Cleveland Indians Baseball Schedule, News, Tickets, Scores, Players, Blogs, Videos, Links and More
More Fan Site Teams:

Joe Maddons shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

Joe Maddons shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy
Published On: Wed, Jun 07
Dec 10, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; ESPN Baseball Tonight analyst Buster Olney talks about the Baltimore Orioles retracting the seven year 150 million offer to first baseman Chris Davis (not pictured) during the MLB winter meetings at Gaylord Opryland Resort . Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to keep a watchful eye on your players level of productivity, your place in the standings for each individual scoring category, explore potential trades and, of course, make strong waiver pick-ups to augment your teams overall production. But one of the most often overlooked aspects of being a savvy fantasy general manager is to know the rules of your league inside and out.

Throughout your prep work, you were undoubtedly advised to utilize players with multi-position eligibility. Rostering those who qualify at a variety of positions gives you added roster flexibility and allows you to explore a greater number of waiver possibilities if you were in need of supplementing your roster in the wake of injuries. If you drafted Javier Baez as a shortstop and lost Jason Kipnis at second base, you werent limited to only scouring the shortstops on your waiver wire. The addition of a middle or corner infield spot also helps with this, but again, given the rash of injuries weve seen this season, the need to replace multiple players at once has become prevalent.

While youre can look for players with multi-position eligibility on your waiver wire, the quality of those who are eligible isnt exactly first-rate. Usually you will find a slew of light-hitting middle infielders who meet the criteria, but their playing time is that of a back-up utility man, not of someone who is going to see full-time at-bats. And that brings us to some next-level fantasy general manager work that few people pay much mind but should, especially with what weve recently seen in Major League Baseball.

For those who havent been paying attention, theres a bit of controversy developing in the fantasy community because of in-season position eligibility changes. Most leagues will allow a player to add eligibility at a new position if they make a certain number of in-season appearances at a position different from their primary. The criteria changes from league to league, but anywhere between five and 10 games seems to be to most commonly used. Though that rule has been around for quite some time, its flaws are now being exposed by Cubs manager Joe Maddons implementation of defensive shifts.

Read the complete news article here...

More Featured News

Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isnt good enough yet
Published On: Sun, Aug 20
Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isnt in favor of such a change, according to MLB.coms Anthony Castrovince.The fact of t...
Corey Kluber Suffers Ankle Injury vs. Royals
Published On: Sat, Aug 19
Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is dealing with injury issues again after leaving Friday's start against the Kansas City Royals with a sprained right ankle, according to's Paul...
X-rays negative for Indians MVP candidate Jose Ramirez after pitch hits his forearm
Published On: Fri, Aug 18
The first-place Indians avoided a big blow Thursday, it appears. Third baseman and All-Star Jose Ramirez left Cleveland's game against the Twins immediately after being hit by a pitch in his right ...
Indians' MVP candidate Jose Ramirez exits game after pitch hits his right forearm
Published On: Thu, Aug 17
The first-place Indians may have suffered a big blow. Time will tell once Jose Ramirez has a chance to be examined, but he left Thursday afternoon's game against the Twins immediately after being h...
Miller to be activated from DL on Friday
Published On: Thu, Aug 17
Andrew Miller has shouldered a heavy load for the Indians since joining the team last summer. Cleveland is hoping that his recent stint on the shelf not only helped him get over the right knee issu...
Edwin Encarnacion: 'I was surprised' Red Sox didn't make offer
Published On: Tue, Aug 15
When Edwin Encarnacion sat down with his agent, Paul Kinzer, to strategize the slugger's plan heading into free agency after the 2016 season, three teams were surfaced by the player as preferred de...
Miller expected to rejoin Indians on Friday
Published On: Tue, Aug 15
In the midst of a four-city, 10-game road trip, the Indians had some encouraging news on the prospects of All-Star reliever Andrew Miller rejoining the group before it's all said and done.Out since...
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis leaves game with tight right hamstring
Published On: Fri, Aug 11
The Indians can't seem to stay healthy.Second baseman Jason Kipnis, who just came off the disabled list on Sunday, left Thursday night's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field in the fourth innin...
Yankees made run at Jay Bruce, but Mets didnt pull trigger
Published On: Thu, Aug 10
After being mostly shunned at the non-waiver deadline, Jay Bruce was pursued by two AL teams with playoff aspirations and more.The Yankees were not only one of those teams, they had agreed to send ...
The Cleveland Indians had no choice but to acquire Jay Bruce from New York Mets
Published On: Thu, Aug 10
The waiting game is over for the Indians. Enter Jay Bruce, who until Wednesday night was the property of the New York Mets.The Indians were reluctant to make a big trade for a hitter before the Jul...
Jerseys Hats Shirts Sweatshirts

Name Pos
Austin Jackson CF
Carlos Santana 1B
Lonnie Chisenhall RF
Michael Brantley LF
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Carlos Carrasco SP
Corey Kluber SP
Zach McAllister RP
Josh Tomlin SP
Yan Gomes C
See All Players