MLB Postseason Fantasy Leagues

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

We've opened up fantasy league registration for the MLB playoffs!  Use early bird offer code EB_MLB_2018 by 9/21 for a 15% discount off your league costs.


October Baseball - Charity Contest

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Fantasy Postseason is pleased to announce “October Baseball”, a charity fantasy league contest for the MLB Playoffs featuring fantasy baseball experts from Razzball, RotoWire, RotoExperts, NY Post, Big Three Sports, various SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Fantasy Sports Network hosts, and Tout Wars members.

Each league manager is allowed to start only one player each day, and can only start that player once during the entire postseason. The winner will receive a $1,500 donation from Fantasy Postseason in their name to the Salvation Army to help support hurricane relief. 

We would like to personally thank each participant for joining us in this cause. 

If you would like to give to the Salvation Army - please give directly through their website.


Registration now open for MLB Playoffs 2017

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

We've opened up fantasy league registration for the MLB playoffs!  Use early bird offer code EB_MLB_2017 by 9/28 for a 15% discount off your league costs.


Pick One Daily Interface Updates

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Last year we introduced the Pick One Daily fantasy gaming format for the NBA, NHL, and MLB playoffs. In this model, Managers choose a new player to start each day, but can only use that player once during the entire playoff period. It's a lot of fun, requires strategy, and keeps managers engaged throughout the postseason.

This year we created a new user interface to simplify the player selection process.  See below:

 

Managers access the 'My Daily Starters' page, click on 'Pick A Starter', and can then select a player for that given day.  Further, no bench management is required. Last year, managers would need to manually drop players that have started to make room for new players; this process has been simplified considerably. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please contact us at admin@fantasypostseason.com.


MLB Postseason 2016: Relievers

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Relievers are often the Rodney Dangerfields of fantasy baseball, they get no respect. However if you look at the top scorers in last year's MLB fantasy postseason, you'll find a number of relievers in the top 25 overall scorers. Wade Davis (KC) was the leading reliever, checking in at #12 overall with 59.27 pts.  Notably, he outscored the likes of Josh Donaldson (#13), Jake Arrieta (#14), Alex Gordon (#15), and Kendrys Morales (#16). Further down the list you'll find the Royals setup man Kelvin Herrera at #19 with 51.12 pts. Jeurys Familia, the Mets closer, ended up at #22 with 46.22 pts.

So as we turn our attention the the 2016 MLB postseason, we should take a look at which postseason bound closers and setup men are finishing the regular season on a high note.

 

September Save Leaders (thru Sept 25)

PLAYER TEAM IP ER BB SO W L HLD SV BLSV WHIP ERA
Francisco Rodriguez DET 9.1 6 4 7 1 1 0...

MLB Postseason 2016: Dominant Pitchers

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Yesterday we took a look at hitters who have had hot bats in the month of September.  Let's now turn our attention to starting pitchers to focus on for your upcoming posteason fantasy baseball drafts.

September 2016 Stats (thru 9/24)

PLAYER TEAM GS IP ER BB SO W L WHIP ERA
Jon Lester CHC 4 31 2 3 24 4 0 0.71 0.58
Alex Reyes STL 2 21 3 10 23 2 1 1.10 1.29
Tanner Roark WSH 4 25 4 13 23 1 2 1.16 1.44
Johnny Cueto SF 4 28.1 5 6 24 3 0 0.95 1.59
Bartolo Colon NYM 4 25.2 5 4 16 2 0 0.86 1.75
Kyle Hendricks CHC 3 20 4 4 22 2 1 0.80 1.80
Rich Hill LAD 4 23.1 5 4 32 2 2 0.64 1.93
Kenta Maeda LAD 4 22.1 5 7 23 3 1 1.07 2.01
Rick Porcello BOS 4 31 7 1 22 3 1 0.61 2.03
Max Scherzer WSH 4 27.1 7 7 29 3 0 1.06 2.30
Justin Verlander DET 4 25 7 9 36 1 1 1.16 2.52  
Seth Lugo NYM 4 24 7 7 15 2 0 1.13 2.63
Robert Gsellman NYM 4 22 7 8 20 1 1 1.41 2.86
Jeff Samardzija SF 5 30.2 10 9 31 1 1 1.14 2.93
Jake Arrieta CHC 4 24.1 8 9 25 2 2 1.07 2.96

MLB Postseason 2016: Hot September Bats

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

A key step in preparing for your fantasy baseball playoff draft is reviewing the list of players on playoff contenders that are entering the postseason with a hot bat.  These are the players that you need to keep an eye on..

