Fake Sports Grudge Match: Football vs. Baseball

The Beginning:

I started playing fantasy baseball 6 years ago. The first league I played in was crazy, 16 different categories in a head-to-head format with 11 other guys. I was in over my head. I wound up finishing in the middle of the pack, but decided that if I wanted to continue to play that I would have to tone it back and learn the basics. I felt like I was trying to jump off the high dive before I even knew how to swim. Over the next couple of years I played in more simplified leagues, which included 10 categories (hits, HR, stolen bases, batting average, RBI, wins, strikeouts, saves, ERA, WHIP). We had 10 different guys in that league and it was a blast. I finally got the concept of how the game was played. The format was weekly, so you set your lineup on Monday and not again until the following week. This is nice for people who work full time, and while at the time I was in high school, many of the other people I played with did not have as much time to spend on it daily. The other interesting thing about that league was that it was an auction league. For those who do not know, auction leagues are set up in such a way that each player is bid on during the draft, and the players are auctioned off. Some owners are aggressive and bid right away, others sit back and grab a ton of above average guys and maybe only have one superstar on their team. Auction leagues give owners a lot of say in who is on their team unlike snake drafts where you might not have the chance at specific players based on your draft order.

For me, the first few years of fantasy baseball were just something to do while I waited for fantasy football to start back up again. I set my lineup on Monday and would check it daily but couldn’t make any changes. I liked the idea of being able to make daily changes and so I asked some buddies who I played fantasy football with if they would want to play fantasy baseball. 10 guys were in and we started creating what the league should look like. We came up with our categories and decided that we all had time to look enough to make daily changes. Once I started playing in leagues where you could make those daily changes, I was hooked.

Fantasy Football:

For those who know me or have read anything I have written since I started at The Sports Script, you know how much I love  fantasy football. I watch every Thursday night game unless something more important keeps me away. Sundays afternoons are usually spent in my basement (I wrote about my sweet setup here). Sunday nights are spent on the treadmill at the gym, where I strategize about what I need to have happen in the Sunday night and Monday night games. On Monday nights I am usually back on the bike to watch the first half before rushing home to catch the second half at my house. While I realized this year that maybe 7 leagues is a few too many, I still had a blast not only writing about fantasy football, but playing it as well. I love the rivalries with friends, I love the trophies and stories you hear on about on Twitter and I love the fact that millions from age 8 to 80 play the game. There are hundreds of different formats and everyone has a favorite player (or least favorite player) based on how they won (or lost) you a fantasy championship over the years. Mine is Matthew Stafford, if you want the story you will have to ask me about it on Twitter. It is one of my favorite stories to tell, even though it ended in tears of sadness and happiness all at the same time. So after all this, how can I tell you that while I like fantasy football, I love fantasy baseball?

Fantasy Baseball:

simpsons-sabermetricsBaseball is truly amazing, and I think that is why the fantasy game is so great. Football gets the ratings, football gets the hype, football rules all other sports when it comes to North American popularity, but football still doesn’t have that simple feel that baseball fans have come to love. Football has so many rules and penalties and changing of players between offense and defense. Have you ever tried to explain football to someone who has never seen the game before? I would rather take Organic Chemistry. Baseball is as simple as you want it to be. 9 positions and 9 hitters per team. The majority of the batters also play out in the field and when they get three outs they get to come to bat. Explaining baseball to someone who hasn’t seen it before is easier than grabbing a second plate of food at a buffet. For those who do not want simplicity, baseball has some of the most advanced stats in any sport that can have you wandering around Baseball Reference for hours. They have stats for a batter’s average when they hit the ball hard. They have a rate to see how often pitchers give up groundballs relative to fly balls. How many times did the pitcher throw a change up on a 0-2 count in the last 30 days? I am sure all you have to do is a little research and you can find pretty much any stat you want on any player. The game can be simple, but it can be advanced and that brings in an audience that is very diverse.

Fantasy baseball reaches those same people by how advanced leagues are. Your league can have 5 categories or 20. Your league can have 4 teams or 25. You can hold a classic snake draft or an auction. You can use keepers from year to year, or you can make each season a new adventure. While you might look at this list and say that fantasy football provides the same array of differences, the best thing about baseball is how many games there are.

