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THE LIST OF TIPS BELOW CAN BE USED BY ANY ROTISSERIE OR FANTASY PLAYER TO IMPROVE PERFORMANCE OF HIS/HER TEAM IN THE UPCOMING SEASON.
1-KNOW YOUR OWN TEAM BETTER THAN ANYONE.
If you have a team from last season, divide them into three groups;
A-KEEPERS: These are the guys who will not be traded because they are cheap ( value priced), are solid at their position, and have a significant upside because they are young or in a suddenly great lineup. An example of this is a player that just moves from a small market lineup to a large market lineup in say, New York. Very underrated at his position, can sometimes qualify at more than one position before the season is over, is young, and will benefit from the fact that he gets little press coverage in a great lineup.
B-MAYBES: These are the guys that, if things go right, could become substantial values by the time spring training ends. YOU MUST WATCH THESE GUYS CLOSELY. These guys may become the players that put you over the top. Some may not even have the job until later in spring training. No one should know the answer before you. An example of this is Derek Lowe in Boston. Wins are going to be accumulated because the team is one of the best in the American League but Pedro Martinez has been hurt and cannot be expected to carry the load. A great guy to get for a few bucks and just sit on.
C-THROWBACKS: These are the players that you will not keep under any conditions such as Frank Thomas at high dollars. If you had him last year, you got nothing for your money. He actually hurt you very badly. You should be able to buy him back for much cheaper this season. Dont fall in love with a player like this. Take emotion out of it. If you have any doubts, throw him back.
2-KNOW THE OTHER TEAMS BETTER THAN THEIR OWN OWNER(S)
Once you've gotten all of your players onto one of the above lists, go to the other teams in your league and go through them, putting all of their players under the same microscope and come up with a list of players that you would like to trade for and focus on that group. BUT, IF THE PLAYER IS NOT A SIGNIFICANT VALUE YOU WANT TO BE CAUTIOUS BEFORE YOU TRADE FOR THEM.
3-FIND YOUR THROWBACKS A HOME.
If there is a player that you have no interest in keeping, DO NOT ASSUME THAT NO ONE ELSE HAS INTEREST. Get on the phone and start feeling owners out to see if anyone has interest in any of your players that you are not going to keep because it is very important that as much money as possible is tied up before the draft. If you do this, owners have less money to spend come draft day . What you get back is not as important as making sure you give that high priced question mark to an owner that will protect the player on the team's frozen roster.
4-TAKE YOUR EMOTIONS OUT OF IT
This game is a game of numbers and production versus the price paid on draft day. Just because a guy is on your favorite team, doesn't mean that he is a good value. If he doesn't produce, he is not worth anything, no matter who he is. Some players are always drafted even though their numbers had been decreasing for years. That player only takes up a spot and was a roster dead spot. That same dollar or two can be much better spent on one of many useful infielders. Find the owner(s) in your league who are emotional and store it away for when you have to make a trade. These people are great for giving players away when they are going bad especially in April, and more importantly, will overpay when a guy is going well. By the way, if the identified emotional owner is a player who falls in love with a player who just give him away to the owner in the off-season, only if he is a 'maybe' or a 'throwback' on your list
5.WATCH THE SPRING BOX SCORES THE LAST TWO WEEKS.
The last two weeks are when decisions are made such as who is the closer or who is going to be in the starting lineup come opening day.
This is especially true of a team that has a new manager. He usually makes major changes to make the team his and get the players to realize that he is in charge. The owner who is aware of a changing situation can jump on it quicker than someone who is assuming that there is no changing going on.
6.DON'T BE DEFENSIVE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR PROTECTED LIST
This is a mistake that many owners make. If a guy is not definitely worth it, throw him back. Nine of out ten times he will go cheaper come draft day. This really comes into play when owners have many players that they have drafted from the free list during the previous season that have a $10 price tag. Remember in a $260 12 team league, the average player is $11. If the player is not definitely going to give you BETTER than average numbers, he is not worth keeping. An example of this is Jay Buhner. He has been hurt the last two years. He is not worth the big price tag anymore. Let some else pay the big price for him.
7. KEEP TRACK OF WHO IS HAVING A HOT SPRING TRAINING.
This is especially true when it comes to a former prospect who realizes that this may be his last shot to make the big leagues. Sometimes, it happens that a guy is for real such as David Eckstein this year ,but most turn out not to be for real. If you have any of these guys, peddle him now while you can get something for him and if he makes it, remember he is the exception.
8.USE THE MEDIA OUTLETS TO SELL YOUR PLAYERS
Keep in mind that 99% of all owners are reading USA TODAY, watching SPORTSCENTER and CNN and FOX SPORTSNET . If one your question marks consistently is on, (hitting a long home run, having a big day) talk him up, remember he is probably facing a minor league pitcher or someone just working out the kinks. This can sometimes do your a better job of selling your player than you could ever have dreamed of.
9.BEFORE THE DRAFT, RANK EVERY PLAYER THAT IS ON A MAJOR LEAGUE ROSTER.
This is self-explanatory. Remember, come draft day, players fall and are not drafted until the end of the draft for no apparent reason. An example of this is Harold Baines. He quietly does it every year but only qualifies for one position (DH) and most owners have mistakenly filled their DH early . This is the time to pounce like an eagle on a mouse. You will not do this unless you have everyone listed. Remember, players are cheaper because there is less money to be spent. Draft day is extremely emotional. Bring someone to the draft to just keep track of your list. It will allow you to concentrate on the bidding and not miss the values at the end of the day. Values are the difference between winning and losing.
10. DRAFT DAY- BRING UP PLAYERS YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY INTEREST IN.
Control your draft. Bring up guys that you don't need or are major question marks, early in the draft when your turn comes. The price $1. It becomes a feeding frenzy as emotion then takes over. Also, bring up home town guys who had 'over their head' springs. Watch and shake your head as their price explodes higher. An example of this is Albert Belle. He will go for big dough because of the off-season hoopla. Probably more than he is worth. A great example from the past is Billy Spiers. He hit three home runs in the first week a few years ago and was later out of the starting lineup. This will allow you to have the values at the end of the draft when they appear. Once the coast is clear any no one is in the way, watch all the guys you covet go for cheap money. Keep an eye on guys on small market teams with important roles.
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