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What It Takes To Win: Wins

Next up in our What It Takes To Win series, wins.  The goal here is to determine the stats needed to achieve fourth place in each of the ten common roto categories.  The league type: 12-team mixed with 14 hitters, 9 pitchers, 3 bench spots, 2 DL spots.

In the first league I looked at, 95 wins earned fourth place in the category.  In the second, it was 94.  I saw pretty good variance in the reader data, but a benchmark of 95 seems fair.  For those curious, it took about 3.34 wins on average to gain one point in the standings last year.  More so than any other counting stat, every pitcher win is huge in fantasy baseball.

If we assume a dozen wins from your three relievers, you need 83 from your six starters.  That's a tall order - 13 or 14 wins each.  34 pitchers won at least 14 games in 2008.  It was 36 in both '07 and '06.

Wins is probably the most frustrating fantasy category.  It's not advisable to chase them.  Just draft starters who can help you in the other three categories and the wins should come.

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Roundtable: Worst Value, First Three Rounds

I'm hosting the roundtable this week.  My topic:

Name the player who is the worst value for his average draft position, within the first three rounds.

Brett Greenfield, Fantasy Phenoms

The player who is the worst value for his ADP, within the first three rounds is Evan Longoria. There is no doubt that he has immense potential, but with your second round pick there is way too much risk involved.  He batted .272 last year and stole seven bases.  During his minor league career of two seasons, he stole a total of eight bases.  This guy is not a steals threat.  His low AVG is mainly attributed to 122 strikeouts in less than 500 AB.  He should get 600 AB this year if healthy and is looking like he'll strike out roughly 165 times.  I don't see him being a major contributor in two fantasy categories, which are steals and AVG.  Does anyone really think he hits 40+ HR?

Let's not forget about Ryan Braun, who two years ago smacked 34 HR in 450 AB.  He went on to hit 37 in 611 AB during his first full season. Simply doubling someone's stats during their first time around the league doesn't work.

Lastly, there's someone named Chris Davis, who homered 17 times in less than 300 AB.  He, too was a rookie last year.  His AVG was higher than that of Longoria, at a .285 clip.  He also would project to have similar numbers in the runs and RBI categories.  Why do I bring him up?  He gets drafted in rounds 5-7... and round five is a stretch.  Just because Davis' team didn't make the playoffs, and Longoria's made the World Series, doesn't mean we should draft Longoria so high this year.

He's risky due to a lack of major league AB's and there are many other proven players who you can take instead such as Justin Morneau, Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Beltran to name a few.  Better yet, wait until round 6 and grab Davis.

Patrick DiCaprio, Fantasy Pros 911

In my view it is unquestionably Matt Holliday. Given the change from Colorado to Oakland and his overall tendencies he is not a top 15 OF and arguably not top 20. Oakland does not steal as much as most teams, and regardless of Holliday's SB success rate he will not get as many stolen base opportunities; that is a guarantee. Those 28 steals of 2008 are a huge outlier. Thonly two guys with big SBO numbers were Rajai Davis and Eric Patterson; both one skilled type players from whom they were trying to squeeze value.

Secondly, Holliday routinely hits 35% or less FB; in Colorado that is enough to get an 18% HR/FB rate but that is very unlikely in Oakland. Throw in the fact that his power skills were way down from 2007 and you have a guy that is still a good player but is a fifth round talent. At best. Prediction: 20 HR, 15 SB and a BA below .300 and maybe worse.

Patrick Cain, Times Union

Johan Santana will go in the second round of most drafts, and those who take him then are making a mistake. Santana is a beast, but  pitchers simply shouldn't be taken this early. One reason is that pitchers are more prone to disappointing seasons than hitters. Another  reason is that the hitters you'll miss out on by drafting Santana in the 2nd round (ADP: 18.64) cannot be found later. Conversely, pitchers of nearly the same quality are still out there much later. Brandon Webb is, on average, still available 27 picks later. Take another step down in the pitching hierarchy and you'll have Josh Beckett/Cliff Lee/Francisco Liriano being taking on average in the low 70s.

Guys like Webb, Peavy or even Becket and Liriano could very well out perform Santana this year. Sounds crazy? Well, there were red flags in his seemingly strong 2008. Last year Johan's WHIP was the highest since '02, K-rate was the worst since '01. His line drive percentage and BB-rate were also at a five-year highs. These weaknesses all came in his first year in the NL, which is simply baffling. And despite all these ugly trends he had his lowest ERA ever. Just doesn't add up if you ask me...

