February is prep month for fantasy baseball heads. March is when you draft, so in February you gather all your projections and read up on your sleepers. To that end, you might enjoy FanGraphs+, which has quick writeups on every fantasy-relevant player in baseball (among other things). Or the auction values in this leaderboard, which are now free. You could check out our mock draft and our mock auction at RotoGraphs. We’re now discussing depth charts for every team, too. And I’m working on bringing more tools to RotoGraphs in the near future, so hopefully you’re all set.
I added some prognostication about the Blue Jays closer — I kind of like Sergio Santos, who will be much cheaper than his competition — and the Astros shortstop — but you’ll need to be in a deep league to care about that one. And I started back up again at Getting Blanked, the baseball blog on Canada’s The Score, and I pointed to some great RotoGraphs research on home runs per fly ball. Turns out some power surges are more believable than others. At RotoWorld, I’m running through the divisions to look at each bullpen in the league, and the AL West was up first.
But really I might be most proud of my interviewing this week. Sure, the one with Barry Zito didn’t turn out well, but I did manage to bring nascent style — combining advanced stats with the reactions from the players to those numbers — to some interesting pieces on Ryan Vogelsong (about overperforming his advanced stats) and Brandon Belt (about his turning point last season). I’m also glad Vogelsong didn’t run my underwear up the flag pole for asking him such a nerdy question. Gives me hope that I’ll be able to do this all season, especially now since I’ve got entry to any clubhouse in major league baseball.