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Great Advice for a Weekly Fantasy Baseball Beginner 4

Posted on December 04, 2021 by John Harris

To be able to compete effectively in a weekly fantasy baseball league, here are some friendly nuggets of advice that can be of help in order for you to surprise your more experienced friends with your fantasy acumen.

Which strategy is the strongest for Weekly Fantasy Baseball?

The most frequently used method is to draft hitters early, closers late, as well as pitchers when their worth is greatest and with this, a lot of experts frequently draft around the average draft position or ADP.

While any logical, deliberate plan is capable of winning a league, I choose the standard strategy since it capitalizes on a number of elements.

  • To begin, saves are the most frequently used statistic in the league. With a few notable exceptions like Papelbon, K-rod, or Nathan, many clubs’ closer positions are in flux or pose injury risks.
  • Second, pitching has a greater degree of volatility than hitting. This is partly owing to the heightened risk of injury that pitchers confront, and partly due to the nature of pitching. Pitchers are frequently injured or experience periods of lack of effectiveness or bad luck.

There are very few reliable pitchers available early in the draft like Johan Santana as well as Tim Lincecum instantly comes to mind, although Johan has struggled with elbow issues and velocity reduction in recent seasons.

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