5 Things Good Fantasy Baseball Owners Hate, Rightfully So
It’s almost Fantasy Baseball draft season once again, and people are shaking off the winter doldrums and getting out their cheat sheets.
When we look at our rankings, we’re always thinking about what we want and what we like in our players. We think about things we love.
We love big swingers with low K-rates and we love hard-throwing pitchers with great control, and we love hitters in small ballparks and pitchers in big ballparks.
But now, we’re going to talk about things Fantasy Baseball owners hate. What are the things that really get your goat!?! (Who asks that? If I had a goat, I would probably prefer someone to come get it from me, actually.)
5 Things Fantasy Baseball Owners Hate
This handful of items detail things Fantasy Baseball owners just can’t stand.
1. Players That Play Through Serious Injuries
When a speedster pulls a hamstring or a slugger injures his wrist, they’ll often keep playing through that injury. Unfortunately, that might mean they’ll continue to rack up mediocre at-bats because they are unable to do the things you need them to do when they do play. At least if they went on the 15-day disabled list, you’d be able to use a healthy replacement in their place.
2. Players That Take Days Off For Mild Injuries
Then again, the players that are injured and take a day off here or there are nearly as bad as the player with the major injury. Rather than getting a full-time replacement in there, you end up getting four games a week from some dude with a thigh contusion. Please.
3. Draft Site’s Rankings That Prompt the Guy You Want as the Next Pick For Others
Is there anything worse than being four or five picks away, with one player on your mind, only to see him sitting atop the “Best Available” queue on whichever Fantasy draft site you happen to be using? Hopefully, no one is on autopick, or you’re definitely screwed. But even if someone panics with the clock ticking down, you know their automatic reaction is to take that top guy. Bottom line: You’re not getting him.
4. Borderline Good NL Pitchers Moving Over to the AL
We all love pitchers that leave American League teams for the National League, like Max Scherzer last season, because they no longer have to face a designated hitter four or five times per game. Better yet, they get to face a pitcher in the batter’s box, instead! But the bad side of that is when NL pitchers leave and go to AL teams, like Jordan Zimmermann this season. He left Washington for Detroit – essentially replacing the spot Scherzer left last season.
5. Missing Reverted Picks You Already Crossed Out
As the draft moves on, you start crossing off names on your cheat sheet, and at some point, an owner begs to have the commissioner stop the draft, and revert a pick. Meanwhile, you’ve already crossed it off, and not you have to make a mental note – or make some extra scribbly notes – that he’s still available when you go to pick from that position.
Are there some things you hate during your Fantasy Baseball drafts we should know about? Tweet us @SportsGrid and let us know!
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