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 135 77 58 646 554 0.570
2 New York Yankees New York Yankees 134 71 63 690 564 0.530
3 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 135 69 66 661 680 0.511
4 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 136 68 68 588 587 0.500
5 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 135 62 73 571 671 0.459
AL - Central
1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 134 78 56 664 498 0.582
2 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 134 70 64 652 668 0.522
3 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 133 66 67 576 631 0.496
4 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 134 58 76 630 710 0.433
5 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 133 52 81 568 681 0.391
AL - West
1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 133 80 53 735 582 0.602
2 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 135 69 66 593 586 0.511
3 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 134 67 67 682 647 0.500
4 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 135 67 68 623 651 0.496
5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 134 58 76 589 697 0.433
NL - East
1 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 134 66 68 623 649 0.493
2 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 133 59 74 602 673 0.444
3 New York Mets New York Mets 133 58 75 607 684 0.436
4 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 134 51 83 544 665 0.381
NL - Central
1 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 134 74 60 677 581 0.552
2 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 135 71 64 611 595 0.526
3 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 134 68 66 642 587 0.507
4 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 135 63 72 563 636 0.467
5 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 135 58 77 650 741 0.430
NL - West
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 133 92 41 657 447 0.692
2 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 135 77 58 664 548 0.570
3 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 134 72 62 686 642 0.537
4 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 134 59 75 509 660 0.440
5 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 137 53 84 538 672 0.387