As stated in the Fantasy Draft section, knowing your fantasy baseball league format and fantasy scoring system is extremely important. Knowing your fantasy baseball league’s baseball lineup rules works hand-in-hand.
Note that not every league uses the same format, scoring, or lineup. On top of that knowledge, it’s also important to know of any restrictions on any players, such as how many players you can put on the DL (Disabled List), how many add/drops you can have in a given week, whether or not their is a certain number of starts you can have for pitchers, and whether or not your fantasy baseball league has a “Can’t Cut” list.
In addition to these preparation tips, here are some lineup suggestions:
No one is asking or telling you to memorize player and team’s schedules, but for the pitching position, this is something you should monitor closely when considering your fantasy baseball lineup.
Pitchers may be set to start games in certain weeks, and then an injury or unexplainable reason can take them off the mound. On top of this, you have to factor in your own view on “quality vs. quantity”.
Is it more important (or more productive) to start a guy like Josh Beckett every chance you get, even if he has just one game in a week, or get two games out of a pitcher two or three levels below him?
Considering the chances of even the best pitcher getting rocked, this is always something to think about when managing your lineup for the week.
This rule can clearly apply to other positions, but is mostly important with pitchers.
This is probably best to consider before you draft your team, but with the ability to conduct trades and find fantasy sleepers on the waiver wire, knowing player’s level of versatility can play a huge hand in your fantasy success.
Grabbing quality players that are more middle-rounders that can play multiple positions may be a safer (and smarter) bet than trying to land all the big-name hitters you can find.
If you want to land a big stick, keep it simple and only draft one DH (Designated Hitter), as they have zero versatility, and usually are also strike-out kings.
If you can grab a catcher that is also available to be used in your lineup at an infield position, you’re already doing a swell job. If possible, always keep this rule in mind, and draft as many switch-position players as possible.
Having three strong-hitting outfielders will hurt you down the stretch, especially if one of them is soaking up the OF position, another the Utility position, and you constantly have the third quality OF on your bench.
Apply this to all positions when drafting, trading and adding/releasing players, and it will aid your team.
Homerism vs. Favortism
Know when to let go, and get accustomed to “sucking it up” when your favorite players are in a rut. Just because you release them or trade them in fantasy baseball doesn’t mean you’re “giving up on them” or disowning them.
If you want to win in your league, you need to cut your losses, even when it means admitting you made a bad pick in your fantasy draft, or when your hometown team’s pitcher throws a slower fastball than your dad.
Don’t draft all Milwaukee Brewers players (ever, really), and don’t draft guys based on their names, birthdays, or any other silly reasons for drafting players.
Fantasy baseball is partially about the actual fantasy draft, but more than anything, it’s about management. That means letting go of dead weight, and even adding or trading for players you despise in real life.
This should probably go without saying, and could easily be the first thing mentioned about fantasy baseball lineups, but following your team’s players, injuries, and stats should be an unspoken rule of thumb for being successful in fantasy baseball.
If you never put much thought into it before, start doing so, as knowing some ridiculous numbers (stolen bases, a batter’s success against specific pitchers or teams) can be the difference in a weekly matchup against a bitter rival in your fantasy league.