Fantasy baseball strategy: Five tips to nail your draft or auction this year

Adam Hodge Sep 2, Typical splits are percent for hitters, with some expert leagues spending a greater percentage on hitters in recent seasons. He said he expects to be out at least two weeks. Freeland good at home? Top Headlines

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Freeland good at home? Michael Waldo Sep 14, Paul Sauberer Sep 16, Tyler Maher Sep 16, Tyler Maher Sep 15, Sam Chinitz Sep 15, Second Basemen Preseason Prep- March 25th, Michael Waldo Sep 7, Michael Waldo Aug 31, Josh Sperry Aug 28, Walter Kuberski Sep 15, Ron Rigney Sep 14, Brandon Kamerman Sep 14, Dan Bertolino Sep 13, Menachem Greenfeld Sep 13, Josh Sperry Sep 12, David Regan Sep 10, Michael Waldo Sep 10, Schuyler Dombroske Sep 9, Phil Double Sep 9, Tyler Maher Sep 9, Schuyler Dombroske Sep 8, Adam Hodge Sep 8, Paul Sauberer Sep 7, Dan Bertolino Sep 7, Ron Rigney Sep 6, Phil Double Sep 6, You have no way of knowing who will be available when you pick in the second, third and fourth rounds, but using overall rankings, ADP and your own cheat sheet, you can zero in on a pool of players who will likely be available.

Using those pools, create plans A, B, C and D for how your team will look after four rounds. Some get stuck at the end of a tier and end up paying the same amount for Abreu as someone else did for Votto simply because he or she got in a bidding war with another owner.

All of these auction realities lead to players who would be taken in the middle or late-middle rounds of a typical draft to go overlooked. Not every player of this persuasion will come at a bargain, but many of them will.

That will create buying opportunities, especially at fantasy's deepest positions, starting pitcher and outfielder.

This is not an endorsement for going cheap across the board at either position. If you can get Kershaw or Trout or Syndergaard or Charlie Blackmon at an attractive price, you should do it. What it is an endorsement for is patience. Two years ago, there were 2, stolen bases in the majors, the lowest total since the league expanded to 30 teams.

That strategic shift in real life has translated to the fantasy game, tempting some owners to value speed more than they previously did. The logic is simple enough: If there is less of something, I should do what I can to make sure I have enough of it. And even if it is, how much of it do we need?

In both roto and head-to-head scoring, you only need as many steals as are necessary to win. If one team has steals in a roto format, you only need to beat them.

Last year, 14 players stole at least 30 bases—including one-trick ponies like Travis Jankowski, Jarrod Dyson and Rajai Davis—and accounted for Conversely, the top 14 home run hitters which includes 15 players because of a tie for 14th between Manny Machado and Evan Longoria slugged You may not stay with the person who owns Villar or Billy Hamilton, but you will be strong enough to turn a profit in the category.

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Please check your inbox to confirm your email address and start receiving newsletters. Quickly From what positions to prioritize to the best plans for the middle rounds, here's how to build the best fantasy team you possibly can for By Michael Beller March 27, Study the mid- and late-round pitchers, know which ones you want and target them aggressively.

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