rotisserie, or rotisserie as it’s commonly called, is the big daddy of all fantasy baseball formats, specifically when the selection process includes a snake draft. the original garters from the 1980s used this style and it is still the most popular type of garter today. perhaps the reason it remains so popular is because of the different ways you can build your team. That’s why it’s hard to give advice on drafts and strategies as it all depends on your preferred method, but there are still better ways than others to build your team.
In this article, we’ll give you general tips for taking down your league(s). but it’s not just about strategies in the preseason and for league setups, as you’ll also need strategies during the season and how to approach things based on how long you’ll be with the players you’re drafting or picking. By the end of this piece, you should have a very solid foundation on which to build your roto garters.
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fantasy baseball draft strategy: hints, tips on how to win your league
Let’s get a few things straight: broken is not necessarily a description of the scoring style of the league, nor does it exclude goalkeeper/dynasty leagues. It also doesn’t automatically indicate that your player selection process is a snake draft. Typically, you’ll see a broken league described as a 5×5 league in reference to the number of batting and pitching categories teams are entered into. these categories are where some customization happens in spit leagues, as the “standard” categories (avg, runs, rbis, hrs, sbs, wins, era, whip, strikeouts, saves) have become a bit less “standard” lately .
While the rest of this article is aimed at those in broken leagues, most of the advice, at least in terms of team building in general, still applies to 5×5 or 6×6 h2h leagues with a snake draft. .
know your default categories and preliminary rankings
many owners prefer percentage based on batting average, while others opt for quality starts (or even innings pitched) to win. “sold” (wild + holds) is also replacing saves for some as it opens up the player pool for more relievers. Knowing your league ranks and whether the default ranks in your league draft app are set for them is vitally important, so consider that your first tip.
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do the math, set some goals
Regardless of how you select players in your league, you’re trying to create a team that can compete in all the categories your league counts evenly so that you have a balanced team that is less susceptible to losing streaks and the lesions. It sounds simple, but it’s easier said than done.
What’s not included in that concept is the fact that most players won’t even help out in all offensive or shooting categories. You also won’t get the best players at every position (unless you’re in a very shallow league and a very good drafter). there is a shortage of positions and statistics that result in premium “prices”.
Based on the previous season(s), you should have an idea of what it takes to win each league. Going into each roto draft I do, I set goals for each category that should generally put me in the top five of each category. picking the top five means that if I reach that goal, I know I’m going to compete in that category; if I fall short, I’ll still be in a good position. averaging the top five results in categories is a good rule of thumb to compete and win the league.
For example, in 15-team NFBC leagues (both tgfbi and main event formats), the top three finishers often top the 100-point mark in 5×5 formats. that means the top finishers average the top five finishes in each category to finish in the money.
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try to be complete from the beginning
At the start of the draft, the base of the team should be fairly well rounded. players who can help in multiple categories, whether it’s offense or shooting, are the guys who need to be the focus early on in drafts. it’s much better to trust a lot of guys to help at least a little in a category than just a couple of guys who help a lot. In general, it’s recommended that you focus on offense early on, as a good hitter can potentially help in five categories, while even the best pitchers only have a significant impact in four. however, some opt early for a couple of reliable pitchers due to the volatility of that position.
Removing parts of your category goals early in the draft also helps show you where you need to strengthen later. it can also help you see how you stack up against the competition, especially if you’re at an online draft room that tracks these things.
get rid of a level: watch out for rank (and rank) drops
As the draft progresses, you need to look for value and focus on the scarcity factors discussed earlier. for example, second base and first base can be slim for top-tier options, so it’s imperative to monitor who’s still available at those positions as you hit the middle of a snake draft. That doesn’t mean you should look up names just to get a name; rather, make sure you know when the remaining options are about to go down a level relative to the categories your team needs. For example, if you’re in the middle of the draft and notice there are only, say, three projected 1bs left to go 20+ hours, but there are several options with that stat remaining at other positions, it’s time to nab a first baseman. /p>
Since pitching goes up and down year after year, the best strategies for building a fantasy rotation is to get a top five or top 10 starter to anchor the staff and then fill in with no. 2 a few rounds later. that means early in the draft you should pick a starter and then focus on hitting for a while before pitching again, at least in a snake draft. Again, many owners opt for two stallions in the first three or four rounds, but either way, having two relatively stable males is preferable.
