This year’s edition of the Fantasy Baseball Process by Tanner Bell and myself is finally completed and the e-book is now available for sale (the paper version will be available at Amazon in a few weeks). We added over 50 pages of new material (link to list), cut out some info we felt was not needed, and included the historic standings and Standing Gains Points formulas to help with planning the 2020 season.
Before I move along to some of the highlights, I’d like to thank Dylan Higgins for the editing, Jared Cross for the Steamer projections, Clay Link for the introduction, Rob Silver for giving it a read over, and especially Tanner for hours and hours spent grinding through all the new changes.
Here are some of the additions.
• A comparison to see if it’s better to buy closers versus starters in the draft or wait for free agency.
• Also, a study was done on if previous overall production matters when evaluating a player. If a player has never performed up to a certain level, what are the odds they’ll do it the first time? Here are how hitter production compares when they are grouped by their previous three-year high.
• Tanner expanded on his groundbreaking study from last year’s book where he shows how many drafted and undrafted players end up being useful over the whole season or just each week. Here are how many pitchers end up in the top-75 overall and in week over different seasons and league types.
• Tanner didn’t stop there. He took all the teams in the 2018 Main Event and found common traits depending on how each team finished in their league and the overall. Here are the weekly moves a team made depending on how they finished in the standings.
• And again we included the update Standing Gain Points formula for several common league types.
These studies are just a taste of the 325-page book where we try to further refine our fantasy baseball process, hence the title. We hope enjoys the book and finds some way to improve how they play the game.
Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.