpful if you have never played fantasy baseball or just need a refresher for the casual fan or player. This is a continuation of: Baseball Is Almost Here! Take a look at it if you haven't already.
This will be useful for both Season-Long (SL) and DFS.
Keep an eye on the weather. This also ties in to being familiar with ballparks. If a game is being played in a dome, such as Tropicana Field, Heavy rains may stop a game at an open air field but a covered ballpark will be safe from the elements. Severe weather in any area can postpone games due to the safety of teams and fans getting to and from the ballpark. It will be easier to overcome any postponed games for SL leagues. DFS, on the other hand, is not so forgiving. Baseball is more like hockey when it comes to points in DFS. A player could play a whole game and get no points or negative points. Games start, get delayed, postponed, rescheduled, all of which is risky if you have players on teams with weather threats. Although, it could be a GPP strategy to target games with bad weather because everyone will be off of them.
Vegas Lines/Betting Odds
You'll hear people say, "Vegas is very smart." And "they" are! Whether it's SL or DFS, the lines and odds can help guide you with your rosters. For SL, you can decide which pitchers to start or sit, which hitters to start against pitchers, etc. Lineups for SL leagues are more restricted so there won't be as many moves to make that can be implemented using Vegas numbers. DFS affords you more flexibility since more lineups can be constructed and using Vegas as a strategic tool can be weighted more heavily than SL leagues.
Sorry so short, but I wanted to put something out there since I've been absent for several days. I hope to get a mock draft done soon so I can blog about that =)