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I've been doing fantasy baseball since 2007 and I've had much success. I've played in 17 leagues in that span, but only 2 have been Roto leagues. This year I would like to play in mostly Roto leagues because they are less time consuming. My problem is I don't really know any strategies to win. All I know is, generally the best team wins....
My career -
1/10 (didn't really pay much attention, had a great draft)
7/12 (2007 - rookie year, only season I didn't make the playoffs)
I know the winning strategies in H-H, but what are the strategies for Roto? Please, HELP!
best advice I can give for roto is... 20/20 guys are always the best... if you are setting at 6 or 7th pick (1st round)... and lets say its between David Wright or Tex... (just for example)... grab Wright!! or grab TEX... but you better get Ells with the 2nd round.. but I dont like taking the chance of him NOT being there....make sure you dont get caught up in names... keep your game plan all the way through..
and by the way....those middle IF is even more important to get production at... and a lot of people dont realize this.. but spot starting is still very important in ROTO...
- 1 Reply to charles.young10
I think I'm going to stay away from Ellsbury. The numbers don't correlate with the draft pick in my opinion. I'm going to stick with my strategy of going after the 5 tool guys and even target the 20/20, 4 tool guys.....If I am down on steals, then I'll trade for them at some point in the year.
Balance is a true key to Roto leagues. You want to finish in the top 3-4 of most categories, but you don't need to win any of them to finish at the top. You really can't punt anything in roto like you can in h2h. Middle relievers can be super helpful. Good era, whip, a few k's, + some w & sv.
1. You have to compete in all categories (better to very good in everything than great in just a few things)
2. Batting average matters a lot more. This is one of the hardest categories to manage around once you get behind.
3. Strikeouts matter more if you have real innings limits. Unlike H2H, the innings limits turn effectively your Ks into a rate stat. Pitchers with a lot of Ks per inning go up in value. This is most relevant for high-K closers. Low-K starters go way down in value as they are a big drag. You probably need one stud starter given the strength of SPs this year (not something that you would have to have in H2H)
4. Trades can be used much more strategically to manage your stat categories (i.e. if you are low on steals, you can trade for them). Be selectively active with trades. I have won many a league because my competitors were reluctant to trade. Keeping value is more important in H2H playoffs. Late season Roto you need to fill your stat holes. Many managers miss this.
5. If you have a decent innings limit, streaming is irrelevant. As such expect the free agent SP is deeper than H2H. Don't overvalue average SPs. With the limit, some middle relievers can be more value than SPs.
I just did my first roto league and came in second, I lost strictly because I did not have SB's HR's and RBI, I was in the middle of all those categories, so I would suggest power bat right away, then in 2nd round, go for another power bat like prince fielder if he is not taken yet, then go for speed with ellsbury in 3rd round if not taken. Once you have your boppers and runners, then you can get consistent players like a torii hunter, or youkilis, also, pitchers with K's and wins will help out huge.
The key is getting a balanced team, statistics-wise. Your overall ranking is determined by how you measure up in each category compared to the rest of the league.
Lets say you rank 1st in all offensive categories, except for SBs and for SBs your dead last. Then you could easily drop down to 3rd or 4th overall just because of that one lapse.
Balance is the key my friend....
- 2 Replies to Nick
Balence yeah. You need a balenced team, but i use a different reason, if you team is balenced, you are able to manage better. If youre about 3rd-6th in most categories into the season, you can shift your strategy, make deals and pick up FAs when you see that 25 runs is worth 5 points, and 25 more RBI are worth 1, so add the guy better at runs.
That said, dont take balence at the expense of superior talent. You never know when those 30 HRs you were counting on turn into 15.
Draft the best top players in the first few rounds. Don't draft closers until the end, maybe even punt that categorei. I won last year while getting 1's in 2 categories and still won my league by 20 points. Draft a guy or two at the end who steal a ridiculous amount of SB's. That should cover your whole team. The most important part of fantasy baseball though is the waiver wire, after the draft ofcourse. I picked up so many good players off of waivers that basically made of the core of my team in the end. I think I have close to 100 moves for the season but it worked. Good luck buddy!
- 2 Replies to K-Mart
A strategy I use for player evaluation on roto leagues.
Because Average, WHIP, and ERA are statistics that once your at the bottom of the league a trade or two will not bring you much help I make sure to remove all players from my draft board who have the following. For example I avoid a player who will hit you a ton of homers but drag down your batting average at the same time.
batting average of .269 or less
WHIP of 1.36 or more
ERA of 4.00 or more
Now if a player just had a bad year I'll look at his career averages. I play in an auction league so I would guess if you are doing a standard draft you may have to get away from this a bit as the draft nears it's final couple of rounds.
Using this strategy I've finished 1st, 1st, and 2nd (of ten) in a standard roto league. Last year I didn't use the strategy and finished 6th so needless to say I'm going back to it this year.
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