Rudy Gamble, Razzball

Ichiro.  He's the perennial top 3 round pick of teams that finish in the bottom half.  He generally projects and finishes around 70-100 in value.  We've got him at #82 in value for 12-team MLB leagues in 2009.  I see him as basically Placido Polanco with speed.  If Polanco suddenly could steal 30 SBs, would he move up 15+ rounds to the top 3?  Nope.  Ichiro's HR/RBI leaves you at a disadvantages vs. other OFs (an estimated -3 points in combined HR/RBI standing points) and he'd need something like a .350 AVG and 40+ SBs to dig himself out of that trench to being extremely valuable.

In general, the worst top 3 round picks tend to be those that overdraft speed.  Remember that SBs are just 1 of 5 stats - if you're giving up performance on the other 4 to get speed, it's generally a bad move.  Also, multi-skilled players who stole 10-25 SBs the year prior can easily drop 5-10 SBs due to nagging injuries, injury prevention, manager philosophy, or aging.

Commish, Fantasy Baseball Geeks

I am going to have to go with Jimmy Rollins at #9 overall (according to our friends at Mock Draft Central) as the worst value pick.

In 2008 he was above average in one category (47 SBs)  other than that (76 R, 59 RBI, 11 HR, .277 BA) he was steadily mediocre.  Even though I believe that he will bounce back from his 2008 numbers, I still have a hard time thinking that he is the 9th best fantasy player overall going into 2009.   I had a hard enough time putting him in the Top 10 last year, but this year Top 10 seems ridiculous.  If anything he should be a buy low candidate this year.  I would not mind having any of the Top 10 SS's this year in a shallow league and there is even decent talent after the top 10, so I see no reason to reach for Rollins towards the end of the 1st round if I can't get my hands on Hanley or Reyes.  I think it makes more sense to wait 4 rounds and grab Furcal or 5 rounds to grab Tulowitzki or Drew or even later for Peralta.

When I am picking in the 1st round I want as close to a slam dunk as possible.  Give me Hamilton or Kinsler or Teixeira or even 140 games of Utley before I have to buy high on Rollins.  Unless you think he is a lock to regain his 2007 MVP form, there is no reason to spend a 1st round pick on Jimmy Rollins.

Adam Ronis, Newsday

My selection is C.C. Sabathia. The Yankees went after the elite free agents on the market and the hype will be high for Sabathia. He is coming off a dominating second half with the Brewers, which will be fresh in peoples minds. Sabathia is listed at 6-foot-7, 290 pounds and has been a workhorse his entire career. He has pitched at least 180 1/3 innings in all eight of his major league seasons. He threw 253 innings last season and 241 in 2007, so there has to be concern of a heavy workload and all the pitches he has thrown. The Brewers also used him several times on three days rest.

Sabathia got off to a horrible start with the Indians last season, allowing 27 earned runs in his first 18 innings. He moves from a weak NL Central to a strong AL East. He won't match his 2.70 ERA of last season. Sabathia also had 10 complete games last season. I don't see him getting to the 230-inning mark again. Sabathia had career highs in ERA, K/9 and WHIP. It's going to be difficult for Sabathia to match last season's numbers and people are drafting him like he will. I don't think he will be a flop, but he will have some regression and is not worth a second or third round pick.

Jon Williams, RotoExperts

It is becoming very easy to name Manny Ramirez as a bad value, who may not have a job to start the season. He is going late in the second round (21.81) according to Mock Draft Central’s ADP data. I can also see several writers choosing second baseman Dustin Pedroia (24.08) as a potential bust. I happen to have faith he will earn his draft position. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez (2.81) is a player I would not touch with a ten-foot pole, but my thoughts on him are completely subjective. Hypersensitive A-Rod seems to be digging himself a deeper and deeper hole with every utterance. 

I would hesitate to draft second baseman Chase Utley at his ADP (16.97) because I believe the hip injury and surgery could have a negative impact on both his power and his speed. I would not be overly critical of anyone who chose Ryan Howard (12.34) in the first round. However, Howard is just as likely to bat for a .220 average, as he is to have 40-plus homeruns, not a risk I want to take in the first round. I would avoid taking second baseman Brandon Phillips (30.13) because he is not trending well. His LD and FB percentages are both dropping which when put together with his swing at everything approach (despite making decent contact) bodes poorly for his batting average. Phillips is also in a significantly weaker lineup this season. 

