All posts under "Fantasy Strategy" - Page 8

  • Entertainment
    SB Report - April 17, 2008

    Favorable matchups for the week of 4/21 to 4/27: John Buck KC (.143 CS%, 1/7): 3 games against Cleveland (Grady Sizemore), 3 games against Toronto (Alex Rios, Marco Scuturo) AJ Pierzynski CHW (.167 CS%, 1/6): 3 games against NYY (Johnny...

  • Entertainment
    SB Report - April 10, 2008

    Week of 4/14 to 4/20 Favorable Matchups, teams facing: Josh Bard San Diego (7% Caught Stealing in 2006): 3 games against Colorado (Willy Taveras, Scott Podsednik, Jayson Nix), 3 games against Arizona (Chris Burke, Eric Byrnes, Chris Young) Greg Zaun...

  • Entertainment
    Stolen Base Report - April 3, 2008

    Favorable matchups for the week of April 7th to April 13th: San Diego: Josh Bard and Michael Barrett were ranked 33rd and 29th in catching runners, so anyone playing San Diego should have a field day. This is great news...

  • Entertainment
    Turning Shaun Marcum into C.C. Sabathia: The Beauty of Middle Relievers

    In a couple of notes and blog entries this spring I’ve referenced my affinity for using Middle Relievers, so in this entry I wanted to explain the references a bit more clearly. As you can see by the title of...

  • Entertainment
    Expected ERA vs Actual ERA Part II

    Expected ERA vs Actual ERA Part II Thursday we looked at the pitchers from 2007 who benefited from an ERA which was better "than deserved". This sabermetric formula is based on a statistic developed by researchers Dwight Gill and...

  • Entertainment
    Expected ERA vs Actual ERA

    As many of you already know, Fantistics uses sabermetric theories to create it's player projections model. These theories are the foundation to our successful forecasting history. One of my favorite forecasting models that we monitor here at Fantistics is...

  • Entertainment
    Injuries Create Draft Day Values:

    With the news coming out of Phillies’ camp today that Brad Lidge’s balky knee will require a minor surgery that should keep him out 3-6 weeks, I thought it would be important to briefly touch on the impact injuries can...

  • Entertainment
    The Economics of Fantasy Baseball: A Pre-Season Primer

    Earlier this week fantasy baseball owners everywhere heard the four-word reminder that their fantasy season is right around the corner: “Pitchers and Catchers Report”. While this phrase means plenty to loyal fans around the country, it specifically means two things...

  • Entertainment
    The Masters of Inconsistency

    The Masters of Inconsistency (Player Projections at Risk) Last season we introduced Consistency Factor and it's implications to both Head to Head leagues as well as all Fantasy leagues regardless of their scoring setup. Consistency Factor gives us an...

  • Entertainment
    Consistency Factor - Vital Draft Day Intelligence

    Here's an update on an indicator we developed last season: Consistency Factor: an indicator designed to measure a player's Weekly and/or Daily quality production output using Fantistics Fantasy Production Indicator (FPI). For anyone who has played in a Head...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - September 26, 2007 - 2007 FPI All Stars and Anti-All Stars

    2007 FPI All Stars and Anti-All Stars   Good morning everybody. With the MLB season drawing to a close, today we will take a look at our own versions of All Star teams. As our measure we will use our...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - September 11, 2007

    The signs of fall are everywhere.   The days are cooler. The leaves here in New England are turning. I am up at 5:30 am to get my kids to school every day. The Patriots are humiliating the Jets....

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - September 4, 2007

    Good morning everyone! Today we will continue the recap of players in their contract years in 2007 that we started last week with the hitters. Of the 50 hitters we looked at last week, 13 performed better than we...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - August 21, 2007

    Good morning everyone!   A little mail bag this morning but first a couple of things …   Football season is approaching (for some of you quicker than others) and some of you rookies may not know that Insiderfootball.com...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - August 15, 2007 - Underperforming Pitchers Who Are Coming Around

    Underperforming Pitchers Who Are Coming Around   Good morning everybody. A couple of weeks ago, we took a look at some of the hitters so far this season that had been disappointments overall, but who had been coming around from...

  • Entertainment
    The Closer Report

    It's a new face trying to fill some big shoes for this week's closer report as I fill in for the esteemed Mr. Blasi. Since he's the professional writer, I'll make a deal with everyone and stick to the analysis...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch August 8, 2007

    What have we learned? So I wanted to take another break from some of the more in-depth statistical analysis pieces to talk about what I've learned this fantasy baseball season and hopefully it will inspire some readers to write in...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - August 7, 2007

    A little mailbag this morning .... Dear Sweet Lou, I too am a fellow New Englander, living here in the great state of Connect-eh-cut, in Storrs. I thoroughly enjoy your wit, savvy & journalistic style very much. Keep it up!...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - August 1, 2007 - Underperforming Hitters Who Are Coming Around

       Underperforming Hitters Who Are Coming Around   Good morning everybody. Today we are going to look at players who have generally not met our expectations this season, but who have been showing signs of life lately. Even though...

