Opening day! When hope springs eternal for every major league baseball fan. Each team is tied for first (and last) place for what will almost assuredly be the final time. Which teams will rise, and which will fall? RotoValue has some predictions. Using the model that forecasts player performance, and aggregating across each roster, I… Continue reading MLB Crystal Ball 2022
Blue Jays’ starter Mark Buehrle is off to a great start so far this season, leading the majors with 6 wins, with an ERA of 1.91. While not as impressive as his ERA, Buehrle’s FIP, fielding-independent pitching, is a still-excellent 3.04, which would be a career best by nearly half a run, and is more… Continue reading When the hurling Buehrle's won… or perhaps why!
I’ve updated my 2014 MLB projections, incorporating more recent injury and depth chart information into my playing time estimates. Of course, since the season is two games old for the Dodgers and Diamondbacks, this isn’t entirely “fair” – usually I’d want preseason forecasts to be entirely preseason. But with a full week before other games,… Continue reading 2014 MLB Projections Update
Now that the Mariners have signed Robinson Cano, that opens a hole for the Yankees at 2B. I wonder if it might make the most sense for the Yankees to move captain Derek Jeter there. Let me preface this by saying I seriously doubt this will actually happen, but just as a thought experiment, it… Continue reading What's on Second? How about Derek Jeter?
With the completion of yesterday’s play-in game for the AL wild card slot, the 2013 regular season is now done. So I’d like to take a look at the most valuable players in five different fantasy formats. While Miguel Cabrera didn’t repeat as triple-crown winner, he was the clear fantasy MVP in all three formats with AL… Continue reading 2013 RotoValue Fantasy MVPs
Paul Goldschmidt is fantasy MVP for the penultimate week of the season, hitting .370 with 3 HR, 6 R, 9 RBI, and 1 SB, earning $58.97 in the 5×5 Mixed League rankings, $50.59 in the deeper 4×4 NL Only, and $48.67 in the 5×5 NL Only, all comfortably the highest RotoValues in each format. Rays’ starter… Continue reading Week 25 Fantasy Stars
Giants RF Hunter Pence began the week going 0-4 against the Rockies, but had at least one hit and drove in at least one run in every other game. Indeed in all but two games he homered, winding up with 6 HR, 19 RBI, 8 runs scored, and a .448 average. In the shallow 5×5 Mixed League those numbers… Continue reading Fantasy Stars Week 24: Giants come up Pence
This week’s top fantasy baseball players both play for the Boston Red Sox, and a third teammate ranked 7th overall, in a shallow 5×5 Mixed League. Will Middlebrooks was the clear fantasy MVP for the week, batting .464 with 4 HR, 8 R, 9 RBI, and 1 SB – worth $71.76 in the mixed league. Teammate Mike… Continue reading Red Sox Rise in Week 23
This week’s best fantasy players aren’t likely to finish high in the post-season awards voting, but if you’re in a weekly head-to-head league, they’ve sure been fun to watch in week 22. Brandon Moss led the shallow 5×5 Mixed League ($70.17)as well as deeper 4×4 AL Only ($57.63) and 5×5 AL Only ($54.89) leagues in RotoValue for the… Continue reading Surprises Star in Week 22
Looking at this week’s top fantasy players, format greatly affects the ordering. In the shallow 5×5 Mixed League, Adam Wainwright is a clear MVP, and pitchers occupy 5 of the top 6 slots. Wainwright was dominant in two wins, with a 1.12 ERA, 0.750 WHIP, and 20 Ks in 16 IP, earning $59.66 on the week, beating… Continue reading Fantasy Baseball Bests in Week 21