|Do Analytics Take the Fun Out of Sports?|
Apparently that was the topic of one of the presentations at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston last week. The presenter, Yale's Edward Tufte, opined:
Don't let people tell you analytics are reductionist and take the joy out of sports. They mostly just take the stupidity out of sports.
Is he right?
|RotoWire's AL LABR Squad|
|The 2014 AL LABR auction went down at the Arizona Republic offices in downtown Phoenix Saturday night. It's a 12-team, 5 x 5, AL-only league with 2 C, 1 1B, 1 2B. 1 3B, 1 SS, 1 CI, 1 MI, 5 OF, 1 U and 9 pitchers. Everyone has $260 to spend.|
|The Problem With Drafting Billy Hamilton|
|Billy Hamilton went for $28 in the NL LABR auction this past weekend. I discussed this with a fellow writer who participates in Tout Wars with me later this month and we discussed the problem with investing heavily into Hamilton.|
|Payne's Daily Fantasy Basketball Experiment|
|Let's see if I can make any money doing daily fantasy hoops.|
|My 12-Team NFBC RotoWire Online Championship Team|
|I drafted out of the 11-hole for the "Beat Chris Liss" league. I had done a fair amount of research on optimal roster construction from that slot, and I decided I'd go hitter in the first round, three pitchers in 2-4 and then hitting for the next 10 rounds or so before filling in with upside pitchers late. Of course, few battle plans survive the actual war. Here are the results:|