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SquadQL – Enhancing Management of Season-Long Fantasy Baseball Leagues

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In a typical 162-game regular season, MLB teams face daily decisions that can have not only an immediate but season-long impact on their success. Maybe a team that just misses the playoffs looks back at a couple of losses that should’ve never been. Perhaps a wild-card team could have overtaken the division winner by calling up a top prospect a little earlier in the season and avoiding that winner-take-all wild-card matchup.

In the same way, our fantasy baseball season-long leagues can be won or lost on a handful of decisions made during daily and weekly roster management. How many times have you regretted not picking up a lesser-known waiver wire bat that turns in a top 50 season on the player rater? How often do you fail to set rosters of a lineup or two when you have multiple leagues? Small errors like this can make the difference between a win or loss for a week or possibly lose you a category in a rotisserie league.

Luckily for these MLB teams, they have hundreds of people working for them in the front office that are collectively making tough decisions to do what’s best for the organization. In fantasy baseball, it’s just the owner(s) and their lineups making these large calls. Or does it have to be that way?


SquadQL is a branch of RotoQL that is focused on the season-long game rather than the DFS world. By using DFS tactics infused with a rest-of-season projection system, it’s making roster management more manageable for owners. The best part about it – it’s FREE to use! Why not give this app a try?

With this in mind, I imported one of my leagues into the app to see what all the fuss was about. I used a Yahoo league to test the waters and get a glimpse into how useful this app can be.

SquadQL – Roster Management for Season-Long Leagues

User Interface

For starters, it’s a very user-friendly home page. There’s simply five tabs at the bar at the bottom of the screen. No having to dig through twenty options to figure out what you actually want to see. It’s a clean interface with tabs for Lineups, Rankings, News, Trade, and Settings.

I wanted to focus on a few of the options and share my experience.

Lineups

This tab is just your typical lineup page showing all the position slots that your league requires in a daily or weekly lineup. They start you off with their Optimized Lineup which you can manually edit at your pleasure!

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The dropdown list for each position is very efficient. Say you click on the 3B position for the list of possible options. You own Joey Gallo, Mike Moustakas, and Jeimer Candelario and are trying to figure out which players you want to start. They give you a rating scale for the day that orders them (for example) Candelario, Gallo, and Moustakas. From there, I can start the 3B-only Candelario with confidence while assessing the other two players at other positions.

Moreover, if you don’t like the Optimized Lineup, they give you different lineup options based on the desired level of risk: Aggressive, Balanced, or Conservative. You own Brandon Nimmo in a deep league. One day, the Mets are up against a subpar righty. The ‘Aggressive’ lineup may insert him in one of your outfield slots for the upside. Conversely, the Conservative lineup may keep him on the bench since he isn’t guaranteed playing time.

Rankings

The QLs system is specifically designed for your league’s scoring format. While this is a better DFS feature, you can still use it to decide whether or not you want to pick a player up. They also have a rest-of-season projection for each player based on the scoring rules. That, in tandem with the daily QLs rating, is what really leads to prudent waiver wire decisions.

The other way to use this is to see which players are bound for more success in your points league. You search the waiver wire to find that Jorge Soler has more value than Mallex Smith. Upon finding many more examples of this throughout the season, you discover that speed guys are best left for the waiver wire while power hitters get a bump in value. Not only does this help you in-season, but guides you to a much better draft for the following season.



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News

This tab gives you all the news on players from a reality and fantasy standpoint. Easy enough, right? Wrong! You can filter your news to your players only, which is a game changer. Now I can get quicker news regarding Mike Soroka and his extended stay in the Braves rotation.

Also, you can filter your list with or without minor league news. This is extremely helpful in dynasty leagues where minor league news is not as common.

Before I found this, I had been using TheScore app for my fantasy baseball news. I would manually enter player names into the app and have a list of players I owned in all my leagues. It was just one large list of players mushed together and it was hard to keep track of players I added and dropped between leagues to update this list efficiently. With the SquadQL app, the list is automated for me and split up by league. Beautiful!

Advantages

It’s a one-stop app that makes roster management a breeze for fantasy baseball amateurs and experts alike! As unfortunate as it is, we all have lives outside of our fantasy baseball teams. We can’t be fully focused on them 24/7. With the SquadQL app in your back pocket, you won’t have to worry about missing out on a self-optimized lineup or waiver wire gem. Your season-long success hinges so much on midseason moves. So, why not try this free app if you are looking to improve?

Personally, after using this app in a Yahoo league, I’m hoping that they sync with NFBC and Fantrax leagues in the future to really help me dominate all my leagues.

Amateurs

For new fantasy baseball players, this app can be a godsend. Not only is it fantastic for in-season roster moves – it can be used as a backward-looking tool as well. Since this takes your scoring format into account, it will alert you to the players on the waiver wire or trade market that are successful enough to claim over players you may have thought had great draft value. For example, you drafted a terrible closer in a saves+holds league. The QLs rating will find you a better holds option that doesn’t get as much name recognition as a typical closer.

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Additionally, I will talk about a mistake I have even been consistently making in my dynasty league. Shohei Ohtani has dual-eligibility in my Fantrax league. Stupidly, I almost always forget to place him in my utility spot when the Angels ‘DH’ him. I’ve lost multiple games where he had excellent offensive outbursts and even lost a matchup because of it. If I were using the SquadQL app (and on ESPN or CBS), he likely shows up in one of the preset lineups.

Experts

I know how some of these experts are in the fantasy industry. They have between 5 and 20 leagues drafted between January and April while also playing in DFS tournaments. There’s no way you can manage all of that every day successfully and also have a life, right? Maybe that’s just me – the guy who complained about having six leagues just a year ago.

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This app can help keep you on top of your game in multiple leagues. While Walker Buehler was drafted in a couple of your deeper leagues, you had a 12-teamer that had him buried in the waiver wire. It’s happened to me before – once you see a player owned in a couple of leagues, you just assume he isn’t there in all of your leagues. Having that Rankings tab gives you a much greater chance of catching a player that shouldn’t be on waivers.

From my perspective, this would be an awesome tool for my 40-man dynasty roster while submitting my daily lineup. When you’ve got 25 possible hitters and just 13 starting spots, it gets stressful deciding starts and sits sometimes. Having four different preset lineup options would open my mind to offensive combinations I wouldn’t have thought of originally.

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