Originally written on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 10/26/14
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John Mayberry Ever been annoyed by the fact that WAR takes into account defense?  For fantasy purposes, the defensive component messes up that stat.  It would be nice if there was some sort of oWAR where only the number of wins above replacement a player provided with his bat was calculated. Fortunately, there are metrics that do essentially just that.  The best of the bunch is wRC+.  It stems from plain old wRC which tells us how many runs a player created for his team in one simple metric.  wRC+ tells us how that player’s run creation compares to league average.  League average is 100.  Every point over 100 is equal to one percentage point better than league average.  For example, if a player’s wRC+ is 110, then he created 10% more runs than league average.  And if a player’s wRC+ is 90 then he created 10% fewer runs than league average. wRC+ also happens to be park and league adjusted.  Therefore, it allows us to compare players from all years and all locations on an even pla...
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