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2015 Fantasy Baseball

February 24, 2015

I have taken an interest in some of the more advanced statistics in baseball recently. It makes sense, after all, as it is a combination of math and baseball. It is hard to believe that I have taken this long to get in to it.

One of the ways that I am going to delve in to this is through fantasy baseball. I have signed up for two leagues, one that drafts in March, and one that drafts tonight. I am going to use 2 totally different strategies when it comes to the draft. In the first league, I am going to use the 2015 WAR as projected by FanGraphs.com. I have not yet decided on what my strategy will be in the other league.

For those that don’t know, WAR stands for Wins Above Replacement. It is a complex stat that attempts to calculate how many more games a team will win with a certain player as opposed to a Major League ready AAA player.

The league that I am using WAR as my primary strategy is a small, 6-team league. Each team will have a catcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman, shortstop, 3 outfielders, 3 utility players, 3 starting pitchers, and 3 relief pitchers starting each week, as well as 3 more pitchers and 10 more players on the bench, for a total of 30 players.

I know that using WAR like this is probably not the best strategy. For one thing, WAR takes in to account many stats that do not count in most fantasy leagues. For another, the positions are not evenly represented. The first relief pitcher does not appear on my list until number 178. I will have to make adjustments, considering that there are only 180 players being drafted.

I will keep an eye on which positions are filling up and which ones I still need to cover. If I have to make adjustments to cover a position, I will still go with the player with the highest WAR at that position.

With that being said, I gotta run. The draft starts in about 2 hours. I will post an update with the results of the draft as soon as I can.

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