Ottoneu Power Rankings: April 2017

Starting in July of 2015 I began posting monthly power rankings for ottoneu FanGraphs points leagues, taking up the mantle of work previously done by Nate Emmerson (who was gracious enough to share his process and python scripts with me). I’m posting this a little later than I meant to, but with April in the books, it’s time for the first edition of the 2017 power rankings for all four ottoneu scoring formats.

The first ranking I’m going to present shows the top individual teams in all FanGraphs points leagues based on their Pace, which is a metric I calculate by taking each team’s current Pts/G and Pts/IP and multiplying them by their projected games (max of 1,944) and innings (max of 1,500).

Top 10 FGPTS Teams by Pace
OvRnk LgNum TeamName Points PG PIP pGP pIP PACE
1 617 Vottoman Empire 3,590.60 6.60 5.21 1,944 1,500 20,645
2 354 Mookie Betts and the TINSTAAP GANG 3,376.40 6.02 6.26 1,856 1,500 20,566
3 153 Graham’s Neubies 3,265.00 6.16 5.66 1,944 1,500 20,465
4 477 Gimme All Yasmani 3,229.50 6.52 5.63 1,835 1,500 20,406
5 566 Prospect Manipulator 3,190.90 5.95 6.18 1,874 1,485 20,326
6 183 Laser Showalter ?????? 3,428.90 6.68 5.49 1,803 1,500 20,282
7 183 Knights ?? 3,281.70 6.04 5.87 1,894 1,500 20,242
8 761 Baby Ruth ???? 3,178.80 6.18 5.71 1,944 1,434 20,201
9 606 Myrtle Beach Mermen 3,235.20 6.34 5.24 1,939 1,500 20,154
10 26 Spa City Thoroughbreds 3,279.90 6.96 4.77 1,867 1,500 20,148

First, a couple observations regarding macro scoring trends. FanGraphs points teams averaged 5.09 Pts/G (up from 5.04 in April ’16) but averaged just 4.85 Pts/IP (down from 5.19 in April ’16). The slight increase in offense is more than offset by the significant decline in pitching, leading to lower overall scoring. Last year at this time three teams were on pace for 21,000+ points, and eight were on pace for 20,500+, this year just two teams are on pace for 20,500 and none for 21,000.

Exactly one team on this top ten list is a repeat from the final 2016 rankings, and that is the 10th place Spa City Thoroughbreds, who also finished last season 10th overall. Based on my back of the envelope math it looks like approximately 20% of teams to appear on the April 2016 power rankings also appeared on the final 2016 rankings, so expect most of these teams to drop off through the summer as player performances begin to stabilize.

Before I show the league power rankings, I want to paste in the description I posted in May 2016 when I changed the way I calculated the rankings:

All league power rankings for all four ottoneu scoring types will follow the same process, and that is a simple average of the individual team rankings for all teams in the league, and then scaling that average against the average league (think of wRC+). I believe that this method better represents what I have been trying to accomplish with the league rankings (identifying which leagues have the greatest collection of team quality), is more consistently applied month to month, and also allows us to compare league quality across different scoring types directly.

FGPTs League Power Rankings
LgRnk LgNum LgName AvgRk Rnk+
1 532 A Small Sample 598.2 137.5
2 90 ??UZR Friendly?? 609.3 135.0
3 347 MVP Baseball 2005 622.2 132.2
4 513 Liga de los Muertos 627.4 131.1
5 652 Dozen Eggheads of Fantasy 635.1 129.5
6 175 PseudoHitters 636.3 129.3
7 823 Ottoneu Coast to Coast 638.0 128.9
8 774 Pesäpallo 643.6 127.8
9 480 Higher wRC+ Than Others 644.7 127.6
10 649 Brinksmanship ?? 653.0 126.0

Note- there are a whopping 1,640 teams across 137 FGPts leagues, making it by far the most popular ottoneu format.

Four of the leagues in the top ten this month also appeared in the final 2016 league rankings: A Small Sample , UZR Friendly, MVP Baseball 2005, and Brinksmanship (last year’s #1 league).

Up next, the SABR league power rankings. I’m only going to show the top five teams/leagues as there are much fewer SABR leagues than FanGraphs points leagues.

Top 5 SABR Teams by Pace
OvRnk LgNum TeamName Points P/G P/IP pGP pIP PACE
1 331 Yeah Jeets 3,215.80 6.48 5.16 1,918 1,500 20,172
2 547 Paxton Pollock No. 5 ♔ 3,217.10 6.64 5.35 1,823 1,500 20,128
3 176 ozzies new roto 3,046.70 6.10 4.91 1,944 1,497 19,208
4 412 Surplus or Minus 3,175.30 5.40 5.91 1,897 1,500 19,108
5 456 Fifty Shades of Sonny Gray 3,204.10 6.33 4.90 1,843 1,500 19,017

None of these teams are carry overs from the final 2016 rankings.

