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Specific Factors Influencing Player Performance - Fantasy Baseball

Team Factors

  • Batters:
    • Where does this batter play? Is the home ballpark small, where home runs are fairly easy to hit? Does the park have spacious alleys in the outfield for doubles? How large are the areas of foul territory where foul outs can be caught? Is the air thin and dry, or wet and heavy? is it windy?
    • Does this player's team have a good offense? Will this team's lineup get more hits and walks, leading to more at bats?
    • Where in the lineup will this batter hit? Will the batters hitting ahead of this player get on base? Will the batters behind this player drive in runs? Will pitchers be able to "pitch around" this batter in his normal lineup?
    • Does this player's team tend to steal a lot of bases? Does this team's manager encourage or discourage attempts at stealing? Does the team play in a high scoring environment, or one where stolen bases are an important and necessary part of the offense?
  • Starting Pitchers:
    • Where does this pitcher play? Is the home ballpark small, where home runs are fairly easy to hit? Does the park have spacious alleys in the outfield for doubles? How large are the areas of foul territory where foul outs can be caught? Is the air thin and dry, or wet and heavy? is it windy?
    • Does this player's team have a good offense? Will this team provide good run support and generate pitcher wins?
    • How is this team's defense? Will they add to or subtract from the run totals of the opponents?
    • Does this player pitch in the American league or the National league?
  • Relief Pitchers:
    • Where does this pitcher play? Is the home ballpark small, where home runs are fairly easy to hit? Does the park have spacious alleys in the outfield for doubles? How large are the areas of foul territory where foul outs can be caught? Is the air thin and dry, or wet and heavy? is it windy?
    • Does this player's team win often? How many save opportunities will this team generate?
    • How is this team's defense? Will they add to or subtract from the run totals of the opponents?
    • Does this player pitch in the American league or the National league?

Player Situation

  • Is this player sharing time at his position with another player?
  • Is there a strong backup behind the player at this position, or is this player the backup himself? How likely is it that this player will spend significant time on the bench or in a less potent role?
  • How secure is this player's job on his team? Is this a young player who will be sent to a minor league team fairly readily? Is this a player who the team will bench quickly because the player needs time to develop?

Player Health

  • Is this player currently injured? Is this an injury the player can play through, or will this player be out for a portion of the season? How well would you expect this player to play when he returns, or while suffering through the injury? Is this an injury which can easily recur?
  • Is this an injury-prone player? Does this player play in such a way that leaves the player especially exposed to injury? Has this player suffered injuries in the past which may easily recur? Does this player have long-term health risks which leave this player especially vulnerable to an injury which could impair his ability to play well, or to cause him to miss games or lose playing time?
  • How old is this player? Is this player reaching an age where players at his position tend to suffer injuries more frequently? Will this player's age impair his ability to heal after an injury?

Player Motivation

  • Is this player in the final year of his contract? Would this player be significantly rewarded financially for good play? Does it appear that this kind of motivation matters for this player?
  • How much does this player care about winning? Is he on a good team? Is this player likely to give up on the season if his team does poorly?
  • Has this player changed teams recently? Will a fresh start, and an opportunity to impress a new team/community benefit this player? Was it apparent that the situation with his previous team had been sufficiently sour to depress his earlier performance? Will the additional scrutiny in his new team/market improve or hurt his future performance?

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