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Question of total newbie.

Postby Yldar » Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:00 pm

I have question, really stupid, but I have to ask it. I think that no american can help me :P I am interested in baseball and I sign up for fantasy (maybe it was really stupid). I don't know even most known and important players :P Only players I know are players of my fav team- Red Sox :D How to get to have generally knowledge about, ehm... players, maybe for beginning most known and best? Maybe watching statistics on some sites? But I tried it and it isn't really helpful. It's really difficult to me, when I started watching basketball and hockey I have knowledge, even I don't know from where it was. I have known legends and some best players. Can somebody tell me from he had knowledge about baseball, its rules and players?
PS I live in Poland and baseball isn't so popular in my country. The same is with the football :) I am also interested in it and have the same problem :) But it isn't important for me because it's few months to beginning of season of NFL.
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Re: Question of total newbie.

Postby 4_Favre » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:20 pm

I am also new to Fantasy Baseball, but I would say using cheat sheets from ESPN or the Cafe will help you find out what players are out there and even give you projections for the number of fantasy points they are likely to get.
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Re: Question of total newbie.

Postby dominodoug » Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:11 am

I personally prefer ESPN Fantasy Baseball because they provide an app for smart phones (if you have one) making your team easy to manage. Their site is also more aesthetically pleasing to me.

That being said go to their fantasy baseball homepage and look at their player rater page. This is going to show you primarily how players performed last year. The top guys are listed their are primarily going to be some of the guys you want to go after but keep in mind some players are getting older and may not perform as they have in the past. This is where I go into their career stats and start looking at the most recent few years performance. These ratings aren't going to be the most effective for all leagues either as some score differently than others. Hopefully this will help get you a little bit of base knowledge.

There is much more than just looking at this though. If you want to get serious just start reading forums and doing some research. Good luck!
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Re: Question of total newbie.

Postby mikekim2121 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:00 am

If you have absolutely no knowledge of the game, I don't think looking deep into stats will help you. If you look too much into stats and advanced stuff, you might end up being more confused and uninterested.

Watch baseball shows like Baseball Tonight (on ESPN tv channel). Maybe try watching games. Just keep it simple and learn from the basics. It can be a confusing and complex sport but once you learn a little bit, a lot of it will just come naturally
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Re: Question of total newbie.

Postby simking111 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:06 pm

play a baseball video game!

that's how i learned baseball as a child...the stats, the rules, everything.
I made a free 9 x 9, 20 team roto auction league for all the hardcore fantasy players out there:

Link: http://games.espn.go.com/flb/tools/join?leagueId=52432
Password: simstyle2012

Only join if you're gonna draft and maintain your team!
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Re: Question of total newbie.

Postby mikekim2121 » Wed Feb 15, 2012 6:31 am

simking111 wrote:play a baseball video game!

that's how i learned baseball as a child...the stats, the rules, everything.


Not a bad idea.

If you have ps3, get The Show. Its a little tough but a great game. If you have one of the older systems like regular xbox or ps2, get one of the MVP games.

Try to avoid mlb 2k because its not that good, but its probably better than nothing
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Re: Question of total newbie.

Postby phantomx » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:45 pm

all nice ideas :)

say says a new user here... :p
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Re: Question of total newbie.

Postby oscarsf » Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:57 pm

I write a blog for fantasy baseball beginners. You can click on the link on my signature to go to the site and learn more about the game. The most important thing to understand - the rules and scoring system that govern your league. They can differ radically and it changes the value of the players.
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Re: Question of total newbie.

Postby cocoaaa45 » Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:17 am

Spend more time to have a look at forum,you will getting more clear.
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