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Bloody Nipples wrote:dleoboyd, like you and most of the Cafe members, I believe that the sabremetric stats are the best measurement of a player's performance. They are also a good tool for projecting 5x5 rankings in that the player's performance is not skewed by outside variables such as with your example of Don Mattingly. But fantasy is all about knowing the game of baseball and using that knowledge to put together a team of players who will post the greatest stats. Not only should you know who the best players are, but you should be able to predict (to a certain extent) how the players will do that year, even in terms of non-sabermetric stats. A knowledgeable fan and fantasy owner will know that a hitter will have better 5x5 stats if they bat in a better lineup, and will know the lineups of most teams. This knowledge will allow them to predict not only the sabermetric stats but also a few of the old-school stats like RBI and R. Knowing a player's situation is key to fantasy.For the reasons described above, projections and rankings can and should be made using all scoring stats for the league they are for, plus the sabremetric stats. Runs and RBI should not be left out of the process completely.
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