MLB Fantasy Betting

Of all the fantasy sports leagues out there, baseball requires the most time and energy considering the length of the MLB season. But don’t fret. With the right research and roster management throughout the season, you’ll find yourself near the top of your league each year. The first step is finding a fantasy sports betting site you’re comfortable with. Many will create or join every day leagues offered on sites such as Yahoo, Fantrax or ESPN. [+]

All three provide strong fantasy baseball options. However, those sites offer season-long commitments, which many bettors shy away from.

DraftKings.com and FanDuel.com — two of the leading fantasy sports betting sites — lure even tradition bettors with appealing features offered all year long. The biggest advantage both sites have is their one-day fantasy league option, giving bettors the ability to play in quick competitions with the ability to win fast money. While it sounds intriguing, this can often backfire as you’re basing your player selections on a single night of action.

Fantasy MLB Tips

If you’re playing in a traditional fantasy baseball league, it’s crucial to do your homework ahead of your draft.

While having a top five pick would be beneficial, often the computer-generated draft order will have you selecting last overall. Many will look at this as an immediate disadvantage, but in a snake draft format, it could end up working for you in the long run. As the last person to pick, a snake draft allows you to make the last and first selection of each round, giving you the ability to take back-to-back. This gives you the opportunity to address to pressing needs, especially in the early stages of the draft.

Thinking about taking a pitcher with your first selection? If you’re lucky enough, you’ll have the chance to take Los Angeles Dodgers star and Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw in the first round. Kershaw is the best pitcher in the game when healthy. The left-hander proved that in 2014 when he recorded 21 wins en route to winning the NL Cy Young trophy.

If you want to address power early in the draft, your options are endless. Edwin Encarnacion of the Cleveland Indians is coming off a 42-home run performance and is due for another big season after inking a big free agent contract. 

While taking a power hitter can help out in the home run department, often players like Encarnacion won’t give you much else in terms of other key statistical categories. It’s imperative to base your draft on taking players that can not only hit for power, but can record a high batting average, steal bases and consistently get in scoring position.

Who better than Los Angeles Angels star outfielder Mike Trout? Don’t expect the two-time American League MVP to be on the board for very long as he consistently hits 30-plus home runs, 100-plus RBIs and is an above .300 hitter.

Fantasy MLB Tools

There’s more than just drafting your team and leaving your roster untouched for the rest of the season.

Fantasy baseball requires daily activity — whether it’s setting your lineup to make sure you don’t leave a starting pitcher on the bench or sifting through the waiver wire to pick up a player that could put your team over the top.

Some fantasy sports websites even offer helpful tools such as transaction trends — which allows bettors to view the most added and dropped players on a week-by-week basis. This gives you the opportunity to add a player that may be on a hot streak.

Another important part of your pitching staff is the closer position. You should have at least three or four closers, but often those shut down pitchers lose their jobs. Use a closer depth chart as a guide to see who holds the No. 1 duties and which pitchers are moving up the ranks.

MLB
MLB
# team P W L p+ p- %
AL - East
1 Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox 81 46 35 384 335 0.568
2 New York Yankees New York Yankees 78 43 35 445 333 0.551
3 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 82 42 40 395 378 0.512
4 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 79 39 40 353 420 0.494
5 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 80 37 43 334 365 0.463
AL - Central
1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 79 42 37 375 322 0.532
2 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 78 40 38 349 404 0.513
3 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 78 39 39 314 345 0.500
4 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 79 36 43 378 397 0.456
5 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 80 35 45 365 382 0.438
AL - West
1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 81 54 27 449 333 0.667
2 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 84 42 42 354 364 0.500
3 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 81 40 41 407 384 0.494
4 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 81 40 41 398 396 0.494
5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 80 35 45 347 427 0.438
NL - East
1 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 79 38 41 362 400 0.481
2 New York Mets New York Mets 79 37 42 385 413 0.468
3 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 78 35 43 352 379 0.449
4 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 78 26 52 299 395 0.333
NL - Central
1 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 82 43 39 394 375 0.524
2 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 80 40 40 365 353 0.500
3 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 79 38 41 357 351 0.481
4 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 80 37 43 341 376 0.463
5 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 79 34 45 385 433 0.430
NL - West
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 82 54 28 428 281 0.659
2 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 81 50 31 422 317 0.617
3 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 82 48 34 416 380 0.585
4 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 80 33 47 291 405 0.413
5 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 82 31 51 324 413 0.378