jswede wrote:I think it was assumed by all that he wouldn't technically "help" you, but the issue was taken up by NZ because you put his avg down as the reason that you would pass on him in the first round....
You can hang on the the fact that you are technically right, but if that's how you run a team, I want to play in your league. For money.
Maybe you missed the part of my original post where I indicated that those were 'quick comments'. I also stated that Sizemore could
hurt you in the average category which he is in fact
doing this year. Players with a lower expected BA entering the season are much more likely to hurt you signficantly in the category than a player who typically bats in the .290-.310 range - see Howard.
Furthermore, if you go into a draft thinking 'oh well, it should only drop me .001 points in BA' you'll find yourself cutting corners in other areas which just isn't acceptable to me. That's the type of thinking that lands you in the middle of the pack. Even if Grady has his typical year, but your 3rd round pick hits .270 instead of .291 then you are in a little deeper hole. These things don't always even-out, so it is important to have as high of an expected BA (especially with your early draft picks) as possible given that it certainly can be variable year-to-year. BA tends to be overlooked by a lot of fantasy owners by the more flashy categoires like HRs and SBs, I have found that most of the time BA is a key contributor to who comes out on top. There also isn't as easy of a quick fix for BA as there is for HRs & SBs mid-season.