It's early in the season so you think your fantasy baseball team shows promise. You're convinced this year will be a series of small triumphs followed by a big one. But it's a long season and you're going to get tired. There will be a day in August when you're somewhere warm without an Internet connection and that feeling washes over you: It's 7PM and you forgot to set your lineup. The only way to avoid that is to plan ahead.
Our fathers – those guys who ruined fortunes worth of cards by sticking them in their bike spokes – monitored box scores in newspapers to make daily roster changes and still managed to start guys who had been sent back to Triple A. Fortunately, that sort of time-consuming floundering is no longer a given. Send your future self a gift: Automate your fantasy baseball lineup. Done? Great, now you can enjoy your spring and summer without having to call the commission and ask him to let you start Clayton Kershaw because "the West Coast games haven't started yet."
This is what you can do today to guarantee yourself a little peace of mind later on.
Invest in an Autopilot
Ziguana's Autopilot app, which goes for $9.99, is available for leagues hosted on Yahoo! and CBS Sports and will make sure you wake up each morning with a legal lineup. The system will check your lineup against various roster moves and established pitching rotations and be sure you have your team's best choice in each position. You may not start your favorite player, but you'll be covered. "A lot of people playing in that type of league will actually be in five different leagues," says Ziguana co-founder Cassidy Morris. "So if you're trying to do that every morning, it's a whole bunch of time dragging and dropping players. So you see a bunch of people who sync up five different rosters."
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