Tim Dierkes, RotoAuthority

Having seen everyone's responses, I'll go with Justin Morneau, he of the 20.64 average draft position.  I have him at .286-26-112-88-1 in 586 ABs.  That'd be worth $16.33.  Even pumping him up to 30 HR and 120 ribbies doesn't make me want to take him that early.  Give me Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano, Matt Kemp, or Dustin Pedroia instead.  Morneau is a zero in speed, so he can't afford to be less than excellent in any other category.

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Normalized Starting Pitcher Rankings

What if every starter threw exactly 200 innings?  Here's how my rankings would look:

  1. Rich Harden  $36.27
  2. Johan Santana  $32.11
  3. Joba Chamberlain  $31.02
  4. Tim Lincecum  $30.32
  5. Jake Peavy  $28.74
  6. Cole Hamels  $27.56
  7. C.C. Sabathia  $25.42
  8. Javier Vazquez  $24.09
  9. Roy Halladay  $23.09
  10. Josh Beckett  $22.79
  11. Yovani Gallardo  $21.65
  12. Dan Haren  $21.47
  13. Scott Kazmir  $20.90
  14. Brandon Webb  $19.82
  15. John Smoltz  $19.60
  16. Max Scherzer  $19.15
  17. Ervin Santana  $19.12
  18. Chad Billingsley  $19.03
  19. Ben Sheets  $18.83
  20. Randy Johnson  $18.62
  21. James Shields  $18.34
  22. A.J. Burnett  $18.33
  23. Roy Oswalt  $17.93
  24. Francisco Liriano  $17.63
  25. Kenshin Kawakami  $17.43
  26. Erik Bedard  $17.21
  27. Justin Duchscherer  $16.19
  28. Brett Myers  $15.60
  29. Chris Young  $15.43
  30. Jered Weaver  $15.38
  31. Kevin Slowey  $15.35
  32. Ricky Nolasco  $15.31
  33. Felix Hernandez  $14.72
  34. John Lackey  $14.68
  35. Daisuke Matsuzaka  $14.42
  36. Cliff Lee  $13.73
  37. Zack Greinke  $13.39
  38. Matt Cain  $13.38
  39. Chris Carpenter  $13.23
  40. Brandon Morrow  $12.77
  41. Ted Lilly  $12.72
  42. Edinson Volquez  $12.62
  43. Derek Lowe  $12.27
  44. Kelvim Escobar  $11.23
  45. Adam Wainwright  $11.18
  46. Scott Baker  $11.15
  47. John Maine  $10.67
  48. Justin Verlander  $10.56
  49. Josh Johnson  $10.14
  50. Aaron Harang  $9.96
  51. Ryan Dempster  $9.82
  52. Clayton Kershaw  $9.60
  53. John Danks  $9.40
  54. Pedro Martinez  $9.16
  55. Carlos Zambrano  $8.92
  56. Johnny Cueto  $8.65
  57. J.A. Happ  $8.49
  58. Tim Hudson  $8.18
  59. Andy Sonnanstine  $8.06
  60. Clay Buchholz  $7.75
  61. Matt Garza  $7.61
  62. Jonathan Sanchez  $7.50
  63. Phil Hughes  $7.47
  64. Gil Meche  $7.33
  65. Wandy Rodriguez  $7.25
  66. Hiroki Kuroda  $7.19
  67. Mark Prior  $7.17
  68. Manny Parra  $6.95
  69. David Bush  $6.50
  70. Aaron Heilman  $6.45
  71. Dustin McGowan  $6.10
  72. Sean Marshall  $6.06
  73. Tommy Hanson  $5.85
  74. Yusmeiro Petit  $5.80
  75. Rich Hill  $5.72
  76. Michael Bowden  $5.60
  77. Oliver Perez  $5.54
  78. Andy Pettitte  $5.25
  79. Ian Kennedy  $5.20
  80. Jair Jurrjens  $5.16
  81. Chris Capuano  $4.89
  82. Jeremy Bonderman  $4.41
  83. Trevor Cahill  $4.18
  84. Dallas Braden  $4.16
  85. Jason Schmidt  $4.09
  86. Casey Janssen  $3.78
  87. Jon Lester  $3.66
  88. Scott Lewis  $3.54
  89. Joe Blanton  $3.47
  90. Koji Uehara  $3.20
  91. Kris Medlen  $3.02
  92. Jesse Litsch  $2.95
  93. Bronson Arroyo  $2.55
  94. David Price  $2.31
  95. Freddy Garcia  $2.05
  96. Micah Owings  $1.91
  97. Anibal Sanchez  $1.79
  98. Ryan Rowland-Smith  $1.79
  99. Brett Anderson  $1.56
  100. David Purcey  $1.53
  101. Mark Buehrle  $1.27
  102. Tim Wakefield  $1.24
  103. Cha Seung Baek  $1.23
  104. Boof Bonser  $1.05
  105. Carlos Carrasco  $1.00
  106. Joe Saunders  $0.89
  107. Randy Wolf  $0.70
  108. Kyle Lohse  $0.33
  109. Chien-Ming Wang  $0.32
  110. Jorge Campillo  $0.20
  111. Todd Wellemeyer  $0.05

