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Rounding Third: Playoff Rankings

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

2013 Playoff Rankings

Playoff rankings require us to peer into a cloudy crystal ball, and predict who is going to win which series. Thus, there's a lot of volatility in the rankings, and you'll also see lesser players boosted in the rankings because they're projected to play more games. This is our second year of having the Coin Flip game, and the problems ranking with it remain as difficult as ever. Even if one team is favored in that game, how big of a favorite can they be? 60-40? 65-35? I can't see it being higher than that. So the best favorite in that game has at least a 35 percent chance of not playing more than one game! So for the starting pitchers on those teams not pitching in that one particular game, you really have to downgrade them.

The problem, though, becomes when that said play-in team wins a series, as the Cardinals did last year. The Rays could conceivably be that way this year - even though they're the road team, I think that they could

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