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Ottoneu on Slack: How to Rebuild a Team in Ottoneu

Whether you’re new to Ottoneu or a crusty veteran you should join the Ottoneu community on Slack. Wisdom from the crowds can be valuable, and from time to time we’ll repost some of our more popular Slack community discussions here on Ottoneu Trade Rumors to carry on the conversation and reference them in the future.

Check out this advice for rebuilding your Ottoneu team: http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/expert-advice-for-rebuilding-your-fantasy-team/

In a new “Ottoneu 101” private group, the Slack community offered some advice on how to rebuild a team successfully in Ottoneu.

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Podcast: Ottoneu Trade Strategy (Ep. 6)

In Episode 6 of the Ottoneu Trade Rumors podcast we discuss the best off-season trade strategies that help prepare teams for the 2016 season.  Give it a listen here.

OTR is alive!

Ottoneu on Slack: Discussing League GP & IP Minimums

Whether you’re new to Ottoneu or a crusty veteran you should join the Ottoneu community on Slack. Wisdom from the crowds can be valuable, and from time to time we’ll repost some of our more popular Slack community discussions here on Ottoneu Trade Rumors to carry on the conversation and reference them in the future.

Just before the final month of the 2015 season, the Slack community discussed the merits of creating a games played and innings pitched minimum for every team.  Would such a minimum increase overall activity in leagues, or just become a burden for those teams trying to rebuild? This discussion is related to the more recent debate on Rule 1a.  You can check out the full transcript of the Slack discussion on GP and IP minimums here.

8.27.15 Ottoneu on Slack - Discussing GP and IP Minimums

Where do you and your league stand on this issue? Let us know in the comments.

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Using Tableau: 2015 Ottoneu Hitter Review

Taking some time to learn Tableau, which is a great tool for visualizing all kinds of data.  Here’s a review of 2015 Ottoneu offense for FGPTS.

2015 Ottoneu Hitters Review – FGPTS

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(And yes, despite all the data, something doesn’t look quite right on Matt Duffy…)

A Shortcut to Projecting Hitters in Ottoneu

One of the better features of Ottoneu fantasy baseball is the linear weights-based scoring system for FGPTS and SABR.  These advanced, non-roto scoring options are well tuned to sabermetric-minded baseball fans, but they are not inherently intuitive until you get a feel for how a full season Ottoneu plays out.  Failure to quickly understand how player production and linear weights scoring are linked can put new Ottoneu owners at a disadvantage when entering an existing league of experienced game players.  In revisiting a RotoGraphs article by Justin Merry on how hitting is scored in Ottoneu (FGPTS and SABR), I was drawn to this statement:

If you total up a player’s fantasy points using this system, you will get a number that is going to be very close to ten times a player’s wRC.

Is this true? If so, wRC may serve as a nice “shortcut” to converting player production (and more importantly, projections), into actual FGPTS/SABR points for hitters, which can be helpful for owners new to the Ottoneu core scoring system.

Since this article is about taking shortcuts, I’ll take one myself and skip over all the statistical explanations for correlating FGPTS (hitters) to wRC and just give you the bottom line up front:

Over the small sample reviewed (2013 – 2015), the “wRC x 10” formula is a bit too generous, but if you adjust to “(wRC x 10)*.93” you can get pretty darn close to actual points scored, by player.

Let’s call this shorthand point calculation “wRCPTS”.  Here’s a quick graph (full version) showing the correlation of “wRCPTS” to Ottoneu scoring (FGPTS/SABR) for the top 100 hitters over the past three seasons:

2013 - 2015 FGPTS vs. wRCPTS vs. wRCx10

Top 100 hitters from 2013 – 2015 showing correlation of actual FGPTS (blue) scoring to wRC x 10 (red) and shorthand “wRCPTS” scoring (yellow).

In other words, a player’s “(wRC x 10)*.93” looks to be a viable but very general rule of thumb for quickly estimating how many points they have scored in a given season.  It isn’t perfect (speedier, low power hitters tend to have a greater correlation to wRC x 10, for example), but that’s the point: it’s just a shortcut designed to quickly get you to an estimated point total, by hitter, for linear weights. You can find the full three year comparison here.

Where could this shortcut help owners new to the Ottoneu game? Projections.

If you’re reading this article there’s a good chance you’re already comfortable converting projection data into linear weights scoring for FGPTS and SABR (Steamer projections, for example), but there are plenty of others who might benefit from a simplified version of a player-to-points calculation, which is what “wRCPTS” offers you.  It’s just a estimate (which can be quickly eye-balled by locating wRC on FanGraphs player pages), but sometimes that estimate is all you need to make an evaluation between comparable players.

Just for fun, let’s compare the “wRCPTS” shortcut calculation to the full scale calculation of FGPTS for 12 players using 2016 Steamer projections:

In graph form:

2016 Steamer Proj. by wRCPTS

In chart form:

2016 Steamer Proj. by wRCPTS Chart 2

2016 projected wRC and FGPTS by Steamer

Interesting? Helpful? “wRCPTS” seems to at least pass the eye test for viability, so if you’re new to Ottoneu and are having some trouble visualizing what player production might look like in a linear weights-based scoring system like FGPTS or SABR, give it a try.

Questions? Comments? Let us know.

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Ottoneu on Slack: Debating Salary Caps & Incentives in the Ottoneu Champions League

Whether you’re new to Ottoneu or a crusty veteran you should join the Ottoneu community on Slack. Wisdom from the crowds can be valuable, and from time to time we’ll repost some of our more popular Slack community discussions here on Ottoneu Trade Rumors to carry on the conversation and to reference them in the future.

In May of 2015, just after the start of the inaugural Ottoneu Champions League season, the Champions group debated the merits of using hard salary caps vs. various incentive structures to increase parity in Ottoneu leagues.  The debate is still relevant for many Ottoneu leagues today (some custom leagues have spawned because of it), so you can read the full Champions discussion here.

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2016 Top 20 Starting Pitchers for Ottoneu (Steamer)

Here are your Top 20 SP for Ottoneu in 2016, as projected by Steamer.

2016 Top 20 SP by Steamer

  • Any surprises on this list?
  • Who represents the greatest bargain?
  • Which player(s) on this list are you staying away from?

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2016 Top 20 Hitters for Ottoneu (Steamer)

Here are your Top 20 hitters for Ottoneu in 2016, as projected by Steamer.

2016 Top 20 Hitters by Steamer

  • Any surprises on this list?
  • Who represents the greatest bargain?
  • Which player(s) on this list are you staying away from?

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Prospects in Ottoneu

We’ll be featuring a lot of information on prospects in Ottoneu in the coming months, but before we do you’ll want to make sure to bookmark the prospect “public folder’ available here.  This folder is updated almost daily and is a great resource for prospect information during both the off season and upcoming 2016 Ottoneu season.

Also, if you’re new to Ottoneu, or are planning a rebuild for 2016, you will also want to check out this excellent Ottoneu “Prospect Classes” article by Brad Johnson.

What other prospect articles/resources/advice are you looking for in Ottoneu? Let us know in the comments.

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Ottoneu Update: *New* Roster Organizer

The Roster Organizer has been updated! Take a look:

12.15.15 New Roster Organizer Update

You can now quickly and easily move players in and out of your lineup (and 40-man roster).  This will be an especially nice addition to the lineup pages in 2016 during the season.

If you’re having any trouble with the new Roster Organizer layout, trying clearing your browser cache.  If you still have issues, contact Ottoneu here.

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