You decide to participate in fantasy baseball in 2020, a game that will be substantially different from what we’re all used to due to the drastically reduced season. With regard to fantasy, the old saying that baseball is not a sprint but a marathon is now wholly false.
We’ll discuss that shift in tactics later when the season is closed.
We’re here to address any questions you may have for now about how this will all operate, especially with ESPN and Yahoo, two of the most well-known fantasy services. Here are some of your frequently asked questions regarding ESPN fantasy baseball during this brief season:
Yahoo: They will play fantasy football for nine weeks, seven of which will be the regular season and 2 will be the playoffs, with four teams advancing to the postseason.
ESPN: They say they’re doing nine or ten weeks depending on the specifics of the MLB schedule’s final version,” with seven or eight being the regular season and two being the playoffs, with commissioners having the option to alter the parameters (Despite the fact that it seems appropriate for this season, in my opinion).
Yahoo: With these leagues, innings/game limits are crucial, as pitchers are only allowed a maximum of 525 innings.
ESPN: “Pitchers’ default games-started ceiling will drop from 200 to 74 games. The minimum number of innings pitched for season-long leagues will also be decreased proportionally, from 1,000 to 370.”
Once more, those can be changed.
What’s the deal with keeper leagues?
While ESPN doesn’t mention them, Yahoo claims to be “considering possibilities” regarding how keeper leagues that don’t want to continue this season will go. My recommendation: start a separate, standalone league without keepers for this season only.
How about increased Injured List spots?
ESPN moves from one to three IL positions, while Yahoo moves from 2 to 4 for its default.
Advantages of choosing ESPN as a fantasy baseball platform
- Tons of content: The website that bills itself as the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” offers the most extensive fantasy guidance available, including detailed rankings (separated by rotisserie, position head-to-head, and overall) as well as draft kits.
- Smack boards: The player-to-player and league-wide bantering are both permitted on the clever trash-talk platform, which has a chatbox.
Advantages of choosing Yahoo as a fantasy baseball platform
Ease of use: Swiping between stats, teams, and games on Yahoo’s user interface is quick and tidy; adding and removing players from your roster is also a breeze. The notifications, which provide Rotowire guidance and injury updates, are quite useful. The “start active players” option on the app, which makes sure your roster never has an empty place, and the calendar, which lets you create your lineup up to a week in advance, are two more fantastic tools for the casual gamer.
Cash management: Yahoo makes money-ball easy by avoiding haggling at the end. The league should ideally have Yahoo collect the money and distribute it at the end of the season. (If you reside in a state with restrictions, however, you cannot use this option.) Anyone who has ever had the displeasure of managing money will appreciate this feature.
Draft: Ensure your phony roster includes your preferred genuine player. Before the season starts, Yahoo allows you to pre-rank players into an ideal order. Additionally, Yahoo has a mock draft feature that enables you to research Mike Trout’s real value before selecting him in your draft to avoid overpaying for him (you should, anyway). You may either choose your own players once the draft starts or let Yahoo choose for you.