BABS Game Plan – Update No. 5

As the Major League Baseball season begins its fragile return, we have one final pre-season update of the BABS Database and Master Spreadsheet, and some commentary.

KEY CHANGES: Playing time ratings have been updated as appropriate; overall, the distribution of those ratings has flattened. Adjustments to the asset ratings have been driven primarily by the addition of the NL DH (for pitchers) and the geo-centric scheduling (which had a larger impact on some players). On the liabilities side, there have been no adjustments for players who have tested positive for COVID-19 unless they have exhibited symptoms that could affect their play; in those few cases, their injury rating has been dinged slightly. Finally, the ADPs are all from July drafts only.

Good luck during this two month sprint. Like Nolan Arenado, let’s mask up and stay safe please. (We want you back next year!)

(* Asterisked links are for members only. ** Updated for July)


*60-game impact: BATTERS | PITCHERS

Looking beyond our “illegitimate season”

*How to navigate BABS in these changing times
*Spring training developments that may or may not matter by the time games resume
*High-skilled part/no-timers
*The BABS 2020 Longshot Caucus
*BABS in the experts leagues

Asset Group Analyses
How the marketplace is ranking players:
*March 18 Report: Extreme single-asset hitters
Where to find holds and future saves
*March 4: (PW,a), (PW), (AV), (ER,k), (e,KK)
*February 19: (PW,AV), (p,AV), (p,a), (SB,AV), (e,k), (ER,K+,SV)

Player History Scans
Trend analyses of key players:
*March 4 Report
*February 19 Report
SAMPLE (Jose Ramirez)

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

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


*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
*Master Spreadsheet | *RotoLab | ADPs from NFBCBlank roster grid

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


*March 18 | *March 4 | *Feb 19 | *Feb 5
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Reader forums
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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

Looking ahead  
During a normal season, we typically publish an update to the database and spreadsheet several times during the year. However, BABS is primarily a draft-prep program because it relies on long-view analysis. Given the shortness of the season and the likely wide spreading of playing time to more players, any in-season small-sample update would be mostly pointless, unfortunately. As such, there will be no in-season updates in 2020.

Hopefully, we’ll have some more normality in 2021.

Have a great 2020 season. Yes, it will be different, but everyone will be facing the same challenges. Since we’ll all be competing on a level playing field, I consider 2020 to be a totally valid fantasy season. Good luck.


2 thoughts on “BABS Game Plan – Update No. 5

  1. Richard Lando

    Was Clevinger left off the list of dual asset pitchers intentionally or was it an oversight?

  2. Richard Lando

    Disregard the above question. His “INJ” liability would eliminate him from consideration. My apologies.

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