Fantasy Sports Betting

Successful strategy for sports betting begins with an honest determination of the seriousness of the commitment of the bettor. Recreational betting on greyhound or horse racing or sports is fun and adds spice to daily activities. Nevertheless, this fun exercise has to be regarded as a method to include some punch to the viewing experience.

Regardless of the betting lines, recreational bettors tend to play their favorite teams. There isn’t anything wrong with enhancing your viewing pleasure with watch bet or a recreational wager.

Be Ready for Everything

The recreational bettor has to stay prepared to lose and must confine the bets to a level which is highly manageable. And with more than 12 million baseball fans taking part in fantasy leagues on various websites such as Google, new online gambling frontier is just round the corner.

And the concept remained right from the eighties, soon after the free agency made it highly impossible for the fan to count on the long term association with the favorite player. In order to combat this, a group of editors and writers created what is now known as the Rotisserie League. Now, several major sports from ice hockey, baseball, cricket, NASCAR to soccer have fantasy leagues which range from legions of international online organizations and investment bankers to informal groups of school kids.

Fantasy Sports – the Bond Factor?

President of the International Society for Sport Psychiatry, Ronald Kamm has stated that Fantasy leagues offer a chance for bonding and community. He also points that obsessive play (Fantasy league) may result in gambling, especially in fantasy leagues sponsored online by casinos. People are increasingly becoming objects waiting to be replaced. Fantasy sports, in that sense, is following and reflecting that trend.

While sites for online gambling are yet to explore Fantasy league’s market potential, online sports wagering market is currently worth billions of dollars.

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Fantasy Sports Strategy – Make Other Teams Beat You – Don’t Do it For Them

In fantasy sports there are a lot of things that go into making a team a great team. They all come down to team management. This includes the preparation for and execution of the draft, the analysis that precedes and the “selling” involved in trading, the unwavering attention the other teams in league and the players available on the waiver wire, and, of course, the discipline and knowledge of current real life sporting events required for the proper setting of lineups. This article will focus on the discipline part. The others will be reserved for later articles.

Before I really got into writing this article I scoffed even at the concept of writing it. It almost seemed like a given. I mean, who needs to be told that setting their lineups is an important thing to do? The answer: most of us. I guess it’s similar to asking “who needs to be told why it’s a bad idea to run a red-ish yellow light or go faster than the speed limit?” People commit traffic violations all the time and ‘the man’ has classes devoted to traffic safety for all of those who need to be reminded (I’ve been reminded before…). The man gets paid our hard earned money to tell us something we already know. I’m giving you this one for free.

It’s the same way in fantasy sports with setting lineups. How many owners manage to forget to set their lineups? In one of my leagues this year with 15 owners at least 60% of them forgot at least once about setting their lineups for a given day (to be fair it should be noted that I was one of them). Bad dogs! Do they just ignore the commonly known truth that not setting their lineup (even occasionally) hurts their chances of making the playoffs? The same is true for football in that one missed day can break an entire season. It’s hard to remember every day, especially in basketball, but it’s in your best interest to try. Here’s why…

If you assume that on average 75% of teams who forget to set their lineup for a given day lose the fantasy game that includes that day then that it a staggering number of games given away! In the league I am using as a case study that would mean that atleast 7.5 games were given away (we’ll call it eight) somewhere along the season. “Bah…”, you say, “Eight games across an entire season… What does it matter? Why should I care?” Well, I’m glad you asked.

Let’s take one of the guys who is always in my leagues as an example. To be nice, I’ll hide his real name and call him… Kiley (like Wiley the Coyote – he’s always trying hard and getting really close but doing something silly to trip himself up). Anyway, Kiley is a pretty good fantasy player. Great with numbers, a strong analytical mind, and a decent sports fan so he tends to do pretty well. By doing pretty well, I mean that he is generally a threat come playoff time each season. You wouldn’t want to play him if you could avoid it. Our leagues have been like the western conference is this year (0.5 to 1.5 games separating 4th from 10th place), and he has ended up in 9th in both. He was the definition of a bubble team in both. If he would have won or another team would have lost he would have been in – or sometimes just the other team losing would have been enough.

Kiley does have one tragic flaw (aside from having been a “potato fluffer” at one point in his life) that explains why he has “gone fishing” rather than is playing in the playoffs. At least 2 or 3 times every basketball season he forgets to set his lineup. Effectively he gives away 2 or 3 games every single season. He just plain forgets. Last year the margin between “In the playoffs and out of the playoffs” in the Western Conference was basically one game. What if one team’s coach didn’t bother putting any players on the court a couple of games (or even quarters) this year? That’s how Kiley’s situation should be viewed. Coaching robbed him of a shot.

As I mentioned before, for the last two years he has missed the playoffs by the slimmest of margins (he tied for 8th place and lost the tie breaker to get knocked out). I mentioned to him after he got knocked out in the final game of the season that I was thinking about doing a post on this subject. To be a good sport he went back, analyzed the season and found that he had missed three days and that it cost him 2 of those three in wins. It also affected his average per game score by about 6.5 points. The average points turned out not to have mattered as it would not have been enough to get him in, but the two games certainly did. If he had set his lineup he actually would have been a 7th seed rather than a fisherman.

As fantasy owners we do a lot during the preseason and season to get ready for the fantasy playoffs. We need to be aware that little slipups along the way can do major damage to undermine all that work and effort. Set your lineups and put yourself in that other guy’s shoes. Wouldn’t you rather be the guy that tied Kiley for that last spot and made it into the playoffs instead of being Kiley who lost a tie breaker that didn’t even have to happen?