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cover your bases, look for specialists
as the draft progresses you should think about if you have some guys qualifying at multiple positions (this is especially important in daily leagues and if you don’t have a lot of bench spots) as well as what stats he needs to hit his predetermined goals ?
In the last third of the draft, that’s where single-category contributors come to the fore. those are the guys that will get you over the hump in most offensive categories. for example, people tend to increase their power numbers in the back half of a draft, but that means it’s the perfect time for you to look for remaining speed. average power and running production can be found everywhere, especially in season. speed is always more fleeting.
Players with high averages but not much in the way of counting stats are also the guys who could participate in this part of the draft. think, adam frazier and luis arraez. average, as steals can be a hard thing to come by in the season, so getting a .300 late, especially from someone who plays multiple positions, is a great way to steal some points without anyone paying attention .
Clear or go for it?
If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that there’s a category I haven’t mentioned yet: save games. while the other four (standard) pitching categories can be filled with starters and even swingers, you really should be looking for saves if you hope to compete for the top spots in that category.
This begs the question: can you rate a category? That doesn’t mean you won’t create a list that doesn’t show stats for that category; rather, it simply means that you are not making it a priority and are simply going to pick up the debris that is overlooked by others. this may seem to go against the “be balanced” strategy, but keep in mind that you only need to average the top five finishes to finish high, trying to lock an 11 in two while sacrificing with a three in another keeps the average intact (11+11+3 = 25; 8+8+9 = 25. got it?)
This isn’t necessarily for the faint of heart, as you’re definitely giving opponents an advantage over you, but the logic works both ways. if they’re spending capital to include that category in their list, that means they’re missing out on solidly completing others.
Wilds is an especially good category to use this strategy due to the volatility of the role and the injury rate of the casters. an example of this was last year with those who spent a lot of capital on jose leclerc so that texas would have a great 2020 while no one was paying attention to ian kennedy or joe barlow. Both guys were late, if at all, if many leagues, but they still made a good number of saves while Leclerc was injured. Paying attention to teams that might trade players at the deadline or players that are on shaky ground heading into the year is a good way to pick up bargains in a category like saves.
tips for beyond that draft (ultimately affecting the draft)
Unlike in h2h and points leagues, where it can be apparent very quickly after the draft that you need to change things, in broken leagues, you can afford to wait a bit before making big moves. Obviously, if a player gets injured early, there’s a clear adjustment to be made, but if a player gets off to a slow start, there’s still plenty of time for him – and you – to get back on track. a perfect example of this is anthony rendon in 2016. that year he was expected to be a 20-90-90-10 3b with a good average. in April, he hit zero home runs with one RB and a .242 average. many of the owners of it were looking to sell it for 75 cents on the dollar. what happened? he finished the year with 20 home runs, 91 runs scored, 85 RBIs, 12 steals and a .270 average, which is exactly what you were looking for. giving it up meant you would have given a .291 average and basically all the counting stats to your opponent, and still be stuck with a .242 average from a month that would knock you down.
Pickups are a different story, as you want to capitalize on the hot hands and flavors of the week as they happen (without losing key players on your roster). Everyone remember when Aristides Aquino had his moment in the sun in Cincinnati a few years ago? It doesn’t matter that he hasn’t squatted since – those who capitalized on that late-season surge got a big boost in multiple categories.
Baseball is by definition a streak game, so it’s always good to get as much exposure to hot streaks as possible.
While this sounds like a bit of advice during the season, you should also keep it in mind when selecting players. You’ll be making a lot of changes to your roster after your draft, so don’t spend big just to get eight more steals from a midfielder or a 4.25 era and a 1.35 whip from a bench pitcher. you don’t want glaring shortcomings, but you can also rely on improvements if you’re willing to spend even a little time.