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Fantasy BaseballFront OfficeTotal Run Index

“Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today. Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today. Look at me I can be center field.” — John Fogerty Center field might be the premium defensive position on the diamond (along with shortstop), so the offensive numbers in center field

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In one of my previous articles, I mentioned Diamond Dollars by Vince Gennaro. One of the concepts he is famous for advancing is the idea of the “platoon advantage.” Like Moneyball before it, Diamond Dollars is a study (in part) on how a team can best use its financial resources.

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Fantasy BaseballFront OfficeTotal Run Index

I actually had to settle an internal debate with myself as to how to handle outfielders. Some leagues go with generic outfielders while others break them down by position. I chose the later. Mind you, when classifying these guys it was not an exact science. What I tried to do

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Fantasy BaseballFront OfficeTotal Run Index

Shortstop is the weakest position on the diamond in terms of fantasy baseball. Only about half of the 25 top shortstops are regularly above average offensively. In a 12 team league that might not be that much of a concern, but a lot of leagues carry a middle infielder in

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Fantasy Baseball

The hardest lesson for the casual baseball fan to learn is that baseball free agency does not have the same impact as football and basketball free agency. Lebron James can change teams (any team) and it will shake the delicate balance of power in the NBA. Drew Brees and Peyton

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Fantasy BaseballFront OfficeTotal Run Index

Now, that we get into third base we get into some more high octane fantasy players. Again, the idea is to balance the desire to go with the best overall players and the best players by position. So far, the general rule of thumb is +20 runs for premium fantasy

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Fantasy BaseballFront OfficeTotal Run Index

As we talked about before with first basemen, there are two primary strategies when it comes to fantasy baseball. You can take the best overall player regardless of position or you can take players based on how they compare to the others at their position. Let’s take second base as

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Fantasy BaseballFront OfficeTotal Run Index

There are two primary strategies when it comes to fantasy sports. Sure, there are hundreds of “strategies” and I seem to try a new one every year, but the reality is that there are only two: either you take the best player available or you weight players differently based on the position

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Fantasy Baseball

It is hard for the discerning baseball fan to cull through the mountains of data that follow baseball players these days. A simple look at Baseball Reference, Baseball Prospectus, or Fangraphs can send you through a tailspin. Let’s face it, many of us are beyond obsessed when it comes to

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Fantasy BaseballFront OfficeTotal Run Index

In the coming weeks, a series of articles will be available through the premium section of this site concerning total run index. Like most of you, I don’t pay extra for things unless I am sure that they actually have value. So, in this spot I will try to explain

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