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Chris Davis is barely a replacement player in most standard points leagues. Some might find it hard to believe that a guy that is nearly a lock for close to 40 home runs almost deserves to go undrafted, but it’s the truth. In auction leagues I love to nominate him and let people throw away their valuable auction dollars on Davis. According to my valuations, he is worth one dollar. Yes, to no surprise here are his sale prices in my last few auctions: $13, $3, $12 and $6. That should read $1, $1, $1 and $1. I am very glad it does not because that means that one team in my league now has that many less dollars to spend on players and they spent it foolishly.

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Today’s post isn’t about advice and it’s not about bashing Chris Davis. Actually it’s quite the opposite. Instead of hating on Crush Davis, let’s make him great. For fun I have decided to start a new season long points league that attempts to make Chris Davis the league stud. How is that possible? By constructing a scoring system that works to his advantage. The following scoring system does exactly that.

K(+1), H(-1), BB(-1), SB(-1), CS(+1), GIDP(+1), AB(+1), E(+1)
IP(+1), W(-5), L(+5), K(-2), BB(2), H(+2), ER(+1), HRA(+1), HB(+1), WP(+1), Balk(+2)

Here are the rules of the league:

Draft: Friday, March 31st at 9:30pm EST
Buy-in: $10 (winner take all)
Teams: 10 teams
Format: Season long points league
Roster: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, OF, OF, OF, U, SP, SP, SP, SP, B, B, B, DL
Waivers: FAAB ($100)

Consider this a personal invitation from me to the first ten (nine since I am playing), to join this league. It’s a points league with a spin which will force you to look at the player pool differently. The purpose of this league is to show how simple (or not so simple) changes in your league’s scoring system can radically affect the values of the players within the player pool. If you want in, leave a comment.



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  1. frankenstein says:

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  2. cable says:

    Eric Thames …….who has so info about him

    • malamoney says:

      @cable: What info do you seek?

  3. Cable says:

    Info on why you rank him so high up your list H2h points league

    • malamoney says:

      @Cable: Because of his projections. Projections translate directly into points which is how I calculate my rankings. If you are asking why his projections are so high, well that’s just how the computer spit them out given all the variables. But keep in mind that my projections are averaged with ten other trusted projections.

      • Jaaaaaake says:


        malamoney, he knows.

        points are points

  4. Blake says:

    love Chris davis as my league does not penalize (no negative pts). by the way – are you going to do in season ranking updates for points leagues? or waiver pts league pick ups?

    • malamoney says:

      @Blake: I will continue to cover points leagues all season.

  5. oldmanoldman says:

    dfarted my points league h2h team last night. picked 6th in a 12 team yahoo league. slightly funky scoring but close enough to the standard that we dont need to list it all out.. was hoping to nab some pitchers early and then often, and fill up with hitters as the values revealed themselves. didnt really work out that way as the rest of the league zigged hard for sp early, forcing me to zag. please let me know your thoughts (also, michael brantley on waivers, drop someone to nab him?):

    NorthCorrea AllStars
    1. (6) Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
    2. (19) Carlos Correa (Hou – SS)
    3. (30) Kyle Seager (Sea – 3B)
    4. (43) Carlos Carrasco (Cle – SP)
    5. (54) Cole Hamels (Tex – SP)
    6. (67) José Bautista (Tor – OF)
    7. (78) Ian Kinsler (Det – 2B)
    8. (91) Jonathan Lucroy (Tex – C,1B)
    9. (102) Zach Britton (Bal – RP)
    10. (115) Félix Hernández (Sea – SP)
    11. (126) John Lackey (ChC – SP)
    12. (139) Sean Manaea (Oak – SP)
    13. (150) Jeff Samardzija (SF – SP)
    14. (163) Robbie Ray (Ari – SP)
    15. (174) Ian Kennedy (KC – SP)
    16. (187) Ben Zobrist (ChC – 2B,OF)
    17. (198) Iván Nova (Pit – SP,RP)
    18. (211) Eric Thames (Mil – OF)
    19. (222) Max Kepler (Min – OF)
    20. (235) Zach Davies (Mil – SP)
    21. (246) Andrew Triggs (Oak – SP,RP)
    22. (259) Nick Markakis (Atl – OF)

    • malamoney says:

      @oldmanoldman: I like this team. A lot actually. Value picks down the entire list. Did you use my rankings?

      • oldmanoldman says:

        @malamoney: I did. Your custom spreadsheet is $$$. Let’s hope Eric Thames works out! Dropped Markakis for Brantley last night. Markakis is that super boring guy in this format who is worth a spot but always seems to be available. Can always nab him or someone similar if Brantley doesn’t pan out. The team picking 12th went crazy w high end sp: Thor, bum, yu, cole, McCullers.. offense obviously weaker but still decent talent. Very scary. Hoping my mid-rounds sp run will provide enough quantity to overcome that. (Daily league)

        • malamoney says:

          @oldmanoldman: I’d rather have Markakis.

  6. Nick says:

    i am interested.. email me with details?

    • malamoney says:

      @Nick: Not sure we are going to get enough, but if you’re interested, send me your email address and I will send you an invite. You can send it to [email protected]

  7. goodfold2 says:

    this is at least close to similar (possibly near identical) to the old razzball leagues that were still in play when i first got here some years back. i’ve actually tried the last 2 years (not this year as i’m comishing a LOT of my own regular leagues) to no avail to fill these. they are “razz” in the same sense as razz poker, reverse 7 card stud, i.e. worst hand wins (in that flushes/straights don’t exist, so NOT 2-7 lowball style lowball, but KC lowball, so the ace is the LOWEST card, king the worst card).

    next year if you do these again i might join one as if i couldn’t fill my own, me, you and your 8 readers might be able to (probably not when you start this late in the game). it requires a whole different amount of projections, as you want hitters/pitchers who are completely terrible but somehow get at bats/innings. like b.moss in september last year, or willy peralta at any time (greinke too). garza is also an all star, really MIL’s starting pitching is the epitome of a razzball league, other than davies.

    • goodfold2 says:

      @goodfold2: until last year zunino was probably the catcher all star.

    • malamoney says:

      @goodfold2: I’ll be sure to get this going earlier next year. It was a last minute idea and I figured the small $10 buy-in would be small enough to get people to give it a shot for sh!ts and giggles…

  8. FilthyRich says:

    I have first overall in 10-team CBS head to head points league. Would you take Trout or Kershaw?

    • malamoney says:

      @FilthyRich: Probably Mike Trout.

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