A baby step towards dealing with FAAB

Those who read me regularly know that I am not a fan of FAAB – the Free Agent Acquisition Budget – specifically, the blind-bidding process that uses it. For all the effort we make to try to accurately value players during the draft, we are seemingly fine with throwing away...

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BABS looks at the early upstarts

by Pat Cloghessy

Raise your hand if after seven weeks of baseball, your league standings have you in the money. Congratulations. You probably did not draft Corey Kluber, Aaron Judge or Trea Turner. It’s possible you rostered Cody Bellinger or Christian Yelich (maybe both!). Lucky you. Justin Verlander, Hyun-Jin Ryu...

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BABS offers second look at out-of-favor players

by Doug Gruber

The MLB season hasn’t yet reached the quarter turn, yet owners are already doing the proverbial dropping of certain players like hotcakes. Many who were promising enough to be drafted on almost all fantasy teams have now fallen out of favor for various reasons. Some of course...

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May 2019 BABS Update – Batters

by Doug Gruber

BABS has updated the database for her first in-season rankings. If you are like me, you will spend hours looking at the file. “No surprises with Yelich and Bellinger.” “Wow, I didn’t realize Hunter Dozier was doing that well.” “That rating seems very surprising.” And so on…

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Early season power outages: Is BABS concerned?

by Doug Gruber

Most teams have now played 25 or more games, and full-time players have logged approximately 100 plate appearances. That’s about 15% of the season in the books. Still early.

We all know the players who are off to incredible starts. Christian Yelich has been amazing with 13...

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Playing time churn could force BABS to change

As of this past Sunday, 45 players who had been ranked among the pre-season Top 300 have already visited the Injured List. That’s 15 percent of the top players hobbled in little more than 10 percent of the season.

This is important because the more players who get hurt, the...

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Got Injuries? BABS is here to help

by Doug Gruber

It happens every year. Injuries, a plethora of them, to start the season. For whatever the reason…the intensity of real games, foul weather, bad luck… Fantasy rosters that looked deep coming out of our drafts now have swiss cheese-like holes to be filled after only two weeks.

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Leaders rejoice! Trailers panic! It’s April!

by Patrick Cloghessy

I am sick of Trevor Story. Ditto Aaron Judge (pictured) and Matt Carpenter. Alex Bregman’s repeat season has stumbled out of the gate. I always knew Eddie Rosario was never that good.

I don’t want to overreact, but Daniel Murphy, Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar? WTF?...

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