Welcome to my actual farewell piece. In Part 1 yesterday, we looked at three of six fantasy baseball strategy ideas that will help you compete in your league. Today, we week at Part 2, going over the other three strategy ideas.
- Don’t over react
- Have a couple go to info spots
- Have fun
Again, not rocket science, but surprisingly not followed sometimes, even by good owners.
1. Don’t over react
This is the one I do struggle with the most, and it was most likely my downfall in any league that I don’t win.
When a guy gets hurt, you do not need to make a blockbuster trade to replace him. In fact, that usually weakens you even more. Find a reasonable stopgap from free agency and take your time assessing the right move.
Really, fantasy baseball is a war of attrition. It cannot be won on a big move, trust me, I have seen some of the biggest, most lopsided, moves that didn’t affect the league outcome in the end.
You just have to be Johnny on the spot on the waiver wire. Really, it pays to be active regardless of injuries.
2. Have a couple go to info spots
I personally will remain a faithful fan of the Crackerjacks, as well as I will always tune into the Dear Mr. Fantasy podcast. I like the guys at Razzball, and the big time guy I used to go to, TMR, is unfortunately not writing about fantasy baseball any longer.
So the search is on for another source. There are plenty out there. Heck, with the guys added to Crackerjacks now, I may not need another site. I also have Clave and Dixon’s numbers and constantly hound them as is.
3. Have fun
If fantasy baseball is stressful to you, you are doing it wrong. Fantasy baseball is a hobby, it is a pastime, and above all, it is just a game.
I can honestly say that for the better part of these past three years writing about fantasy baseball has been fun. Sure some weeks were a grind, but ultimately I had a lot of fun doing it. Just like playing fantasy baseball. I generally enjoy it, the research, the daily checking in, and even the bickering with my league mates. I don’t think that I have lost any friends over the competition, but even if I did, I still had fun.
That is it. The Nash rules. Really, I have always made my strategy pretty clear in most of my writing, but it is because I stand by it. While I know at times you have take a few rolls of the dice down the stretch, I like a pretty risk averse approach to fantasy baseball.
It makes the season more bearable to me. I do not have the stomach for big swings, or constant ebbs and flows. Give me consistency and I am a happy camper.
So, here is to you all competing to the last day each season. Thank you so much for your readership over the years, it has been such an honor to help all of you!