Baseball, both real and fantasy, is more a marathon than a sprint. As a fantasy owner, you work 162 games across 180-plus days.But the thing is, your full-time job isn't to run a fantasy team. And that championship trophy on your mantle isn't paying the phone bill, shiny as it
Baseball, both real and fantasy, is more a marathon than a sprint. As a fantasy owner, you work 162 games across 180-plus days.
But the thing is, your full-time job isn't to run a fantasy team. And that championship trophy on your mantle isn't paying the phone bill, shiny as it is.
That's where MLB.com/fantasy comes in to help. Zachary Finkelstein, Fred Zinkie and crew put together a cheat sheet for fans in need of expert advice or a little extra help this spring. Make sure to have this one-stop information shop on hand during your auctions or snake drafts.
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The cheat sheet covers the following bases:
Positional ranks and auction values: The primer's premier feature, MLB.com's position-by-position ranks, will help you make snap calls when you have 10 seconds left to pick in your draft.
For those in auction formats, dollar values are listed, too. But even if you're playing in a snake format, the prices listed can help highlight the precise worth of each player in relation to his peers.
For instance, top-ranked catcher Buster Posey is priced $10 ahead of the backstop pool. Meanwhile, Clayton Kershaw ($8 ahead of any starting pitcher) and young sensation Carlos Correa ($20 ahead of the shortstop pack) also eclipse their competition by significant margins.
Top prospects: Built by MLB.com prospect guru Jim Callis, this list highlights the stars of tomorrow with the best chances of making a fantasy contribution in 2016.
Picks to click: Want fantasy advice from a former big league general manager? The cheat sheet has just that courtesy of MLB.com analyst Jim Duquette, who shares his favorite breakout picks, comeback candidates and value options.
Worth the price: Straight from the database of MLB.com fantasy guru Fred Zinkie (@FredZinkieMLB), this list is comprised of players who should keep you happy all season long. Zinkie has won more fantasy expert leagues than we can count, so trust him.
Buyer beware: These players certainly have value, but Zinkie recommends that they may be getting picked higher than they should in many drafts.
Sleepers: A staple of fantasy-draft season, this list is comprised of players who are poised to break out in 2016. Buy low and enjoy their surprising production all year.
Comeback candidates: For myriad reasons, talented players sometimes have subpar seasons. MLB.com spent all offseason examining fallen stars and picked 10 who could resemble their old, superior selves in 2016.
Will help once healthy: Don't let these players slip by simply because they aren't projected to be healthy for Opening Day. The walking wounded often fall further than they should during drafts. A few of these players should be back by mid-April, and they could end up providing high-round value.
Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com.