Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy 2014: How to Build the Perfect Team

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Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy 2014: How to Build the Perfect Team
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Paul Goldschmidt helped many fantasy baseball managers emerge victorious last season.

They say nobody is perfect, but that shouldn't stop fantasy baseball managers from trying.

Technically speaking, the "perfect" fantasy squad would lead the league in every category or shut out every head-to-head opponent. Unless everyone else in your league is counting on Greg Maddux to anchor his or her rotation, that's not going to happen.

A fine-tuned juggernaut, however, will do well enough. Winning is hard, and winning comfortably is even tougher. While some luck would help, I don't have a guide to correctly guessing which players enjoy lucky seasons.

The beauty of fantasy baseball is the massive 162-game season limits luck's reach. Unlike football, one play can't swing several championships. This places the onus on draft preparation and team management.

Seeking out fantasy baseball literature bodes well for your dedication to the craft. You'd be surprised how many casual players are content with printing out someone else's cheat sheet or just going with their gut on draft day.

I'll warn you now: There's no fool-proof formula to winning your league. All I can offer is helpful insight and effective strategies that should tilt the odds closer to your favor.


Note: All advanced stats are courtesy of FanGraphs and, two essential tools for your draft preparation. 

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