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I’m in four leagues this season.  Only one of which has weekly lineups. So that leaves me with three teams with daily rosters to manage.

I’m also trying to dip my toes into the strategy of platooning hitters to gain a slight edge on the competition, by employing players like Adam Lind and Seth Smith.

The problem with this strategy is that Lind and Smith are out of the lineup a handful of days each week because their Major League teams are also platooning them.

I usually start my day by setting my lineup, putting anyone without a game on the bench and moving starting pitchers into the lineup.  But I don’t really take the time to check if the Blue Jays or Padres are facing a lefty. This leaves me with a problem.  The advantage I could get by running a platoon is more than offset if I don’t even have a guy in the lineup on a given night.

One Solution

I’ve written previously about the very helpful “My Lineup” tool at As far as I know, they’ve still got the earliest and most accurate lineups available.  They also provide weather information, recent relief pitcher usage information (look at Betances below), and batting lineup info (Allen Craig is batting 4th today). BaseballPressMyLineup That information is second to none.  I love this tool.  But I often leave work at 5:30 PM and don’t get home until 6:30 PM, where I’m greeted by the chaos of my beautiful three and four-year old daughters.  So pulling up Baseball Press before the 7:05 starts is not top of mind.

Another Solution

Right around the time the 2014 season started, I received an e-mail from one of the guys that runs  They wanted to know if I’d be interested in trying out their service (more about that in a minute) for free.

I get a number of requests from sites wanting to run ads here or that want me to put links to their site, and I don’t usually act.  I could probably make a few bucks by running ads, but one of the principles I use in guiding this site is that I’ll only promote or link to services I use, books that I’ve read, or ideas I believe in.

With this in mind, the idea behind really seemed beneficial to me.  So I signed up to test it out.

What The Service Does

It’s very similar to BaseballPress, but the information comes to you.  You don’t have to seek it out.

Simply put, you get an e-mail or text message sent to you when a player on your fantasy team is not in the starting lineup for their Major League team that day.

You can also choose to receive either e-mail or text message alerts containing player news, DL information, and more.

Here’s a full list of the types of alerts you can have sent to you:FantasyBaseballAlerts2

Example E-mails

Here’s an example notice about Adam Lind being benched.  Notice that the alert e-mail was sent at 11:52 AM for a 1:07 PM start time.  A pretty solid amount of time to notice the e-mail and make the roster change. FantasyBaseballAlertsAdamLind (more…)

How To Improve Your Fantasy Baseball Knowledge

Justin Timberlake has come a long way. He started out as a dorky little kid on the Mickey Mouse Club, “progressed” (notice the strategic use of quotation marks) to this, started dating the hottest celebrities (at the time), began appearing in award winning movies, and now he’s winning solo recording artist honors.

This example of Timberlake was mentioned by Marc Ecko, the billion-dollar fashion mogul, in a podcast interview about what it takes to be great (click here to listen). He used this illustration of Timberlake to point out that nobody ever really starts out great. It’s a process. To paraphrase what Ecko said:

The key to greatness is iteration.

According to Wikipedia:

Iteration is the act of repeating a process with the aim of approaching a desired goal, target or result.

Said another way, it’s about making continuous improvement over time. Small improvements. But a lot of them. Not necessarily dramatic leaps forward.

Timberlake didn’t just snap his fingers and go from scrawny Mickey Mouse Club kid to Music-Superstar-Hollywood-Actor-Junk-In-A-Box-Heartthrob. It took him years to get there.

Every season. Small incremental improvements. For many seasons.

If you start applying this concept now and master a couple new fantasy baseball concepts each year, think how good you will be five or even ten years from now.

Are You Improving?

One reason I enjoy having this site is that it holds me accountable to improve at this “craft” of playing fake baseball games.

I have had seasons in the past where I didn’t seek to improve knowledge or understanding of the game. But now I have reached a point where I try something new every year.

I make my draft preparation a little more involved. I add new features to my spreadsheet. I  enhance my rankings formula. I consider other ways of ranking players. I just developed my own projections for the first time. I read books about (real) baseball, Sabermetrics, technology, and even fantasy baseball.

So What Are You Doing To Improve This Year?

There are many things you can do. Here are some things that come to mind (more…)