10 Tips For Winning Your 2009 Fantasy Baseball League

Jonathan Bentz@jonathanbentzAnalyst IFebruary 24, 2009

10 Tips For Winning Your 2009 Fantasy Baseball League

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    JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Hanley Ramirez #2 of the Florida Marlins poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium February 22, 2009 in Jupiter, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Pick established players over potential stars

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    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 20: Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses during Photo Day on February 20, 2009 at the Charlotte County Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Make sure you have one more closer than your nearest competitor.

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    ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 18:  Relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in game six of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on October 18, 2008 at Tropicana

Pick a player early in positions that are light, like second base or shortstop

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    CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Chase Utley #26 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a photo during Spring Training Photo day on February 20, 2009 at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

There are no favorite players in fantasy baseball.

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    TAMPA - FEBRUARY 18: Infielder Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees takes batting practice February 18, 2009 at the George Steinbrenner complex in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Don’t move a guy up in your analysis because he got hot in spring training.

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    CLEARWATER, FL - FEBRUARY 20:  Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a photo during Spring Training Photo day on February 20, 2009 at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Don’t give away any 5x5 categories.

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    DENVER - MAY 18:  Center fielder Willy Taveras #3 of the Colorado Rockies steals second base against the Minnesota Twins during Interleague MLB action at Coors Field on May 18, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Twins 6-2.  (Photo by Doug

In traditional Roto stats leagues, some statistics don’t matter.

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    VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Adam Dunn #44 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Avoid young pitchers in the very earliest rounds.

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    SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 3:  Tim Lincecum #55 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Chicago Cubs during a Major League Baseball game on July 3, 2008 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Know which ballparks give up the most (and least) homeruns.

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    PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 22:  Matt Holliday of the Oakland Athletics poses during photo day at the Athletics spring training complex February 22, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

If you're picking between two hitters and one of them plays for Colorado, take the Rockie

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    DENVER - MAY 18:  Catchers Chris Ianetta #20 and Yorvit Torreabla #8 of the Colorado Rockies watch the action from the duggout against the Minnesota Twins during Interleague MLB action at Coors Field on May 18, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeat