2012 Fantasy Baseball: How to use Twitter & Social Media to win your League
The best way to do so is to look at your league at 7:00 pm on weekdays and 1:00 pm on weekends. This way you will know which of your players are starting for the day and see what moves have been made.
In addition, you can set your lineup weeks in advance. When you have free time, scroll ahead in your roster and plug in those who are starting on given days. This will ensure you are, at the least, maximizing your hitting lineup potential.
Aside from this, you can set up Google alerts for your closers. That way you know if your guy recorded/blew a save and if there is a closer controversy or injury you need to pay attention. If you don’t get an e-mail, you don’t have to worry.
Another time saving tool is Twitter. For those of you on Twitter, you know about hashtags (#). For those of you not on twitter, a # goes before any word you want to make searchable. Almost all relevant tweets will include #ROTO and possibly #FantasyBaseball. Through the wonders of applications like Tweetdeck, you can create columns via search terms. I also advocate creating a column for “fantasy baseball,” as Twitter becomes even more searchable.
So, all you have to do is create a few searchable columns in your Twitter application and you’ll be aware of any big news right as it happens. Seriously, that’s how I found out Joe Nathan was out for the season two years ago. Trust me, there are hundreds of great Fantasy Baseball tweeters out there. In lieu of creating searches or in addition to, you could also simply follow (in no particular order):
@TheFantasyFix, @fantasyrundown, @jasoncollette, @sgardnerUSAT, @sporer, @TheTonyCincotta, @JoelHenard, @PaulGreco, @enosarris, @schwartzstops, @LennyMelnick, @FP911, @Razzball, @BaseballGuys, @DerekVanRiper, @fantasynewsman, @closernews, @johnwhorfin, @pdicaprioFP911, @robneyer, @keithlaw, @fantasy_sherpa, @FantasyFix_Evan, @theRealTal, @BaseballPress, @FantasyTrade411, @Thomas_Saucke, @jhalpin37, @MattDFP911, @JMastrodonato, @CWHager, @FantasyNomad, @Ben_Duronio, @rudygamble, @AaronGleeman, @MLBdirt, @MikeGianella, @RotoRob, @TozRotoThink, @craigcalcaterra, @EMackCBSFantasy, and @jonahkeri.
While you’re doing your social networking thing, you’ll have instant analysis and news delivered to you without having to lift a finger (aside from a mouse click).
Dominating the Trade Market
You also can typically win trades by being lazy. The best stance to take on a trade is ambivalence. If someone approaches you with a trade, respond that you are interested and ask them to make a proposal. They’ll come back with an idea, which is less than what they would actually pay. So, you take your time. Your trading partner will wonder where your response is and might even propose a better trade before you respond. To win a trade, all you have to do is be cool and be nice.
In addition to winning your trade via benign neglect (not the Moynihan version), you should elicit the help of your friends who might be more knowledgeable or diligent when it comes to fantasy baseball (or the twitter list above). This way you can have your team assessed by your friends and receive an honest valuation of the trade without having to do any of the research yourself. All you have to do is shoot them an e-mail or tweet.
So, through the wonders of 35 minutes of roster maintenance a week, Google alerts/RSS feeds, twitter and ignoring trade requests, you’ll be in a good spot to compete in your league with little muss and fuss.
Written by Albert Lang exclusively for TheFantasyFix.com
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