I wouldn't get too caught up in the exact dollar values, since this is not a realistic scenario.

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Starting Pitcher Rankings

Here are my tentative starting pitcher rankings for 2009 in a 5x5 mixed league with 9 pitchers (categories: ERA, WHIP, W, SV, K).  The tough part here is that adding or subtracting 20-30 innings from the projection makes a big difference.  But, here we go (draft round in parentheses):

  1. Johan Santana - $38.58 (2)
  2. Tim Lincecum  - $33.55 (3)
  3. C.C. Sabathia - $33.38 (3)
  4. Cole Hamels - $30.23 (4)
  5. Jake Peavy - $29.47 (4)
  6. Roy Halladay  - $28.87 (4)
  7. Javier Vazquez  - $27.26 (12)
  8. Dan Haren - $26.32 (5)
  9. Brandon Webb - $25.72 (4)
  10. Josh Beckett - $23.35 (7)
  11. Rich Harden - $23.19 (10)
  12. Chad Billingsley - $22.93 (8)
  13. Ervin Santana - $22.89 (7)
  14. Roy Oswalt - $21.88 (7)
  15. James Shields - $21.01 (7)
  16. Yovani Gallardo - $20.66 (11)
  17. A.J. Burnett - $20.21 (9)
  18. Joba Chamberlain - $19.48 (9)
  19. Scott Kazmir - $17.50 (8)
  20. Brett Myers - $17.34 (13)
  21. Felix Hernandez - $17.27 (8)
  22. Cliff Lee - $17.03 (6)
  23. Matt Cain - $16.53 (11)
  24. John Lackey - $16.16 (8)
  25. Ted Lilly - $16.10 (17)
  26. Francisco Liriano - $16.07 (6)
  27. Derek Lowe - $15.67 (14)
  28. Zack Greinke - $15.03 (13)
  29. Ricky Nolasco - $15.01 (11)
  30. Kenshin Kawakami - $14.87 (27)
  31. Randy Johnson - $13.91 (13)
  32. Daisuke Matsuzaka - $13.79 (9)
  33. Max Scherzer - $13.45 (16)
  34. Kevin Slowey - $13.30 (15)
  35. Jered Weaver - $13.25 (21)
  36. Aaron Harang - $12.76 (14)
  37. Justin Verlander - $12.37 (11)
  38. Edinson Volquez - $12.24 (9)
  39. Adam Wainwright - $11.63 (12)
  40. Ryan Dempster - $11.19 (13)
  41. Erik Bedard - $11.10 (16)
  42. Scott Baker - $10.67 (19)
  43. Gil Meche - $10.59 (23)
  44. John Maine - $10.33 (24)
  45. Carlos Zambrano - $10.30 (10)
  46. John Danks - $9.61 (13)
  47. Matt Garza - $9.17 (15)
  48. Clayton Kershaw - $8.59 (18)
  49. Justin Duchscherer - $8.57 (16)
  50. Johnny Cueto - $8.56 (17)
  51. Andy Sonnanstine - $8.53 (28)
  52. Chris Young - $8.37 (10)
  53. Josh Johnson - $8.35 (13)
  54. Jon Lester - $8.31 (9)
  55. David Bush - $6.57 (28)
  56. Manny Parra - $6.45 (27)
  57. Hiroki Kuroda - $6.44 (24)
  58. Joe Blanton - $6.33 (28)
  59. Bronson Arroyo - $6.03 (28)
  60. Oliver Perez - $5.85 (25)
  61. Andy Pettitte - $5.84 (19)
  62. Mark Buehrle - $5.79 (27)
  63. Jair Jurrjens - $5.17 (16)
  64. John Smoltz - $4.08 (23)
  65. Wandy Rodriguez - $3.85 (26)
  66. Chien-Ming Wang - $3.52 (19)
  67. Jesse Litsch - $3.30 (20)
  68. Clay Buchholz - $2.97 (28)
  69. Jonathan Sanchez - $2.48 (21)
  70. Joe Saunders - $2.48 (15)
  71. Paul Maholm - $2.44 (27)
  72. Kyle Lohse - $2.11 (27)
  73. Randy Wolf - $1.45 (28)
  74. Braden Looper - $1.40 (33)
  75. Ubaldo Jimenez - $1.35 (25)
  76. Gavin Floyd - $1.18 (12)
  77. Jeremy Guthrie - $1.16 (24)
  78. Koji Uehara - $1.09 (26)
  79. Jeremy Bonderman - $0.95 (21)
  80. Mike Pelfrey - $0.57 (18)
  81. Todd Wellemeyer - $0.16 (ND)
  • The following are projected to throw fewer than 160 innings, so you may be able to combine them with a replacement level pickup and get more value from the roster spot: Harden, Chamberlain, Scherzer, Bedard, Duchscherer, Young, Smoltz, Wandy, Buchholz, Sanchez, Uehara, and Bonderman.
  • Vazquez's projection for a 3.57 ERA seems out of whack.  He's the guy whose peripherals also lead forecasters to call for a better ERA than he's capable of.  But, 200 Ks is 200 Ks and this is a 12th round pick.
  • Lee, Volquez, Zambrano, Young, Lester, Dice-K, and Floyd aren't looking like great picks for their draft positions.  Nice value in Myers, Lilly, Lowe, Kawakami, Weaver, Harang, Meche, and Maine
  • Just missed the cut: Purcey, Moyer, Snell, Price, Petit, Wakefield, Campillo, Carmona.

