FanGraphs Audio: Fantasy vs. Reality

Episode Sixteen
In which the panel passes through the looking glass.

Fantasy Is Reality
Thinking Stupid
Getting Rauchy
… and other wild gestures!

Matt Klaassen, Philosophizer
Eno Sarris, Fantasy Expert

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Audio on the flip-flop.


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  1. I see and understand the point made here, and to many levels agree with it.

    Correct me if I’m wrong here, the “joys” of roto come from having this advantage over other roto players. Okay, that’s fine, but how long can you have fun beating up on the “ignorant” roto players?

    Perhaps, you join a league that is a larger challenge, and everyone in this league is using the same tools you are, well then those “gaps” are gone. Your Juan Pierre example shows this, a player who is next to worthless in a baseball value sense, gets paid a lot in fantasy baseball because of what he is allowed to do, despite the lack of value.

    Maybe I did miss your point, but I don’t miss the roto sense of fantasy. I like setting my line ups on a daily basis in efforts to edge out my weekly opponents, by picking out favorable match-ups. I do not miss cheering for only homers or stolen bases.

    Either way I enjoyed another episode of FanGraphs audio! Take care.

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  2. Eno Sarris says:

    No matter what stats you use, there will be information you will use beyond those stats to predict their success though, right? The essence of fantasy is still culling information and using the “correct” information to beat out your opponent. That’s true no matter what your league settings are.

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  3. I agree.

    Which is why I don’t understand why anyone would want to pick and cheer for a Juan Pierre versus a JD Drew.

    I shouldn’t use names because they’re unimportant. I guess I can see how its fun to cheer for players who have little value, but do one or two things right.

    I enjoy the concept of building a team that needs to earn runs and prevents runs. Sometimes luck is involved, but that’s half the fun.

    Now if only defense could be measured…

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