A very special Black Friday edition of the Prospect Podcast this week. Where we discuss two teams that are like stores with completely different inventory. One being the well stocked Cleveland Indians system with plenty of merchandise for prospect hounds. The other being the Detroit Tigers and their going out of business sale with only candle holders and shell shaped soap on the shelves. Yes Ohio vs Michigan and just in time for Ohio vs Michigan. Myself and Michael Halpern of ImaginaryBrickWall.com maintain order so no one can rush the doors and crush other shoppers. Wow I’m really lost in this analogy. Nevertheless it’s the latest edition of the Razzball Fantasy Prospect Podcast.

  1. Desmond says:
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    Love the work as ever. A quick question – when you guys are talking about ‘I’d consider this guy in a 16-teamer but maybe not a 10-12 teamer’ is that a comment on their potential ability (ie whether they’ll ever crack top-10/top-15 at the position) or just the typical depth of minors in those leagues?

    Obviously, all things are flexible, and a 12 teamer with 25 man minor rosters is ‘deeper’ than a 16 teamer with 15 man minor rosters, so wondered if you could give a quick explanation as to your general thoughts on this? Does a ’16 teamer’ player broadly equate to fringey top 200 guy, a ’20 teamer’ player to a top 300 guy and so on?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Desmond: I look at it as most leagues have 10-15 minors, so when I say 16 team I’m assumeing we’re looking at 150-250 minors owned. It could also mean he might break camp and be a player that has MLB roster value in a 16 team.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: It’s tough because so many leagues are so varied. I play in two 30 team leagues with 30+ minors are owned per team and an 18 team league with 30 plus. All my 12-16 are between 10-15. But maybe we should use expressions like 100-200 minors, 200-300, and so on.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Desmond: When I say that I am mostly referring to upside vs. safety. In a 12-14 team league, you basically need a difference maker at every starting spot to win (give or take one or two), so a solid prospect who is a safe bet to be a top 150-200 ish overall fantasy player isn’t that appealing. He is a bench guy. But in a 20+ teamer, a safe guy who finishes top 150 is more valuable. So it is less about where they rank, and more about how their ranking would be different depending on how deep the league is.

      • Desmond says:
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        @Halp: Interesting – thanks guys.

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