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Newbie -- looking for basic draft advic


Newbie -- looking for basic draft advic

Just signed up and love the concept. Like many I imagine, I am a long time fantasy baseball player who is looking to fill the void in the season that may not be. Anyway, just looking for some basic info on draft and player valuation. As a rule of thumb, are top players in fantasy going to be the same as in sim -- ie Mike Trout, Christian Yelich, Mookie Betts, Max Scherzer, etc. Or are there hidden or other stats that make player valuation very different?

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First of all, welcome!

Reading the boards will help you immeasurably. There's a new post titled "dWar is the new Range Factor?" that should be helpful, especially in regards to the importance of DWAR. If there's a "hidden" stat on the site, DWAR is it.

When drafting, go by the stats, not the player's reputation. You probably already know this, since you have a fantasy baseball background.

The sim loves strikeouts and home runs (much like real baseball!), so account for that. Speedy slap-hitters may not produce like you want.

Each auto league has a supplemental draft, then waiver claims. Don't miss these. It'll hurt you a lot.

Oh, and DWAR. Did I mention that?

I'm sure others will chime in with their own advice.

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Let me ask one more question, is it all per AB. So is a player with a strong OBP but over 300 ABs discounted vs. a slightly weaker set of numbers over 600+ ABs? As an example, Howie Kendrick is a 100 Rank hitter -- is he really that valuable in thiese leagues?

Re: Newbie -- looking for basic draft a

It’s all based on averages so yes, there’s a huge advantage to players who had limited at bats and put up big stats.

We’ve had a ton of new players join this week, and new leagues get started, I am certain because of the lack of fantasy baseball.

I highly encourage new players to chat with vets on the boards here. There are many great people and experienced commissioners willing to help!

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The best example of the low AB/IP phenomenon is the legendary Matt Olson.

In 2017 he hit 24 homers in 189 at bats, in real-life MLB. This gives him a fire rating of 31 (if I recall correctly) on Pennant Chase, which is incredibly high.

Over a full season here on PC, he'll routinely mash over 70 home runs. Check out the player records page to see his dominance.

Same thing for pitchers. Mike Adams only pitched 37 innings in 2009 in real-life MLB, allowing him to compile impressive numbers. I mean, 3.4 H/9? *salivates*

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Thanks to everyone who has replied. So that explains why Howie Kendrick, Willson Contreras, and Tyler Glasnow all went in the first round? And is there a stat I should look at that "normalizes" for injury histroy -- and might bring down the effectiveness of the pitcher who has amazing numbers, but only pitched 80 innings and has a histroy of injuries.

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Nope- only playing in say 80 games does not make you more prone to injury, you will see reduced endurance but a guy who hit .315 in only say 100 AB with 9 HR's has the ability to generate those stats over as many games as he plays

Also if you use a player at DH, it counts as a day of Rest.

Don't use players at their secondary position if possible, you will need to at times due to injury but it takes 50 points off of their fielding %.

If you play a guy completely out of position, say an OF playing SS - it takes 100 points off their fielding % Not good






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Wait: reduced endurance does lead to higher risk of injury. And endurance is derived from games played.

"It's also used to determine the player's risk of injury (higher endurance means less chance of missing games). "

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I was told that less games played does not cause a player to be more injury prone, and if you played less games you have to have lower endurance

Re: Newbie -- looking for basic draft a

You were told that the game doesn’t limit players who played in less games, that even if they played just 40 in real life they could play 160 here. But EN is used for injuries. It doesn’t force injuries because a guy played less, but they have whatever slightly higher percentage to get hurt is built in. It’s not anything I’ve noticed, no mass amount of low EN players getting hurt all the time.

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That makes sense I guess, I remember being told that if they did only play in say 25% of the games that they would not be hurt all the time, and figured that low GP was not a injury prone indicator, I did not know that low EN had a slightly higher chance of injury

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A couple random questions:
1) Once I put someone in my draft queue - is there a way to see their player card so I can get detailed stats? Once in the queue they are rmeoved from the lists where I can sort the stats so I do not have access to detailed stats -- only the summary ones in the queue.
2) Is there a gloassry somewhere on the site fo the definitions of all of the stats? For instance, I am guess EN is Endurance, but what is a good score for that?
Thanks,
Josh

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to answer question 1

You should open another browser and go to your team there and click on Free Agents- you can view their statistics/abilities that way

EN denotes how many consecutive games a position player can play without either being rested or DH'ing - the higher the better

Not sure there is a glossary - but there may be

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As to the draft queue question I can help. Look at the FA tab. All the players in your queue will still be listed there. Then you can click a player and see his card.

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Sorry -- where is the FA tab?

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at the top there are some links that say my team and rules it is slightly
to the right

Re: Newbie -- looking for basic draft a

The best “glossary” is the footnotes under the player stats tables.

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"Each auto league has a supplemental draft"

When does this start? I am in an auto league and my team has played 27 games so far... thanks!

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@Owls... Daily Drafts to not have a Supplemental Draft. So it's only Quick Draft Auto Leagues.

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oh thanks and thanks for this cool site! i stumbled, searched upon, i will not waste my time ranking players for a suppl. draft in my
auto-league :)

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In response to a comment above:
"Don't use players at their secondary position if possible, you will need to at times due to injury but it takes 50 points off of their fielding %.

If you play a guy completely out of position, say an OF playing SS - it takes 100 points off their fielding % Not good"

If a player is listed as SS, INF -- would there be a 50 point drop if you played them at 2B for instance? Not sure if there is a different way of rating fielding flexibility of SS. I guess if there is that drop -- a good rule of thumb is not to draft two players at same position, until roster is filled and you are filling for bench spots, right?

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When drafting, you not only want to build a solid team, but also to deprive others of valuable players.

So just because you already have two shortstops doesn't mean you shouldn't take another. Even if he languishes in your minor leagues because you already have that position covered, he's still not helping your opponents.

Over time, you'll notice which players should be scooped up, regardless, and which ones to let pass.

Also note that in some leagues you can change a player's stats. An All-Time Greats league, for instance, allows you to pick any season for a certain player, as long as they met the minimum AB/IP requirements during that season.

Knowing when to change to a different season for a particular player is key to winning in these sorts of leagues. (Hint: DWAR)

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Yeah that's not cool. Especially when my team has a chance of making a run at the playoffs and my SS is injure and a bottom of the barrel team has a good one in the minors and won't play him or trade him for anything. Auto leagues scenario of course wiyh no keepers.. Doesn't make any sense what so ever..

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How is that "not cool"? So someone should hand you a valuable player simply because you can possibly make the playoffs?