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My Favorite Draft Position

12 team snake draft.  What pick do you prefer to have?  I've never put a ton of thought into this, since of course I can't control it.  But it is an interesting question.

Logically, the sixth pick would be the best.  You make your pick, then wait 13 picks, then go again.  Then you wait 11 and go again and the trend repeats itself.  The result is that there is never a huge gap where all the guys you wanted get snapped up.  Plus, you don't have to make the risky decision of taking two guys in a row or close together.

I think this year I'd prefer the fifth pick, because then I definitely get one of Hanley, Reyes, Pujols, A-Rod, or Wright.  After that I do see a dropoff of several dollars to Braun.

In a 12 team snake draft, which pick do you prefer?

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World Baseball Classic Worries

Back on May 10th, 2006, Nate Silver of Baseball Prospectus did a study comparing April ERAs to PECOTA projected ERAs for pitchers who participated in the World Baseball Classic.  He found that 19 of the 26 starters underperformed their projection.  There was definitely enough data to say that there was an overall negative effect for pitchers.

Without embarking on a massive injury study, I think it's safe to say that fantasy baseball players would prefer their pitchers don't participate in the WBC.  As far as I can tell, the following 27 pitchers have positive projected fantasy value and are scheduled to pitch in the WBC.  They're ranked by projected fantasy value.

  1. Jake Peavy
  2. Javier Vazquez
  3. Joe Nathan
  4. Roy Oswalt
  5. Francisco Rodriguez
  6. Jose Valverde
  7. Felix Hernandez
  8. Joakim Soria
  9. Jonathan Broxton
  10. Brian Fuentes
  11. Ted Lilly
  12. Daisuke Matsuzaka
  13. Justin Verlander
  14. Edinson Volquez
  15. Carlos Marmol
  16. B.J. Ryan
  17. Chad Qualls
  18. Matt Garza
  19. Oliver Perez
  20. Matt Lindstrom
  21. Wandy Rodriguez
  22. Jonathan Sanchez
  23. J.J. Putz
  24. Ubaldo Jimenez
  25. Jeremy Guthrie
  26. Scot Shields
  27. George Sherrill

Other WBC pitchers who you may end up drafting: Rafael Perez, Fernando Rodney, Ian Snell, Edwar Ramirez, Ramon Ramirez, Jorge Campillo, Pedro Martinez, Jose Arredondo, Matt Thornton, Armando Galarraga, Manny Corpas, and Hideki Okajima.

Obviously you can't avoid all WBC pitchers; 11 closers are planning to pitch in the tournament.  It's just additional info you may use to influence a decision or two if you're on the fence about a guy.

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Lineup Changes: Hanley, Reyes, Upton, Chipper?

