Player Valuation Series

Player Valuation Tip #3: Value your Picks and Make Preseason Trades

Player Valuation Tip #3: Value your Picks and Make Preseason Trades

Tip #1: Know where player values come from
Tip #2: Set your Hit/Pitch split

Does everyone love the snake draft? No. Is the snake draft necessary because it's hard to convince people to spend 8 hours on an auction draft? Yes. For those of us in keeper leagues, this time of year brings the additional joyous task of trying to strategize for the upcoming draft. Do you trade away players for picks and rebuild in the draft? Trade away picks for players to strengthen your core team? Try to steal away the most undervalued players in the league before their owners realize what they have? Cut any number of ways, if you start throwing draft picks on the table at some point you’ll arrive at the question… what is a draft pick worth, anyway? Today, we're taking a look at the Big Board Trade Tool, which can be found for free on this site as the regular 5x5 version, and can also be found within every copy of the Big Board as a fully customized-to-your-league version.

Player Valuation Tip #2: Set Your Hit/Pitch Split

Player Valuation Tip #2: Set Your Hit/Pitch Split

Tip #1: Know where player values come from

Alright guys and gals. It's still January, which means we need to hurry up and talk about the nerdiest aspects of fantasy baseball before all the normies come back to baseball world after the Superbowl. Today is part two of the 2018 Big Board Player Valuation Series: "The Hit/Pitch Split"! Readers of "Tip #1" will know that an integral part of player valuation is deciding how to split the values between hitters and pitchers. If you've already downloaded the Big Board, and you've opened up the 'Settings' box for the first time, you’ve come across this seemingly innocuous box entitled Hitter%:

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?" 

Draft Week! Are you ready?

As always, I'm bringing together a sort of 'Draft Day Survival Guide' for y'all that sums up the preseason work here on the Harper Wallbanger blog. First, the Player Valuation series all in one place for easy reading:

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
Tip #7: Use the best projection systems
Tip #8: Draft undervalued players

If you're using the Big Board, you'll also find these helpful:

Big Board Tutorial
Patch Notes

My sincerest thanks go out to all the supporters of Harper Wallbanger and the Big Board. It's been a banner year here, with hundreds of people signing up to use the Board. Here's hoping that every single one of you dominates your drafts this year, and manages to ride that to the 'ship in your respective leagues.

Player Valuation Tip #8: Draft Undervalued Players

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
Tip #7: Use the best projection systems

Draft week is here, or nearly here, and right around now everyone is poring over their draft prep sheets and coming up with round-by-round targets. Here at the Harper Wallbanger blog, it's no different! This week, I'll be sorting through the Big Board for 12-team 5x5 leagues and coming up with the *most* undervalued players at each position, along with which round you should be targeting them in order to make sure you get them. I'll also throw in the Big Board's choices for players to avoid at all costs. Stay tuned as they roll out with the links below!

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Catcher
First base
Second base
Third base
Shortstop
Outfield
Starting Pitcher
Closer