Since a lot of us are semi-evolved from the Brits, let’s think about how one wins a league with a laissez-faire attitude.
First, I want to address a stigma that it takes a considerable amount of time per day to monitor your fantasy team. It simply doesn’t.
You can actively manage your team by spending just five minutes a day for the low, low price of $19.99 (I kid). The best way to do so is to look at your league at 7:00 pm on weekdays and 1:00 pm on weekends. This way you will know which of your players are starting for the day and see what moves have been made. In addition, check out the Fantasy Baseball 101 home page for all the latest news. If it is a big deal, it’ll be there. You can gather all the intelligence you need by reading the headlines and our player news in one minute or less.
In addition, you can set your lineup weeks in advance. When you have free time, scroll ahead in your roster and plug in those who are starting on given days. This will ensure you are, at the least, maximizing your lineup potential.
Aside from this, you can set up Google alerts for your closers (or setup an RSS feed to Fantasy Baseball 101). That way you know if your guy recorded/blew a save and if there is a closer controversy or injury you need to pay attention. If you don’t get an e-mail, you don’t have to worry.
Another time saving tool is Twitter. For those of you on Twitter, you know about hashtags (#). For those of you not on twitter, a # goes before any word you want to make searchable. All of @h2h_corner’s tweets will include #FantasyBaseball. Through the wonders of applications like Tweetdeck, you can create columns via search terms (I also advocate creating a column for “fantasy baseball”).
So, all you have to do is create a #FantasyBaseball column in your Twitter application and you’ll be aware of any big news right as it happens. Trust me, there are thousands of great #FantasyBaseball tweeters out there. For instance: @FB101, @jasoncollette, @BaseballGuys, @DerekVanRiper, @BloombergSports, @AJMass, @sgardnerUSAT, @fantasynewsman, @closernews, @johnwhorfin, @wezen_ball, @JoelHenard, @Jason_Grey, @robneyer, @d_a_cameron, @TroyPatterson, @RealClearSports, @jquintong, @keithlaw, @fakebaseball, @fantasy_sherpa, @MatthewBerryTMR, and @jonahkeri.
While you’re doing your social networking thing, you’ll have instant analysis and news delivered to you. You also can typically win trades by being lazy. The best stance to take on a trade is ambivalence. If someone approaches you with a trade, respond that you are interested and ask them to make a proposal. They’ll come back with an idea, which is less than what they would actually pay. So, you take your time. Your trading partner will wonder where your response is and might even propose a better trade before you respond. To win a trade, all you have to do is be cool and be nice.
In addition to winning your trade via benign neglect (not the Moynihan version), you should elicit the help of your friends who might be more knowledgeable or diligent when it comes to fantasy baseball. This way you can have your team assessed by your friends and receive an honest valuation of the trade without having to do any of the research yourself. All you have to do is shoot them an e-mail.
So, through the wonders of 35 minutes of roster maintenance a week, Google alerts/RSS feeds, twitter and ignoring trade requests, you’ll be in a good spot to compete in your league with little muss and fuss.
FB101’s 411: Fantasy Baseball is not nearly the time suck you think it is. It’s also glorious.