It’s time to get ready to bone up on 2012 fantasy baseball information. You don’t want to go into your draft with the knowledge you had at the beginning of last year – that is simply not good enough. A year ago, Manny Ramirez was starting a season with the Tampa Bay Rays, Lance Berkman looked like he was at the end of his career, the Florida Marlins looked like they would never increase payroll, and Albert Pujols was expected to stay with the St. Louis Cardinals for the rest of his career, even if they were haggling over how much to pay him.
What a difference a year makes. 2012 fantasy baseball has a very different tone than the year before. So you really have to stay on top of what is going on in the baseball world. Imagine how silly you would look if you went to draft Ryan Braun in the first round, when he is facing a 50-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs, or if you made a move to pick Manny Ramirez, when he also has a PED suspension to serve, and he does not even have a team to play on as of yet. Another inappropriate move would be to draft Pujols in an NL-only league, when he has switched leagues, or to do the same in an AL-only league with Jonathan Papelbon, who went from the American League Boston Red Sox to the NL’s Philadelphia Phillies. Your rivals in your fantasy league would never let you forget such a dopey move.
However, like a lot of people today, you have so much going on – work, family, and everything else – that you haven’t been scouring the baseball news feeds 24/7 to keep up with what is going on. That’s okay. Here are some tips to find out 2012 fantasy baseball information.
- Read fantasy baseball news: This is a no-brainer. Fantasy baseball experts devote their time to keeping up with the moves on all 30 teams, so that you don’t have to. However, you may not want to read just one expert, as he or she might not have all the particular information you need to know. Besides fantasy baseball magazines, there are a variety of sites out there, from big-name sports sites, to smaller fantasy baseball blogs. It may be worth spending just a little time perusing a few sites, to get your feet wet here in learning about 2012 fantasy baseball.
- Look at fantasy baseball rankings: Between magazines and web sites, you can get a sense of who the top fantasy draft picks are, and who the best picks are by position. This can tell you what the general landscape looks like.
- Do a mock draft: Participating with one of the mock fantasy baseball drafts will also show you who other fantasy baseball fans are picking up for their teams.
- Use a cheat sheet: If you just haven’t had the time to absorb all the 2012 fantasy baseball information out there, you can just take a cheat sheet from a fantasy expert you like to the draft. The cheat sheet contains information on who the top picks are per position, sorted in order from top to bottom. While this is an imperfect method, at least you won’t make a fool of yourself at your fantasy baseball draft.
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