Well holy shift Batman! This season marks my 19th year writing for Razzball. It’s hard to think back to 2001 and my chance encounter with Grey in the mens room at Yankee Stadium. True story, one of the worst things that could happen to a sports fan happened to me. It was an extremely hot Sunday afternoon after a long Saturday night of celebrating my 55th birthday. I knew I shouldn’t have eaten that bacon double cheese at 4am. Well sure enough after a few tall boy PBRs my stomach was twisting up something awful. I tried to hold it, but there was nothing I could do. I was going to have to drop Bill Cosby off at the pool at Yankee Stadium. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather make out with the 300 pound, overweight (redundant) lady selling the Hebrew National hot dogs than put my bare ass anywhere near the toilet seat in a public bathroom at a ballpark. Had it been pregame perhaps it might not have been so bad (somewhat freshly cleaned), but we’re talking about the 5th inning here. I’ve learned a lot in my many years on this planet and one of them is that human beings are beyond vile and have absolutely terrible aim when going to the bathroom. How is it possible that so much human waste winds up outside of the bowl? Often I believe that it’s just got to be on purpose. Well there I was, sitting on about fourteen layers of toilet paper eating a cheesesteak. In case you’re wondering I just didn’t have the strength to hover, and about the cheesesteak, that’s a story for another day. Get in and get out I said to myself. I was just about done when my stall door was kicked open, nearly off its hinges. One might have thought Daniel LaRusso was practicing his crane kick. The ironic thing was a simple push would have done the job as, lost in all of the shuffle, I neglected to lock the stall door. There, standing in front of me, was a middle-aged dude wearing a “SAGNOF” shirt who took one look at me and my cheesesteak and asked if I’d be interested in writing points league posts for his up and coming fantasy baseball website. I agreed, we did NOT shake hands and that marked the beginning of a my “professional” writing career. Since then I have slowly worked my way up the company ranks and have settled in as the points league guy. My how far I have come. Lastly, if you believe a word of that story I’ve got a league I’d like you to join. Please be sure to provide your contact information in the comments section.

 

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For those of you non-programmers reading this post (likely most of you), “Hello, World” is traditionally the first program a developer writes when introduced to a new language. Getting those two simple words to appear on the screen means that their code can compile, load and run. It also might mean that you are a nerd. According to Google, my “go to” for information about everything, Brian Kernighan wrote the first “Hello, World” program back in 1972. If only he was able to collect a penny every time a developer wrote a “Hello, World” program, he’d have quite a few pennies!

I’d like to think that a lot of the points league content I have provided over the years has proven useful to my 27 readers. However, I am no fool. I realize that that thing you all most desire from me is my points league spreadsheet. I could write zero posts all season, but as long as I share my spreadsheet, you’d be content. Fear not fellow “friends”, as I started working on it about over a week ago. It still won’t be ready until some time in March, but it is in the works. And to that matter, I am “planning” some decent upgrades to the spreadsheet. Just keep in mind that I put quotes around the word planning, as I might have bitten off more than I can chew and you might just end up with the same old spreadsheet. My gut tells me that would be A-O-K with the lot of you. We’ll just have to wait and see. As some of you may or may not know, the amount of work it takes to crank this thing out is mind boggling. For the curious minds, the spreadsheet was released on March 12th and 11th the last two years respectively.

Given today’s “Hello, World” theme, I’d like to take several steps back and provide you with the basics. Fantasy Baseball Points Leagues 101 if you will. For many of you (I’d say about 21 of 27) this might seem trivial and unnecessary, but even for you I’d recommend going back and reviewing. And instead of attempting to rewrite nearly 90 percent of the content I’ve already written about with a 2020 spin on it, I’m going to take the simple way out and provide links to my previous posts that I believe are the most useful for points league players.

Using ADP to guide your draft

Accounting for the negative effect of strikeouts for hitters

Maximizing points based on your league’s rules

The key stat: points per plate appearance

Evaluating your league’s scoring system

Overall position adjusted rankings

Some draft day considerations

Making trades

Using points per game to determine lineup

Best player available approach

Making the most of your draft picks

Generic points league rankings are mostly useless

Using ADP part 2

It’s possible to create a team with undrafted players and win your league

A shift towards hitters

One size does not fit all points leagues

Ignoring strikeouts

Because Billy Butler is awesome

Using Excel to create league specific rankings

There’s too much luck in head-to-head leagues

More on points leagues

Maximizing your draft picks

Breaking down draft results

I feel a little bad not providing you with any new content today, but given how much effort it actually took to put that list together I’m not going to lose any sleep over it, and neither should you. Hopefully it’s enough to keep you at bay for the time being. If it’s not, read the rest of the posts on Razzball as you will find they can be the right combination of informative and entertaining. In case any of you are wondering what the take away should be from my opening paragraph, I’ll tell you. Some of you might think it’s to make sure you lock that stall door. Those of you would be wrong. My point is that opportunity knocks (or kicks down the door) at unexpected times and the same can be said about any player in the player pool.

Follow malamoney on Twitter at @malamoney

 
  1. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Any chance of a batter cubed contest comeback this year?

    • Shivdaddy says:
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      Its too much work keeping up with if I remember correctly.

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        Indeed, but I’ll have to see if I can re-think my strategy…

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      Unlikely. It was too much manual work to keep track. Sorry…

  2. Latch-Key Kid says:
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    malamoney! Was anxiously awaiting your arrival. If I’d listened to you and given my complete trust to your spreadsheet last year I would have drafted Ketel Marte to begin with and not had to trade for him as I made an ultimately failed run at a title. Because of that trade and others I am a distinct disadvantage in terms of picks as this year’s draft approaches.

