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I have played Fantasy Baseball for years and it still remains my favorite fantasy sport, even more-so than football. Baseball is so much more consistent then football and I appreciate that. However, baseball can be complicated and someone who is clueless come draft day may end up destroying their entire season before it begins, I know this because it happened to me more than once. Here are 5 simple strategies to draft a winning team.
1. Leave your bias at the door
I am a Red Sox fan which means that I hate the Yankees, that bias can do two things to me. I can overvalue the Red Sox or undervalue a Yankee because I hate them. People are the same everywhere you go and they often want to own their favorite player, which means they will draft guys way too early. They also have no clue who some of the best players are in the smaller markets. I took place in many drafts where players like Holliday, Atkins, Harang and Han-Ram dropped way too low. So leave your bias at the door or else you will be making a quick exit from the league contenders.
2. Know the Scoring Settings
This seems obvious, but many people forget to do this and it is one of the most important aspects of any draft. A players value may increase or decrease depending on what stats are used.
3. Positional Values
Some positions are deep and some positions are shallow with talent. Usually if you miss out on a top tier first basemen you can find one in the later rounds that are just as good, however if you miss out on a top tier 2B then you will quickly find out that there is not much there. Why pick Ortiz in the second round when you can get equal power and average in the 6th round?4. Don’t over think
This is a major fault for most people in the fantasy sports world. We become scouts while we thumb through magazines or click through player rankings. We try to find the diamond in the rough and instead we find nothing but rough.
5. Don’t focus on one stat
You don’t want to focus too much on one stat, unless that stat contributes to other stats, such as batting average or homeruns. If you focus on stolen Bases you will end up with a team that scores a lot of runs and steals bases, but usually has poor homerun numbers and RBI numbers. If you focus too much on saves then you will have insufficient starting pitching, which then leads to weird problems with your ERA. Just be careful because owners can have a tendency to zone in on one stat for a few rounds in a draft and end up hurting their team in the process. It is fine to be great in one stat, just make sure you are competitive in other states as well.
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