The regular season is over, and fans of 22 teams are either rosterbating or sharpening their knives for awards season. Let’s jump in this fricassee with our own brand of blathering: the RotoGraphs Fantasy Awards. This week, our writers will be looking back on the excellence put forth in fantasy baseball this season and bestowing great honors upon them.
In order to save those writers some time, we’ll just define the awards here. Hey, it looks like some of the real-life baseball writers could use a brush up on the definition of their awards. We’ll use less legalese.
The fantasy MVP is NOT the best player overall. The fantasy MVP is the guy that returned the most value. So we give consideration to draft cost. Hint: in the AL it might not make much of a difference. But in the NL, where a player like Ryan Braun was excellent, but also expensive, you might find a surprise.
Real baseball isn’t so heartless to award a Least Valuable Player award, but fantasy managers aren’t known for their cuddliness. We’ll spot start a pitcher against our hometown team if we know they’re scuffling. So we can call a spade a spade and ‘reward’ the most expensive bust in baseball with this moniker.
Once again, the AL Cy winner in fantasy isn’t going to be Justin Verlander. You spent to get him. Instead, we want to know which pitcher cost you the least and returned you the best value.
The Bull Cy is the same idea, for relievers. Those guys deserve their own award, and not one named after an antacid.
The Turtle goes to the best buy-low in each league. All of our best teams had one of these waiver wire pickups or trade fleecings, so you may have your own favorite. But there are a few consensus second half studs out there.
The Hare is — you guessed it — the best sell-high in each league. This one is a little harder to pull off these days, what with all those RotoGraphs readers in your league, but they still exist, and looking at them always reminds us that skepticism is healthy.
If you’ve got your own idea for an award, post it. Maybe we’ll set a writer on it.