162 Games:

The baseball season is long. Longer than most of Kim Kardashian’s marriages, longer than a foot-long hotdog at the ballpark and longer than any other major professional sport. The NHL and NBA each play 82 games and the NFL plays 16 games during their respective regular seasons. For many, 162 games is the reason they don’t play fantasy baseball. Too many games or too long of a season are excuses I have heard for many who have denied my invitations over the years. For some, their love of baseball is trumped by the commitment needed over the course of an entire season. Those individuals may like the weekly game I mentioned earlier. Owners can check it once a day or once a week and the outcome won’t be different because changes cannot be made once the lineup is locked.

For me, the reason I love fantasy baseball is because there are so many games. There are few days between April and August where you will not find live baseball on your television. There are games on when you are at work and days on when you get back home. Your home team might play on a Thursday afternoon and then again Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Sometimes if you are lucky, your favorite team or players might play twice in one day! You might come home and see that David Wright just hit for the cycle or that Phil Hughes just threw a gem while you were finishing up at the office. Baseball doesn’t take breaks and either do daily fake baseball leagues. Every day you can make moves whether you want to add a hot bat off the waiver wire or pick up a pitcher who is starting.

Skill or (Andrew) Luck:

Take this quick example about fantasy football and how great teams might not make the playoffs. I know you probably don’t care about my team, but hear me out. Week 16 concluded one of my leagues and so I went and looked at the team that I thought was best. My team (at least to me) was stacked. It was headlined by Russell Wilson (QB3), DeMarco Murray (RB1), Le’Veon Bell (RB2), AJ Green (WR21), Julian Edelman (WR17) and Martellus Bennett (TE5). Keep in mind, this is a 10 team league. My final record? 4-9. 4 and 9!

Many times in fantasy football, the team with the best roster does not win. Sometimes they don’t even make the playoffs. Maybe your quarterback has just one bad game in the playoffs and your undefeated team might be out of the running for the championship. I see this a lot less in fantasy baseball, regardless on if you play in weekly leagues or daily leagues. The best overall team over the course of the season usually finds themselves in the playoffs and fighting for a championship (Editor’s note: It’s the sample size, man!). You can build your team around pitching or you can build your team around hitting or you can try to balance them out. Roto has been around forever though, which allows all the teams in the league to compete against one another over the course of the entire season, thus eliminating much of the luck. There’s a good chance some football leagues begin to move this way in the very near future.

fantasy-football-team-embarassesmentFor those who read this article and have read my Weekly Stream column every week, thank you for your continued devotion to my writing. Do not look at this article as a bash on fantasy football because obviously I still have a love for it. What readers should take away from this article is that there are other fantasy sports out there and baseball is one that can not only keep you occupied during the football offseason but also give you a completely different outlook at how you can play fantasy sports. Playing fantasy baseball and playing football are completely different but both provide entertainment, which is the main reason that we play fantasy in the first place.

For newcomers to the game of fantasy baseball, look for an article from me in the next couple of weeks about websites to help you get started with your league. I will also include some stud Twitter follows, and maybe a couple of basic vocabulary words to get you going. Look for continued articles from all of us at TSS. We had some great articles covering the Winter Meetings and will be providing more content as we move on from football. As always thanks for continuing to read and for the good words on social media.

Happy New Year! We’ll see you in 2015.

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Jared “Minnesota Nice” Hines is a fantasy football contributor at The Sports Script. Follow him on Twitter @Jared_Hines27!

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Interview with Lets Be Cops star Joshua Ormond

I had the chance to interview star of the #1 movie in America Let’s Be Cops – Joshua Ormond. The 14-year old star as Little Joey in the film. I had the great pleasure in talking with him, we talked everything from what it was like onset with co-stars Damon Wayans Jr and Jake Johnson to what he likes to do on his downtime to what his plans are for the future.

Check out the full interview here:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thesportsscript/2014/08/14/interview-with-lets-be-cops-star-joshua-Ormond

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Joshua on the set of his new movie with co-stars Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top DFS Plays for 08/11/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Carlos Ruiz vs. Jonathon Niese – hitting .370 (10/27) with 2 2Bs, a HR, 3 RBIs & 3 BBs

B.J. Upton vs. Dan Haren – hitting .278 (10/36) with a 2B, 5 HRs & 5 RBIs
Just take my right to write away now

Starlin Castro vs. Yovani Gallardo – hitting .378 (14/37) with 3 2Bs, a RBI & 2 BBs

 Russell Martin vs. Justin Verlander – hitting .429 (6/14) with a HR, 2 RBIs & 2 BBs
Martin is hot at the plate over the last week hitting .412 and is riding a 8 game hitting streak as well.

