On the Barrel Podcast Episode 36 – Let’s Do the Time VORP Again

Jonathan Metzelaar, Dave Cherman, and Alexander Chase dig into Totaly Daily VORP, Alexander's new approach to player valuations.

Jonathan Metzelaar, Dave Cherman, and Alexander Chase dig into Totaly Daily VORP, a new approach to player valuations that Alexander created, which incorporates playing time projections and the value of replacement players in daily formats.

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  • 3:00 Alexander Chase on why he created Total Daily VORP (TDV)
  • 5:00 Shortcomings of other value calculators
  • 7:30 Impact of injuries and playing time projections on value calculations
  • 9:00 Reiterating why Max Muncy was better than Matt Carpenter in 2018 despite gaps in overall production
  • 10:35 Where games played projections are pulled from for TDV
  • 12:00 Players whose TDV’s were higher than their standard auction values
  • 15:00 Impact of roster size on TDV valuations
  • 17:15 Using TDV to inform draft strategies and how it changes based on league sizes
  • 18:45 Alexander hates ESPN
  • 22:10 How the value of players with steady every day playing time are impacted
  • 23:30 Factoring in empty roster spots
  • 26:30 How to approach drafting players with injury/playing time question marks
  • 29:00 Drawbacks of the ESPN Player Rater and Fangraphs Auction Calculator
  • 34:30 Hypothetical: Eaton vs. Braun vs. Pederson in terms of TDV value
  • 36:50 Preference for platoon split players or injury-prone ones?
  • 40:35 Caveat regarding drafting high-upside fliers
  • 42:20 Value boost in TDV for players projected to be hurt to start the year compared to other calculations
  • 46:00 Value change for injury-prone players in a shortened season


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Jonathan Metzelaar

Jonathan Metzelaar is a writer, content manager, and podcaster with Pitcher List. He enjoys long walks on the beach, quiet dinners by candlelight, and essentially any other activity that will distract him from the perpetual torture of being a New York Mets fan. He's written for Fangraphs Community Research and created Youtube videos about fantasy baseball under the moniker "Jonny Baseball."

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