One of the biggest challenges facing the fantasy baseball fanatic is how to value and rank players. This is felt most acutely during draft season when nearly every fantasy sports site/expert has their own Top 200/300 rankings and each manager has to decide which source(s) to believe. This challenge is also felt – albeit to a lesser extent – during the season when managers are looking for a ‘player rater’ to determine trade values.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Some analyses strike gold. Some analyses are an immediate bust. It’s the third type – the ‘fool’s gold’ type – that are the most frustrating. After three years of middling predictions, I think my ‘risky pitcher’ analysis from a couple years ago is falling into that 3rd category.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We at Razzball hear the cries of the dedicated fans and emotionally invested fantasy baseballers who tear up when their favorite/drafted players underperform. The black holes in their teams’ lineup that threaten to swallow all that is Debby Boone. The pitchers that are, alas, belly-itchers.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Point Shares for 10/12/14/15/16-team MLB were updated on Sunday night (March 11th) to reflect the latest available playing time projections. There will be some movement in the rankings based on the playing time changes. I also took a deeper look into relievers possibly converting to starters (Sale, Crow, Bard, Aroldis) to make sure their projections reflected their role (i.e., a pitcher’s projections for ERA/WHIP/K rate are better as relievers vs.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Unlike with real baseball, it can unequivocally be said that fantasy baseball is 50% about hitting and 50% about pitching. Yet it is close to a foregone conclusion that fantasy baseball drafters should invest disproportionately in hitters vs. pitchers. If someone were to draft a pitcher in the first round or three in the first five rounds, the average fantasy baseball player would scoff at them (scoff I say!).Please, blog, may I have some more?
Coming off our middle of the bell curve performance as rookies in last year’s NL LABR league (frigin’ Vazquez – he has even a mediocre April/May, we don’t drop him and we finish in 3rd place), we were invited back to participate in the first-ever 15-team mixed league LABR (click link to see the other league participants).Please, blog, may I have some more?
Point Shares are up for the following mixed-league formats: 5×5 for 10/12/14/15/16 team in both ESPN and Yahoo! roster formats.
For those of you unfamiliar with Point Shares, they represent the estimated difference in an average team’s points if they were to substitute a given player for the average player at his position.Please, blog, may I have some more?
As we learned in our recent poll, Razzball readers play three main roster formats (adds up to > 100% b/c some play multiple formats):
# of Respondents
Yahoo! standard (C/1B/2B/SS/3B/3 OF/2 UTIL/2 SP/2 RP/4 P)
ESPN standard (C/1B/2B/SS/3B/5 OF/CI/MI/UTIL/9 P)
NFBC/2 Catcher format (2 C/1B/2B/SS/3B/5 OF/CI/MI/UTIL/9 P)
Note: About 8.5% plan to play both ESPN and Yahoo formats.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We ran two polls in the past week to understand in which types of leagues that Razzball readers will be playing in 2012. We got an overwhelming response (2,500 total responses between the two polls).
The volume of the response wasn’t the only surprise. Other surprises include:
Only about 15% of Razzpondents plan on playing in a MLB league with 15, 16, 18, or 20 teams. We expected more. It must be that the people in those league formats disproportionately comment.Please, blog, may I have some more?