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Why to avoid BABIP when assessing fantasy baseball value

Waiting for improvement from Rick Porcello based on his BABIP? It might not be that simple. Jeff Roberson/AP Photo

Over the course of the first half of 2017, I've used this column to take a closer look at some stats I like when it comes to translating to strong points league performances (RC/27, K/BB rate) along with things such as "quality starts" which I don't think measure up.

However, I've never gotten as much critical feedback as I did when, during a recent Fantasy Focus podcast, I mentioned that I had no use for BABIP when it comes to predicting a pitcher's future performance. I stand by that claim, though I do believe it deserves a bit more explanation.