How to Draft a Fantasy Baseball Team


Whether you're a winner or a loser in your fantasy baseball league can be tied directly to one thing--how you do in the draft. By employing smart draft strategy, you can make yours the fantasy baseball team to beat from day one.

  • Plan ahead. Research the draft ahead of time and have a good idea where certain players rank. Know who is injured, who their backups are and what breakout rookies will be making their debuts.

  • Take a superstar with your first pick. If you're in the first five or so picks, there is no need to get creative. Take Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, or whatever star is available at that point.

  • Fill the shallow positions first. First base and outfield tend to be deeper positions, while shortstop and second base have only a handful of stars. By picking these positions early, you'll get the top players and be able to take second and third tier players as the strong positions later in the draft.

  • Grab a closer in the 7th or 8th round. You'll want to have at least one elite closer to carry your team in saves. You can pick up a less dependable closer or two in the later rounds.

  • Keep your eye on players that are slipping in the draft. Grab them while others are busy trying to fill their holes at other positions.

  • Use the later rounds to fill in your backups and grab a few sleepers. It's best not to waste early rounds on sleepers, as you can usually grab those guys at the end.

  • Watch what other teams are doing and alter your plans accordingly. If several teams start grabbing catchers before you're read to take one, consider taking a catcher so that you're not stuck with a weak player at a starting position.

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