And the top five SABR leagues, using the same method I did for the FanGraphs points leagues.

SABR League Power Rankings
LgRnk LgNum LgName AvgRk Rnk+
1 301 Sabermetric League of Statistical Analysis?? 80.8 126.9
2 159 Cooperstown – The Jack O’Ryan Memorial League 83.8 122.3
3 176 Jackalope Inv. 85.4 120.0
4 670 90% Mental 94.3 108.7
5 510 108 Stitches 99.9 102.6

Note- There are 204 teams and 17 leagues in the SABR points format.
Up next are the two rotisserie ottoneu formats, starting with the traditional 5×5 leagues. To calculate the top teams, I treated the entire population of teams as one big league, and gave every team points for every category based on where they ranked against every other team.

Top 10 5×5 Teams
OvRnk LgNum TeamName R HR RBI SB AVG WINS SV K ERA WHIP POW
1 471 Tux, Tophat, & Monocle 170 48 159 31 0.272 22 22 284 2.96 1.06 473.4
2 811 Ho Chunk Nation 171 45 171 25 0.277 17 21 259 3.02 1.09 450.7
3 495 Schoop, There It Is 180 57 195 29 0.285 17 14 256 3.50 1.15 449.8
4 629 Knockin’ on Heaven’s Lindor 189 54 159 19 0.285 17 25 264 3.28 1.12 448.8
5 731 Lindor’s Sparkling Smile 177 45 167 33 0.292 22 5 267 3.02 1.10 440.2
6 664 Casa Cubana 172 55 167 27 0.278 15 17 242 2.95 1.16 437.3
7 217 Next Year 174 50 156 25 0.278 16 22 234 3.11 1.10 436.6
8 445 Crime Dog’s Biscuits 165 49 173 25 0.284 17 21 252 3.51 1.14 435.4
9 352 Christiansburg Floyd 179 58 169 29 0.261 18 12 261 3.46 1.13 424.3
10 569 Chyna Jr 188 45 161 29 0.256 18 17 279 3.33 1.11 422.6

And the 5×5 league rankings based on the same average team ranking method as previously discussed:

5×5 League Power Rankings
LgRnk LgNum LgName AvgRk Rnk+
1 461 Gentlemanly Pursuits 182.6 148.1
2 781 Hubie Brooks Roto League 200.7 134.7
3 148 Shea Stadium 203.1 133.1
4 450 Hughes Your Daddy 207.8 130.1
5 672 Church of Baseball 212.3 127.4
6 326 $100 5×5 Dynasty League 219.4 123.2
7 83 Liga de Excelencia 221.0 122.4
8 471 Classy Gentlemen 229.4 117.9
9 225 Hard Core Baseball 234.8 115.2
10 664 Tourney at Harrenhal 236.7 114.2

Note- there are 540 teams and 45 leagues in the 5×5 format

Last, but not least, here are the rankings for the top teams in ottoneu 4×4:

Top 5 4×4 Teams
OvRnk LgNum TeamName R HR OBP SLG IP K HR9 ERA WHIP POW
1 366 The Art of Fielding 174 57 0.359 0.510 231.0 253 0.94 3.04 1.10 222.0
2 356 Jet Lyfe 168 52 0.357 0.481 235.2 246 0.92 2.67 1.05 219.3
3 16 Wallace and deGrommit 185 56 0.380 0.513 317.0 329 1.02 3.12 1.19 217.9
4 138 Yu Darvish, Me Strasburg 177 68 0.354 0.536 253.0 237 0.85 3.13 1.19 213.4
5 110 The Aviary Connection 172 56 0.340 0.455 257.2 299 0.98 2.83 1.06 209.4

And the rankings for the top 4×4 leagues:

4×4 League Power Rankings
LgRnk LgNum LgName AvgRk Rnk+
1 123 Wendy Peffercorn Fantasy Baseball League 99.1 121.5
2 1 original ottoneu 99.8 120.6
3 28 Imaginary Hammers 101.8 118.3
4 317 Vandelay Industries 110.9 108.6
5 34 Fantastical 113.8 105.8

Note- there are 240 teams and 20 leagues in the 4×4 format

Feel free to leave any comments or questions about these rankings!

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Justin is a life long Cubs fan who has been playing fantasy baseball for 20+ years, and an ottoneu addict since 2012. Follow him on Twitter @justinvibber.

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Very interesting stuff! Is there a way to separate out prize leagues?