Fantasy Team

After you draft your team and before you set your lineup, here is some advice to take into consideration to improve your fantasy team.

Position Requirements

At the beginning of the fantasy season, fantasy baseball sites place players into set positions. These positions are set by looking at official rosters, but it mainly focuses on the position the players played in the previous year. Some players will be listed in multiple positions and can fill the criteria for your lineup.

In most leagues, once a player has ten appearances at a position, they will receive eligibility at that new position. Fantasy players will be able to put that player at their new position on the eleventh day.

During the season, a player will never lose eligibility for a position they have already established. For example, a third baseman who starts to play first base exclusively, will still have his third base credentials.

Most fantasy sites have eligibility trackers, making it easy for the fantasy player to track their team. Your team can get a huge boost by a player earning eligibility at another position. Quality MLB players who make fantasy impacts like Pablo Sandoval, Nick Swisher, and Mark Reynolds are great to have on your fantasy team because of the position flexibility they bring.

Pitching eligibility works the same, but has different requirements. In order for a relief pitcher to be named a starter, he must have three starts in one season. For a starting pitcher to have relief pitching eligibility, he must have five relief appearances. The 3/5 number is the default requirements used in most leagues. Make sure to check your league setting beforehand.

Instead of using a general infield position, (1B, 2B, 3B, SS), some leagues will have designated positions for Middle Infielder (MI) and Corner Infielder (CI). Corner infielders consist of first and third baseman while the second baseman and shortstops are considered middle infielders.

Transactions

In fantasy baseball, just like any other fantasy sports league, looking at the available free agents or making a big trade can drastically improve your team

It’s very common to pick up a player who was undrafted and make him a key part to your fantasy season by picking him up as a free agent. Do the research and find fantasy sleepers to add to your fantasy team.

Paying close attention to your leagues waiver wire can find you a player that can put up good fantasy numbers.

When teams in your league release players, they first go on the waivers. The time the player is on waivers varies depending on league settings, but most common settings have players on waivers for 2-4 days. Although you might be the first person to place a waiver claim on that particular player, it is not based on a first come first serve basis. Waiver claims are processed according to the waiver claim priority list for your league (check your league settings).

Final piece of advice.. Before releasing a player on your team, see if you can offer the player in a trade to another team and get something better in return.

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