MLB: Jeff Zimmerman's Lessons Learned in 2021

MLB: Jeff Zimmerman's Lessons Learned in 2021

Balancing Categories: Batting Average and Home Run Focus

Before the season even reached the All-Star break, I knew I would need to put more emphasis on batting average and home runs next year, especially in deeper formats. In my five 15-team NFBC FAAB leagues, my average finish will be around sixth for homers and seventh with batting average. On the other hand, my Runs will finish around third place and RBI at about fourth. 

While some of the discrepancies might be from random variation, most of it is based on my style of play. I attempt to grind out every possible at-bat, especially during the season. I focus on hitters moving up in the lineup along with those having five- versus seven-game weeks. Of the 435 teams in TGFBI, I have the fourth highest at-bat total. In the Main Event, I rank second out of 645 teams. And of the 2,388 teams in the RotoWire Online Champion, one of my teams ranks first, with over 200 more at-bats than the second place team. I used the extra playing time to push up my Run and RBI totals way ahead of the other two values. 

Since I use Standing Gains Points to value hitters, there are couple of options open to me for adding more of the two stats. I could decrease the weighting of Runs and RBI, making the other categories more important. The other option is just completely remove the RBI and Run inputs and double how much emphasis

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Jeff Zimmerman
Zimmerman writes analytics-focused baseball and football articles for RotoWire. He is a three-time FSWA award winner, including the Football Writer of the Year and Best Football Print Article awards in 2016. The 2017 Tout Wars Mixed Auction champion and 2016 Tout Wars Head-to-Head champ, Zimmerman also contributes to FanGraphs.com, BaseballHQ and Baseball America.
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