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HWB is back

Ladies and gents - the ramp up to 2017 draft season has begun! The first Big Board 2017 ranks go live today, and I present them this year with greater swagger than ever, as the reigning champion of the top division of Reddit's premier-league style "Sultans of Stats". In the past year, I've also graduated from being an underpaid graduate student to an underpaid owner of a PhD and Professor here at Stanford University. I promise you, I won't let that get in the way of baseball.

The beta version of this year's board is again a big jump forward from last year, with custom projections well underway. So far only steamer projections are available, and the slow rollout of ZiPS projections has begun over at FanGraphs. Let me know if you have any feature requests and keep an eye on the site as I'll start rolling out early versions soon.

Draft Week is Here!

... And in order to prep for it, I'm bringing together a sort of 'Draft Day Survival Guide' for y'all. First, the Player Valuation series all in one place for easy reading:

Part 1: The Hit-Pitch Split
Part 2: Draft with Tiers
Part 3: Value your Picks
Part 4: Use the Best Projections
Part 5: Target Undervalued Players (IF, OF, P)

Extras for those either using the Big Board or doing some z-scoring of their own include:

BIGz Explained
Download the Big Board
Big Board Tutorial
Big Board Patch Notes

Opening day is nearly here!

Big Board’s Most Undervalued 2016: Pitchers

Big Board’s Most Undervalued 2016: Pitchers

It’s day three of the Most Undervalued series! I’ve put together a list of the most undervalued players according to the Big Board in each of of the major sites. I’ve done my best to avoid top-end players that are tough to specifically target in drafts, so these should all be guys that you could reasonably plan to draft. Also, I’m not going to be recommending guys like Iglesias that everyone generally agrees is a “sleeper”. Don’t go crazy drafting these guys way earlier than their ADP, but a good approach would be to split the difference between their Big Board rank and their ADP, and aim to draft them around there. 

Big Board’s Most Undervalued 2016: Outfielders

Big Board’s Most Undervalued 2016: Outfielders

It's day two of the Most Undervalued series! I’ve put together a list of the most undervalued players according to the Big Board in each of of the major sites. I’ve done my best to avoid top-end players that are tough to specifically target in drafts, so these should all be guys that you could reasonably plan to draft. Also, I'm not going to be recommending guys like Conforto and Piscotty that everyone generally agrees are "sleepers". Don’t go crazy drafting these guys way earlier than their ADP, but a good approach would be to split the difference between their Big Board rank and their ADP, and aim to draft them around there.

Big Board's Most Undervalued 2016: Infielders

Big Board's Most Undervalued 2016: Infielders

As we enter Draft Week, it's time to really get our stuff together and figure out draft plans. To that end, I've put together a list of the most undervalued players according to the Big Board in each of of the major sites. I've done my best to avoid top-end players that are tough to specifically target in drafts, so these should all be guys that you could reasonably plan to draft. Don't go crazy drafting them way earlier than their ADP, but a good approach would be to split the difference between their Big Board rank and their ADP, and aim to draft them around there.