The Case Against Fantasy Baseball

Ryan SmithCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2009

Opening Day is two-and-a-half months away, yet people are already talking about fantasy baseball.

I cannot wait for the season to commence, but right now, I'm still in football-mode, as I'm sure many of you are as well. With my team still in the playoffs, baseball's not my top priority.

Last year was my first year playing fantasy, and it won't be my last. I played both fantasy football and baseball. I can definitely say that I will play football again, but baseball may be a different story.

I am a huge fan of the sport, and you'd think that I would be a fan of fantasy baseball since I love stats. I'm am sad to say that you are wrong.

There are a few flaws and difficulties with fantasy baseball.


1. The Only Way to Be Successful Is By Checking It Everyday

Since multiple games are played everyday, you must be actively checking.


2. If a Player from a Team You Don't Follow Isn't Starting, You Can't Make the Switch in Time 

This may not be that big of a factor if it's just a one game thing, but it could affect the way a game pans out.


3. Too Long

Baseball season lasts six months. That seems a little too long to be playing a game.


4. There Are Too Many Good Players

This one is pretty important because it is true. There are many skilled players in baseball, and there are definitely enough for ten teams.


5. Fantasy Football Blows Other Games Away

What fantasy game is most played? Football. It is so successful that some people don't believe that anything else is better.


6. Players Are Never Consistent

This one is also important. If you have Ryan Howard on your team, you have to start him, even if he is slumping because is always a threat. Even though he doesn't always come through, there's always the chance that he could have a big game.


As you can see, there are a few reasons of why fantasy baseball is not successful. Though I love the sport, I wouldn't pay to play. I would advise you to do the same. If you do play, make sure that it's for free.