There is a fundamental divide amongst fantasy baseball drafters: those who hate drafting pitchers in the first 8 rounds and those who don’t.
I am the latter. I’m not saying I prefer to draft pitching over hitting. Much like Billy Beane at the Winter Meetings and Billy Bean at a Winter Sale, I’m always looking for a good deal. If people want to overvalue hitters and undervalue pitchers, I’ll draft some pitchers. Please, blog, may I have some more?
Followers of Razzball know this site has a concise strategy when it comes to saves: SAGNOF. In short, 30 saves is 30 saves, so why pay Papelbon for the privilege of providing them, when you can get them on the cheap from Brian Wilson? Please, blog, may I have some more?
This post picks out 20 starting pitchers who look like risky propositions in 2009. It leverages findings from our analysis of previous year pitch counts and how this information can help predict a pitcher’s chance of breaking down (defined as less than 2000 pitches which is ~ 120 IP) or performance drops (0.50+ increase in FIP) in the following season. Please, blog, may I have some more?
When I say, “Catcher…” You say, “Punt…” “Catcher…” “Punt…” “Catcher…” “Punt…” “Punt!” Ah, keeping you on your toes. When you punt at catcher, you’re taking your fantasy baseball life into your own hands. Drafting Geovany Soto is for either rich guys who have the butler do their drafting for them or Cubs fans (and never shall the twain meet). Punting catcher is what those do that don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty. Please, blog, may I have some more?
One of the keys to a successful fantasy season is not drafting a pitcher who misses an extensive amount of time or performs much worse than the previous year. Anyone who drafted Chris Carpenter or Dontrelle Willis in 2007 or Rich Hill or Aaron Harang in 2008 can attest to this. Please, blog, may I have some more?
It’s March 18th and you’re taking part in your last fantasy baseball draft of the year before the season starts. You’ve royally screwed up all your other fantasy baseball drafts, or at least you think you have because you’re neurotic. So now you wanna make this draft count. You wanna draft the perfect team. You have your list of fantasy baseball sleepers to your right and your 2009 fantasy baseball projections sheet to your left. You have a Big Gulp of Hawaiian Punch and you’re wearing the Stadium Pal. Now the only thing standing between you and the perfect team is eleven other guys who purport (15th Century Word of the Day) to be your friend. Please, blog, may I have some more?
That title make you tongue-tied? Well that’s nothing compared to how tongue-tied most fantasy players get about middle infielders. No positions have fewer bargains in the draft. This post is to make sure you don’t pay scalper rates.
Below is a comparison of middle infielder value comparing Average Draft Position (ADP) on MockDraftCentral.com vs our Point Share rank (+ means # of picks above estimated value, – means picked lower). Please, blog, may I have some more?
Matthew Berry at ESPN is on a ‘fantasy jihad’ to make sure you don’t pay for saves come draft day. No word on whether resisting this temptation will be paid off with 72 virgins.
While this is auction draft advice, I’m going to assume that Mr. Please, blog, may I have some more?
There’s been a Lima Plan (Low Investment Mound Aces) invented by the great Ron Shandler, the Zima Plan invented by the presumably tipsy Matthew Berry, the Punt One Category probably invented by someone who realized they forgot to draft steals, the Balanced Team Theory, the Punt Two Categories (probably a leaguemate to the Punt One Category guy who just couldn’t stand being upstaged), the Forget When Your Draft Is So It Autodrafts Strategy, etc. Yesterday, our very own Rudy Gamble went over his reasoning behind why you should draft a starting pitcher in the first three rounds. Please, blog, may I have some more?
As a fantasy baseball fanatic, sometimes you have to sit back and give thanks to the Internet and the free online league. I remember back in high school being the commissioner of a league where I had to punch stats from the newspaper into a Lotus123 spreadsheet and then curse the kid who kept dropping and picking up Luis Polonia like he was Luis Polonia dropping and picking up underage girls. Please, blog, may I have some more?