Caught Looking wrote:

One... why are values based on the 69/31 or 67/33 splits when hitters typically make up 60.8% (14/23) of the starting roster? Is this based on the notion that there are many more valuable pitchers that are part of the player pool and are undrafted as opposed to hitters? I know that reliability is usually debated but after the last couple years I have a hard time using that after seeing so many poor performances on both the hitting and pitching side among the mid and upper tiers.

This is convention, not anything bases in theory. In other words, it's empirically based on what most often occurs.

The reason, therefore, is moot -- it is what it is.

That said, technically, the split should be 50/50 but that's obviously not what occurs. I'm convinced the initial values were done incorrectly using 14/9 and those became accepted, then strategically it was determined that more should be spent on hitting and things settled at 69/31 for 5x5 leagues.

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Second... in using PVM... if you have all the players projected stats... how do you come up with those who are used to comprise the player pool in order to get the totals of each stat? Since those totals are used to calculate the percent that each player contributes which then gives you his value... how can you come up with the "most valuable" players to get to those totals? haha, almost seems like a catch 22. And are undrafted stats for FAs figured into those totals at all?

By right it's an iterative process but that's too intense to program so I just use the top "X" in each category where X is the number of draft-worthy player then total up the category dollars then do a normalization to make it fit mathematically since just totaling leaves the pool off a little in terms of dollars and number of players so the final normalization step is really just scaling everything to make the size and dollars correct.