Let's take a look at a few possible major lineup changes in store for the '09 season.  In general I've found runs and RBIs to have a similar fantasy value (1 run is worth about the same as 1 RBI).  #3-5 hitters are often able to rack up strong RBI and run totals, but #1-2 hitters have a hard time getting the ribbies.  So if you have a #3-5 guy moving to #1-2, that might hurt his fantasy value.  But if a leadoff hitter moves down in the order he can still score 100+ runs.

  • Hanley Ramirez will move to the #3 spot, with Cameron Maybin and Emilio Bonifacio possibilities to lead off.  Hanley bulked up by 24 lbs. over the offseason, but he'll trim some of that off before Opening Day.  Over the past three seasons, Ramirez has run less and less each year.  It wouldn't be surprising to see him drop below 30 SBs this year.  On the flip side, he'll top his career high of 81 RBIs.  Maybe the stats shift around, but you shouldn't reduce your dollar value for Hanley for '09.
  • Luis Castillo could bat leadoff, with Carlos Beltran at #2 and Jose Reyes at #3.  Matthew Cerrone thinks it's just motivational chatter.  It still probably would not make Castillo draftable.  It wouldn't affect my Reyes projection much, unless he changed his approach.  Beltran would be the biggest loser here, as he mostly batted #4-5 in '08 and that helped him rack up 112 RBIs.
  • B.J. Upton could move to leadoff spot.  In 2008, Upton had 289 PAs at #3, 213 at #2, and 89 at #4.  This year the Rays have Pat Burrell, who mostly batted at #5 for the Phillies in '08.  You have to figure Burrell, Carlos Pena, and Evan Longoria get the #3-5 spots somehow.  Last year Upton ran less when he batted cleanup, but with about the same frequency from the #2-3 spots.  In general Upton being pushed out of an RBI spot is not a good development for his value.  We have to hope he runs more to make up for it, but he already runs more than 30% of the time he's on first base.
  • Chipper Jones could move from #3 to #4 spot.  The Braves figure to make an addition, possibly Ken Griffey Jr.  The #3-5 are all usually solid RBI spots, so it shouldn't matter too much how it's sorted out between Chipper, Brian McCann, and the new addition.
  • Lou Piniella is at least considering moving Alfonso Soriano out of the leadoff spot.  I think this would improve his value, as stated in the opening paragraph of the post.

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Spring Training Cliches

It's time for another edition of Spring Training Cliches here at RotoAuthority.  Here's a look at last year's list.  Readers are always a big help in compiling these links, so leave 'em in the comments or email me at rotoauthority@gmail.com.

Updated 3-9-09.  Latest additions in red.

Change in weight

New fitness program

Improved vision

Finally healthy

Working on new pitch

Planning to attempt more stolen bases

Other statistical predictions by players


2009 RotoAuthority Fantasy League

FRIDAY: I'm going with agger and SabermetricsGuy, but the applications were awesome and I'm sorry we can't take more.  Next year we should be able to add four new ones.  I hope you guys can convene in the Reader Leagues post and form more competitive leagues.

TUESDAY: I've just set a date for the 2009 RotoAuthority Fantasy League.  We have two open slots this year.  Here are the details.

  • The draft will take place on Monday March 16th at 7pm CST.  Don't apply for the league if you can't make this time and date!
  • $100 buy-in.  We might try LeagueSafe this year.
  • League specs: 5x5 rotiserrie style with AVG, HR, RBI, R, SB, ERA, WHIP, W, K, and SV.  12 teams.  14 hitters, 9 pitchers (2 SP and 2 RP required), 3 bench spots, 2 DL spots.  Snake draft.  Daily league played on Yahoo.  1500 IP limit.  Unlimited transactions.  Trades are processed ASAP and are not subject to anyone's approval.  Yahoo PLUS league, on the house.
  • If you want in, make your case in the comments of this post.   Include your email address in your comment.  There are no other guidelines for making your case - just tell me why you deserve to play.  I will close this thread off at the end of Friday and then I'll pick the winners.
  • In the name of keeping the league elite and also giving new people a chance to play, the bottom four finishers in '09 will be booted out for the 2010 league.  Anyone finishing in the top eight has the option of keeping their spot for '10.  If I finish in the bottom four, I will still play in 2010 (sorry).
  • Not sure yet if we're doing a Silver League again.  If we do the winner of that will have the option of taking one of the four open slots in the 2010 RotoAuthority League.

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Roundtable: Under/Overvalued Stat

For this week's roundtable, Razzball asked:

What sabermetric or alternative statistic (e.g., Ground Ball ratio, Contact Rate, etc.) do you find to be highly over or undervalued for fantasy baseball player valuation purposes?

Click here to read the answers.

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