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Archive January 2014

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Early Starting Pitcher ADP -- It's All About the Depth

Not that there isn’t a ton of information you’re getting from this ADP series, but if there’s only one thing that you take away from the multitude of articles you’ll be reading between now and Opening Day, please let it be that starting pitching is ridiculously deep. Obscenely deep. So deep that you can’t dive to the bottom of the pool and make it back up to the surface for air in time.

Votto Should Hit 2nd

If one were to simply Google-search the phrase “Votto hitting 2nd” there would be 3,850,000 results for the find. The topic has been hotly debated for quite some time as Dusty Baker insisted on batting the putting weak batters in the 2nd spot in the Reds lineup hit .228 with a .281 on base percentage last season. Baker, instead of changing the lineup, allowed his hitters in the two-hole to bunt ten times before the fourth inning last season. TEN.

Early Outfielder ADP

Whether your needs are power, speed or batting average, the outfield is always flush with quality players. Thirty teams, three outfield spots for each, plus maybe a handful of American League designated hitters and you’ve got at least 100 names from which to choose.

Early Third Base ADP

Please allow me to step out of my current life and channel the mentality of some old-timer sitting on the porch, sipping lemonade and reminiscing about the way things used to be when he was younger. I do this because I am scanning the list of those who qualify at third base this season and it’s looking pretty bleak.

Pierce, Garnett Tribute Videos

It's been a rough fantasy season for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, but the memories in Boston for both players are still very positive. As Brooklyn visited The TD Garden this evening, the Celtic franchise was prepared with video tributes for both...

All BABIPs Are Not Alike

One of the things that becomes rather habitual in fantasy player analysis is to find the players at the extreme end of certain statistics and say they’ll regress or bounce back. Last season, that player was Jeff Keppinger. Keppinger did what all one-year free agents seemingly do when they go to Tampa Bay in that he had a career year posting both full-season highs in batting average and batting average on balls in play of .325 and .332 respectively.

Fantasy College Basketball Game of the Week: Michigan at Michigan State

Perry Missner looks at the Big 10 where the state of Michigan is reigning supreme.

Early Shortstop ADP

Thin. Meager. Emaciated.Slight. However you want to word it, the meaning is all the same and it is what best describes the shortstop position for fantasy baseball purposes.

Early Second Base ADP

Moving right along with our look at early ADP numbers, it’s time to take a look at the keystone. In a nutshell, second base has traditionally been a thin position in fantasy.

Missing the Cut - Reds

The baseball magazine has been sent off to the printers - our 14th edition is in the books. Now it's time to gear the site up for spring training - pitchers and catchers will be reporting before you know it!

We have a finite amount of space in the magazine - so we can't write about every single player in each organization that we're interested in. Someone has to miss the cut, even if we cover 40-50 players per organization. Over the next few weeks, I'm going to write about the players that were the closest to getting into the magazine but fell short during our vetting process. Certainly there are going to be more than a few of these players that reach the majors in 2014, and some that are going to be better prospects than we anticipated.

Championship Game Observations

Richard Sherman is smarter than you and also better at life.

Early First Base ADP

We’re going to continue our look at preliminary ADPs and move onto the first baseman. In the past, the first base position has long been considered one of the deepest out there for fantasy owners.

Fantasy College Basketball Game of the Week: Indiana State at Wichita State

Perry Missner takes a peek at the Shockers and discusses how to make blowouts interesting.

Terrence Jones Heating Up

As mentioned in the last Rebound & Rant, Terrence Jones is heating up...

In-Stadium Close-Call Replays Are Back!

Ever wonder why, when at the ballpark, a close or controversial call is made by an umpire and the giant stadium Jumbotron does NOT replay the play? Well, in 1976 a half-riot almost broke out at Yankee Stadium when the umpires made a call in favor...

Early Catcher ADP

With NFBC drafts, both real and mock, already taking place, we’re starting to get a decent return on some ADP numbers which, at this time of year, make for a great base.

Shiny New Toy Syndrome

Fantasy players are as guilty as anyone for falling for shiny new toys. They'll cast aside proven players for the latest flavor of the month. So far this mock draft season, that latest flavor appears to bee Cleveland's Danny Salazar.

Let's Talk About ADP

While, for some of you, the notion that it’s already time to start prepping for your fantasy baseball league may seem a bit obsessive, but in truth, given the extensive hot stove action we get every winter, it’s never too early.

Division Round Observations

What an awful round of divisional playoff games. Even the algorithm on Advanced NFL Stats agrees.

Ready to Spread His Feathers

Albert Einstein famously said that the definition of insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. One could certainly define the first nine games Houston's Brad Peacock made last season for the Astros in such a way.

Fantasy College Basketball Game of the Week: North Carolina at Syracuse

Perry Missner looks at the first every ACC meeting of North Carolina and Syracuse. He had a strong feeling about what would happen. Was he right?

Canadian Olympic Snubs

All of Canada was glued to the television, radio and internet Tuesday morning to find out who would represent the country at the Olympics. And it will be a point of conversation -- shoulda, woulda, coulda -- until the Games close. Were the right men taken? Are there obvious snubs? Let's discuss.

Wild Card Round Observations

Andrew Luck's 443-yard comeback win over the Chiefs is likely his first of many legacy-building games.

Fantasy College Basketball Game of the Week: Butler at Xavier

Perry Missner looks at a pair of newcomers in the new Big East.

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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:

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