We have developed the tool you need to have at your disposal in fantasy baseball. We’re talking the WAR of fantasy baseball here folks. This brief writeup will relay to you what SMASH is, why you need it and how to use it.
FAQs for SMASH…
1 – Why did we create SMASH?
Because we are awesome.
2 – What does SMASH stand for?
It is not an acronym. It just conveys what happens to your opponent when you use it. Think, the Incredible Hulk facing his feeble foes.
3 – What is SMASH?
This is our newest, and dare we suggest, greatest invention – ever.
SMASH is a proprietary combination of batted ball data, pitch mix, zone data etc., that shows how a player is performing compared to the league average.
Basically, SMASH considers a ton of data points – handfuls of them – and tells you just how well a player is actually doing without focusing on the results of things like runs/rbi/wins etc. SMASH focuses on the skills of the player directly, versus the results.
Yes, the results are what matters in the fantasy game. However, the result is not always what you really need to know, or what you should be focused on. Digging below the surface and getting down to the skills a player is displaying should always be the analysis goal. SMASH is directly focused with those skills, and the skills of the player.
4 – So you can use SMASH for hitters and pitchers?
Absolutely – yes.
We have two proprietary formulas for hitters and pitchers.
Both are attempting to reach the same end point – telling you which players/pitchers are the best option that day, which fellas are simply moderate plays and finally which players you should be avoiding at all costs.
5 – What timeframe are we talking about with SMASH?
We have multiple options for you to consider.
Option one is listed as (S) for SEASON.
Option two is listed as (30) for the last 30 days only so you can focus more directly on whichever angle you prefer to take – the wide lens or more narrow approach.
6 – So, do I use (Seasonal) or (30 days) to break down players?
That’s up to you.
Some folks like to take the broad approach, some the short approach. We aren’t here to tell you which is better because, frankly, they both have value (which is why we listed both). Did a guy make a mechanical change to his swing of late? Did a pitcher add or subtract a pitch from his arsenal? Those kinds of changes would be reflected in the shorter 30-day look but we also know that 30-innings or 95 at-bats aren’t enough data to definitively come up with a conclusion of a player. Hence, both time periods are listed for your pleasure.
7 – How do I read the numbers listed with SMASH?
Honestly, we thought about this a lot. Here is what we ended up doing.
We could have created an artificial scenario where we multiplied this part of the formula by 0.9 and divided this one by 0.32 and then added the atomic weight of Cesium to get a cleaner looking number, but we didn’t want to be artificial. In essence, we didn’t want to rig the number to look pretty. We wanted the measures to speak for themselves.
What that means is you shouldn’t worry too much about whether the mark is 55.2 or 56.8. You know that 56.8 is better than 55.2, and you know the gap is pretty darn small compared to someone with a mark of 43.4. That’s what is important. Further, we color coated things to make sure that it was easily understandable.
GREEN is a player to target.
WHITE is average.
RED is a player to avoid.
As you will also note, we have a lighter RED and a lighter GREEN color coating system for players on the margins of each category to help with a quick look as you work on your lineups.
8 – Is this measure the only thing you need to set your lineup?
We would like to say YES, but we know the answer is NO.
We believe this tool is the most comprehensive tools in the fantasy industry when it comes to analyzing the performance of players to date. However, no measure can encapsulate everything. That’s why we have all our rankings, articles and chatroom discussions open for you. There’s no replacing the human element that needs to be blended with the objective data to get to that winning lineup.
So, SMASH tells you everything you need to know about an individual player. However, there is still a missing piece, right? That is the context of that performance.
FAQs for ADVANTAGE SCORE…
What is the Advantage Score?
SMASH is sexy… but there is another level to the analysis. There is a secondary phase to be aware of, and that is the Advantage Score.
If SMASH has you hyped, Advantage Score should have you salivating profusely.
For hitters… The ADVANTAGE SCORE compares the hitter to the entire pitching staff of the opponent. Read that sentence again. Not only does that A.S. put you at an advantage compared to anyone that doesn’t have access to it, but it’s a greater advantage than you even knew it was. Why? Because our tool – A.S. – considers the starting pitchers AND the relief pitchers on the opposing team. Every other tool in the universe, OK 97.5 percent of them, only consider with the starting pitcher when talking the matchup of the day. With starting pitchers throwing about 55-60 percent of the innings, most tools are ignoring a huge amount of the matchup that you are trying to dissect on a daily basis. The A.S. takes into account the starter and the relievers to help you to decide which batters have the best, and worst, matchups of the day against the entire pitching staff.
For pitchers… The ADVANTAGE SCORE compares the pitcher to the entire opposing lineup that day. Which one of those waiver-wire guys is a solid bet to have success? Got a tough decision on whether or not to start that arm today? The ADVANTAGE SCORE helps to answer that question for you.
TO PURCHASE THE GOODS
Both the SMASH Report and the ADVANTAGE Score can be found exclusively at Elite Data (you can find links to the report if you go to the top of the page, hover over ELITE DATA and then scroll down to MLB PLUS).
Both reports are part of the data package at Fantasy Guru. You also get access to the BURR Report (Bullpen Usage and Reliever Rating), the Bullpen Usage Chart, Projected Data, DFS Projections and more all for just $29.99 a year!
You can use this link to sign up
(scroll down and select Elite Data – MLB).
If you are having an issue with the sign up, you can always contact customer service: [email protected]
Finally, in the coming days, you can look for write ups about the BURR Report as well as descriptions of how Players and Pitchers, have performed according to SMASH through the first month of the season.