In the SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League we hold our "keeper" draft in February when training camps open. We choose five players from the previous year's team to form the nucleus of our upcoming year's roster. In early March, we hold our second draft to fill out the 26-player roster.
Early drafts force owners to react to Spring Training events. It engages the league early and begins to develop storylines for each team. Owners are constantly managing their rosters heading into Opening Day. To be good at this game you need to prepare for your draft and learn to manage your roster. Dealing with the surprises of Spring Training is a big part of the game and the best fantasy league owners can react on the fly.
Here are several issues facing SFRRC Fantasy League owners heading into Opening Day.
- Michael Pineda complained of a sore right shoulder after he couldn't complete three innings on Friday night. He's headed to the DL and owner Leigh-Ann Wendling will have to make a roster change on Sunday to replace Pineda.
- Michael Morse, Chase Utley and Corey Hart are all hurt and they all play for one team in our league - Give it a Yankee. Owner Brian Benzing has a team that is favored to win the North Division but he's going to be tested early.
- Drew Storen has a sore elbow and won't start the season with the Nationals. Storen is one of my closers and I'm waiting for the Nationals to put him on the DL. Unfortunately, the Nationals don't respect my weekly roster deadline of 11:59 p.m. Sunday. If he doesn't go on the DL, I have a choice to make - drop a player from my roster to add another reliever or play Ivan Nova and probably lose the ERA and WHIP categories in my first week's head-to-head match-up.
- Carolyn Greene, owner of The Bulls, has to decide whether to drop reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo, who is having VISA troubles and can't leave the Dominican Republic; deal with Chris Carpenter's nerve injury; find a replacement for Mike Carp who hurt himself in the season's first game; and monitor Shaun Marcum's sore right shoulder.