For those who play in head-to-head leagues, the action is intense and your daily decisions are of the upmost importance. Most of my fantasy baseball experience is in head-to-head leagues, and I often get asked what strategy I utilize the most. While I typically prefer hitting to pitching, my best advice has less to do with your players, and more to do with your daily submissions.
How many times have you lost a certain stat by the slimmest of margins? What if I told you that there is a simple, efficient way to turn those losses into wins. Teams submit their lineups about an hour before game time and most sites update immediately thereafter. Check the starting lineups and make sure all of your regulars are starting. In the event that one of your players isn't starting, make sure you insert one of your bench players that is in his lineup. If you catch this five times a week, it will result in about 20 extra at-bats. Even a conservative prediction of a .250 average on those at-bats will give you five more hits than you would have if you set your lineup in the morning and never bothered to check.
I'm sure you have a life, but if you find yourself in front of a computer in the early evening, take a quick look and ensure that all your players are in the lineup. It will make a difference.
All statistics through May 10.
While the nation's capital focuses on the temper tantrums from
In a lineup full of sluggers,
Similar to Guzman, Lilly takes a backseat to the rest of his Cubs counterparts. While the media focuses on the theatrics of
No one expected
A sore right shoulder sent Royals star
After sending Sanchez to the 15-day DL for a sprained right shoulder, the Marlins called up rookie
In a crowded outfield, Cuddyer seems to have established himself as the everyday right fielder. He further confirmed that notion by hitting .391 with a homer and nine RBI this past week. The most pleasant surprise with Cuddyer, however, are his three steals on the season. With a career high of six, it's unlikely that this speed burst will continue, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it while it lasts.
A sleeper by many, myself included,
Even when Gregg was handed the Cubs closer's role, many felt
The likelihood of injury is constantly there, but there's no denying that
Coming off a 16-6 season in 2008, Lester was one of the hottest options come draft day. Through seven starts, the 25-year-old lefty has compiled a wretched 6.31 ERA, including a line of 4.1 IP, 8 ER and 10 H in his last start. While surely disappointing, there is hope for those who still believe in a turnaround from Lester. His K/9 has exponentially increased to 10.67 while his BB/9 number is consistent with recent years. A .394 BABIP is the main culprit in his inflated ERA.
After my first full day on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, I'm completely in awe of the place. The ocean is the bluest of the blues and the grass is the greenest of greens. The locals are friendly and the food is fantastic. I may be severely sunburned, but I would recommend this paradise to anybody. More on my experience next week.