Calling all Baltimore Orioles fans! We want you to join us and play some fantasy baseball.
The Baltimore Orioles will likely finish in last place this season, but that doesn’t mean your baseball team has to. This season, Birds Watcher is starting our fantasy baseball league on Yahoo! and you can join us.
The league is called Birds Watcher Official, and you can sign up to play against our staff members using this link.
Keep your calendars open for Pi Day, because draft day is Saturday, March 14th at noon EST, but the date is subject to change depending on personal conflicts. If the date is changed, it would be well in advance. The format is a standard snake draft, so it should only take an hour or so depending on how quickly managers make their picks.
Most of the rules are standard, but for scoring, we will also track errors and OPS for hitters, and pitchers get a bonus for no-hitters. There are no weekly maximums for waiver moves, and the waiver period is only one day instead of two. The trade deadline is set for August 23rd to keep teams competitive, and trading draft picks for the following year is allowed.
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The Orioles have some decent fantasy options, even if they won’t result in many real-life wins. With defense and walks undervalued in fantasy, the Baltimore lineup looks better to fantasy owners than GM’s. Trey Mancini may be the best option with his power and RBI numbers, but Renato Nunez and Pedro Severino have some thump as well. Austin Hays also has a good mix of power and speed that are hard to find in fantasy, with steals more important than ever.
John Means is the pitcher to look out for, coming off his All-Star rookie season. His low ERA is hard to find in Camden Yards, so his value is much higher than any other starter currently on the roster. Mychal Givens and Hunter Harvey are the top relief options as the pitchers most likely to get save opportunities. Even if Givens starts out the season as the closer, Harvey could pick up more if Givens is traded at the deadline.
Whether you have played fantasy baseball before or not, this is a great chance to join a welcoming community of Oriole fans. This should be a fun way to play in a free, low-stakes league.
Sign-ups are first-come, first-serve. Once the 12-team league is full, sign-ups will close. We hope you join us!