As the season begins to wane, Dr. Easy — my fantasy baseball partner-in-crime — and I decided to look back to the beginning of the 2017 season while at the same time looking ahead to next season (and boy, do we have neck ache!). We wanted to compare the Razzball Pre-Season Player Rater (PS PR) top 12 players versus the top 12 right now per the Razzball Season-to-Date Player Rater (STD PR), look at discrepancies, and learn what lessons there are to learn (if any there are) for next season: which players to reevaluate in light of what they’ve done for us this year. Who’s still riding high; who’s sunk to depths not hitherto foreseen? This is the first installment.

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Another week, another trawl through the Razzball Season-to-Date Player Rater, as Dr. Easy and I look for some sneaky-value position players who may be doing better than you think they are, as well as players you may be hanging onto out of nostalgia or inertia or some other word that ends in “-ia”. Paranoia? Melancholia? Pedroia? Suburbia? Fuschia? MIA? Victoria? Amnesia: “Oh ya, I forgot I had that guy!” (That last one actually happens to me all the time.) Here goes!

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We like baseball. We might even love baseball. But we love fantasy baseball more.

If you read this site at all, this should not be news to you. We do not pretend to be a general baseball site. We do not pretend to write like general baseball writers or general baseball fans. Our focus and point of view has been irrevocably bastardized through the tainted prism of fantasy baseball fanaticism (and the fact that we are smart asses).

Much like you, the vast majority of our baseball-related surfing is focused on day-to-day management of our fantasy baseball teams. Over the years, I shutter to think how much time that Grey and I pored through player news, game logs, player stats, etc. trying to find information that could help our teams.

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I already explained what this series of entries is about in last week’s article. If there’s one thing we stalkers hate, it’s locked doors… but if there’s another thing we hate, it’s paper shredders. My point is, somewhere on that list of things we hate is having to explain ourselves, so click that link if you have no idea what’s going on here. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Back in the pre-season, we launched a new player rater methodology called Point Shares to estimate fantasy baseball player value.   There aren’t a lot of Player Raters to be found other than ESPN (Y! and CBSSports.com don’t have ones) but we feel ours is better because it factors in variables like a player’s position (e.g., Hanley Ramirez’s 33 HR is worth more than David Wright’s) and the point totals actually represent something. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?