This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Know thy rules. It's the first commandment of fantasy baseball, yet it's surprising how many don't know them. Furthermore, those that do know the rules fail to take advantage of quirks. Granted, most leagues are vanilla, but some add nuanced toppings, sweetening the taste for unique and satiating strategies.
Earlier in the week, I was invited to join the SiriusXM Hosts 2 League. The commissioner reminded everyone it's a standard 5x5 league with 12 teams. No problem I thought, I can draft this in my sleep.
A little while later, we were informed it's a daily moves league.
No! I hate daily leagues!
It's not so much the work, that's not a problem. My beef with daily leagues is they provide a safety net for risky players, especially pitchers. Eric Lauer has a two-start week, on the road in Colorado and at home versus the Giants. Hmm. Do I start him in a weekly league, crossing my fingers he survives the Coors tilt? In a daily league, there's no such difficult decision.
The other issue is the managerial control that so many champion as a "strategy" is just common sense. Is it really next-level thinking to sit Ryan O'Hearn against Chris Sale while activating C.J. Cron facing Matt Moore?
Then it hit me. While I prefer playing in weekly leagues, since more emphasis is placed on the season-long player evaluation where you need to endure both the good and the bad, participating in this league allows me to dust