Garrett Jones vs. Shelby Miller – hitting .538 (7/13) with 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs & 2 BBs

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Garrett Jones

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Sonny Gray vs. Kansas City Royals – Gray is my favorite pitcher in baseball PERIOD!!! Start the man today.

TV Show of the Day – Sons of Anarchy – Folks this comes back September 9th. If you haven’t watched this show you have a few short weeks to catch up and watch it. Fantastic show.

Top DFS Plays for 08/09/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Jose Bautista vs. Max Scherzer – hitting .571 (8/14) with 4 2Bs, a HR, 3 RBIs & 3 BBs

I fully support a O’s stack today. They have destroyed Lackey this year. He is 1-2 with a 7.02 ERA in 3 games against them this season.

Manny Machado vs. John Lackey – hitting .389 (7/18) with a 2B, 2 HRs & 4 RBIs
Nelson Cruz – hitting .333 (12/36) with 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs & 2 BBs
Nick Markakis – hitting .328 (21/64) with 6 2Bs, a 3B, 5 RBIs & 6 BBs

Ryan Howard vs. Dillon Gee – hitting .450 (9/20) with a 2B, 6 HRs, 14 RBIs & a BB
6 HRS in 20 At-Bats, I really like those odds.

Daniel Murphy vs. Cole Hamels – hitting .354 (17/48) with 4 2Bs, a HR, 6 RBIs & a BB
Murphy is red-hot at the plate over the last week and has a fantastic history against Hamels. Must start today.

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Ryan Howard or Nelson Cruz

Top DFS Pitcher for today:

Francisco Liriano vs. San Diego Padres – Liriano in his last 4 starts has been insane good. Padres aren’t exactly a offensive powerhouse and Liriano should have no problem making you some money today.

Trailer of the Day – Interstellar – Christopher Nolan and Mattew McConaughey together? Count me in. The trailers look fantastic and I really can’t wait for this movie.

Top DFS Plays for 07/24/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Adrian Beltre vs. Brandon McCarthy – hitting .424 (14/33) with 4 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI and a walk

Buster Posey vs. Cole Hamels – hitting .636 (7/11) with 4 2B, a HR and 5 RBI
Posey is hitting .318 vs. LHP this season.

Braves stack (Gattis, Freeman, Johnson, & Heyward) vs. Henderson Alvarez – All hitting above .400 against him this season
BJ might even be a sneaky play today as he hit a 3-run shot off Alvarez in their 1st matchup of the season.

Omar Infante vs. Corey Kluber – hitting .357 (5/14) with 2 2B, 1 RBI and a walk

Ricky’s HR Guarantee: Evan Gattis

Top DFS pitcher for today:

Tim Hudson vs. Philadelphia Philies – Hudson is 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA and 17 K in 5 starts over the last 3 seasons at Citizen Bank Park.

TV Show of the Day: Suits – This show is not watched by enough people. It’s been one of the best shows for years now. If you haven’t watched it yet, start from the beginning.

Follow Ricky on Twitter @Rickygangster!

Top DFS plays for 07/23/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Alexei Ramirez vs. James Shields – hitting .417 (20/48) with a 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI and 3 walks

Jonathan Lucroy vs. Mike Leake – hitting .350 (7/20) with a 2B, HR, 2 RBI and 2 walks

Robinson Cano vs. Bartolo Colon – hitting .400 (6/15) with 2 2B, a HR, 2 RBI and 2 walks

Andrew McCutchen vs. Dan Haren – hitting .333 (4/12) with a 2B, 2 Hs, 4 RBI and a walk
Haren has a road ERA of 5.11 this season.

Jason Heyward vs. Nathan Eovaldi – hitting .455 (10/22) with 2 2B, a 3B, 2 RBI and a walk
LHH are hitting .303 with 8 HR and 37 RBI against Eovaldi in ’14.

Top DFS pitcher for today:

Madison Bumgarner vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Even though he has struggled over his last few starts, Bumgarner has a 1.94 ERA on the road and the Phillies, well, just aren’t very good at baseball.

Movie of the day: Lucy – I got a chance to see this last night and you know what? It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but wait until it comes out on DVD until you check it out.

Follow Ricky on Twitter @Rickygangster!

