My Keys to Fantasy Baseball Success

Friday, 29 February, 2008

Here are my keys to fantasy baseball success:

1. Have at least one dynamo.
– Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols are examples of this. Every fantasy team has to have that one player you can rely on at all times to put up the big numbers.

2. Look for players with consistency.
– Look for players who will not tend to go on hot and cold streaks. You need players who will consistently put up reasonable stats. Someone like Vernon Wells or Adrian Gonzalez don’t put up enormous stats, but they put up stats most every game.

3. Have patience with your team.
– Don’t go trading and cutting players because they’re not getting it done right away. Let the season progress some, and the players will get into the swing of things. There are slow starters who are good fantasy players once they get going. Put them on your bench until they start rolling if you have players who are starting the year off well.

4. Pitching wins fantasy leagues.
– I won my 2007 fantasy league by having great offense and, more importantly, great pitching. You need good offensive numbers, but pitching is what makes your team go. One top closer, like JJ Putz, is necessary. One top starter, like Chris Carpenter, is necessary. Then, you need a mix of decent starters and relievers. Pitchers like a young Greg Maddux are what you’re looking for. These pitchers are consistent and reliable.

5. Ignore stats from last season.
– Don’t get caught up in what a player did last season. Will Alex Rodriguez or Magglio Ordonez put up the same numbers as last year? No. They’ll be good numbers no doubt, but not the huge numbers from last year most likely. Will some top players slump like Derek Jeter did a few seasons ago? No. All of those things are in the past. Let them stay in the past.

I hope this helps you out!


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