Baseball Draft Kit: Finding Value in the Scrapheap
Baseball Draft Kit: Finding Value in the Scrapheap

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

This is the fourth time I have contributed this particular piece for the RotoWire Draft Guide. Sometimes I enjoy it, and other times it makes me wonder exactly what was I drinking when I let another guy in the league get a certain player for that low of a price. This article is initially written in early December so that it can make the print magazine, so it will sometimes include pre-hype guys as it did last year with Greg Bird and Eric Thames. That said, this same article last year suggested targeting Charlie Morton and Lance Lynn.

Winning a fantasy baseball league is more difficult than winning a fantasy football league. A primary contributor to this is the fact that unlike fantasy football, there are few casual fantasy baseball players. Everyone plays fantasy football and thinks they can wake up and roll into a draft with their mad skills to pick a daily or season-long winner. That is not the case with baseball. There is luck in baseball, but luck is minimized over a 26-week season and a 162-game schedule. Those that play it are immersed in it. They are looking at the RotoWire news updates multiple times a day, tracking information as it breaks on Twitter and listening to radio shows and podcasts trying to catch tips before their competition does.

When you are that invested in the players on your teams, it is only natural to get frustrated with them when they do not perform.

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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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