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2011 Busts, 2012 Superstars

Posted by on Mar 11, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball 101, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

This post was written and contributed by Kellen Hunter. Picks for 2012 During the fantasy baseball draft, nothing quite beats the thrill of getting the most in-demand players on your roster. If you’re serious about your team, you spend hours poring over predictions and stats, making your picks and setting your lineups. But sometimes, a player that looks great on paper just fizzles on the field. That pick that was such a coup during training camp turns out to be an albatross that brings down your whole team… Just like some of these 2011 fantasy baseball must-haves who turned out to be duds: Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota Twins Players returning after injuries are always risky, and Justin Morneau is a textbook case as to why. The once consistent hitter hit only four HRs in 2011 and had an average...

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Evaluating Players by BABIP

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball 101 | 0 comments

Sometimes it’s difficult to understand some of the many sabermetrics stats used to evaluate baseball players today.  One that is not too difficult to understand for the casual fantasy baseball manager, however, is BABIP, or “batting average per balls in play.” BABIP measures how many batted balls go for hits.  It therefore removes strikeouts from a player’s batting average equation.  It also removed home runs from the equation, because home runs are not balls put in play.  Walks, of course, are already removed from the calculation. Hence the formula for calculating BABIP is:  Hits minus home runs, divided by at-bats minus home runs minus strikeouts plus sacrifice flies (H – HR)/(AB – HR – K + SF). Over the past several years, one could use the common threshold of .300 as an average for a MLB player’s BABIP, although...

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When Is The Best Time To Draft A Pitcher?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball 101, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

While in most traditional 5×5 fantasy baseball leagues they still contribute statistically to 50% of the scoring, pitchers don’t get the respect they often deserve at draft time. The main reason for this is obvious – starting pitchers only contribute once every five days, and relievers only face a handful of batters (at best). One of the most common questions at draft time is when you can get value for a pitcher. Now, taking elite pitchers out of the equation like Justin Verlander or Roy Halladay, the best time to consider taking a starting pitcher is likely the 3rd round, even better if you can stetch it to the 4th round. In the first three draft rounds, depending on where you end up in the draft order, your selection pattern should likely resemble something like this: Best available hitter...

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Draft & Hold Leagues

Posted by on Mar 5, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball 101 | 0 comments

If you are truly a serious fantasy baseball fan, then you’ve probably already ordered a copy of Ron Shandler’s 2012 Baseball Forecaster.  If not, then you are missing out on one of the best sources of forecasting fantasy baseball statistics for the 2012 season.  (Click here to purchase a discounted copy of Baseball Forecaster.) Shandler, publisher of Baseball HQ, introduced me to a new version of the fantasy baseball game when he discussed draft and hold leagues in the book.  And, these leagues have nothing to do with the designated hitter.  A draft & hold (DH) league is one in which leagues have limited or no free agent or waiver wire moves permitted.  You simply draft your team at the beginning of the season and then watch it go.  (Surely, there are some teams in your league that do...

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32 Million Now Play Fantasy Sports

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball 101 | 0 comments

Fantasy Sports Participation Grows To 32 Million.  The 2010 study showed 29.6 million fantasy sports players and the 2007 study by Ipsos showed 19.4 million. 19% of males in the USA play fantasy sports and 8% of females, according to the study. San Francisco, CA – Fantasy sports participation has grown over 60 percent the past four years as over 32 million people now actively playing in the U.S. and Canada, new research conducted by Ipsos for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) shows. This finding shows the highest participation numbers in the history of fantasy sports. One in five males played fantasy sports in the last year. Based on the proportion of survey respondents who report having played fantasy sports in the past 12 months in the U.S. (12%) and in Canada (13%), the total projected number of...

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Rapping About Fantasy Baseball on Phil Naessens Show

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Fantasy Baseball 101 | 0 comments

Listen to BallparkBob Bentz and Jonathan Bentz talk about fantasy baseball on the Phil Naessans...

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