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Hitters Who Gain and Lose Value in OBP Leagues

I was raised on traditional 5 X 5 rotisserie baseball and it’s still the format I play most. I do however respect those leagues that have replaced batting average with on-base percentage. There’s no doubt OBP better represents the true value of a hitter. While I like some of the variance in batting average, on-base percentage is nowhere near as volatile.

With most of our fantasy baseball rankings being based on traditional 5 X 5 roto, I thought a piece highlighting those players who gain (and lose) the most value in OBP leagues would serve a useful purpose. I hope this article helps address some of the BA bias in our rankings and meets the needs of those of you who are playing in OBP leagues for the first time.

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OBP Gainers and Losers

I have used my incredible mathematical prowess to create a complicated algorithm that will highlight the players who will benefit the most from the OBP format, as well as those whose value is hurt by the OBP focus. For you mere mathematical mortals reading this, what I did was simply take each player’s OBP from 2022 and subtract their BA over that same time span. While you’re likely sitting stunned by such genius, I’ll move on to looking at the winners and losers of our little game.

40 Hitters Who Gain Value in OBP Leagues

First things first, Juan Soto is a god when it comes to OBP leagues. Even in a “bad” year, Soto’s .401 OBP was one of the best in baseball. In fact many of the same hitters who were tops in 5 X 5 value also excel in OBP leagues. Aaron Judge, Freddie Freeman, Yordan Alvaraez, and Paul Goldschmidt were huge in 202 OBP leagues.

Now just because a player makes this list doesn’t mean they are necessarily a plus in this format. Take Joey Gallo for example. If he hits as he did in 202 he’s a negative in any format. It does however highlight Gallo’s history of pretty useful OBPs and encourage us to keep an eye on how he starts the 2023 season out.

Max Muncy, Jesse Winker, and Carlos Santana are less popular names that have sneaky OBP value along with their solid power. Brendan Donovan is teasing us with his Spring Training power binge. If that power carries over into the regular season, Donovan is an OBP All-Star.

Juan SotoSDP.401.242.159
Dylan MooreSEA.368.224.144
Max MuncyLAD.329.196.133
Jesse WinkerSEA.344.219.125
Daniel VogelbachNYM.360.238.122
Joey GalloMIN.280.160.120
Cavan BiggioTOR.318.202.116
Anthony RizzoNYY.338.224.114
Aaron HicksNYY.330.216.114
Joey VottoCIN.319.205.114
Aaron JudgeNYY.425.311.114
Carlos SantanaPIT.316.202.114
Brandon BeltSFG.326.213.113
Brendan DonovanSTL.394.281.113
Lars NootbaarSTL.340.228.112
Austin BarnesLAD.324.212.112
Jorge PolancoMIN.346.235.111
Ji-Man ChoiTBR.341.233.108
Adley RutschmanBAL.362.254.108
Alex BregmanHOU.366.259.107
Matt CarpenterNYY.412.305.107
Willson ContrerasCHC.349.243.106
Yandy DiazTBR.401.296.105
Kyle SchwarberPHI.323.218.105
Christian YelichMIL.355.252.103
Austin SlaterSFG.366.264.102
Mark CanhaNYM.367.266.101
Victor CaratiniMIL.300.199.101
Yordan AlvarezHOU.406.306.100
Connor JoeCOL.338.238.100
David VillarSFG.331.231.100
Trent GrishamSDP.284.184.100
Isaac ParedesTBR.304.205.099
Yasmani GrandalCHW.301.202.099
LaMonte Wade Jr.SFG.305.207.098
Anthony RendonLAA.326.229.097
Trayce ThompsonLAD.353.256.097
Austin MeadowsDET.347.250.097
Eugenio SuarezSEA.332.236.096
Luis UriasMIL.335.239.096
J.P. CrawfordSEA.339.243.096
Sam HilliardCOL.280.184.096
MJ MelendezKCR.313.217.096
DJ LeMahieuNYY.357.261.096
Josh Bell- - -.362.266.096
Jack SuwinskiPIT.298.202.096
Matt ChapmanTOR.324.229.095
Spencer SteerCIN.306.211.095
Jake CronenworthSDP.332.239.093
Brandon NimmoNYM.367.274.093

Hitters Who Lose Value in OBP Leagues

While some of the hitters on this list aren’t huge stars regardless of format, we do see some names that will need to be bumped down are rankings if OBP is in play.

Amed Rosario is a borderline 5-category helper in traditional 5 X 5 roto. Not so much in OBP leagues.

Josh Jung and Alec Bohm may be up-and-coming young hitters at the hot corner, but their value cools off a lot when you see how their lack of plate discipline hurts them in OBP leagues.

Salvador Perez and Tim Anderson are established stars who are near the tops at their respective positions but who get a lot less attractive in this format.

Bobby Witt Jr. shows up on this list but his minor league numbers make me think he won’t be as much of a detriment in OBP leagues as he was in 2022. I’m not fading him too much.

Luis GarciaWSN.295.275.020
Francisco MejiaTBR.264.242.022
Leury GarciaCHW.233.210.023
Yan GomesCHC.260.235.025
Chad PinderOAK.263.235.028
Amed RosarioCLE.312.283.029
Luis RengifoLAA.294.264.030
Christian Bethancourt- - -.283.252.031
Josh JungTEX.235.204.031
Oscar GonzalezCLE.327.296.031
Darick HallPHI.282.250.032
David FletcherLAA.288.255.033
Corey DickersonSTL.300.267.033
CJ Abrams- - -.280.246.034
Jose TrevinoNYY.283.248.035
Alec BohmPHI.315.280.035
Luis RobertCHW.319.284.035
Jeremy PenaHOU.289.253.036
Christian ArroyoBOS.322.286.036
Jonathan SchoopDET.239.202.037
Bubba ThompsonTEX.302.265.037
Salvador PerezKCR.292.254.038
Tim AndersonCHW.339.301.038
Bobby Witt Jr.KCR.294.254.040
Randal GrichukCOL.299.259.040

Winning OBP Leagues

Unlike batting average which can be wildly random, on-base percentage is a statistic that can be attacked more aggressively. Don’t ignore it. You can generally chase many of the same stars as you do in 5 X 5, just stay away from the OBP anchors on the second list and you’re going to have no problems finishing in the top quarter of the category. Plenty of your league-mates will ignore the category as they tend to do for BA and the proof will be in the fantasy pudding.

Who are your favorite OBP weapons? Drop some names in the comments below. For more great analysis check out the 2023 FantraxHQ Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit!

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