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Let Other Fantasy Baseball Owners Take Chances On September Call-Ups

Every September, MLB rosters expand so minor-league players with potential can get a cup of coffee with the big-league team. No matter what the hype, avoid relying on these September call-ups to help your fantasy baseball team. Stick to the veteran players you know well and let the other owners in your league gamble on the rookies. You won’t regret it when the season ends with your team in first place. The other owners will be shaking their heads with regret for letting hype rule their decision-making processes.

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Make Sure Your Fantasy Baseball Players Are Getting Playing Time Down The Stretch

When bad teams toss in the towel on the season, quite often they bring up young players from the minors that cut into the playing time of established veterans. This can hurt your fantasy baseball roster when your regular gets too many “days off” so the kids can get some playing time.

08/22/2015

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With Seven Weeks Left, Make Sure Your Fantasy Team Is On Proper Pace

Every fantasy league has different rules, but most people play in standard Rotisserie leagues that feature limits on both games played by hitters and games started by pitchers—or some variation along those lines. You want to make sure your team isn’t going to go over those limits too soon!

08/15/2015

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Staying Loyal To Slumping Players Can Bury Your Fantasy Baseball Team

Staying loyal to slumping players may pan out better for real-life MLB managers than for fantasy owners, so think long and hard about keeping your favorite player in the lineup while he’s going through an 0-for-28 slump at the plate. Those at-bats can really hurt your team down the stretch.

08/12/2015

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Once MLB Trade Deadline Dust Settles, Your Fantasy Roster May Need Some Tweaks

It happens every year: A solid productive player on your fantasy baseball roster gets traded to a team that just plans on using him as a backup. If you’re lucky, one of your backups is the benefit of such a trade, too. However, every fantasy owner needs to make adjustments after July 31 to make sure their rosters are still competitive and productive. If not, it’s a slow crawl to the end of September and sixth place in your league.

08/01/2015

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Beware Players That Switch Leagues At The Trade Deadline

Every year it happens: Big-league trades send hitters and pitchers from the National League to the American League—and vice versa. This isn’t always a good thing, though, as pitchers have a hard time adjusting going from the NL to the AL, while hitters have a hard time adjusting going from the AL to the NL.

07/25/2015

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FanDuel MLB Lineup for July 17th

The trade deadline is approaching and Wild Card fever is beginning to heat up, just as the FanDuel baseball leagues are starting to hit their major paydays. We’ll identify some players who appear set to kick of the second half of the season on Friday night with a bang, and others you should avoid.

07/18/2015

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Which Stat Categories Do You Need The Most In Fantasy Baseball?

When trying to improve your fantasy roster, it’s important to gauge which statistical categories can help you the most. If you’re last in batting average, maybe it’s not worth it to acquire a .300 hitter. If you’re in the middle of the pack in steals, it might be worth it to find a speedster for your lineup.

07/18/2015

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Fantasy Baseball All-Star Edition: Which Players Do You Actually Want On Your Team?

Just because someone is an All-Star in the eyes of Major League Baseball doesn’t mean you need or want them on your fantasy baseball roster. In fact, it’s mostly irrelevant to smart fantasy owners. By looking the hitters and pitchers in line for the big honor this week, you can find assets you have that other clueless owners might want in a trade. Think about how to exploit that weakness in your fantasy baseball league this weekend.

07/11/2015

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Now Is The Time To Trade Overachievers For Underachievers In Fantasy Baseball

Most teams have played around 81 games by now, so the baseball season is half over. It’s a good time to assess which players on your team are likely to decline—and thus give you a chance to trade them to a desperate owner that doesn’t know any better. Likewise, you can scour league rosters for those players who have underachieved and smile all the way to October when they have superb second halves.

07/04/2015

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Certain Positions In Fantasy Baseball Require Quality Backups On Your Bench

What are the thinnest positions in fantasy baseball? Catcher? The infield positions of second base, shortstop and third base? All of the above? Yes, depth is better in the outfield and first base positions, so when you think about which players to stash on your bench, think about the ones with multi-position eligibility. They may not be the most productive on a day-to-day basis, but they have the capability to be very valuable to your team’s chances of winning.

06/29/2015

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When It Comes To Fantasy Baseball, Always Beware Wrist And Foot Injuries On Your Roster

Strange as it may seem, not all injuries are created equal in sports.

06/20/2015

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One Owner’s Fantasy Baseball Trash Is Another Owner’s Treasure

A lot of owners play fantasy baseball with too much emotion, waiving players they don’t like personally or that they have a grudge against because of some game result a few years back. That’s when you—the analytical owner—step in and make your team better by picking up players from waivers or via trade.

06/13/2015

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You Can’t Win Your Fantasy Baseball League In June, But You Can Lose It

Summer is coming; the kids will be out of school soon if they aren’t already. This is not the time to forget about your fantasy baseball team. Sure, life gets busy, but the minute you let a transaction period go by unattended is the minute you lose your league. Staying on top of your roster all the time is key to winning your league, even if it becomes a challenge to find the time to manage your team.

06/06/2015

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Patience Is Not A Virtue One Month Into The Fantasy Baseball Season

If you have veterans who are not performing after one month of the season, it’s time to let them go. Someone else has to chance them on the roster; you need players performing right now. So shelve your emotions and make the tough choices that other owners can’t—and won’t—make. It will help you win in September.

04/30/2015

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Time To Grab Some New Studs Before Anyone Else In Your Fantasy League Does

It’s still early in the season, and you don’t want to give up on key players too soon — even if they’re slumping through the first two weeks of the season. But smart fantasy baseball owners also want to make sure they grab rising stars while they can — and before it’s too late.

04/17/2015

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First Week Of The Season Always Means Change For Your MLB Fantasy Roster

Every year, it’s the same story: Fantasy baseball teams scramble in the first week to pick up that hot rookie or replace dud closer who has already gotten the hook from the manager.

04/11/2015

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 17: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during inter-league play at PNC Park on September 17, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

CBSSports.com: Fantasy Baseball Week 26 Starts And Sits

The fantasy baseball experts at CBSSports.com break down who to start and who to sit for the upcoming week.

09/18/2014

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 01: Jorge Soler #68 of the Chicago Cubs hits a double against the Milwaukee Brewers during the second inning on September 1, 2014 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

CBSSports.com: Fantasy Baseball Week 25 Starts And Sits

The fantasy baseball experts at CBSSports.com break down who to start and who to sit for the upcoming week.

09/11/2014

TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 27: Marcus Stroman #54 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the first inning during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on August 27, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

CBSSports.com: Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Starts And Sits

The fantasy baseball experts at CBSSports.com break down who to start and who to sit for the upcoming week.

09/05/2014

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