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 162 93 69 785 668 0.574
2 New York Yankees New York Yankees 163 92 71 866 664 0.564
3 Tampa Bay Rays Tampa Bay Rays 162 80 82 694 704 0.494
4 Toronto Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays 162 76 86 693 784 0.469
5 Baltimore Orioles Baltimore Orioles 162 75 87 743 841 0.463
AL - Central
1 Cleveland Indians Cleveland Indians 162 102 60 818 564 0.630
2 Minnesota Twins Minnesota Twins 163 85 78 819 796 0.521
3 Kansas City Royals Kansas City Royals 162 80 82 702 791 0.494
4 Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox 162 67 95 706 820 0.414
5 Detroit Tigers Detroit Tigers 162 64 98 735 894 0.395
AL - West
1 Houston Astros Houston Astros 162 101 61 896 700 0.623
2 Los Angeles Angels Los Angeles Angels 162 80 82 710 709 0.494
3 Texas Rangers Texas Rangers 162 78 84 799 816 0.481
4 Seattle Mariners Seattle Mariners 162 78 84 750 772 0.481
5 Oakland Athletics Oakland Athletics 162 75 87 739 826 0.463
NL - East
1 Miami Marlins Miami Marlins 162 77 85 778 822 0.475
2 Atlanta Braves Atlanta Braves 162 72 90 732 821 0.444
3 New York Mets New York Mets 162 70 92 735 863 0.432
4 Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies 162 66 96 690 782 0.407
NL - Central
1 Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs 162 92 70 822 695 0.568
2 Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee Brewers 162 86 76 732 697 0.531
3 St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals 162 83 79 761 705 0.512
4 Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates 162 75 87 668 731 0.463
5 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Reds 162 68 94 753 869 0.420
NL - West
1 Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers 162 104 58 770 580 0.642
2 Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks 163 94 69 823 667 0.577
3 Colorado Rockies Colorado Rockies 163 87 76 832 768 0.534
4 San Diego Padres San Diego Padres 162 71 91 604 816 0.438
5 San Francisco Giants San Francisco Giants 162 64 98 639 776 0.395