One of the most overlooked steps in your fantasy baseball season is gathering with the rest of the general managers in the preseason and deciding which website will host your league. There are lots to choose from and depending on what you want it may take some research into deciding which league is the best for you.
Yahoo Sports is one of the most popular leagues for fantasy baseball. It’s easy to navigate and adjusting the rules is simple. You can either join a league with friends or go in as a free agent and join one with strangers. There are plenty of free leagues too so there is never any worry if you end up drafting a couple of busts in the first few rounds. For the casual baseball fan, Yahoo Sports is the best choice.
The biggest con with Yahoo Sports occurs when you join a random league. Many players join and lose attention after the first week. You should never get too invested in these free leagues as the lack of finances involved allows people to freely drift away. With gameplay, the one thing that needs improvement is the player matchup information. A star rating lets you know how a batter performs against similar pitchers; a severely flawed and unspecific way of helping you set your lineup. A little more attention to this and gameplay would be near perfect.
Fantasy baseball on ESPN can become very comprehensive. Of course, much of this is dependent upon what settings the commissioner has on. Statistically ESPN is great at breaking down matchups and letting you know where you stand compared to the other teams. There is little else the league could possibly add as gameplay updates live and helps you keep aware of how your players are doing. ESPN would be the fantasy league for a more advanced fantasy baseball player.
Other than not being able to skip a day if you want to succeed, ESPN’s biggest problem might be the updates with certain statistics. In the 2013 season, it would take a full day before double plays, errors, wild pitches, and other points were factored in. When one team thought they had won, the victory would be stripped away the next morning due to negative points being added on late. Hopefully this is resolved in the 2014 season.
The league available on CBS Sports has many valuable features for fantasy baseball addicts. Like many other fantasy baseball leagues, this one allows you to create a league with friends, join an existing league for money, or join an existing league free of charge with a $10,000 sweepstakes awarded. CBS Sports is also highly detailed for mobile users, making it easier to manage your time while away from a computer. CBS Sports is probably one of the most advanced fantasy baseball leagues out there for the experts.
The biggest reason to avoid CBS Sports fantasy baseball is because the site charges you to host the league. While there are many valuable features that come with it, the money spent just to have a league could be better spent rewarding your league’s winner(s). Competing at such a competitive level, there is no reason why you should not earn every dollar paid into the lot if you were to win.