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Fantasy Baseball 2009

Well, the season is just under one week away which means fantasy baseball season is fast approaching. Drafts have already started and leagues are starting to form. The popularity of fantasy baseball has absolutely exploded over the past couple of years. Everyone seems to be joining in on the fun. I recently saw a news story somewhere about how women were increasingly becoming part of the fantasy sports scene. I absolutely love fantasy baseball. It gives me a chance to prepare for the upcoming season and take a look at what happened last year statistically.

I have to admit that I have done more mock drafts than I can count so far this spring. I love putting together a baseball team and competing with other users on a fantasy baseball website. I primarily use Yahoo! to play fantasy baseball but I have been experimenting with ESPN as well as I find it incredibly entertaining to put together a fantasy team from scratch. So one thing I wanted to talk about was a suggestion on how to draft a team. I am in no way a fantasy baseball expert but I do have my own strategy that has worked for me in the past. First off, I want to start by saying that I believe Jose Reyes is the single most overrated player in fantasy baseball.

Yes he is a 5 category fantasy player but his average, power, and RBI potential are not worth a first round pick in my opinion. I realize that shortstop is a very scarce position but I am not willing to blow a first round pick on a shortstop other than Hanley Ramirez. I would much rather use my first round pick, especially early in the draft, on a power hitter that will hit for a ton of average, home runs, and RBIs. Albert Pujols is the single most consistent hitter in the major leagues and I would much rather take him than most other players. However, my absolute favorite spot in a fantasy draft in a 10 team league is the 6-8 spots and in a 12 team league I like the 8-10 picks. You can still get an incredible player at the top (especially since someone will probably waste a pick on Reyes and I have even seen Chase Utley go in the first round or very early second round) and you then you get an early second round pick right after that.

What I have found myself doing is being able to grab someone like Miguel Cabrera (who might win the AL MVP this year) and then turn around and grab someone like Lance Berkman or Carlos Lee and every once in awhile Mark Teixeira will drop down to the 14th or so pick and I can grab him also. There are plenty of players that can fill in for speed. The most important pick for me in the third round pick this year where I completely and totally zone in on Carlos Beltran. I think that he is underrated and he is ranked around 25th overall in fantasy baseball. The guy is a solid and consistent 5 category player. I sit back and watch people draft pitchers with some first and second round picks.

This is where some conflict comes up when I talk to people during mock drafts. For me, pitchers are so much more volatile than position players. People with the last first round pick and the first second round pick have consistently been picking Johan Santana and Tim Lincecum back to back. Now of course they are going to have the best one two punch of any rotation in the league, but for me health among pitchers is much more of a concern than position players. Plus, a top tier position player is going to play around 160 games when fully healthy and a starting pitcher is only going to make 30-35 starts in a season. I honestly wait until around round six or seven before I start drafting pitchers.

You can put together a very good staff late in drafts if you know what you are doing. I have been getting pitchers like Chad Billingsley, Javier Vazquez (who should be fantastic in the NL), and Yovani Gallardo after the 8th round. That is going to be three ERAs around 3.50, WHIPs around 1.20, wins around 15, and strikeouts around 200. That is a devastating 1-3 on starters. Oh, and I literally laugh hysterically when people blow their fourth or fifth round pick on Papelbon. Why do people slobber all over one category pitchers? Closer is the single most unpredictable and volatile position in fantasy baseball. We saw teams switching closers all the time last year and I was able to not draft a single closer in one of my leagues yet finished 7th out of 12 in saves last year. Granted 7th out of 12 is not that great but considering the number of saves I got off the waiver wire and free agency it just goes to show how quickly and how many closers can lose their jobs.

This year I have been taking Brian Wilson as well as Matt Lindstrom very late. Usually around round 18. My lineup is usually mostly filled out by the time I start drafting pitchers in the 8th or 9th rounds. Like I said before I absolutely love doing fantasy drafts and playing against family and friends or complete strangers. If any of you who read this would be interested in starting a league for fun or just talking about fantasy baseball in general feel free to head on over to the forums page and post your thoughts and/or if you are interested in starting a league and playing against each other and other members of this site. Fantasy baseball is one of those things that I feel like anyone who loves baseball will enjoy. It gives you a chance to analyze statistics of certain players, teams, ballparks, and any number of other factors.

For instance, Matt Holliday was one of the best players in the Major Leagues while he was in Colorado. Now he is in Oakland and it will be interesting to see what will happen to his numbers moving from hitter friendly Coors Field to the pitcher friendly stadium out in Oakland.

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Have an Amazing Career in Sports Writing Jobs

An ardent lover of sports with a great passion for writing can truly find a bright career in sports writing jobs. The value of this job is high as powerful words have the capability of creating heroes together with enriching the public with information and entertainment. There are different categories of sports writing jobs. With the internet serving as an incredible sports media, the gateway for multiple opportunities, including freelance writing in this field has been opened.

Fantasy games are gaining popularity these days. Hence several writers indulge in penning about different fantasy league teams, their schemes and policies and so on. Unlike, other sports writers, the people in this profile have opportunities only for working for sites that offer fantasy sports. But in these days where internet has a tremendous influence in our lifestyle, several fantasy hockey, football, baseball and golf teams. Since the people visiting these sites are in hunt of modern trends in this avenue of sport, most of the commercial sites employ professional who have experience and knowledge in the concerned field.

Benefits of Sports Writing Jobs

Sports writing job is a profile where one has increased chances to interact with famous personalities like the Olympic champions and also have the privilege to understand the happenings behind the curtain of every game such as the training procedure, team creation strategies etc. This is an avenue where skilled writers can fame in very short span of time. Though the pay is a little bit low, the writers have extreme job satisfaction and enjoyment.

Sport writers can write anything related to the game like the winning strategies adopted by the teams, situations that led to the success or failure of the game and so on. But the most information provided should be accurate and insightful to the readers.

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