Fantasy basketball and fantasy baseball require you to update your rosters almost daily. Unlike football, which only offers one game per roster spot per week, basketball and baseball have multiple games per week. This fantasy strategy assumes that your league does not have a limit on the total games played. If you are only allowed a certain amount of games per position, this won’t work.
The idea of this strategy is that you want to make the most of each roster spot on your team. You never want open roster spots with no one to fill them. I always hated in fantasy baseball, when my team had no pitchers starting on a particular day. I was a sitting duck for my opponent. He could get all the strikeouts and wins he wanted and I couldn’t do anything to combat it.
To solve this issue, I do the following. In fantasy basketball and fantasy baseball, your last draft pick is usually worthless. This summer for fantasy baseball, I picked Kosuke Fukudome and immediately dropped him. That open roster spot was then used to add whatever pitcher was the best probable starter for that day. I would go to “add players,” organize the probable starters by what stat category I needed most, double check their opponent and their stats to make sure they are in my favor, and add them for that one day. The next day, I’ll add another pitcher who is starting that day and drop the guy I had picked up originally.
By having a pitcher pitch every day out of one roster spot as opposed to every 5 days, you are quintupling your fantasy production. That’s five times the strikeouts and five times the wins. You will dominate anyone who doesn’t use this strategy.
In fantasy basketball, the same can be done. Basketball teams don’t play every day, so there are definitely going to be holes in your roster from day to day. Save one roster spot to rotate “free agents” in and out when they have a scheduled opponent. This way, you can maximize the value of your roster positions.
If you have more than one roster spot that you feel you can rotate, feel free to do so. Just remember, injuries are a big part of fantasy baseball and fantasy basketball, so make sure you take that into consideration before dropping your bench like a madman.