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.
Make Weekly Lineup Changes
Some purists might consider this heresy. The density of the MLB schedule – there are only a handful of days without games between April and October – is what differentiates baseball from other American sports. On the other hand: Be reasonable. Do you really need to bench your third baseman because he has trouble hitting lefties? His actual coach probably isn't doing that. Our advice is to set your lineup on Sunday and get on with your life. If your top hitter gets hurt on a Monday, live with it. Ideally, you'll make this a rule for your league so your competition will feel the same burn, but even if you don't its worth obeying on principle.
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