Nerd-free Analysis

The resources available to the regular fantasy baseball player are endless. Projection systems have become even more sophisticated, and the level of advanced analysis is, quite honestly, breathtaking.

However, just like you don’t need a sledgehammer to crack a nut, you don’t always need sabermetric evaluation to make routine decisions.

Here are observations that may or may not have more weight in your fantasy baseball decision-making than an endless array of wOBAcon spreadsheets.

PLAYERS THAT NEED MORE FANTASY LOVE

NOAH SYNDERGAARD: Declined $18.4M qualifying offer. Signed with Angels for $21M, who also forfeit their second-round draft pick. The Mets and Angels know better than you.

HYUN-JIN RYU: Moving between Buffalo, Dunedin, and Toronto, the death of a family member, and glute, neck, and arm issues could help explain more of his woes than age and loss of stuff.

PLAYERS THAT NEED LESS FANTASY LOVE

CARLOS RODON: Career year in 2021 (2.65 FIP over 24 starts with 12.55 K/9), but the White Sox opted against extending a qualifying offer. What do they know that we don’t?

STARLING MARTE: The new manager of the Mets, Buck Showalter, was the least likely manager to send runners. Marte is coming off a tied-career-best 47 stolen bases. Don’t invest an early pick expecting 30-plus bags

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