Fantasy Baseball Help- Tip 1

I know Cob is starting a fantasy baseball league so I thought for all you first timers I thought I would give you some tips.

Draft Players on Good Teams

When drafting your team try to draft great players on average or great teams. The Mariners lost 101 games in 2008 year. In 2007 years ago they won 88 games. In 2007 Felix Hernandez won 14 games an in 2008 he won nine and lost 14. For pitchers run support is key. A baseball team with great sluggers and average pitchers will do fine. In 2007 the Tampa Bay Devil Rays won 66 games. In 2008 the Rays won 97 games. Every single one of their pitchers did better because of run support. When drafting sluggers you can afford to break this rule for a really good player. Playing on a better team for a slugger means more runs, RBI’s, and a higher on base percentage. You get more runs because people will drive you in more. You get more RBI’s, because more people will be standing at third base. Lastly you will get a higher on base percentage because if a pitcher walks someone they will then have to face a better hitter next. Lets use the Mariners and the Rays again. In 2007 Ichiro hit had 111 runs, 68 RBI’s, and a .396 on base percentage. In 2008 he had 103 runs, 42 RBI’s, and a .361 on base percentage. Akinori Iwamura, of the Rays had 82 runs, 34 RBI’s, and a .359 on base percentage in 2007. In 2008 he had 91 runs, 48 RBI’s, and a .349 on base percentage. Sure his on base percentage dropped by .010 but he had a much better year. When you drafted players on good teams their confidence is higher which means a better year most of the time. So my list of teams I would draft from are the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, Twins, White Sox, Indians, Angels, A’s, Rangers, Braves, Marlins, Mets, Phillies, Astros, Cubs, Reds, D-Backs, Giants, and Rockies. I don’t plan on drafting any one from the Rays or Yankees though. Also I left the Brewers and Cardinals off for two reasons their pitchers and the fact that their not that heathy.


  1. raysrenegade

    The best thing about fantasy leagues is if you pick a pitching staff that you know will have a great year after a bad one in 2008, they can get you awesome points.

    Plus, there are so many guys that are on the verge of having breakout years to propel them into stars. The current stars are reaching 30 or above and the new generation is knocking on the door hard.

    Rays Renegade

  2. crystalbaseball

    Not to be the nay-sayer, but I 100% disagree with your post. Several reasons: (1) How do you know who will be good and bad? You mark Seattle & TB and only use a single example on each team. Seattle was supposed to be a stud team last year and became a colossal failure. TB was again supposed to be a bottom dweller in the AL East but they out like gangbusters (unfortunately, we realized they were awesome AFTER drafts took place). Bengie Molina last year was a last round pick in about every draft, but if you paid attention prior to the season, you would have known the Giants planned on using him in the cleanup spot. Everyone figured the Giants would stink, and they did, but Molina’s value coming from a last round pick was exceptional. The key to drafting is to find out where the guys are being drafted and find how they help you in the roto categories. I’ll toot my own horn here, because my blog is fantasy-based, but I give a slew of examples of value picks. Give me a shout on the blog if you disagree, have a great day everyone and I hope this makes sense!

  3. bigpapi72

    RR- I agree a new wave of stars is coming.
    Carl- You don’t know. That is why I kind of like sicking to teams that I’m 100% know will do good like the ones I listed in my blog. If you payed attention to spring training the Rays did awesome then. To play fantasy baseball you must watch spring training.


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