6 Fantasy Baseball Tools To Help With Waivers
Now that the drafting season is officially behind us, all we can do at this point is work on our teams with waivers and possibly makes some trades. So in order to improve your teams, you need to make sure the players you add are much better than the players you drop, and we’ve found some of the best Fantasy Baseball tools for add/drops on the Internet.
Obviously, there are a lot of other factors involved, including the fact that in one week, you could consider a player useless, but what’s the long-term prognosis on that player’s future later this season? Is cutting him now smart? What about the player(s) you add right now – will they be useful in a few weeks, or is this merely a bandaid for a week that might cost you at another position.
6 Best Fantasy Baseball Tools For Add/Drops
Some of these Fantasy tools will cost you some money, while some of the others are actually free. As for the ones that have a cost, you’ll have to consider a few other factors, like how much money you might win if you win your league, how much your league cost to join, and how many different leagues you are in that could be affected positively by buying said tools. The return on your investment would likely grow bigger for every Fantasy Baseball league you might be in.
Without question, this is the best in-season Fantasy Baseball tool around, as it has tons of great features and it synchronizes with your leagues on CBS, ESPN, NFBC, Yahoo!, and several others. This tool allows you to choose which league you’re interested in making moves with, after you’ve imported it (five seconds?), then you can play with one of several tools, including their Waiver Wire Assistant, Trade Analyzer, Lineup Assistant, and Research Assistant. For this article’s purposes, we’re going to talk about the Waiver Assistant, which looks over your roster – then checks out the available free agents, and it makes suggestions on which moves to make.
Below, I’ve connected it to my BIGS AL-only H2H league on CBS (it’s actually a mixed league, with AL- and an NL-only leagues inside it), and I chose three borderline players, with three available players, and this is what the tool suggested I do.
It uses the consensus rankings on FantasyPros to help make many of its decisions. You want to go get this tool – before your opponents get it instead.
Fantasy Rundown’s Baseball Links
While the home page displays links to all of today’s great Fantasy Baseball articles across the web, this page specifically, is where you can find all of the links to every great article over the past week or so.
If you go in and CTRL-F to find “waiver,” you’ll see seven different results, each of which offers their take on the upcoming waiver wire decisions you’ll be making for the current scoring period.
This guy is tireless in the links he finds every day, posting new links multiple times per day, and you can benefit from this free page.
Closer Monkey’s Email Updates
Again, these are free, but their value is great. Niche sites like this are fantastic because they figure out what they do well, and they become great at it. Jim Collins would be proud!
These guys track every move in the bullpen to help you understand what went on in last night’s games. Why did that random pitcher get the save and not your closer?
You’ll discover which middle relief pitchers are about to get a vulture save because the starter ahead of them has been used in the past two or three games in a row.
If you’re in leagues with daily transactions, this free tool is invaluable.
FantasyPros Experts Consensus Rankings
This one ranks among the no-duh free tools you should already be using. Pretty much every Fantasy Baseball writer on the planet submits their rankings to this site, and they build their ECR (Experts Consensus Rankings) to help you understand what the wide-range viewpoint is on certain positions and players.
But, if you click on the button “Pick Experts,” you can choose a few of your favorite writers, and it will show you where they ranked last season in rankings accuracy. Spoiler Alert: RotoExperts.com’s Jake Ciely ranked first overall last year – so always include him among your group of experts.
Baseball America's Daily Prospect Report Email
Is your league always ahead of you in picking up the next big thing coming up in the minors? That won’t happen anymore, after you sign up for BA’s FREE Prospect Report, which comes to your inbox every morning.
These reports show you what each organization’s top prospects did last night, in boxscore form, and they share the full tally on their important numbers. For instance, last night, you’d see that Trevor Story has already hit three home runs this season.
Once extended Spring Training is over, you’ll see prospect reports like the one I got on July 31 last season.
A new feature is that they’re sharing a few important notes about top prospects from the night before. Story, Corey Seager and Aledmys Diaz all had short write-ups about their production from the day before. Helpful!
CBSSports.com’s Roster Trends
One of the best league service sites in the industry mines their data better than anyone else, and in these reports, you’ll be able to sort by Most Added, Most Dropped, Most Viewed and Most Traded. (That latter one is helpful when you’re trying to convince someone to make a deal. “Hey, this guy traded Adrian Gonzalez for Nate Karns – I’m giving you a way better deal!)
You can sort by position, and it will show you the ownership percentages last week compared to this week, and the players will be ranked by change in percentage points.
For instance, Luke Gregerson had the highest change in percentage, up 36 points from 22% owned to 58% last week. This information is actually more helpful if you look through your CBS league, since it will give you percentages related directly to your league’s format, and it will show you which players are available as free agents.
We think these are the six best Fantasy Baseball tools to help with waivers, and we think you’ll agree. Most of them will also help you with lineup decisions and trades, too.
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