Standings Gain Points projectby Derek Carty
February 27, 2008
Last week, I briefly discussed the Standings Gain Points valuation method. This method has to be the greatest, most logical way of valuing players I've ever heard of.
What Standings Gain Points essentially do is help you compare the value of, say, one home run to one RBI. Once you get a relative value for every category, you can then weight every players performance in those categories to get his overall contribution to your team's success. Using this method better allows us to get a gauge on which players are helping our team the most. It helps answer long-debated questions like "What's more valuable, a steal or a home run?" Standings Gain Points gives us the answer to this question, and many more!
However, the answer to these types of questions varies by league type. A steal in a six-team mixed league might be wildly more or less valuable than a steal in a 20-team AL-only league. That's where you guys come in. In order to calculate Standings Gain Points, you need to have the standings from an actual league to base them off of. And the more standings we have for a particular league type, the more accurate our SGPs are going to be.
So I am hoping to start a project to accumulate a large number of standings from all different different kinds of league. Once I get a bunch, I'll use them all to come up with overall SGP values for each type of league, which I'll release to you guys to use for valuing your own players.
For the league standings, I'm going to need a breakdown of each category. For example, for home runs, I would need the following:
Home Runs Team 1 300 Team 2 255 Team 3 276 Team 4 240 Team 5 290 etc.
For batting average, ERA, WHIP, or any other ratio stats—in addition to the above information for the category—I would also really appreciate if you could get each team's total at-bats and total innings pitched. If you're using other ratio stats that don't use at-bats or innings pitched (maybe you use a stat that uses plate appearances), I'd like to get each team's total for those stats as well.
I'd need that for every category your league plays with, as well as the following information about the league itself:
1) AL, NL, or mixed league
2) Number of teams in league
3) Positions used, and how many of each position (i.e. two catchers)
This might sound like a lot of work, but really, it's only going to be two or three minutes. And it will be worth it. This is the best valuation method I've ever read about, and I believe that this will end up being an invaluable resource for all of us.
A preemptive thank you to everyone who participates in this. Thank you!
Derek Carty, 23, has also been published by NBC's Rotoworld, Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports, and USA Today. This season, he'll be contributing to FanDuel and will be linking to all of his work at DerekCarty.com. In his three years competing in expert leagues, he has won 2 titles with 4 top three finishes, including a LABR NL title in 2009, making him the youngest person to ever win a major expert league title. Derek is a proud graduate of the MLB Scouting Bureau's Scout Development Program and is a firm believer in the importance of combining stats and scouting. He welcomes questions via e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter.
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