Fantasy baseball season is upon us, and despite a rebuilding period the Detroit Tigers still have plenty of players worth a spot on your fantasy roster.
The Detroit Tigers are in rebuilding mode, and that has led to the loss of many high-profile players. Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, Ian Kinsler and Justin Wilson were all extremely talented players – and phenomenal assets on fantasy baseball teams.
Still, despite the loss of many great players, there are still plenty of Tigers for fans to roster on their fantasy baseball teams this season.
There are literally thousands of ways to play fantasy baseball. ESPN, Yahoo, CBS and FanTrax are some of the more popular fantasy baseball outlets, but they certainly aren’t all of them. Likewise, fantasy leagues can be set up with hundreds of different scoring metrics.
The most common scoring system is called rotisserie scoring. Rotisserie (or roto for short) is when categories are selected, and fantasy owners get points based on where they are in the rankings for each category. Traditional 5×5 includes five categories for pitchers and five for hitters. They are: runs, home runs, RBI, stolen bases and batting average for hitters, and wins, strikeouts, saves, ERA and WHIP for pitchers.
Other categories can be substituted in as well, with on-base percentage, holds, quality starts, slugging percentage and K/9 being popular alternatives.
‘Head-to-head’ scoring is quite popular as well. Similar to fantasy football, head-to-head involves playing another opponent each week. Whichever team scores more points wins the week. The team with the best record at the end of the season wins the league.
For the purposes of our fantasy baseball guide, we will evaluate Tigers players based on a traditional, 5×5 rotisserie scoring league. The rankings that we display come from fantasy baseball site RotoBaller.
Here are Detroit’s best fantasy assets, and a rough estimate of where you should draft them.