“Hey Fantasy Footballers, let’s play some Fantasy Baseball! … What’s that? … No? … Well, why not?”
This is a typical conversation that I have with Fantasy Football leaguemates. It’s tough to get players from Fantasy Football to Fantasy Baseball for some reason. I ask them why and their replies are as follows:
- The season’s too long.
- There is too much maintenance.
- I don’t have time for it.
- Who watches baseball before October?
… and the beat goes on and on and on and on and.
Well, I see your complaints — and I raise you some answers!
5 Steps to Making a Fantasy Footballer Into a Fantasy Baseballer
In a perfect world, here’s a list of things that I would do to get the Fantasy Footballer into Fantasy Baseball.
1. Give them a free subscription to MLB Extra innings — but more importantly, to MLB Strike Zone.
Seriously, have you watched this? It’s the Red Zone for the NFL. It shows key at-bats and pitches and is just like what the cool kids would watch. One of the best things on Sunday is the NFL Red Zone. When I’m not watching my Raiders, you can bet I’m tuned into trusty 703 on DirecTV to watch the NFL scoring plays. That’s what the MLB Strike Zone is for baseball.
Bases loaded, one out … Let’s get a live look in at that game and watch your batter hit into a 6-4-3 double-play. Trust me, that’s my luck!
2. Start some pick ’em leagues at work.
Why do I say this? Remember your first taste of anything sports related? Who do you think will win the games this week? You really think the Red Sox can beat Yankees?
Trust me, you need pick ’ems. Chicks love them — and believe it or not, women playing Fantasy Football is on the uptick. Why? Because they played in a pick’ em and wanted teams to win based on their colors, mascot and the nice ass(ets) of the players.
Why can’t this work for baseball? Plenty of women play softball, so they can even relate to baseball a little bit. Yet, they shy away. Pick ’ems allow everyone to get involved regardless of what you know. Pick ’ems are the shovel for the groundbreaking into Fantasy Sports.
3. Only count the games played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
I know the baseball purists just threw up in their mouth a little bit, but hear me out. What people love about the NFL is the fact that they can study all week and set a lineup — then put the crock pot on simma’.
I pick these three days because all of the teams are in action. Good luck finding a website or an app that will actually have this feature, though. If you know of one, please let us know in the comments section!
4. Make getting together for drafts mandatory.
Let’s face it, the Interwebs have been great for the Fantasy game but the one thing that the Internet has hurt is people getting together. While being able to draft from anywhere is great and convenient, it’s killing the fun that goes into actually being at the draft. One of the things that makes Fantasy Football awesome is the draft get-together.
I think if more people actually got together to draft it would go a long way in Fantasy Baseball.
5. Simplify the stats.
One of the reasons Fantasy Baseball is loved among the stat nerds is because of all the categories you can play. I think this may be a disservice to casual fans. How about we keep these Weekend Leagues to Total Bases (which totals singles, doubles, triples and home runs into one stat) for the offensive categories — and for pitching categories, we’d count Strikeouts, ERA and Saves.
And while this list of steps to get people from Fantasy Football to Fantasy Baseball may not be perfect,I do think they would appeal to the casual fan. But then again I’m just a “So-Called Fantasy Expert!”
For other insights to this hot topic check out Jack Delaney’s series on “Transitioning from Fantasy Baseball to Fantasy Football.”
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