Time for postseason fantasy baseball!

October, 1, 2013
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OK, so you had Ryan Braun, Melky Cabrera and Starlin Castro on your fantasy team. How do you recover from that?

You start up a postseason player pool, of course, and earn some redemption. You can devise your own rules, but here is a scoring system Tristan Cockcroft set up for an office pool here: 1 point for a single, 2 for a double, 3 for a triple, 4 for a home run, 1 for an RBI, 1 for a run scored, 1 for a walk, 1 for a hit by pitch (batter), 2 for a stolen base, 4 for a win, 8 for a save, 1 per pitching out (so 3 per inning), minus-1 for each hit allowed, minus-1 for each walk allowed, minus-1 for a hit by pitch (pitcher), minus-3 for an earned run, and 2 for a pitcher strikeout.

Anyway, Eric Karabell has his postseason player rankings here. Obviously, you're banking on players you pick to go to the World Series, so don't choose Dan Uggla if you think the Braves are going to get swept in the Division Series. Eric has Miguel Cabrera as his No. 1 player, which I disagree with, primarily because Cabrera just hasn't hit with much power in September (two extra-base hits). His questionable health status also makes it less likely the Tigers advance.

Eric reports that Ryan Vogelsong was the top player last year under the above format; pitchers tend to do well in that scoring system, so he has Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw ranked second and third. That makes sense. Since I'm predicting the Pirates to win it all (why not!), I guess I'd have A.J. Burnett, Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez high up on my list. Hey, you never know!

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