  • Entertainment
    Dumpster Diving for Starts

    It is time to dumpster dive for starts! Want to know how I can tell? Congratulate me, I am now the proud owner of Jesse Litsch! My league has 5 reserves and currently all 5 of my reserves, Carlos Beltran,...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - July 18, 2007 - Pitching Category Mashup Revisited (K/BB and QS%)

    Pitching Category Mashup Revisited (K/BB and QS%)   Good morning everybody. For today's First Pitch we are going to revisit some analysis we did earlier in the year. Back in May, we were looking for another way to help identify...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - July 19, 2007

    I have often felt that fantasy baseball presents a good analogy to financial investing. The players of course would be the stocks and our teams would be our portfolios. I know next to nothing about evaluating a stock but I...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - July 5, 2007 - Mid-Season FPI All Stars

      Mid-Season FPI All Stars   Good morning everybody. In the spirit of the upcoming MLB All Star festivities in San Francisco, today we will take a look at our own versions of All Star teams. Except there won't be...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - June 20, 2007 - Batting Average Production (Current vs. 3-Year Averages)

      Batting Average Production (Current vs. 3-Year Averages)   Good morning everybody. Today we are going to focus on the category of batting average. I don't know about your squads, but this is one area of the game in which...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - June 6, 2007 - Power Production (Batter GB/FB Ratio)

      Power Production (Batter GB/FB Ratio)   Good morning everybody. Today we are going to revisit some research that we've done on batter Groundball/Flyball (GB/FB) ratios. Stated simply, hitters with lower GB/FB ratios hit more home runs and have a...

  • Entertainment
    The Art of the Deal Part 3

    The Actual Art of the Deal Itself In the first two parts in our series on trading, we talked about how perceptions can skew player values and how you should use that to your advantage. And we offered ideas on...

  • Entertainment
    The Art of the Deal - Part 2

    Shaking the Trade Tree In the first part of our series, we talked about how one critical aspect of the trading game is being aware that every player has more than one absolute value. He has, in fact, a different...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - May 18, 2007 - Pitching Category Mashup (K/BB and QS%)

    Pitching Category Mashup (K/BB and QS%)   Good morning everybody. For today's First Pitch we are going to do something a little off the wall -- and perhaps mathematically unsound - and mash together a couple of key pitching...

  • Entertainment
    The Art of the Deal - Part 1

    Good Morning! We are supposed to be preaching patience to you. We are supposed to tell you not to panic and not overvalue what are still some pretty meager statistical samples when we look at our rosters. That is always...

  • Entertainment
    Pitcher Interaction - Building a Staff

    Your fantasy offense is an Army. It is, hopefully, a relentless snowfall of stats that accumulates into major problems for your opponents. However, your pitchers are different. Your pitching staff is instead an orchestra. It is helpful to be aware...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - April 24, 2007 - Mailbag

    A little mailbag this morning … This subscriber didn't want his letter published so I will paraphrase his questions to protect the innocent … Dear Lou,   I enjoyed your article about the value of analyzing splits to make...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch - April 20, 2007 - Adjusted Reliever ERA (R-ERA)

    Hello everybody. As I watched in horror at another craptacular performance from the Phillies bullpen, an idea rattled around in my head. Part of the problem we have as fantasy analysts is that we are in some situations constrained by...

  • Entertainment
    Get to Know Me! - Scouting Your Own Starters

    It's not as if we all need to wear name tags or anything, but there's a certain "getting to know you"atmosphere around most fantasy baseball teams this year. Of course, we know most of the names and the stat lines...

  • Entertainment
    Park Factor Reference Files

    Hi everybody. Just wanted to let you all know that the updated Park Factor reference files have been posted in the Fantistics Reference Toolbox.   Data for all major league ballparks is included, and is presented in two different...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch April 11, 2007 - Park Factor

    Park Factor For my initial First Pitch of the year I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the Park Factor statistic. This should provide you with a handy reference that you can use to determine which ballparks...

  • Entertainment
    First Pitch April 10, 2007 - By the Numbers

    We talk about numbers all the time here ...   They are important to what we do. The key to this whole game we play is to determine which numbers more accurately indicate performance and which numbers more accurately...