Did a little fishing. Here’s what I hooked. Arrayed all 576 RCL teams from last year, sorted by each pitching category, assigned a rank, 1 to 576 (just like your RCL league, 1 to 12) then totaled the ranks for the five cats. The result was a ranking from top to bottom for the best pitching managers.
The #1 ranked manager produced (followed by the average for each cat): Please, blog, may I have some more?
Some people will tell you Giancarlo Stanton‘s plate discipline has improved while in the majors and that his comps suggest further reduction in K% and growth in BB%. Most will boast he’s one of a Lilliputian handful of players with a legitimate shot at 40+ HR and that he has room to improve on his power. Many will point to the improved lineup around him as RBI and R opportunities waiting to sustain your fantasy team like mana (or homers) from heaven. Some will note his career BABIP is high, but that it’s because he’s got plus speed for a 6-5, 235 pound hunk of beef and can chip in a few SBs. While I’ve never seen a steak plow through a catcher or slide willingly onto my plate, I can tell you the majority of these people are right about Giancarlo Stanton. 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?
Head-to-Head, or H2H if you’re into abbreviations that look like R&B groups, doesn’t change a lot from our 2012 fantasy baseball rankings. There are 300 billion suns in the Milky Way galaxy. There are 100s of billions of galaxies in the universe. There are at least 256,000 planets exactly like Earth. Yet, there’s one Albert Pujols. (Though Palbert Ujols on Planet Crimea is pretty good too.) The strategy to play H2H changes. You aren’t hoping Lind hits 30 homers by October, but whether or not he’ll hit two homers on Sunday or if you should sit him to try and win steals. It’s all about the match-ups, y’all! So you want to build a team that can match up well with any other team. (FYI, I’ve gone over this stuff before, but some of you might need a pine tree refresher hung from your rear view.) Anyway, let’s look at some H2H fantasy baseball draft strategy:
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In the NFL, every GM has a cheat sheet to help determine the value of a draft pick. It was started by Jimmy Johnson during his Cowboy heyday and I imagine that every NFL GM has some egghead on staff who has a slightly different value for each draft pick. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Last time, on Nerd TV we looked at some SP whose actual Ks didn’t jive with their expected Ks from last season. That’s 2011, for those of you traveling through time while reading this. In case you can’t read minds or remember 70 random characters at a time, I’ve used this formula for the expected Ks:
Today, we’ll subjectively select some sandbaggin’ and overachievin’ RP for your fantasy baseball draft strategy. Please, blog, may I have some more?
You’ve seen Grey’s PEDS, you’ve seen his iOS, you’ve seen his Pitcher Pairings, you’ve seen his rankings, you’ve seen his mustache… doode’s an open book (and actually, he’s got one of them, too). He’s fantasy baseball’s equivalent of Jenna Jameson; he’s willing to show you everything, but he’s not quite as easy as he seems. Please, blog, may I have some more?
We already went over what it took to win your fantasy baseball league for 12 teams. Don’t believe me? Click this. Sucker! You got Rick Schroder rolled! Or not because you read this part before you clicked it. I know, 2002 called, they want their internet meme back. Okay, here’s what it takes to win your 12 team fantasy baseball league. Now here we have what it takes to win a 10, 14, 15 and 16 team mixed leagues with 12 thrown in for a reference point. This year we separated what it took to win your ESPN leagues and your Y! Please, blog, may I have some more?
Sure, you can draft Paul Konerko, A-Rod and C.J. Wilson with your 4th through 6th picks in your fantasy baseball draft. Nothing wrong with that. Don’t furrow your brow. There’s no reason to, concerned Razzball reader. We’re friends, you don’t have to hide the last of the milk because you don’t want me to finish it. I will save you some. You can even draft Michael Cuddyer. It’s all good in the ‘hood. I won’t even mock you for making a Sh*t People Somewhere Say video. You’re a Youtuber, which is not related to a potato. That’s cool. Or s’cool, if you’re in a rush. What I’m here to tell you is there’s nothing wrong with reaching for a sexy name. It’s an often accidental draft strategy that I haven’t seen verbalized on virtual paper before. Who do I mean by a sexy name? You know them. Everyone knows them. Everyone wants one. A Desmond Jennings, Brett Lawrie, Starlin Castro or Strasburg, for instance. Or 4 instance, if you’re a 14-year-old girl texting. These players are the earth’s answer to pollution. Congress recently passed a bill calling for every household that earned less than $50,000 to get their very own Brett Lawrie. Why is this a fantasy baseball strategy at all? What an excellent question to clumsily move into the 2nd paragraph! Please, blog, may I have some more?
I know how much you love draft strategy. Whether it’s snake draft or auction draft. You gobble this shizz up. Okay, I wasn’t speaking literally, don’t eat your computer. Auction drafts are the best. They remind me of a time not that long ago when I wore a giant-fonted Yuuuuuuuuuup on my chest and bought twenty-four dollars worth of 1980′s wrestling action figures for $5600 just so Darrell Sheets couldn’t get them. I will enjoy putting those little plastic Greg “The Hammer” Valentine action figures into the figure four with my son, Lil’ Yuuuuuuuuuup; he officially changed his name at my behest. There’s ten U’s in my Yuuuuuuuuuup. If you use nine or eleven U’s, you are still infringing on my trademark. So, lots of you know my fantasy baseball auction tips already, but some of you just joining us — hey, close the door behind you! Please, blog, may I have some more?