Player Evaluation - This is the area that bleeds into the entire management process and it's tough to excel in fantasy baseball without some skill here. However, if you were excellent in player evaluation, you could still be a poor manager if you couldn't handle the other two elements that we'll discuss. Player evaluation is simply about comparing players and realizing who is most valuable (like, 'is Ian Kinsler more valuable than Dustin Pedroia?'). It's about understanding the value of each player as it relates to fantasy baseball and your league particularly. Throughout the preseason, I did player profiles and introduced my player valuing system in hopes of helping you better evaluate and compare players. During the season now, I will continue with player profiles so you know who to trade for and who to target from the waiver wires (see: Roster Management).
Draft Strategy - It only lasts a couple of hours but it ends up being extremely important to your fantasy baseball success. It's hard to overcome a poor draft but it is possible if you are especially adept in the other two areas here. But, draft strategy is about knowing when to draft certain positions and how to effectively fill your roster to best prepare you for the season. We went on endlessly about this in the preseason. Now that the season is here, draft strategy won't be revisited by Mr. Cheatsheet until next preseason.
Roster Management - This is about trades and pickups. Choosing who to sit and who to start is usually not going to make or break your season (except in single elimination head-to-head playoff games) but making the right trade or pickup can provide huge dividends. Since the season has arrived, I'll be focusing on evaluating various players as they break out or start to slump so you know how to treat these players. I'll also be looking at various statistics for those players and explain why they support either a breakout or a regression to the mean. And, on top of that, I'm working on a trade analysis spreadsheet that will be updated throughout the season for you to judge who would get the best of the trade (taking many factors into account).
So, there you have it: the three elements to success and how Mr. Cheatsheet will hope you get better in each.
We had some exciting action yesterday in the baseball world but I'm reserving judgement on anything until we have a couple more games under our belt to analyze (Garrett Jones though, wow!).