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Draft vs. Auctions
Written by Casey Gaetano
 

There are two ways to select a fantasy baseball team—drafts and auctions.  While you could, technically, allow the pre-rankings of fantasy websites to automatically conduct this process, playing fantasy baseball without actually picking your team is equivalent to playing drinking games without beer: Not Fun.  Consequently, you should plan to select your team “live”, though the two methods of doing so differ considerably.  
Last Updated ( Monday, 16 March 2009 17:56 )
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Pitching Draft Analysis
 

Let’s keep this simple. When assembling a staff of hurlers for your fantasy squad, in most standard leagues you have to keep in mind ERA, strikeouts, WHIP, wins and saves. Regardless of the pitching categories your league commish has determined, drafting pitchers who excel in at least three of these five categories will undoubtedly help your chances of playing in September for your league title. Not every league is standard though. Aside from rewarding complete games, most of the other pitching categories are a redundancy upon WHIP or ERA (batting average against, on base percentage against, runs allowed, hits allowed, BB allowed to name a few). Another option is to punish the heck out of people for accumulating losses.

 
I Hate You Austin Kearns
Written by Charles Dimino
 

The year was 2005, and there was a young right fielder I had my eye on in the draft.  He was primed to hit for average, power, and have solid run producer.  Not to mention, he hit in a ballpark that has since started to turn Aaron Harang’s goatee grey.  Austin Kearns, however, did not quite work out as planned.

 
Sleeper Pitchers in the Draft
Written by Gregory Paget
 


In a standard 5x5 league draft, the list of guys who can help you in all pitching categories (W, ERA, K, WHIP, S) is a short one.  Last I checked I saw it was a big, fat goose egg’s worth.  My apologies to Smoltzie and The Eck, but even they didn’t put all 5 together successfully in one season. If you’re looking to round out your staff with guys that will excel in at least 3 categories, read on for some sleepers you may have missed…

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 11 March 2009 08:37 )
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MLB '09 Prospect Report
Written by Gregory Paget
 

Being a stat rat, of course I enjoy musing at the future possibility of having a team built around the finest, young baseball athletes out there and thereby giving the illusion that I have a brain.  Tin Man dreams aside, drafting a team chock full of fantasy ineligible kids will get you nothing better than a dead last finish in your league. 2010 and 2011 are a ways off and with nearly a thousand players set to make time on MLB rosters this year, I find it senseless to start bragging about a 401K...err…prospect that may never quite mature. The following lineup may not all be able to join you for a legal cocktail, but these guys are sure to make some sort of impact in 2009.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 March 2009 18:29 )
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