Razzball Point Shares are now up for the following 5×5 league formats:
Point Shares are our proprietary methodology for ranking players. See here for a primer. If you’re in a rush or don’t care to read a methodology post, these rankings estimate a player’s impact on a team’s points vs. the average drafted player at that position. Ever wonder what the value is of , say, Carl Crawford’s SBs? Our estimate in a 12-team league is 3.3 points – so if you have a team with average speed and Crawford, you’ll fall close to 10 points (average is 6.5 + 3.3). How bad does Jacoby Ellsbury’s HR/RBI hurt you vs. an average OF? He costs you 1.6 points in HR and another 1.5 points in RBI (that’s why he comes in at #102 vs. the very high pick in other rankings).
I don’t recommend that you use this as a de facto draft rankings. You have to factor in how the other teams in your league will value players. No reason to draft a player a few rounds before anyone else will.
You’ll find that Point Shares value pitchers more than any set of drafters ever would. Before you go all crazy and draft 3 pitchers in the first 5 rounds, remember that these estimates are based on adding a player to the average team. Once you add a stud pitcher like Lincecum, your pitching staff is way above average. Any additional pitcher will have less incremental value. Unlike Spinal Tap’s amplifiers, you can’t go past 10 in a category if you’re in a 10 team league no matter how much you dominate.
In the next week or so, we’ll be posting 8-team, 10-team, and 12-team AL-only and NL-only.
Comment below if you have any questions…