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skorpio17
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#1 Posted on 3.10.03 1315.54
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Who is the Fantasy Baseball MVP?



The question is; who was the MVP for Fantasy Baseball this year? Who contributed the most to his fantasy team? Who should have been the #1 overall pick in fantasy baseball?

Many would look to a 5 category player. Yet this is too simplistic. A guy like Juan Encarnacion is a 5 category player and nobody would consider him a first round draft pick. It doesnít matter how many categories he adds to as much as how much he adds to each category. It is also important to consider the entire season and not a per game basis. We are taking a player for the whole year, no credit is given for time off. On a projected basis Javy Lopez would get credit for 50+ HRs but Iím only going by the actual numbers, not projected ones.

Iíll try to answer this question based on a statistical formula I worked out. I graded everyone on an equal level regardless of which positions they were eligible for. I think a top catcher or middle infielder should be more valuable since they play a difficult position, but I couldnít agree on the amount of bonus points, so I didnít factor position into the equation at all.

I arrived at a points value for each statistic based on how much that statistic is worth in our fantasy league. For example, it takes 130 Stolen Bases to lead the league and get 20 points in that category. A guy like Juan Pierre adds 65 SB and gets you halfway there, so heíd get 10 points himself just for his steals.

That is a simple example of how I went about it. Only instead of highs and lows, I took the median number in each category. That way it couldnít be skewed by someone who really loved steals and went overboard getting 180 while the second place guy had 125. The median numbers in our league were 710.5 Runs, 168.5 HRs, 689.5 RBIs, 83.5 SBs, .2785 BA, 71.5 Wins, 55.5 Saves, 854 Ks, 4.195 ERA, and 1.34 WHIP. I gave each of the cumulative stats a median value of 10.5 points. For the weighted stats of Batting Ave., ERA, and WHIP, I used a more complicated formula by dividing by 5,400 (600*9) ABs or 1,250 IP. So a player with a .340 Average in 400 ABs is not as valuable as a .320 hitter with 600 ABs. Just like a player with more innings pitched has more of an impact on his teamís ERA.

NL MVP:



Using this formula for the National League I wound up with a surprising pick. Here is the breakdown by (SB + HR + R + RBI + Ave.).

Pierre = 12.80 = (8.17+0.06+1.48+0.62+2.46)
Pujols = 12.01 = (0.63+2.68+2.02+1.89+4.79)
Sheffield = 11.87 = (2.26+2.43+1.86+2.01+3.30)
Renteria = 11.39 = (4.28+0.81+1.42+1.52+3.36)

So it looks like the fantasy MVP should be Juan Pierre of the Florida Marlins. Pujols is also great. I like him for his .365 average the most. If your team is hitting .275, Pujols will bring the team average up to .285. Sheffield had a great year and Renteria is underrated, both were .330 hitters. Renteria is so valuable that LaRussa should heed the words of Sublime in spring training; ďI donít practice Renteria.Ē

AL MVP:



Using this formula for the American League I also wound up with a surprise pick. Here is the breakdown by (SB + HR + R + RBI + Ave.).

Beltran = 11.81 = (5.16+1.62+1.51+1.52+2.00)
Soriano = 11.51 = (4.40+2.37+1.68+1.39+1.67)
A-Rod = 10.58 = (2.14+2.93+1.83+1.80+1.89)
Ichiro = 10.56 = (4.28+0.81+1.64+0.94+2.89)

These AL players didnít put up quite the numbers as the NL choices even though the AL is supposed to be better offensively. In spite of Beltran missing a few weeks with an injury, he was still the AL MVP. Soriano and A-Rod continued their great seasons of last year. Even though Ichiro couldnít match his rookie year dominance, he didnít have a bad year at all.


NL CY Young:



The first unwritten rule of MVP voting is that pitchers are ineligible. The sound reason for this is that they already have their own award called the CY Young. No double-dipping is allowed.

Here is the breakdown by (Wins, Saves, Ks, ERA, WHIP).

Gagne = 19.56 = (0.29+10.41+1.68+3.22+3.96)
Schmidt = 17.14 = (2.50+0.00+2.56+5.51+6.58)
Prior = 15.74 = (2.64+0.00+3.01+5.40+4.68)
Wagner = 15.73 = (0.15+8.32+1.29+2.81+3.16)

Gagne was cleary the best pitcher and best player this year. If pitchers were eligible, heíd be the fantasy baseball MVP.

AL CY Young:



Here is the breakdown by (Wins, Saves, Ks, ERA, WHIP).

Halladay = 16.54 = (3.23+0.00+2.51+4.39+6.40)
Foulke = 16.16 = (1.32+8.14+1.08+2.55+3.07)
Hudson = 15.38 = (2.35+0.00+1.99+5.42+5.62)
Loazia = 15.11 = (3.08+0.00+2.55+4.61+4.87)

Halladay stands out the most for pitching 266 Innings this year.


NL ROY:



Just for fun here are the fantasy Rookie of the Year picks.

Webb = 10.82 = (1.47+0.00+2.11+3.80+3.43)
Podsednik = 10.79 = (5.41+0.56+1.48+0.88+2.47)
Willis = 8.10 = (2.06+0.00+1.75+2.57+1.73)
Reyes = 4.18 = (1.63+0.31+0.69+0.49+1.05)

A tough choice between Webb and Podsednik. It could go either way.

