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. I’m speaking mostly about daily h2h leagues with unlimited moves. However most of the advice should place across league types.
First, I want to address a stigma that it takes considerable amount of time per day to monitor your fantasy team. It simply doesn’t. Certainly it takes more than football because there are more players and more potential moves and no waiver period. There is simply more thinking involved – going way beyond simply putting in a couple of waiver claims and hoping you got the player you wanted in the morning.
You can actively manage your team by spending just five minutes a day for the low, low price of $19.99. 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. 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 assure 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 to. If you don’t get an e-mail, you don’t have to worry.
You also can typically win trades by being lazy. The best stance to take on a trade is apathy. 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 – be cool. 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. Quite simply the amount of quality free fantasy advice out there is astronomical. While this was called plagiarism in high school, it’s simply due diligence in the post-collegiate world. Think of this as me volunteering to answer any question you may have.
By using others, you can have your team assessed by friends and receive an honest valuation of any trade or roster move without having to do any of the research yourself. All you have to do is shoot them an e-mail or send me a tweet or post a comment on this thread (or any thread).
Lastly, I see twitter as a great resource for everyone. Some people use it to talk to friends, some use it as a news aggregator and some use it to project themselves out into the world. The astute fantasy player should use twitter (or set up a feed) to follow club beat writers and fantasy “experts.” I knew Joe Nathan was injured last year before it was on any web site, because it was tweeted. If you’re someone who enjoys social media, this is a great advantage.
So, through the wonders of 35 minutes of roster maintenance a week, Google alerts/RSS feeds and ignoring trade requests, you’ll be in a good spot to compete in your league with little muss and fuss.
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