Now, the attention shifts to how to run your team, as nearly all drafts are completed by now. Let’s take some time to go over some things that you should and should not do in managing your fantasy baseball team during the season.
Do: Keep it going all the way through
Right now, you don’t even want to think about not contending in your league. I know how it goes. But the fact of the matter is that a lot of the time, the team just won’t do it for you and the summer months will make it clear that you’re just not in contention.
Still, you owe it to your league to tough it out to season’s end, regardless of format. In a head to head fantasy baseball league, winning or losing a category could decide a playoff spot. In a roto league, something as simple as leaving a starting pitcher on the bench could make the difference between who wins and loses the league. You owe it to your league mates to be consistent and stick it out to the end.
Obviously, things are going to happen. People go on vacation, get bogged down at work, and we all have family responsibilities. Still, that’s not the same as being a willing deadbeat, which is a big no-no.
Don’t: Build your team too strongly on one actual team
I don’t care if you’re talking about the best team in the history of the game; every team is going to go through a period of time where at least one part of their game isn’t working. This can make your team drag through critical times.
Keep it mixed up a little bit, which is especially needed in weekly formats. If you have four or five players from a team and they lost a game 9-0, it’s virtually impossible that any of them had good days. Don’t let one bad game or week mess things up for your fantasy baseball team.
Do: Know who you’re competing with
You are going to hear this a lot from Clave, Nash, and myself. Let people make you an offer that you can’t refuse for a player that’s someone’s favorite.
Obviously, there are fans of teams out there. If you have a player on your team who’s popular with his fan base but not very effective, don’t drop him just yet. Make an offer for him involving a fan of that team. The worst that person is going to do is say no.
Also, know what players your fellow fantasy owners like and don’t like. People will overpay for players that they like. Conversely, if they get stuck with a player they don’t like, they may give him up for cheaper than what you think the market would dictate.
Don’t: Make this a morality play
I can’t tell you how many times I heard people make a big presentation about not drafting Ryan Braun on their fantasy teams because of the Performance Enhancing Drugs issues he had in the offseason.
First of all, I need to say that his suspension was overturned. But just for fun, let’s say that you think he’s guilty and still juiced. Would you rather have the 35 homers, 110 RBI, and .325 batting average on someone else’s team?
I see this a lot with people who don’t like specific teams, notably the Yankees and Red Sox. Now, I get it if you don’t want to have Houston Astros on your fantasy team, they’re terrible. But if you’re not going to have Red Sox or Yankees, well, watch the All Star Game in July and see what you’re missing.
This is fantasy baseball. You are looking at numbers, not people, not teams, and not legal concerns. If you know of a way to look at numbers without seeing who they belong to, take it.
It’s okay to not want players that you don’t like to do well. Just realize that they probably will, especially in the aforementioned cases. Don’t join a fantasy league, which is all about numbers, and get bogged down with emotions. It’s easier said than done, but failure will result in a bad season.