The Secret to Dominating your Fantasy Baseball League

Posted: June 5, 2015 in Sports and Education
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Fantasy baseball is difficult to provide advice for because the very structure of various kinds of leagues can be very different. A winning strategy in a Rotisserie league might not play in a Head-to-Head, matchup league. In a Head-to-Head (H2H) league, you have to field a team that will post better numbers than your opponent on a weekly basis. In standard H2H leagues, you only get one point per category that you “win” or have more in a category than your opponent. If your opponent’s team hits seven home runs as a team in a week and your team hits eight, you get one point for the home run category. In order to win consistently week-to-week, you have to field a team that is competitive in all hitting and pitching categories on a weekly basis.

Drafting teams in leagues like this can be very tricky because of the pressure many owners feel to own players who can contribute categorical advantages across the board. It’s a mistake to chase after a team that is completely well-rounded, however, because of regression and injuries. The best strategy is to focus on one side of the ball when you’re drafting—either hitting or pitching. Once you have a dominant pitching rotation or lineup, you can add players to balance your team as the long baseball season moves along.

Debra Purcell-Regis is a retired school teacher who took to season-long H2H baseball leagues and daily leagues. She is working on starting a blog to provide advice to other fantasy sports players around the world.

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