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Top 10 Tips for Fantasy Baseball Auction Drafts

Posted by on Mar 26, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball 101 | 0 comments

If you are serious about fantasy baseball, you probably play in an auction league.  Anybody who has tried auctions soon learns that they are far superior to snake drafts. Here are 10 tips to take into your fantasy baseball auction draft. 1.  Go in with a Plan Are you a guy who likes to draft based on position scarcity by picking up shortstops and catchers?  Then, that’s your plan.  Go in with a plan of how you’d like the auction draft to progress.  It likely won’t happen exactly like you’d like it to, but that’s why auction drafts are so interesting. 2.  But, be ready to improvise One of the most interesting things about an auction draft is that you could have the same draft with the same managers immediately after the actual auction draft and you would get...

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Why Promising Rookies Get Held Back

Posted by on Mar 18, 2011 in 2011 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball 101 | 0 comments

You’ve heard it before.  A budding star gets sent back to Triple-A after beating up on Big League pitching during Spring Training and the team says its so he can get “more seasoning” or “play every day.”  Now, it’s obvious to you, me, and your grandmother that the rookie is better than what the team has starting in the Majors now.  So, why does this happen? The answer can be found in the Major League collective bargaining agreement with the Players Union.  The collective bargaining agreement says that a player can become a free agent once he has 6 years of service.  A year of Major League service means that a player needs to spend 172 days or more on the Major League roster. For the 2011 season, there are 181 days in the season.  If a team keeps...

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7 Of The Stupidest Fantasy Baseball Rules

Posted by on Mar 14, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball 101, Fantasy Baseball Games, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 9 comments

The basic rules of fantasy baseball are pretty simple to understand: put a roster of MLB players together, combine all of their stats together, score higher than your competitors, and BOOM! you win. But the finer details often vary from league to league. These days, free leagues on sites like ESPN and Yahoo! allow commissioners to customize so many facets of the league that almost every private league is customized… and unique, even if the categories are standardized. Below are seven of the stupidest fantasy baseball rules available in online league settings. Hopefully, after reading over these rules, you’ll understand why we think they’re dumb… and you’ll agree, too. Unlimited regular season player transactions – I made the mistake of running a money league on with unlimited player transactions one year. One of the league members then proceeded...

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7 Tips For Fantasy Baseball Beginners

Posted by on Mar 5, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball 101, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 1 comment

By Jason Gove, guest contributor to Fantasy Baseball Dugout Fantasy baseball has been a big part of my life over the past few years. I have won and lost my fair share of fantasy baseball leagues. In my experience I have learned quite a few things about fantasy baseball that I would like to share. I have compiled seven tips that will prove beneficial to any sports fan new to the fantasy baseball world. Be prepared. You will need to put some serious time into knowing the players and draft trends. Fantasy baseball leagues are more often than not won and lost during the draft. The draft sets up your roster for the entire season. You can never be over prepared for the draft in my opinion. Draft the best player available. When it comes time to make your...

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What Fantasy Baseball Draft Style Is Best For Your League?

Posted by on Feb 19, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball 101, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Games | 0 comments

As the fantasy baseball draft season begins ramping up, there’s a lot of debate among players in your league – and among fantasy baseball experts – over which draft style is best to implement for your league. Some people in your league will no doubt have a strong preference… while others won’t really care (that is, until they believe they got screwed by the format you selected). To help answer some questions you may have about certain draft formats and to weigh the pros and cons of each draft format, you have your friendly fantasy baseball experts at Fantasy Baseball Dugout. Below is a break down of the two most common draft styles – fantasy baseball auction draft and fantasy baseball snake draft – in hopes to help you choose which type is best for your league. What is...

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13 Tips for Finding the Best Fantasy Baseball League

Posted by on Feb 18, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball 101 | 0 comments

Look for a league where most of the managers come back year after year. Find a league where managers have incentive to remain interested despite where they are in the standings.  Prizes for more than just the top team might do this. A league that charges an entry fee will retain interest, but if the fee is too big, managers can get overly testy. Try to play in a local league.  Sure, you can play in an online league, but if you don’t know the other managers, you take out one of the best elements of a fantasy baseball league: bragging rights. Perhaps most important, play with people you like to spend time with or at least don’t annoy the heck out of you. Find a league with well written printed rules. Play in a league with a strong...

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