In fantasy baseball, everyone is on a never-ending search for the next big bat or the next big arm. It’s a little easier to play the hot hand in shallow leagues – 10 teams or fewer – but when you’re playing in a 12-team league with deep benches or in any 15-teamer, any pick-up that is capable of yielding strong production is critical. That’s why it is always crucial to be looking ahead. If you stumble across the right guy before anyone else, it’s money in the bank. If you stand by and wait, you’re going to watch the rest of the league pass you by.

One of the more difficult things we as fantasy baseball players have had to endure recently is the lack of team access living in a time of COVID. Even with vaccinations in full...