September 2016 Stats (thru 9/23)

PLAYER TEAM R H HR RBI SB BB AVG OBP SLG
Daniel Murphy WSH 7 22 0 6 2 4 0.400 0.444 0.564
Josh Reddick LAD 6 20 1 3 1 3 0.400 0.434 0.540
T.J. Rivera NYM 5 15 3 7 0 1 0.385 0.381 0.641
Hanley Ramirez BOS 14 27 10 25 1 7 0.360 0.415 0.787
Gorkys Hernandez SF 4 9 2 2 0 3 0.360 0.429 0.680
David Ortiz BOS 12 21 5 20 0 10 0.356 0.444 0.695
Jose Ramirez CLE 9 28 0 11 2 6 0.354 0.391 0.494
Devon Travis TOR 7 29 0 9 1 3 0.354 0.376 0.427
Adrian Beltre TEX 11 26 5 9 1 7 0.351 0.415 0.608
J.J. Hardy BAL 7 23 1 12 0 7 0.348 0.411 0.485
Yadier Molina STL 8 21 2 8 0 5 0.344 0.394 0.492
Miguel Montero CHC 5 11 2 5 0 2 0.344 0.400 0.625
Carlos Beltran TEX 9 24 3 16 0 6 0.343 0.395 0.557
Asdrubal...

A Cubs vs Indians World Series: Can this be the year?

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

The first major league baseball team to win back-to-back World Series was the Chicago Cubs (1907-08). But then the droughts came and they haven't won since. On the other side of the playoff bracket, you'll find the Cleveland Indians. The Indians last won a championship in 1948, though, they have knocked on the door several times since then. They represented the American league in the World Series in 1997, 1995, and further back in 1954, losing each time. 

So what are the chances that these two longsuffering teams could end up facing each other in this year's MLB postseason?  The Cubs have clearly been the strongest team in baseball during the regular season and are odds on favorites (21/10, +240) to win a World Series ring in October. Cleveland is a solid team, but they have more modest odds (9/1, +950).  

The Cubs have the most talent in baseball and they have a strong pitching staff too, which certainly matters in the postseason....


MLB Postseason 2015: A Recap From Last Year's Top 10

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

The MLB playoffs are a few weeks away and soon you'll be planning for your postseason baseball draft. Let's review the results from last year's fantasy postseason (using standard Fantasy Postseason scoring) to see what lessons we can learn. Daniel Murphy was the top scorer, and this is no surprise given his incredible performance. He's a prime time performer and someone who can be expected to do well when the lights are the brightest. The rest of the top ten is mostly composed of players on teams that made the World Series, with the lone exception being Jose Bautista whose Jays lost in the ALCS. No doubt, the key to doing well in a player pool is picking players that are going to both do well and also advance to the World Series round. One other thing to note is that 8 out of the 10 players are position players, not pitchers. Pitchers can be risky, since their scoring is heavily dependent on them getting credited for wins and/or saves.

A few other interesting...


Registration now open for MLB Playoffs 2016

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

We have opened fantasy league registration for the MLB playoffs!  Get your postseason leagues started today and invite your friends to join.  Drafts will begin on September 30th.


Fantasy Baseball Postseason: Home Field Advantage?

     Fantasy Postseason Staff

Success in postseason fantasy comes with choosing high performing players on teams that advance deep into the playoffs. A key component in determining which teams are going to advance is home field advantage, or is it?  The statistics say that postseason home field advantage varies tremendously from sport to sport.  Per Bleacher Report, NBA playoff home teams win roughly 70% of their series, NFL and NHL playoff teams win about 60% of their series/games, and MLB playoff teams win just 50% of their series.

Keep this in mind as you figure out which players to draft in your upcoming MLB postseason fantasy draft.

References:

Home Field in the World Series Ain't So Great (Fox)

Winning Series home-field advantage is important (MLB)

Is Home-Field Advantage as Important in Baseball as Other Major League Sports? (B/R)