Winning Fantasy Baseball: Secret Strategies of a Nine-Time National Champion
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Play to win.
Play like a champion.
In Winning Fantasy Baseball, Larry Schechter discloses the secrets of his proven methods. Packed with commonsense, easy-to-use strategies for beginners through experienced players, Schechter supplies readers with a toolkit to achieve the most important thing in fantasy ball--winning!
Some have called Schechter one of the best fantasy baseball players in the world. He is a two-time winner of the CDM Sports national salary-cap challenge, having defeated 7,500 competitors in 2002 and 6,000 in 2005. He is also a six-time winner of the renowned Tout Wars experts league and a one-time winner of the USA Today-sponsored League of Alternative Baseball Reality (LABR).
Readers will learn directly from the champ everything they need to know about:
- how to project player stats;
- how to convert those stats into a specific value;
- strategy for snake drafts, and mono-league and mixed auctions;
- selecting teams using a salary cap;
- playing in keeper leagues;
- and performing in-season management.
Although the book is primarily about fantasy baseball, many of the concepts also apply to fantasy football and other fantasy sports.
usually a close game. Let’s examine these. The numbers below combine the 2011 and 2012 MLB seasons: We can see that it is true that the worse teams (those who won 79 or less games) did generate a higher percentage of saves per win. However, the really good teams (90+ wins) still generated a much higher volume of saves (47.6). So if everything else is equal, it is clearly best to get a closer from a team you expect will win a lot of games. To analyze saves by runs scored, I’m again using the
a control group. Some of the problems with Verducci’s rule include that he’s looking at innings pitched rather than total pitches thrown; he does include minor-league and playoff games, but not winter ball or spring training, and he uses a rather arbitrary cutoff; it doesn’t include someone who is age 25½ or has a 29-inning increase. Contract-Year Effect? There’s a theory that players in the last year of their contract will perform well because they want to get a new contract. Since a player’s
nervously waited to see if everyone would stay silent through the “going once … going twice … sold!” They did. At last, I owned Ellsbury. A bit later, Colby Lewis, SP, worth $21, was sold for $16. My listed max bid was $17, but I decided to pass, because it was only the third round, and at this point I was hoping to do even better than a $4 discount for my next couple of starters. Joakim Soria was brought up and I was in on the bidding, but he went for $24. I was not happy about this. My best
I decided to stick with $40. As defending champion, I got the first nomination. Since I was expecting $40 probably wouldn’t be enough, there was no need to open with a lower bid and risk that someone else might beat me to $40. So I opened the 2013 auction with “Mike Trout … $40.” To my pleasant surprise, I got him. And that allowed me to wait for good prices for the rest of the hitters, even the $20+ hitters. CHAPTER 8 Mixed-League Auctions In March 2005, I was invited to join the Tout Wars
example, if you took a player in round #9, and you decide to keep him for the following year, you forfeit your ninth-round pick in the next draft. Again, some leagues require an automatic increase, in which case you might have to surrender your eighth-round (or lower) pick. Keeping a player is also referred to as freezing a player. Auction Price Inflation As you approach the 2014 auction, if you have a player you expect will produce $18 of value in 2014, and his salary—should you keep him—would