AL ROY:



Baldelli = 8.10 = (3.40+0.69+1.32+1.19+1.51)
Berroa = 7.42 = (2.64+1.06+1.36+1.11+1.25)
K-Rod = 6.86 = ()
Matsui = 5.45 = (0.25+1.00+1.21+1.61+1.38)


In The End There Can Be Only One:



I forgot to mention the second unwritten rule of MVP voting. It states that only players from a first place team are eligible for the award. Since I was the only first place team in our league that means only my players are eligible. It is hard to pick just one MVP from my team. I won by such a large margin of victory that it wasnít really close. I finished with 828 Runs, 216 HRs, 803 RBIs, 103 SBs, .274 BA, 91 Wins, 64 Saves, 1077 Ks, 3.38 ERA, and 1.20 WHIP.

I had so many top players that without my formulas, I would have a hard time choosing a winner. I had Manny Ramirez, Carlos Delgado, Jason Giambi, Jorge Posada, etc. But my pick for MVP based on his number is Carl Crawford.

Crawford = 10.21 = (6.92+0.31+1.18+0.82+0.98)

He performed better than anyone could have expected leading the league in steals. Fantasy Experts know the value of Crawford and Pierre. At least they will next year.
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#2 Posted on 3.10.03 1412.45
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    Originally posted by skorpio17

    I won by such a large margin of victory that it wasnít really close.


You know, one of these days you're going to hurt yourself patting yourself on the back so much.
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#3 Posted on 3.10.03 2108.40
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    Originally posted by pieman
      Originally posted by skorpio17

      I won by such a large margin of victory that it wasnít really close.


    You know, one of these days you're going to hurt yourself patting yourself on the back so much.


This is why I stopped participating in that league...
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#4 Posted on 4.10.03 0742.46
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Fair enough. I won't mention my finish any more now that the fantasy season is over.

I wasn't bragging just to be a dick. I thought it was relevent because it shows that I'm an expert on fantasy baseball. If I was writing a football column, I'd be sure to mention my 30-10 record on picks this season. If I was writing financial investment advice, I'd mention that I made $30K in the market (hypothetical).

Bullitt: I'm sorry if you quit because of me. I thought you made one bad trade, but you picked up Vernon Wells off waivers which more than made up for it. No hard feelings.
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#5 Posted on 4.10.03 1147.25
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    Originally posted by skorpio17


    I wasn't bragging just to be a dick. I thought it was relevent because it shows that I'm an expert on fantasy baseball.


You won a fantasy league...therefore, you're an EXPERT?

Oh man, I don't even know where to start with that one...
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#6 Posted on 4.10.03 1339.33
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    Originally posted by skorpio17
    Fair enough. I thought it was relevent because it shows that I'm an expert on fantasy baseball.


I won three leagues this year, what does that make me?
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#7 Posted on 4.10.03 1620.41
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Well, using Skorpio's logic, you ought to be bragging a helluva lot more, Mr. Bacon.

I've been playing rotisserie-style baseball since 1984. Against real-life people that I know and actually associate with. Where when you win, you don't act like an ass, so that when you don't win, others won't act like an ass.

And Jamie - I think you ought to know where to start.. :)
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#8 Posted on 4.10.03 2114.34
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    Originally posted by Whitebacon
    I won three leagues this year, what does that make me?


A guy with alot of spare time?

I gotta say, I had alot of fun playing the Wienerleague. I have to work on my pre ranking for sure, I really missed out on a couple of spots. I thouhgt all the guys who answered my calls for help were pretty stand up. Yes, even Skorpio. He helped me a bit, maybe because he could see I wasn't gunna catch him.
How long do I have to study the form until next season?
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#9 Posted on 4.10.03 2134.27
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I won the Wiener League last year....

If history means anything - Skorpio, you're due a 15th place finish next year. :-)
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#10 Posted on 5.10.03 1346.39
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And we all will celebrate when that happens.

(Or at least be happy that he shut up. I'm just surprised he didn't blow his back out bending over to kiss his own ass. Sheesh... it got to the point where I wasn't even concerned about winning the league, but just beating him so he'd shut up. Man.)
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#11 Posted on 6.10.03 1957.08
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    Originally posted by TheCow
    And we all will celebrate when that happens.

    (Or at least be happy that he shut up. I'm just surprised he didn't blow his back out bending over to kiss his own ass. Sheesh... it got to the point where I wasn't even concerned about winning the league, but just beating him so he'd shut up. Man.)


I actually quit checking regularly just after the coasting comments. It just killed the enjoyment for me.

I don't think I will take place in a league next year if he is in it.

Yes, you were that much of an ass.
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#12 Posted on 7.10.03 0831.38
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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    I actually quit checking regularly just after the coasting comments. It just killed the enjoyment for me.
    I don't think I will take place in a league next year if he is in it.
    Yes, you were that much of an ass.


The sad thing is that your columns posted here, minus the "I'm so great! I'm the fantasy EXPERT." crap were very good, I thought. But I couldn't even get through one without wishing you would GIVE IT FUCKING REST ALREADY!
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#13 Posted on 7.10.03 0918.18
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I've said my peace regarding Skorp earlier in the season, so I won't pile it on. Overall, I was pretty pleased with my Fantasy rookie year landing in 9th place. Considering I was heavy with underachieving Phillies (save Thome), I can't complain. Oh, and Glavine screwed me real bad.
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#14 Posted on 7.10.03 1035.47
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I enjoyed the league until the very end when football took up all my time and I couldn't keep track of my pitching staff, causing my team to collapse.

And personally I think I deserve a little bit of props for picking up Esteban Loaiza as an undrafted free agent before the season began ;)
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#15 Posted on 7.10.03 1327.18
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Well, as long as I can get props for snagging Harden and Dimitri Young (who I believe came from you, and finished top 100 in the Yahoo rankings, I might add) off the wire, you can get your props.

Man, I wish this league was keeper... I'd LOVE my staff next year.
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