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Here at Sons of Roto, we do our very best to relay advanced baseball statistics in a way that makes them easy to understand. Yet we still get e-mails like this:
You no make sense when rite. Numbers no like. Me angry. Me no read none no more.
Every Person From The Bible Belt”
So to try to help our readers understand what all those wacky statistics we use are about, your boy Daddy Starbucks has decided to post an Advanced Stats Primer. Trust me, after reading this shit, you’ll be hooked. You have no idea how much fun it is to tell your fiancée how her ravioli dish is three wins below replacement level. Just imagine the laughs you’ll draw from your buddies when you explain that the isolated power you generate whilst masturbating is in elite territory. The possibilities are endless.
So without further ado, here are the most useful (and most used) advanced stats you will find discussed on this site.
Class begins after the jump:
Everybody chill the fuck out. He’s got this.
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We’re talking starting pitchers again here on MLB Real Talk as a lot of popular names on draft day are suffering through slumps. Tim Lincecum, Matt Moore, Dan Haren, Yu Darvish... lots of dudes are getting lit up, and fantasy owners want answers. Worry not, your boy No-Star-Damus is here with his platinum-plated crystal ball.
More after the jump:
Don’t be afraid to play a Rusty Trumbo
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It’s an under-owned/under-appreciated edition of Real Talk, where we take the orphans of fantasy baseball, tuck them deep into our bosom, and try to get owners like you to give them a chance.
I feel like Sally Struthers up in this bitch.
Mo’ Real Talk after the jump:
And from the fog, a hero emerges...
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Though the season is only a couple of days old, fantasy owners already have a lot of questions about players off to noteworthy starts. While some say you should stand pat with your roster for at least a couple of weeks, your boy Stat Bundles advises otherwise. I’m not saying you should completely make over your roster by adding all waiver wire dudes, but let’s face it, every one of us has at least two disposable commodities on each team. If someone really interesting crops up on waivers, do not hesitate to dump one of your last rung losers for him. Championships aren’t won in April? Tell that to the people who picked up Jose Bautista two years ago.
More after the jump:
Things are looking up for Adam Jones
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Every year, certain trends emerge on the teams I draft. There are always some pet players of mine whom I always seem to get on my team. If I want something, I don’t stop until I get it. This year, I decided to share the results of my countless auctions and drafts. The players that come up most frequently are the ones to pay attention to. They don’t call me Captain Prognosticate for nothing folks (editor's note: Starbonell calls him "Captain Prostate"). Make the jump to see what I have in my pocket for 2012:
Did not think this dude would be sitting on all my rosters
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You’ve pored over my “Tiers, Not Fears” series, fawned over my cheat sheet, and masturbated to episodes of Starbonell Station. At some point, you may have wondered, “does this handsome hooligan actually follow his own advice on draft/auction day?” It’s a fair question. To help answer it, I’ve gone over my rosters from the three mixed leagues I did this year. The three leagues are as follows:
Blog Wars: A 14-team auction league of writers that includes the likes of Scott Pianowski (Yahoo!), Grey Albright (Razzball), Rob Steingall (Minor Developments), Eno Sarris (Fangraphs), and Scott Swanay (Fantasy Sherpa). This league uses two catchers, five OFs, a CI, and an MI. It uses the classic 5x5 scoring format for roto. Oh, and it’s run by Sons of Roto. That’s right, we’ve got friends in high places.
Sons of Roto Reader League: A 16-team auction league that actually features a mix of dudes I’ve been drafting with for several years and readers of our site. Starting lineups have just one catcher, three OFs, and no MI or CI spots. Like Blog Wars, it follows a classic 5x5 format.
FSWA League: A 12-team snake draft league set up by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. It is one of four leagues the FSWA is running for writers this year and includes Keith Hernandez (KFFL), Michael Pichan (RotoExperts and Fantasy Nomad), and John Rakowski (Sports Grumblings). Lineup settings are identical to Blog Wars, but instead of a standard 5x5 format, this league counts OBP and SLG instead of BA and HRs.
So I went across these three leagues looking for trends and, naturally, the common theme was “I’m Going To Run Shit This Year.” The results after the jump:
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Your boy Daddy Ducats wouldn’t shill a scrub product, and you’ll probably even find yourself battling ole’ Starbonell in one of these daily leagues. Of course, you have to sign up first. It’s worth mentioning that if you have never used Daily Joust, you will not be eligible for the free entry to win $250.00. Still, even if you can’t take advantage of this offer, this is an incredibly addictive and fun hobby to take up. I’ve literally cut down greatly on the number of “normal” leagues I participate in just to make sure I have enough time to do a bunch of these every week. Again, it’s addictive.
So stop waiting until season’s end to collect some dough from your unreliable friends like Harry “I’ll Have It Next Week” Henderson and Doug “Don’t Sweat It, I’ll Get You Your Money” Donaldson. Play today, win money tomorrow. That simple.
Do work readers, do work.
After initially seeing Million Dollar Sleeper’s SP projections, the first thing I thought was, “Man, the boy Andrew is killing it right now. Kid is doing work on these projections!” Then I looked a bit deeper after doing my own SP rankings, and thought, “Yo, this cocksucker is lost on some of these players.”
You see, even though Starbonell and MDS are co-founders and fantasy kin (pause) here at SoR, we have our disagreements. However, being the respectable gentlemen that we are, we don’t resort to yelling or name-calling (except for that “cocksucker” remark two sentences ago). Nope, classy well-heeled individuals like us do what everyone should do when a disagreement arises: take it to the internet with a fresh edition of “Beef: The Series.”
Work gets done after the jump: