2014 Fantasy Baseball Playoffs: Watch The Schedule

By Adam McGill
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During the fantasy baseball playoffs, it is do-or-die. You either move on to the next round, or lose and are forced to start thinking about next season. One trick to help you advance, though, is watching the weekly MLB schedule.

Most people don’t pay too much attention to the schedule of hitters from week to week. But it can be critical to moving on to the next round in the fantasy baseball playoffs.

For instance, in the first round of the playoffs, the Los Angeles Dodgers play just five games. The timing couldn’t be worse for any fantasy owner that is loaded with sticks from the famous LA club, because each player from the Dodgers will have one or two starts less than the majority of the field this week. If you have another options, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start someone else.

The same can be said for starting pitchers.

Now when your ace starts twice in a given week, it is obvious to make sure he is in your lineup. However, the real snafu is deciding which mid-level two-start hurlers to start. An extra trip to the bump in a given week will cause the value of a starter to skyrocket, so don’t be afraid to roll with the guy who has an extra start.

Another hidden gem is to pay attention to double headers. This is the time of year when several games are being made up from earlier in the year and it could be a cheap way to get some extra at-bats in a given day. Double-headers will be especially huge in daily formats.

Make sure to watch the schedule closely throughout the playoffs, because it could be the difference between moving on or heading home early.
Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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