The most exciting time of the fantasy baseball season (outside of your fantasy draft, of course) is your fantasy league’s playoffs.
While you may be a long way (162 game, to be exact) from even thinking about how your playoffs will shape-out, or if you’ll even be in them, there are still a few things to think about heading into the 2010 season, and even during the season.
No matter the league, format, scoring system, amount of teams, or whatever, it’s always imperative that you have a strategy as the season winds down.
Just like in fantasy football, when players on good teams start resting down the stretch and lose value, you need to be aware of changes in MLB teams, and release, add, and make trades accordingly.
In reference to knowing your league and everything about it (format, scoring, number of playoff participants), you should always know for certain when your league’s playoffs begin. If they take place during the MLB playoffs, you may want to start unloading pitchers and/or batters that won’t be playing in the “real life” playoff race.
Even if it’s Derek Jeter, you don’t want a big-name weighing your playoff-bound roster down if his team isn’t going to finish along with the rest of your team during the playoff race.
While this strategy mostly applies to those leagues that hold their playoffs during the MLB playoffs, it’s still useful for any time that fantasy league playoffs can take place.
Being aware of injuries, pitcher schedules, slumps, and roster movements is a season-long dedication, but should be specifically turned up a notch when gearing for your league’s playoff race.
Out of the Playoffs?
An interesting part about all fantasy league playoffs that most people don’t even think about is how you should be managing your fantasy roster, regardless of whether or not you’ll be participating in this year’s playoff race.
This really only applies to Keeper and Dynasty leagues, but even so, you’d be amazed at how often people just cash their season in, and don’t make moves that could pay huge dividends down the road and into the following season.
Teams entering the playoffs or other fantasy owners giving up on their team may be willing to unload certain players, which make you a potentially unlikely trade partner. This can allow you to snag potential fantasy sleepers for the next year, while also landing pitchers that other teams won’t necessarily be needing.
The rule of thumb here is: if you’re out of the race, don’t stop thinking about first place. It’s corny, but completely true. The best part is, it’s not just fantasy baseball specific.
Your current fantasy baseball season may be coming to a close quicker than you’d like, but if you’re in a Keeper or Dynasty fantasy league, staying on top of your game could have you sitting pretty come next season.