Top DFS Plays for 07/20/14

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

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Top DFS hitters for today:

Adrian Beltre vs. Mark Buehrle – hitting .333 (12/36) with 2 2B, a HR and 4 RBI

Freddie Freeman vs. Kyle Kendrick – hitting .364 (8/22) with 2 2B, a HR, 6 RBI and 4 walks
Kendrick is 2-4 with a 5.12 ERA and lefties are hitting .323 with 7 HR against him this season.

Michael Brantley vs. Drew Smyly – hitting .500 (5/10) with 2 2B, a 3B, 2 RBI and 2 walks
Brantley is hot at the plate and is hitting .382 against Detroit this season.

Carlos Santana vs. Drew Smyly – hitting .300 (3/10) with 2 2Bs, a RBI & 3 BBs
I fully expect Santana to hit right-handed as righties have had big time success against Smyly this season.

Andrew McCutchen vs. Tyler Matzek – no previous matchup history
Matzek struggles against righties as they are hitting .305 with 3 HR & 17 RBI on the season. I expect ‘Cutch’ to welcome the young man to the show on Sunday.

Top DFS picther for today:

Tim Lincecum vs. Miami Marlins – Big Time Timmy Jim is 4-0 in his last 4 starts. I’m looking past his road ERA near 6 on the season

TV show of the day: Rookie Blue – I have been following this show for 5 seasons now and I really enjoy it. It’s a pretty good summer show to get attached too. Check it out.

Follow Ricky on Twitter @Rickygangster!

Top DFS Plays for 07/18/14

Good Morning! Baseball is back! It was a rough couple of days for us DFS players. Maybe you found yourself dabbling in DFS golf or betting the Home Run Derby. Today, I re-launch my daily DFS plays. I’ll outline my favorite hitters for the day as well as my top pitching option. Check back frequently, as I’ll have this live every morning!

*Top hitters and pitchers highlight exceptional matchups that may include stars, lesser-known players and those on your waiver wires.

When I put together my top hitters and pitchers I factor in several things. First, prior matchup history, whether the hitter is hot and the pitcher’s history against that type of batter. Also, these matchups are normally released in the morning so make sure that you double-check the weather leading up to games in case they were postponed or the player got the day off.

Top DFS hitters for today:

Giancarlo Stanton vs. Madison Bumgarner – hitting .636 (7/11) with 5 2B, 3 RBI and a walk
Stanton is hitting a cool .370 this year against LHP.

Jayson Werth vs. Kyle Lohse – hitting .333 (9/27) with 3 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI and a walk
Werth is one of the hottest hitters in baseball right now with 6 HR in the month of July. He’s got a great matchup and should be in all lineups tonight.

Robinson Cano vs. Jered Weaver – hitting .361 (13/36) with a 3B & 3 RBI
Weaver has given up 11 dingers to opposing lefties this season.

Detriot Tigers stack against Trevor Bauer 
Bauer has given up 9 homers this year and 5 of those came in 2 starts against the Tigers.

Top Pitching option for today:

Bartolo Colon vs. San Diego Padres – 7 1/3 innings 4 hits, 2 ER, 7 punchouts and a walk
Colon was fantastic in his last outing against the Padres and they have one of, if not the worst offense in the NL. Love big fat Bartolo today.

Movie of the day: The Purge: Anarchy – The first movie was awful and I really thought it was a waste of an original idea. However, the sequel hits the big screen today. I saw it and it was fantastic; everything I wanted the first one to be. Check out my video review of it via the link! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P44OUpf2BDI

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Fantasy Forecaster 07/10/14

Did you miss the live Fantasy Forecaster??? Ricky & was joined by co-host Jeff talked Justin Ruggiano, Wade Miley, David Peralta and handed out who they thought were the Fantasy Baseball All-Stars per position.

Take a listen here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thesportsscript/2014/07/10/the-fantasy-forecaster

Check out the show here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thesportsscript/2014/05/29/the-fantasy-forecaster or you can subscribe on iTunes here and have the show dropped every Thursday morning!: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-sports-script/id850876078?mt=2

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Make sure to check out Timothy’s work over at FantasySquads.com also follow him on twitter!!! He should be near the thousands folks!!!! @Tking978

Check out Ricky’s work here at the Sports Script & Follow him over on twitter as well @Rickygangster

Jeff (@InfirmaryReport)from http://theinfirmaryreport.blogspot.com came back this week to give us all the latest news on injuries across the diamond.

We will be back next week with another edition of the Fantasy Forecaster at 9 PM EST. Make sure to tune in!!!