    So, having learned my lesson, me and my ragtag squad (headed by Mike Trout, so it’s not like I’m *completely* helpless here) await your guidance and wisdom as we look to overcome last year’s foolish decision making and quixotic efforts and attain Points League Glory

    • malamoney

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      I’m pretty stoked I drafted Marte and will now be keeping him!

      As for the guidance, I’m working on it…

  3. Zach says:
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    Good to see you back! Are you going to come out with your custom league excel tool again for points leagues? Helped me a ton last year, and have a draft coming up on March 1. Thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      Thanks. Something along those lines…

  4. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Points Leagues get no respect!!! i have been waiting for you to make your presence known. I am wondering about a keeper dilemma I’ve been having . Who do oyu pick between Matt olson, Keston Hiura and Austin Meadows for a points leage keeper. Meadows is good but Outfield is always deep and grey wrote Olson into his top 20 post, industry is hot for hiura….

    • 183414 says:
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      Olson w/36 h.r.’s in 127 games. Sat 1 game AFTER his hamate injury, and that’s after they clinched. Will turn 26 on march 29.
      Hiura will give you s.b.’s. Meadows had a breakout year. sounds like eenie, meenie….

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        Meadows is in apposition with less scarcity … Not so sure it’s simply flip a coin

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      What’s your scoring system? And when are your keepers due?

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        Replied below..m thanks for asking!

  5. johnnyhobbes says:
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    Scoring system is pretty standard. Three outfielders, three util spots. No mi ci positions. Kepers are due ….. Not sure

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      Let me think about it…

      • johnnyhobbes says:
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        Thanks Malamoney. looking forward to going up against you in our RCL

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:
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          Let’s rock!

  6. Shivdaddy says:
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    Malamoney, great to see you back! I won my league last year to give me my 4th title for this league. I love the sheet. The more custom your league scoring is the more valuable I think this sheet becomes. I use it hardcore for my hitting.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      Thanks Shiv…

  7. Fergus Ferguson says:
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    I met a life long best friend opening day at Coors Field. Sword fighting at the urinals, beers in hand with a cheers. Bummed a dip from Jamie Moyer that day from the third base seats. He was a Phillie. Been a while.

    My 15 year points league ended this season. I was competitive throughout, but had my best years when I started reading you. I appreciate all the past help and will continue to look forward to your content.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      Sword fighting at the urinals? Now you’ve gone too far. Ha!

      Did you start a new points league?

  8. chrisjen17 says:
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    Glad to see you back, malamoney. Really enjoy your articles and opinions.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      Thanks. Happy to be back. I think…

  9. Ryan says:
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    How do you feel about McCutchens value this year?

    Havent seen a lot of love for him so far but I think he could be sneaky points league value for the price. On pace for solid #’s last year before his injury and I’m *hoping* the Phillies offense takes another step up this year. And he keeps walking.

    You think a Top 30 OF finish is possible with a healthy season? Enough to justify a few bucks in an auction league?

    • malamoney

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      I was high on him last year cause he wasn’t getting to much love/attention. I really haven’t gotten far enough into my rankings/estimations yet. The truth is, and I’ve said this before and will say it again, every player has to potential to be great depending on when he is drafted. But I’m guessing I’m going to like him again this year…

  10. AntBanks says:
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    Thanks for the write up, I’ve used your strategy/mathematics. My one question is how you determine the standard deviation using the entire player pool.

    Would you not want to limit to the amouot of players that are mandatory starters, similar to replacement value? If we start 15 catchers, should i be worried about the 20th or 21st C?

    I’m sure you’re correct, would just like it explained to me. Sorry if i missed it in any of the attachments.

    • malamoney

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      Yes you would want to only include the number of players that are started. As you said, if there are 15 teams and you start one catcher you’d only include 15 catchers…

  11. hitzone says:
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    In my first points league this year, was going through one of the articles above and came across something funny to look back at. You spelled aj pollock, pollack. Then next called betts pollack-lite. It’s weird how time flies, one guy becomes a one hit wonder and the other a future HOFer.

    • malamoney

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      Ha. Nice. I’ll have to check that one out…

  12. Taco Bellinger says:
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    Points League H2H, 5 keepers…who do I not keep?
    Bellinger
    Arenado
    Harper
    Tatis
    Buehler
    Verlander

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      Ouch!!!

      What is your scoring system? What are your keeper rules? How long can you keep a player?

      • Taco Bellinger says:
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        P: W 10, L -5, IP 1, K 1, BBI -1 and then perks for QS, SO, NH
        B: 1pt for each base, RBI 1, R 1, SB 2, CS -2, BB 1, KO -1

        Can keep any 5 players for as long as we want.
        Thanks

        • Taco Bellinger says:
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          CS -1, not -2

  13. Cable says:
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    Malamoney how would I work my way around your negative for K’s in your spreadsheet my league don’t penalize

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      The sheet was fully customizable. You could specify that a K was worth 0 points…

      • Cable says:
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        ?

        • Cable says:
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          Thanks?

          • malamoney

            malamoney says:
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            ?

  14. macio says:
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    Hey Malamoney, thanks as always for all your hard work, not only on your spreadsheet, but also all the points-league content you post before and throughout the season. I’ve won my competitive 14-team league 2 out of the last 3 years. Much of this has to do with your spreadsheet, which I use above all else.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      Thanks for the kind words…

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