Jim Bowden's 2020 Fantasy Baseball Living Draft Guide
Howard Bender introduces the 2020 MLB Living Draft Guide and what to expect from it between now and the start of the MLB regular season.
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Welcome to the 2020 MLB Living Draft Guide presented by Fantasy Alarm!
Take a moment to get settled in. Maybe buckle up if you feel the need because you’re about to be blown away.
What is a Living Draft Guide?
We’ve said it for years and we stand by it 100% -- the era of magazines is over.
As both the world and the fantasy sports industry continue to evolve, Fantasy Alarm remains at the helm of draft guide innovation in an effort to bring you the most updated content for your fantasy baseball draft prep. To provide you with an actual draft magazine, rankings and articles must be done in November and December so they can be published and distributed in time for both Spring Training and your drafts. While that is something we are able to accomplish, it does you no good with regard to free agent player movement that takes place during and after the December MLB Winter Meetings. How can you project what a player will bring to the table statistically if you don’t even know what team he will play for in the upcoming season?
Our online version is updated daily to reflect any and all changes that take place in the MLB universe. Our player rankings will be updated regularly to reflect every free agent signing, spring injuries and position battles and as we slowly roll out our articles, you can be assured that everything you read will be accurately presented with the most current information.
If it is a tangible stack of pages you crave, our printable PDF version updates daily as well so feel free to invest in a ream of paper and some extra ink.
GM Jim Bowden Continues to Leads the Way for a Fantasy Alarm MLB Super-Team
If you already listen to the Fantasy Alarm Show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (M-F 4-6pm ET), then you know the wealth of knowledge GM Jim Bowden brings to the table. His experience of 16 years as a real-life big-league General Manager not only provides you with an actual hands-on look at player evaluations, but his insights into a team’s front office and how they handle their business both on and off the field gives you a leg up in your overall fantasy scouting, waiver wire pick-ups and in-season roster management, as well as an insider’s view into which potential call-ups you should be targeting for the long haul.
But we don’t stop there. In the spirit of the NBA, we too have built a super-team for the upcoming fantasy baseball season. In addition to the award-winning Fantasy Alarm content team, legendary fantasy analyst and high-stakes player Adam Ronis joins the squad and we couldn’t be more excited. He will be contributing content throughout our featured articles and strategy sessions, but if you really want the flavor, you’ll have to check out Ronis’ High Roller Room, a brand-new feature to be found in this year’s Draft Guide.
We are also bringing in one of the brightest young fantasy baseball minds in Jen Piacenti this season. You may have seen her headlining our NFL video work but her trues strengths can be seen in her MLB work. Piacenti has numerous fantasy baseball championships under her belt and brings top-flight analysis that blends both the old-school eye-test and in-depth statistical analysis.
So, what can you expect to find inside the Fantasy Alarm MLB Living Draft Guide? Here is just a sampling of the content you will receive:
2020 Player Rankings – Every position will be broken down for mixed leagues as well as for AL and NL-only play. They will be updated regularly to reflect any and all changes between now and the start of the 2020 MLB season.
30 Fantasy Baseball Strategies – The Fantasy Alarm staff will provide you with the strategies they employ each year and help guide you towards making the right decisions. From targeting particular players to in-draft adjustments to making in-season, category-specific decisions, our team of fantasy baseball experts are prepared to help you every step of the way. We know winning a championship doesn’t end with your draft which is why our strategies are designed to aid you from Opening Day to Game 162.
Front-Office Insights -- Curious as to what goes on behind the scenes of a Major League Baseball Club? Do you feel like inside information from real life General Managers will help your fantasy game? We do. That's why Howard Bender and Jim Bowden sit down for a podcast series where they bring you all the front office information from all 30 teams.
Fantasy Baseball Player Profiles – Sometimes you need to get more in-depth when discussing a particular player. Rankings can only take you so far. That’s why Greg Jewett and Colby Conway will spend this offseason breaking down a number of MLB players who we anticipate having a serious impact, both good and bad, on fantasy rosters everywhere. Their work in the 2019 edition of the Draft Guide was lauded throughout the industry and both plan to ramp it up a notch for you this season.
MLB Rookies Analysis – Everyone loves the shiny, new toys, right? Beginning with Matt Selz’ Top-20 MLB Rookies, our team of analysts will provide you with player evaluations and insights into this year’s crop of youngsters. We’ll deliver to you which players are primed for a 2020 impact and which ones you should look at for your keeper and dynasty leagues as well. In fact, Selz has mapped out a plan to increase coverage specific to long-term dynasty leagues and takes Fantasy Alarm’s content to depths most other sites are too ill-equipped to reach.
Traditional Fantasy Baseball Articles – Who doesn’t love a Top-20 list of sleepers and busts? Looking for closers? How about thoughts on free agent movement? Which injury-prone players should you avoid this season? We have articles to cover everything you need while answering any and all questions you may have.
Need-to-Know Statistics – Looking to understand sabermetrics? Wondering how to understand BABIP trends? Which players are improving their plate discipline? How do you use the array of new pitching statistics we are continuously inundated with each year? We’ll break down everything from contact rates to swinging-strike totals and everything in between.
Daily Fantasy Baseball – Are you ready to build up that DFS bankroll? We are and we’re ready to take you along for the ride. Our DFS team will be breaking down hitting and pitching statistics and match-ups on a daily basis this season and our DFS Corner here in the Draft Guide will teach you everything from how to use the Playbook Pro to lineup construction for both cash games and tournaments. We don’t just give you a fish so you can eat for a day. We teach you to fish so you can eat for a lifetime.
MLB Draft Guide Audio/Video Series – This is where we really take things to the next level. We understand that not everyone has time to sit down and read a lengthy article on strategy or player insights, so why not get the condensed version in a short podcast or video? We’ll have a number of strategy sessions, player profiles, position analysis and even interviews with MLB players, managers and GMs available to you as part of this year’s Draft Guide.
Had enough yet? Neither have we. Everything you’ve just read only scratches the surface. This isn’t just a fantasy baseball draft guide. This is an experience. So dig your heels in and get ready. The Fantasy Alarm team is about to take you and your fantasy baseball knowledge to an entirely new level. We hope you enjoy the ride.
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