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Player Ranking Tip of the Day:
A cheat sheet attempts to reflect the history of player performance expectation in a list. By minimalizing player potential you can find a more likely result.
The Landmines of Player Ranking:
Every fantasy baseball cheat sheet and player ranking you have ever read, this one included, has two factors: Statistical evaluations and educated guesses by someone who is, hopefully, more experienced than yourself. Not everyone is simply going to put in the needed time to do the preparation to win at fantasy baseball, and the writer (or publication) does it for him.
In some cases, what to expect is extremely difficult to grasp. Rookies and International crossovers are an inherent unknown. Ever watch a winning horse step up in class at the track? The MLB game is a group of players that reflect the “Best in the world.” The AA/AAA game does not, in and of itself, reflect the 2nd best group globally. MLB attracts players from Japan, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, South Korea, and other countries and often start at a price tag that puts them in the majors the day they arrive.
When a minor leaguer comes to the majors, they find a significant improvement in the day to day overall game. In many cases these are very young men. If they are a hitter, they must hit against the very best minor league pitchers, every time they bat. If they are a pitcher they must pitch against the very best minor league hitters, every time they throw. It can all be quite overwhelming. The psyche of the player becomes extremely important, and you should always look at minor leaguers stepping into the majors, or International players, on a player ranking with skepticism.
Player Ranking Explained:
The below was written to provide you a tiered player draft order for snake drafts as well as auction value for auction drafts. Tiers are important to show where we see a significant, rather than incidental, decline in expected result.
The auction value utilized was $270 per team, for 27 players, or $10 per player. In essence, the same auction draft game played here on FSRU.com. While the actual draft order is provided, it should be used as a decision making guide rather than as an absolute. The auction value can be used as a tool for snake drafts, to better determine impact from choosing from a lower tier. In essence, you may find a player a tier lower is preferred for your team, or you prefer a $12 player over a $13 player, but if you are projecting a two tier discrepancy, or a $9 player over a $16 player, you are likely making a mistake.