If you aren’t a Dungeon Master and actually leave the house every once and awhile, you know about the social faux pas that is double dipping. If not, “double dipping” is when you dip a chip, take a bite, and then dip again. It is frowned upon because not only are you a fat slob with an insatiable appetite for guacamole, but you are spreading your germs into the bowl of dip.
Double dipping shows up elsewhere in life, including fantasy leagues. What is Fantasy Baseball double dipping you ask? Fantasy double dipping is when an event affects two different stat categories in your league. When an event counts twice, it can skew league results slightly and have a small affect on player rankings. Fantasy double dipping comes in two forms: acceptable, and unacceptable. First, let us look at some acceptable double dipping:
- HR & R/RBI/AVG – A home run goes into almost every category, but since it is such a special event it can slide through.
That’s it! The above case is the only common acceptable case of double dipping. Now, some of the many unacceptable cases:
- ERA & QS – If you had a quality start, you had a low ERA.
- AVG & OBP – A walk counts once, but a hit counts twice? Absurd.
- OPS & OBP/SLG – OPS is “On-base plus slugging”. It’s in the name, people.
Consider this a public service announcement. In the words of the almighty Seinfeld, “Just take one dip and end it!”