Happy Fantasy Baseball Draft Season, everyone.
Whether you do AL-only, NL-only, mixed, or several of each, whether you do auction or snake draft, keeper or no keepers, and whether you get your projections from Shandler, CHONE, or PECOTA, there is no doubt that you will empathize with at least one of the following annoyances about fantasy baseball. Happy drafting!
7. Forgetting to Activate a Starter
Not that luck doesn’t have a good amount to do with fantasy baseball as well, but there is definitely more to it than, say, fantasy football. Unless you are in a league with weekly transactions, you have to stay on your team every single day. And even with weekly transactions, you must monitor all of the games on all of the days just in case a new guy starts hitting bombs or a guy starts getting saves. With all of this going on, you’re bound to miss a guy every now and then, so even though it’s beyond frustrating when you forget to activate a starting pitcher who would have given you six shutout innings and a win, it’s at least excusable once or twice a season.
6. Having a Guy the Wrong Year
You draft Eric Gagne and he has a 7.89 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 70 innings for you, but the year before he completed an 87-save, 400 strikeout season, with 12 wins for good measure. Anyone who had Brady Anderson in 1997 or Brad Lidge last year can attest to this. A cousin of this: owners who draft like it’s a different season, like someone who drafted Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr., and Pedro Martinez in 2008.
5. Making a Bad Trade
Very few things in life can be this frustrating, but a lot of times the trades that you feel the worst about are ones that you could not have seen coming beforehand. You had no way of knowing that Rafael Soriano would be the Braves’ closer when you traded him in the first two weeks of last season, but that doesn’t mean that you didn’t want to cut off part of your own face once he did. The worst part about making a bad trade is that you get alligator arms for making future trades even if they are a sure thing, especially if it involves the same owner who destroyed you the last time. ###MORE###
4. Player Traded to Another League (AL- or NL-only leagues)
If you are in an NL- or AL-only league, part of your research for the year has to involve seeing whether a guy is a candidate to be traded because of a contract situation. If you have a guy who is traded mid-season, you lose his stats in nearly every single-league I have ever seen. This completely sucks, especially in a keeper league where you could potentially lose a great player for several years. Anyone who had Matt Holliday or Cliff Lee in an AL-only league last year probably just had their day ruined again.
3. People Not Responding to Trades
For similar reasons to the #7 entry, you are bound to have an owner or two out of 12 that gives up on their team and decides not to check anymore, so you’re bound to have a trade offer that sits out there for weeks on end with no response. More frustrating is when that same owner ends up making a trade with another team and never even responded to you.
2. Just Missing a Guy on Waivers
So you’re all set to pick up Ryan Ludwick in 2008 after he has a great first three weeks, only you see someone has claimed him off of waivers two minutes before you tried to claim him. It is estimated that $2 million worth of computer damage occurs annually because of this very issue. A cousin of this entry: just missing the guy you want in the draft. You wait a couple of rounds to try to pick up your “sleeper,” only to have someone two places away from you take him from you.
1. Closer Hell
Your closer is about to head out for the top of the 9th with a three-run lead. Easy save coming up, saves that can be hard to come by. Then, with two outs in the 8th, Adam LaRoche hits a solo homer to make the lead four. Your save is gone, and you consider mailing feces to LaRoche. There are all kinds of issues that closers can have besides the random insurance run. The manager of your closer can put him in for a non-save situation, leaving him unable to pitch the next night in a save situation. The manager could randomly decide to use the other d-bag instead of your closer in a closing situation because of a freaking matchup. Your closer’s manager could pull him from the role after just a couple of bad outings, leaving one of your most expensive picks worthless. And if your closer blows a save, you feel like blowing yourself up.