Spring Training games are well underway, and that means fantasy draft prep time is heating up. Better be heavy into March Madness—fantasy baseball‘s version. Otherwise, forget about seriously contending this season.
Virtually all of us are mulling over the multitude of alternate reality baseball info available on line and TV and at newsstands and bookstores. Unfortunately, for those of you competing in deep leagues full of savvy owners the so-called expert information for sale is woefully inadequate.
Simply put, there is never enough analysis of the bottom feeder Major Leaguers, especially for auction leagues with keepers. Seems like virtually all of the focus is on the top 100 ballplayers. The “experts” provide unoriginal, redundant rankings of the top players. We are spoon fed the same top 100, 300, and 500 hitters and pitchers.
Sure, the back end of a top 500 list may seem helpful. But the bulk of the airtime, print space, and web space is devoted to scrutinizing the top 50 players.
Take the upcoming 2012 season. The mock drafts and the average draft position reports published spend way too much time examining whether Pujols, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun, or Miguel Cabrera is a better Number One pick. In keeper leagues made up of 14-plus teams, virtually all the top ballplayers are rostered as keepers before draft day.
In other words, the “professionals” tailor their analysis to the more casual fantasy player. So where does that leave the hard core managers of fantasy teams?
The San Diego-based league I currently compete in is composed of 15 teams and includes six guys who have been playing fantasy baseball for more than 15 years, including yours truly. Seven of the other guys have been at it for about seven to ten years. The 14th fellow has been playing the game for a few years, and this season we have one rookie. Pity him. Although, he is a lawyer…
In our league, we field 23 active MLBers plus carry six on the bench. If my calculations are correct, that’s a total of 435 ballplayers. And that’s not counting the couple dozen or so subbing for players on the Disabled List.
Pretty much sucks up almost all of the Top 500 Major Leaguers. That leaves us fantasy managers scrounging for platoon players, minor leaguers up for a cup of coffee, and–well, you get the picture.
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