It’s time for a little more Fantasy Baseball Strategy. Last week, I mentioned looking at splits for your hitter: Often the differences in ballpark are brought to our attention, but it’s largely ignored how well a certain hitter fares against right vs. left-handed pitching (The skill level of the pitcher should be taken into account as well).
Another way to add value to your Fantasy team is by specifically addressing existing statistical needs, as opposed to amassing statistics as a whole. This can be used to make a trade not only win-win, but win-big win, where you are the big winner, not Mikey (anyone catch the ‘Swingers’ reference? No? You mean you didn’t watch it eight times a week in college like me?).
Trades generally go this way: A player is exchanged for another team’s player, or player(s) of roughly equivalent value. But Fantasy Baseball is not about who has the best collection of players. It’s about who has the best collection of statistics, at least in roto leagues. A more advanced way to think about trading is to look at statistics, not just what you have as opposed to what you need, but in terms of what will bring the biggest gain. Saves and steals are often coveted in Fantasy baseball (and thus overvalued) because they are less commonly accrued by major leaguers. But saves have close to zero value for someone leading the category by 50 with two months remaining in the season. Likewise, runs may be less valuable than saves in general, but when the race for most runs in a league becomes tight midway through the season, and you can gain three or four points in the standings with a good day, adding a player that will give you a boost in this category becomes paramount. (more…)