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What It Takes To Win: WHIP

Next up in our What It Takes To Win series, WHIP.  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, 1.26 was necessary for fourth place.  The second league was about the same.  I found very similar results in the reader data sent in, so I'm comfortable going with 1.26 for our WHIP benchmark.

Among those with 100 projected innings, I have 28 who should be around 1.26 or less (topped by Johan Santana at 1.12).  Solid WHIP contributors you can get in the 15th round or later in most drafts: Kevin Slowey, Justin Duchscherer, Jered Weaver, John Smoltz, Andy Sonnanstine, Dave Bush, and Kenshin Kawakami.  I haven't looked closely at Koji Uehara yet but he may be another.

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