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RotoBaller | Feb 12th, 6:40am ET
While FIP is a useful tool to predict a pitcher's future ERA performance, fantasy owners should remember that ERA, not FIP, is what really matters in most formats. This means that we are interested in the "luck" that separates the two statistics. Some of this...
Sporting News | Feb 10th, 12:07pm ET
Carlos Carrasco isn’t a sleeper in the traditional sense, but he earns the tag this year because he’s still falling under the radar in fantasy baseball drafts in 2016. Part of that is due to the immense depth at the starting pitcher position,...
FanGraphs | Feb 9th, 8:15am ET
Yesterday, I used Alex Chamberlain’s xBABIP formula to determine which hitters most underperformed in the BABIP department, if you believe in xBABIP, of course. Today, I check in on the other side of the coin — those hitters whose xBABIPs were...
FanGraphs | Feb 8th, 8:15am ET
Seemingly every year, we try to develop a new hitter xBABIP equation. Obviously, the goal is to improve upon the previous iteration because BABIP is really hard to predict. We can be reasonably sure that some hitters own high BABIP, average BABIP or low BABIP...
FanGraphs | Feb 4th, 9:15am ET
Doug Fister had a bad season in 2015. His 4.19 ERA was half a run higher than in his worst season between 2011 and 2014, and his FIP and xFIP were even higher. His best seasons with the Tigers featured close to seven strikeouts per nine and a groundball rate...
RotoBaller | Feb 4th, 6:15am ET
The first advanced pitching stat most fantasy owners encounter is FIP. FIP stands for Fielding Independent Pitching, and attempts to measure a pitcher's actual skill instead of the effects of luck or his supporting cast. According to the DIPS theory that the...
RotoBaller | Feb 2nd, 6:15am ET
To this point, this column has focused exclusively on trying to predict and validate HRs and batting average. There is a reason for this--modern sabermetrics tend to reject the idea of a "clutch RBI guy" and therefore do not bother inventing predictive metrics...
RotoBaller | Feb 1st, 6:10am ET
No matter how high a particular player's BABIP may be, his average will be mediocre at best if he strikes out too much. This is why fantasy owners have known for years that players like Adam Dunn, Mark Reynolds, and Chris Davis are potential drains on a fantasy...