When it comes to how to draft fantasy baseball and managing your own baseball team, many variables and situations can arise that conflict with your “pre-draft” game plan. However, by sticking to the strategies in this article, you cannot allow these variables to affect your strategy and in a sense, you can better control the outcome. More important than having the best preseason draft picks for your fantasy baseball league is the art of looking at and focusing on the depth of your team. Solid depth of personnel can plug holes and allow you to make good decisions as the season progresses. This simple strategy can get you to the top of your league.
It is important to remember that not every preseason pick ever lives up to the hype. The more the competition is fighting in the rankings from week to week, the better chance you have of getting in the mix by making trades and tweaks to your roster. The thing to remember is that whether it is a trade or just a fill-in for an injury that arises, every single player is critical to your success.
You need to have a plan where consistent players, easily overlooked, are utilized. I recommend choosing your last remaining picks in the draft on players that complement one another, to package them in a deal later on for a very good player. These players will be useful to you later in the season.
I laugh when somebody is complacent because they got a top tier player on their squad, maybe even two, and then just pick out of the hat on their remaining picks. You have to take your time and unite the last man into your schemes and overall plan. Sometimes fantasy leagues have roster freeze deals where you have to use that last player on the roster because there are more trades allowed amongst fantasy baseball league players.
HOW TO DRAFT FANTASY BASEBALL
Focus on the age situation of the player. Any young player coming into the league, when not many people know about them, might be worth an earlier draft pick. Do your research. Find out what the GM is thinking and weigh in his style of play and the benefit or hindrance it can place on that particular team’s structure. Look at young players’ skills and talents and figure out how they might fit in to a particular team’s strategy and style of play. If you feel a younger up and coming player will have the opportunity to play and perform, he may be that X factor.
For those older players who have big names, age becomes very important. Once a player begins hitting the early to mid-30’s, there is a very fast drop off as far as physical maintenance over an MLB season.They become more injury prone and it is harder to gain muscle, so look at older players and maybe forget about them. Once you get to a certain age is easy to have a big drop-off year. So, if it is between an old player and a younger player, generally speaking, look to see how a young player compares to that older player, especially in regards to position and style because the younger player might be in position to take that older player’s spot if they are on the same team. Just because a player had a great season a year or two before does not mean he will have a great season now.
With pitchers you need to look at how many innings that pitcher has pitched per game. Another very important detail to remember, is what is his highest innings load in the majors, because often they can be sent back down to the minors or benched, especially when they are young. The big things to look for with pitching is how often and consistently over the seasons has this player pitched. You want him in there for innings, if he is pitching 3 innings a rotation, that does not do you very good.
The last point is that you need a superstar on your team. Things like stolen bases and hitting percentage are important. This is where it becomes very much like a chess match mixed with poker.You need to know what other people in your league need to complete their roster.If you know what you need in a certain player does not pertain to the needs of your competition, you may want to hold off on picking him up early and wait.Go ahead and get some players that you know what your competition needs, it can be used for great bargaining chips down the road. Soon you'll be an expert on how to draft fantasy baseball and create winning teams. Good Luck!