The BABS Project: Uncovering the Truth About Winning at Fantasy Baseball

Over the past 30 years, Ron Shandler has been in search of the best baseball performance forecasting model. His goal was to achieve the most accurate projections so he could clobber his fantasy league opponents. He’s been writing about it in the Baseball Forecaster annual since 1986.

But over time he started to realize that it was nearly impossible to project performance with enough precision for it to matter in putting together the best teams. The error bars were too wide. So he started to embrace the imprecision of the process.

About a year ago, he realized that the numbers themselves were too confining. We still look at player projections, dollar values and ADPs, and fixate on those numbers as if they hold some religious significance. But they are all highly flawed.

So he developed the Broad Assessment Balance Sheet (BABS).

BABS says we should do several things. First, we should assess skill in very broad terms; otherwise, we get caught up in those wide error bars of normal statistical volatility. Second is the need to separate the skill from the risk factors. Players are evaluated as a balance sheet of assets and liabilities. Finally, BABS sets targets for your roster.

In the end, BABS tells us that players are more alike than they are different. And the more the marketplace tries to differentiate between like-skilled players, the more opportunity there is for Draft Day profit. That is where you find your ultimate competitive advantage.

The BABS Project (PDF format) describes the journey. You’ll see how the concept evolved and then learn how to use it to win your leagues. Complete BABS ratings and cheat sheets for the upcoming season are then available at This PDF ebook is free with a membership to

1. How the Stats are Out to Get You (Free preview)
2. How Psychology is Out to Get You
3. The Broad Assessment Balance Sheet
4. The BABS Player Profiling System
5. Analyzing the Player Pool
6. Draft Planning
7. Marketplace Analysis
8. The Draft
9. BABS in Auctions
10. BABS in Snake Drafts
11. BABS in Keeper Leagues
12. BABS in Leagues with Alternative Rules
13. BABS In-Season
14. And so…

FREE downloadable copy of a blank BABS roster spreadsheet (MS Excel format).

(The BABS Project is FREE with membership to Or purchase the ebook now and upgrade to membership later.)

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