The Start of the Season is Delayed … Now What?

While moving the MLB season back was the best possible action with the given information, it leaves the fantasy game and analysts like me in a little bit of limbo. Today, I had planned on writing about closers or just do another addition of Mining the News. Also, I was supposed to be off to New York for my Tout Wars auction (moved online) and my NFBC Main Event draft (moved back). After both those drafts, it was to be a week of absorbing as much news as possible and then covering games that matter while scouring over lineups and pitching debuts. Now what?

At its core, fantasy baseball allows people to escape their real-world problems and that diversion has been taken away when they need it most. While many people will have more pressing matters as the COVID-19 spreads, it would have been nice for them to enjoy their favorite escape. And most other live entertainment is on hold for the time being. I don’t know what other options people have to keep themselves entertained but it might be a good time to spend some time with your family and learn a new skill or even read one of those “book” things.

Getting back to fantasy baseball, if at all possible, don’t draft this weekend. Wait at least a week to see how the situation unfolds. The season is delayed just two weeks right now but that time frame could increase depending as the public and MLB player infection level grows. No one wants to manage a team with so many possible changes.

For those leagues who have already drafted, MOVE BACK YOUR FIRST FAAB/WAIVER WIRE PERIOD from the upcoming weekends. It’s best for teams to make needed changes as soon as possible to the season’s start. Multiple FAAB periods between now and the season’s start makes ZERO sense.

As for the content available at RotoGraphs, it’ll be a learning period. A lot depends on if games will be played and there is access to them and interviews with the participants. There is a little bit of information I can grind through and few multi-inning starts available at MLB.com for analysis, but mainly the game is heading to pre-Spring Training mode. Otherwise, I’m thinking of doing a full reset to create a few tools to help pinpoint regular season values. Also, I may create the world’s simplest projection.

I’m sure I won’t be as efficient during this transition providing useful information. If anything would be useful, please let me or any of the other writers know. Doing the next couple of months, please let us know how we can provide an escape from a scary situation for everyone. Until then, stay safe and hopefully, the games will begin in a month or two.

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Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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manormachine
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manormachine

I am the commissioner of my league. We are set to draft this weekend and I’m going to stick with it. Right now all the teams are paid up and ready to go and we found a date and time that works for everyone. The longer we wait the more problems could arise. What if we can’t agree on a new date? What if someone can’t deal with the lack of certainty and wants their entry fee back? How much notice will MLB give before starting the season?

NoHayBanda
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NoHayBanda

Same. Everyone is prepared, everyone is available. Most team decisions that will impact fantasy are frozen in time anyway. I don’t think the Rays will be announcing their closer in the next two weeks…

will1331
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will1331

Our league was in a different mindset. Draft was set for 3/19, but more than half the league was in favor of pushing back. Folks are distracted, lives disrupted, etc.

Jeff I’m glad you realize how valuable sports, fantasy sports, and Rotograph content is as an escape for us!

I for one, would like to see some thoughts/analysis on how values change in a shortened season? It seems obvious that currently injured guys will have more time to heal, miss less games. But who else would see values rise & fall? Should young pitchers unlikely to pitch more than 100-120 innings shoot up draft boards if we only play 120 games? Who else?

Thanks!