Thanks, that makes sense. A few other thoughts / questions here, and perhaps this is better under Tools, but this seems so basic that I don’t want to presume this is a useful tool for anyone so I’ll just keep rambling on here for a bit.
I did a quick analysis for my league (652) using the bench scoring so far to try to determine a “lineup efficiency”, which basically is just figuring the percent of bench points compared to total points scored. Results here:
It’s interesting and probably gets at useful info, but in some ways it can be pretty deceptive as well. Teams that are being very vigilant to stay right at the IP and GP cap levels will by definition end up leaving more points on the bench than teams that are just starting everyone they can now, so those hell-with-the-caps folks will look more efficient, for the time being, than those pacing themselves but it should balance out as the season goes on (thus my previous question about whether the bench line accounts for stats of “starters” once the caps have been exceeded).
I am very much not a stats person so I welcome any thoughts for those of you more inclined, but one other idea I had to crack this nut is instead of looking at point totals, to look at the ratios to get a better sense of efficiency. By that I mean, would comparing the P/IP & P/G of starters vs. the bench yield more interesting results and be somewhat less prone to being distorted because of volume? In other words, perhaps that would get at the answer I’m seeking, which is how good are various managers in picking who to start?
So thoughts welcome on whether that even makes sense statistically. Also one request for Niv – would it be easy for you to add a “Starters” summary line to the Team Production page for both hitters and pitchers? It’d be interesting to see that as compared to “Bench” and then would make my above half-ass analysis easier to do. I can also just cut and paste from all the Team Production pages manually do it, too, I realize, but just thought I’d ask.