2018 Fantasy Baseball: Using K%+IFFB%-BB% To Target Pitchers
The fantasy baseball industry is lucky to have many analysts with interesting strategies up their sleeves to target players. One particular strategy I’ve enjoyed using over the years is K%+IFFB%-BB% to target pitchers. Strikeouts and the ability to induce easy pop ups seems like a recipe for fantasy success. In a perfect world, I’m trying to pair two of the top 20 hurlers along with a few of the middle relievers found atop of the K%+IFFB%-BB% list and some upside arms late in drafts.
I’m definitely not the first to use this, I’ve tweeted about my use of this strategy back in 2016, Jeff Zimmermann wrote about it here and per his discussion, I believe Rob Silver has been using this for a significant period of time (he may be the first!). Zimmermann expands on this strategy and probably makes the math more sound by placing PAs in the denominator. I encourage you to read more of his discussion and reasoning in the previous link.
At any rate, here’s the chart I’ve been using so far this preseason for my Mixed LABR draft as well as the Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational League 11 Draft.
Side note: I didn’t set a minimum for innings pitched as I wanted a chart that included both starters and relievers, but you could easily do that
Here’s a direct link to the chart, but it should also be embedded below. If you have any questions, pop them in the comments and I’ll gladly respond.