2020 VALUE HITTERS ON YAHOO! FANTASY BASEBALL

To find values in Yahoo! drafts this year, I used Ariel Cohen’s ATC projections from Fangraphs, and calculated z-scores based on the standard five roto stats: HR, R, RBI, SB, and AVG. Depending on how many players you pick to calculate the mean and standard deviations, the z-scores will vary slightly, but you can see who is over- and undervalued regardless. Here are six of my favorite values based on where they are being drafted on Yahoo. Name Z Rank Yahoo ADP Difference Brian Anderson 161 255.9 94.9 Paul DeJong 109 200.4 91.4 Khris Davis 114 191.9 77.9 Jorge Polanco…

POTENTIAL TRADE DEADLINE WINNERS/LOSERS: MIAMI MARLINS AND CINCINNATI REDS

The 2019 MLB Trade Deadline is on July 31, and this year it has an added finality to it since waivers in August and September are no longer allowed. That being said, it might not be as active as some might expect because so few teams (especially in the National League) have thrown in the towel on their season.  Miami Marlins In the NL, the Marlins are the only clear cut sellers at 36-59 and 13.5 games back from the second wild card spot. However, they have nobody of fantasy baseball relevance except for Sergio Romo, who would likely lose…

USING STANDARD DEVIATIONS TO ANALYZE THE HOMER-HAPPY START OF THE SEASON

Every baseball fan and fantasy player knows it: homers are up, and steals are on the decline. Last year, MLB teams averaged 1.15 HR per game. This year, that number is up to 1.35 and the summer heat will likely make that number rise even further. In 2018, MLB teams on average stole 82 bags over the course of the season, or 0.51 bases per game. That number is at 0.47 so far this year, continuing a downward trend. Average Team Steals Per Game 2014 0.57 2015 0.52 2016 0.52 2017 0.52 2018 0.51 2019 0.47* *As of June 17,…