Fantasy baseball offers a chance for baseball lovers to try out their knowledge of the game and also be part of the action. For beginners, understanding how to go about with the game may be a daunting task just as is the case with all other fantasy sports disciplines like fantasy football or fantasy basketball. However, in this article, we give you all the basics and tips that you will require to become a successful manager in fantasy baseball.
Signing up for fantasy baseball. There are hundreds or thousands of fantasy baseball service providers on the internet and the choice will basically depend on you. The games range from easy to play games to very complex games but for beginners, it is recommended that you sign up for the easier games that have very user friendly interfaces and are free of charge. You will usually be required to sign up by providing basic information like email address, sex or gender and your name before you can start taking part in the games.
When you are done with signing up, the next step involves joining either a private or public league. If you want to create a league for you and your friends, then you should opt for a private league. In this case, you will be asked to provide email addresses of your friends and an invitation will be sent to them. If you probably do not have so many friends who are interested in baseball, you may want to consider joining a public pool when you will be automatically be entered into an existing league.
Types of fantasy baseball leagues. There are two basic types of fantasy baseball leagues namely the “Roto” or “Rotisserie” and “Head to Head” leagues. Roto leagues involve accumulating points with team owners or managers fighting to get the overall points lead when the season winds up. If you’re interested in less of a weekly basis competition, then this is ideal for you as what counts the most is the total number of points you amass at the end of the season.
Head to head leagues on the other hand are different as they pit owners against each other on a weekly basis with owners battling each other for offensive and pitching stat categories. They are also known as 5×5 leagues because each weekly competition has five typical offensive and pitching categories. The league winner is determined by a play off at the season end with playoff seeds being determined by the head to head standing when the regular season is over.
For beginners, the Roto league is recommended as it does not require so much commitment and technical knowledge of the game while the 5×5 league is ideal for pros.
Fantasy baseball draft styles. There are two main draft styles for fantasy baseball namely the snake draft and the auction draft. With snake draft, managers pick players in turns until all the players have been exhausted. For auction draft, each manager is allocated a specific budget with which they can use to buy players for their teams. Players are normally up for auction and any manager can own a player as long as they are ready and willing to spend part of their budget to acquire that player. The funds keep diminishing as you buy players.
For beginners, the snake draft is the ideal choice as it allows you to focus on creating a balanced team without worrying about budget constraints. Regardless of which draft style you choose, it is essential to carry out research about individual players before you make a draft. Most platforms for fantasy baseball normally provide pre-draft rankings to guide managers on player selection so use the rankings wisely. Before drafting, make sure you study the rules governing your league as leagues normally have different drafting styles.
The Length of the season. The length of the baseball season is normally what scares away potential players of fantasy baseball most of who freak at the thought of following a long season of 162 baseball games. For passive baseball fans, this may seem too long but this should not scare you. To make things easier, you can sign up for a league where you only make roaster changes on a weekly basis just like in other fantasy sports like fantasy football. This will mean that you only to dedicate a couple of minutes per week to pick your team while the rest of the other time you will spend doing your other tasks.
Rewards. In most cases, there are rewards for top team owners at the end of the season and if you play your cards well, you could end up receiving a cash reward when the season winds up and this could be a good way of paying you for your effort and time.
If you’re an ardent follower of baseball, then there is no other better way to involve yourself in the action other than by playing fantasy baseball.