All 14 “grown” men in my "home" 8-year old fantasy baseball league anticipate draft day the same way they waited for Christmas Day when they were 8 years old. [pullquote]Draft days are much like a fun version of a high school final. You either know your stuff, or you don’t.[/pullquote] The excitement is palpable in the emails, texts, and
As a kid, in my formative years, I quickly learned from my dad that RBI were the most important offensive stat in baseball. The category implies power and clutch hitting. Team RBI leaders usually hit third or clean-up - the most revered spots in the line-up.[pullquote]OPS is baseball's GPS[/pullquote] Years ago, soon after becoming a member of the second largest
[pullquote]Australians refer to it as the "Second Year Syndrome"[/pullquote] It must be a magical moment when a player gets the first call up to the majors. He has now officially made it. He is officially a professional. Right? Officially, yes. With an occasional exception (here's looking at you Mike Trout), each player has his own mental clock for attaining "unofficial
[pullquote]Power should be your top priority on draft day[/pullquote]In fantasy baseball nothing is better offensively than a home run. A home run contributes to 4 of the typical categories in fantasy: runs, runs batted in, on base percentage, and slugging. It is the single most impactful stat in fantasy baseball. In recent years home runs are on a huge decline.
[pullquote]That's when dad came out with his two indelible words, said with the same authority of an old schoolmaster: "No Sooking."[/pullquote] When draft day arrives it's vital to know which players to target, and perhaps even more importantly, which ones to avoid. Who will give you consistent performance from day to day, and from year to year, and which ones
All of the industry's experts will point out the external factors which affect each player's final projected stats for the year. Factors such as: home ballpark, teammates (fielding ability for pitchers, and offensive clout of the line-up for hitters), and even the divisional opposition. Caveball determined a statistical value for each of these external factors and combined it with each