How do people feel about using on-base percentage (OBP) instead of batting average in an otherwise standard, 5x5, head-to-head system? Some owners in my league have complained that walks are insufficiently valued in traditional 5x5 scoring, even though they increase the likelihood of runs scored.
A number of the league’s owners are relative novices who are very dependent on expert rankings and auction sheets they find on major websites (e.g., ESPN). While I always want to reward skill and more intensive research, do you think players who rely on such lists will be at a greater competitive disadvantage if we replace batting average with OBP?
Finally, how significantly will this change alter the value of players? My impression is that elite hitters, who are most likely to draw intentional walks, would become even more valuable under such a system. Generally, we do not prefer a top-heavy league, so expanding the gap between the studs and the regulars is not desirable.
Thanks for your advice.
EDIT: To be clear, besides batting average, the other nine categories in my league are R, HR, RBI, SB, W, SV, ERA, K, and WHIP.
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