In many fantasy games, the trade deadline is coming up on August 19th. For many, that date marks the last time owners can grab an impact player.
In categorical leagues, we have two types of stats: totals (R, HR, RBI, etc.) and rates (AVG, ERA, WHIP). However, in most daily rotisserie leagues, there's an innings cap and a games played cap – 162 games per position and 1,400 innings in the standard Yahoo! game, for example. In effect, this turns every stat into a rate – instead of runs, it's runs per game, etc.
So, there are a couple of questions to ask at the deadline. With less than a third of the season left to go, how much will our rates actually change down the stretch? And how much can one player actually change those rates? For the purpose of this exercise, I'm going to take a look at the WHIP stat – the analysis applies to the other categories as well, it's just a matter of scale. You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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