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Evaluating the 2018 Projection Systems

Evaluating the 2018 Projection Systems

As we all hunker down with our spreadsheets in preparation for draft season, it’s time for my favorite yearly tradition - evaluating the projection systems! Forgive the somewhat abbreviated post in comparison to past years’ analyses, but trust that all the same meticulous analysis is here as always. The goals, as always, are to evaluate the best projection systems on a per-category basis for the purposes of fantasy baseball, and to determine the best possible mix of projections (separated into rate stats and playing time) as we look ahead to ‘19.

Player Valuation Tip #6: Use the best projection systems

Player Valuation Tip #6: Use the best projection systems

Tip #1: Know where player values come from
Tip #2: Set your Hit/Pitch split
Tip #3: Value your Picks and Make Preseason Trades
Tip #4: Customize your Projections
Tip #5: Draft with tiers

Entering now into part six of my preseason player valuation series, we arrive at one of the more important decisions of the preseason: deciding which projection system(s) to use. As a testament to how important this is, people have been asking me about this piece for weeks - wait no longer!

 

Player Valuation Tip #1: Know where player values come from

Player Valuation Tip #1: Know where player values come from

I throw around the terms "z-score", "SGP", and "Points" fairly liberally here on the Harper Wallbanger blog. Fantasy baseball loves its jargon. All of these terms describe systems used to assign player values when generating rankings or auction prices. But if you're not a hardcore spreadsheet wizard, you might be wondering what the differences actually are in how these are calculated. Especially given that the Big Board allows you to choose any of the three systems, it's time to bring some clarity to this situation! Today is part one of the 2018 Big Board Player Valuation Series: "Where do player values come from?" 

Player Valuation Tip #7: Use the best projection systems

Player Valuation Tip #7: Use the best projection systems

Tip #1: Know where player values come from
Tip #2: Set your Hit/Pitch split
Tip #3: Value your Picks and Make Preseason Trades
Tip #4: Draft with tiers
Tip #5: Use xFantasy, the xStats projection system
Tip #6: Use aging curves for keeper/dynasty leagues

Entering now into part seven of my preseason player valuation series, we arrive at one of the more important decisions of the preseason: deciding which projection system(s) to use. As a testament to how important this is, people have been asking me about this piece for weeks - wait no longer!

 

Player Valuation Tip #6: Using aging curves for dynasty/keeper leagues

Player Valuation Tip #6: Using aging curves for dynasty/keeper leagues

Tip #1: Know where player values come from
Tip #2: Set your Hit/Pitch split
Tip #3: Value your Picks and Make Preseason Trades
Tip #4: Draft with tiers
Tip #5: Using xFantasy, the xStats projection system

One of the most oft-discussed and most subjectively-answered fantasy baseball topics is “Who do I keep?” Fantasy baseball players intuitively understand the idea of aging, at least qualitatively. Older players are less valuable, given that their performance is more likely to decrease due to both injury and ineffectiveness. But how much is age worth, really?