BABS Game Plan 3 – Game Strategies

To all: MLB’s indefinite suspension of operations will not affect the scheduling of our final BABS Game Plan update, currently set to post on Wednesday, March 18. Should the delay to the start of the regular season warrant another update, we will add one to the schedule. Any further information will be posted here. 

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Lots of important and cool stuff going on as we get serious this month. First, some free links if you’re still not sure about BABS… First, there’s my interview on the Baseball HQ Radio podcast. Also, our readers chimed in and responded to the reader who thought BABS was too complicated.

Don’t forget… the deadline to sign up for a BABS Baseball fantasy league is this Friday, March 6.

Finally, there are real answers to the posers from our promotional material this year… How to draft Mike Trout in Round 3, how to draft Nolan Arenado in Round 10 and how to draft Pete Alonso in Round 23! Share your ideas in the reader forums.

This update’s focus is on game strategies related to this year’s player pool for snake and auction drafts, and alternative formats as well. These are discussed in the Analysis section. Plus, more player history scans and asset group analyses. The BABS Database and Master Spreadsheet have ben updated as well. (* Asterisked links are for members only.)


*Report Tutorial | Variables Cheat Sheet (PDF)

BABS Database 
Complete Major League BABS ratings, current and historical, with sorts and filters
*DatabaseReport Key

BABS Draft Suite
Your draft aids — cheat sheets, software support, etc.
*Master Spreadsheet | *RotoLab | Blank roster grid

Minor League BABS Scouting
*Major league equivalent BABS ratings for 2019 minor leaguers (Class AA and AAA players).


Game Strategies
*Snake drafting, Pocket Aces and BABS
*Sample auction strategy
*Points league strategies and BABS
*Salary cap contest strategy

Player History Scans
Trend analyses of the performance, marketplace (ADPs and AAVs) and BABS ratings of key players
*March 4 Report
*February 19 Report
SAMPLE (Jose Ramirez)
More coming in the March 18 update.

Asset Group Analyses
A review of how the marketplace is ranking players within some of the deeper  skills profiles
*March 4 Report: (PW,a), (PW), (AV), (ER,k), (e,KK)
*February 19 Report: (PW,AV), (p,AV), (p,a), (SB,AV), (e,k), (ER,K+,SV)
More coming in the March 18 update.

Spotlight players
Say YES! *Best BABS Targets | *Triple Asset Players
Say NO! *Players to Pass On | *High Risk Players Going Far Too High

Positional analyses of the talent pool
*Overview | *CA | *1B | *3B | *2B | *SS | *OF | *SP | *RP


*March 4 Edition | *February 19 Edition | *February 5 Edition
Do you have a question that would be best answered by one of our experts and benefit everyone? Submit it on our Contact Page and put MAILBAG in the Subject Line. We’ll select the best ones to respond to in each of the four Game Plan installments.

Reader forums
It’s your community of really smart BABSians. Ask questions, offer insights, vent – it’s your neighborhood. *Enter here

BABS Baseball Leagues (BABL)
A fantasy competition based on BABS philosophies. 10-team leagues, 50-man rosters
*The BABL Concept | *Details and Signup Info
(Signup deadline March 6)


The BABS Project 3.0 (FREE PDF files)
Book 1 – Why we need a new system
Book 2 – The Broad Assessment Balance Sheet
Book 3 – BABS in practice

Coming March 18  
BABS Final Update: BABS takes a look at spring training developments, does a deep dive into the speculative player pool and reviews some experts league results. Plus a few final player and asset group analyses, and our regular features.

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13 thoughts on “BABS Game Plan 3 – Game Strategies

  1. Steve Good

    Is it possible to get an errata on changes made to the database?? I use a single spreadsheet that I gather when I start drafts (mid Jan) and use that for all 15-20 that I do, creating a new column for each draft to see where players go and who I chose in previous leagues. Just had to do a side-by-side comparison of my spreadsheet with the most recent pull. Would be much easier with a summary of changes. This possible??

  2. shandler Post author

    Probably not. Our input data files do not flag changes with each update, and each successive update overwrites the previous one. At the present, we are not able to flag changes.

  3. Michael Russell

    With each update, will the BABS database in Rotolab update? Thanks, Mike

    1. shandler Post author

      Yes. The timing is – We update the database, Merv downloads the data, creates our spreadsheet and updates RotoLab.

      1. Michael Russell

        Thanks Ron!

  4. Greg Mims

    How does this website work? I’m completely flummoxed. Are there answers to the questions posed in the headline? Or just links to excel type spreadsheets? Very confused and wished I hadn’t bought this.

    1. shandler Post author

      All the active links to content are above, and accessible once you log in. The answers to the promo questions are in the “Reader Forum” link in the 3rd paragraph up top.

    2. David Leonard

      I agree, I can’t find the March 4 update for using Babs in drafts/auctions. You indicated has been uploaded, but all I see are parts 1,2 and 3.

      1. David Leonard

        Ok, maybe I was wrong….if is under Analysis – that looks like what I was looking for….

  5. Greg Mims

    Also, the email request to sign up doesn’t not work. No way to actually sign up.

    1. shandler Post author

      Sign up for what? The fantasy leagues? Please be more specific.

  6. anthony wade

    so who is Mike Trout in the third round lol. I can’t find it…

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