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Thursday, August 02, 2012
Instead of using Oliver's projections, as we did for the first two installments of the August rest of season rankings, we will be using ZiPS' ROS projections from here on out. Hopefully this will iron out some of the quirks.
Most fantasy rankings are forged on "gut calls" and the whimsical notions of whoever is compiling the list. Some experts don’t pay for saves, some don’t pay for steals, some wait on pitching, some value upside, some value reliability, and so on. While it might be nice to see plenty of different opinions, it probably doesn’t truly help unless you understand the biases of each individual ranker. This is why some of the writers here at The Hardball Times have created their own, objective valuation methods, outlined here and here (reading, or at least skimming, these introductory articles will give you a much better understanding of the rankings that follow and should help to answer most potential questions).
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These rankings will assume a 12-team league in adjusting for league average. The ordering of players, however, is unaffected; players will rank in identical order for leagues of all sizes.
*Full season = the raw (non-adjusted) full season pace roto score using the roto points-above-replacement method. This is, essentially, the amount of expected roto points each player would score above an empty spot in a lineup over a full season.
Jose Altuve— I like Jose Altuve a lot, and ZiPS does, too. He produces his value in the three categories—runs, steals and batting average—that many fantasy owners seem to value less, but this doesn’t mean that those categories count less.
While Altuve won’t drive in many runs hitting atop an abysmal Astros lineup, he does have some power—five home runs with a .124 ISO—so he shouldn’t be a complete black hole in the home run category. Think Starlin Castro at second base, with a little less power, and a little more speed.
Altuve makes a lot of contact and has drastically improved his plate discipline upon what he did in 2011. He cut his swing rate by 12 percent, and is chasing at far less pitches outside the zone. This has helped him nearly triple his walk rate, albeit only up to 5.9 percent. Altuve, though, has a blossoming skill set and doesn’t look in immanent danger of dropping off in the final two months of the season. I’d probably still take Pedroia over him, but I really like the aggressive ranking here.
Chase Utley— ZiPS’ projection for Utley is very cautious, calling for just 131 more at bats (35 games). The trepidation is not without merit, however, as Utley has played in only 56.8 percent of the Phillies’ games over the past three seasons.
He missed 43 games in 2010 with a torn ligament in his right thumb. In 2011, he missed the team’s first 45 games with right knee problems, but did play 103 of the remaining 117 games after returning. This year, he lost 76 games to left knee issues, but has played decently since his return (.333 wOBA). Those are three pretty serious injuries, but that’s the complete list of Utley’s DL stints, not just over the past three seasons, but since the 2007 season. What I am trying to say is that Utley doesn’t yo-yo on and off the disabled list, and none of his injuries have been reoccurring issues. Once he heals, he is usually good to go, at least for a while.
Since returning from his latest DL trip, Utley has hit .236/.330/.449, but that line is accompanied by five home runs and three stolen bases, a good sign his knees are feeling well.
If I were to arbitrarily adjust Utley's ZiPS’ projection for at-bats, I would bump it up to around 171, which would give him a rest of season projection of 26/7/25/5/.260. This would raise his expected roto values to -0.07 (rPAA) and -0.20 (EYES), and would bump him up to 10th among second basemen.
Posted by Jesse Sakstrup at 7:57am
The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice based on my every-morning waiver wire search. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!
The Fanduel picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.
Those in leagues with same-day moves should refer back to yesterday’s table. There have been some pitching changes between yesterday and today so unfortunately, it's not terribly accurate.
The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:
Pitcher (to start): Nathan Eovaldi has the match-up I'm most intrigued in. I must say, I lack respect for the Braves offense and I'm not entirely sure there's a reason.
Ross Detwiler is paired against the Phillies over-the-hill stars and scrubs lineup. Cole Hamels opposes so maybe don't bet on taking the W.
Pitcher (bum): The Cardinals should have no difficulty feasting on Alex White. Once upon a time I was really impressed with White, but then he hit the disabled list and his sinker has never looked the same.
The other bum of the day is Ross Ohlendorf. But there's probably an alternate universe where the Reds don't tattoo him, making the Cards a better play.
Hitter (power): Scott Hairston against Barry Zito and Todd Frazier versus Ohlendorf seem to be today's big boppers.
Hitter (speed): The fool who needs speed might want to look at Anthony Gose or Jemile Weeks for a day.
Joe Blanton's back on my "safe" list. Notice the quotations around safe there. The Diamondbacks do have something that resembles an offense so Joey Donuts isn't actually safe.
I'd be comfortable playing Felix Doubront against the Twins.
Chris Carter and Jonny Gomes are set to tee off with the platoon advantage against Brett Cecil.
David Murphy has the esteemed Jeremy Guthrie to defeat.
Hairston is back for another tour of duty, this time against Clayton Richard.
The Marlins and Nationals have a double header, so you normal fantasy players ought to double up on games where you can.
Now that Ernesto Frieri's job is secure, he blew his first save of the season. Apparently it was a wild game, but I was asleep for it.
Matt Belisle has a name that doesn't sound anything like its spelled. He also gave up a yakker to Matt Holliday yesterday. Rafael Betancourt's job remains secure.
Posted by Brad Johnson at 5:54am
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