Why Pitching Is The Hardest Thing To Rely On In Fantasy BaseballMost fantasy baseball owners plan their draft around picking pitchers that threw well last year. But as we all learn, sometimes things don't go as planned. Pitchers can get hurt; their performance can drop off for a number of reasons, sometimes without rational explanation. The hardest part for the fantasy owner is accepting that the present season is different than past seasons, and it's sometimes better to just admit you drafted wrong instead of stubbornly sticking with bad pitchers all season—and losing the league.
At Fantasy Baseball Season's Quarter Pole, It's Time To Accept Patterns And TrendsMost teams in MLB have played close to 40 games at this point of the season, meaning the fantasy baseball season is one quarter over. If you've been waiting for that veteran to come around and start hitting, it's time to give up on the dream. If that pitcher still has an ERA way north of five runs per game, you may need to look elsewhere for wins and strikeouts. This is the time of the year when trends become permanent, really. Sticking too long with players headed for bad seasons only can hurt your team.
Constant Vigilance Is How You Win Your Fantasy Baseball LeagueWe've all heard the story from a friend how he or she simply drafted their fantasy baseball team and forgot all about it until finding out they won the league in October. Generally, that doesn't happen very often thanks to injuries, slumps and inevitable bad luck. You have to stay on top of your team's roster all summer long to win.
Are Players Worth Keeping In Fantasy Baseball During A PED Suspension?The big news of the week in baseball, of course, was the suspension of Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Never mind that disgraced slugger Barry Bonds is the Miami hitting coach: There are plenty of jokes to be made there. How does this impact fantasy baseball? If you own Gordon, should you keep him on your roster? How are you going to replace his 50 stolen bases this season in the stat column? Don't fret: We have all the answers you need right here.
Consider Making Wholesale Changes To Your Fantasy Baseball Roster As May ApproachesMost MLB teams have played about 20 games so far this season, and that's a big enough sample size to determine whether or not to keep slumping players on your fantasy baseball roster. The bigger challenge is to decide if dropping those players makes sense—or just benching them for now is a better idea. That decision comes down to the rest of your rosters, along with its strengths and weaknesses. As we always say, no one ever said that fantasy sports were easy!
Miley Posts His 1st Win For M'sWade Miley bounced back after a shaky first inning that included a home by slumping Albert Pujols to post his first victory in a Mariners uniform, helping Seattle beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Sunday
Keidel: Curt Schilling's Dark DescentLegendary pitcher Curt Schilling was fired this week from his baseball color analyst position with ESPN for his conduct on social media.
No-Name Players Are Sometimes Better Than Established Veterans In Fantasy BaseballWe are two weeks into the 2016 Major League Baseball season, and already there are veteran positions players struggling to hit their weight. There also are experienced pitchers that can't find the strike zone at all. What do you do with these guys on your fantasy roster? It depends on the player and the situation, but in most leagues, there are always better alternatives on the waiver wire. The tough part is to decide if the short-term move will be better than long-term patience.
Injuries Already Taking Toll For Fantasy Baseball Owners In 2016First, it was the Arizona Diamondbacks losing outfielder A.J. Pollock before the season even began, and now it's the Chicago Cubs losing catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber in the first week. The San Diego Padres also may have lost starting pitcher Tyson Ross for awhile. What do you do if these guys are on your roster?
7 Bold Predictions For The 2016 MLB SeasonAnother year of baseball is upon us and with it comes another chance to make some bold predictions for the upcoming year.
After The Draft Dust Settles, The Waiver Wire Is Your Fantasy Baseball Best FriendThe drafts are all done, and the first pitch of the 2016 MLB season has been thrown. It's time to re-assess your roster now that spring exhibition games are over—and the real contests have begun. Unless you had a perfect draft (and really, does that ever happen?), the waiver wire has a lot to offer you ... even in Week 1 of the season.
NL West Preview: Giants And Dodgers Set To Battle For SupremacyIt's an even year, which we all know favors the Giants, but the Dodgers won't give up the NL West that easily.