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The 2012 Fantasy Baseball Guide

February 2, 2012 | By RotoRob | comment on this post
The 2012 Fantasy Baseball Guide
A couple of Dodgers share cover boy status for the 2012 Fantasy Baseball Guide.

Believe it not, it has now been eight years since I was a young boy making my first appearance on RotoMan’s legendary Fantasy Baseball Guide. Okay, so perhaps I wasn’t exactly all pink and fearless even back then, but the point is, I’ve aged over a dog year since first contributing to this superb publication, and over time it’s become a rite of autumn, like the World Series, like the slowly baring trees, like putting gummy bears in my hot cocoa (okay, maybe that last one is actually a Tim-ism, but you get my drift).

Speaking of Tim McLeod, he was again part of helping make this mag an industry standard and it also featured the brilliant work of other RotoRob staples such as Buck Davidson and Herija Green.

The big change for 2012 is that the magazine is no longer driven to be the first to the stands. We decided this year to shift final production forward by several weeks, allowing more time to report on and analyze offseason player movement. The end result is that you get the same unparalleled expert commentary, but with the added bonus of more timeliness. Sweet!

Here’s a sampling of the goodies you can expect to find in this year’s edition:

  • Over 1,400 player profiles, complete with valuations and projections
  • Over 300 picks and pans from Fantasy baseball experts (yes, this includes RotoRob who last year identified the likes of Dustin Ackley, Jhoulys Chacin, Ian Kennedy and John Axford as players to pay extra for, while advising you to steer clear of Phil Hughes, Jorge Posada, Ryan Doumit, Jon Garland, Carl Pavano and Placido Polanco)
  • The key rookies to track for 2012
  • Strategies of the champions of some of the more prestigious leagues
  • A complete rundown of games played by position for both major leaguers and minor leaguers
  • An expert mock draft
  • Annotated cheat sheets
  • The publication will be officially released on February 15 (I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I agree that this would make an excellent Valentine’s Day gift!), but could begin showing up on shelves of stores like Walmart and Barnes & Noble sooner than that.

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79 Responses to “The 2012 Fantasy Baseball Guide”

  1. wynams says:

    Folks looking in the Portland/metro area …Barnes & Noble in Clackamas Town Center had 3 copies left (after I found mine). HUZZAH!

  2. Ben says:

    I finally found one! I live in Regina, Saskatchewan and I have purchased the Guide the last 3 years. For all Canadians inquiring where to buy it, they carry it at Chapters bookstore (it is a national retailer similar to Barnes and Noble). If I can find it here in the great frozen tundra, I am sure it will show up in major US cities! Man, this is like Christmas to me…..I know I will be up till 2:00 AM tonight doing my research! Thanks Peter for this great book and Rob for updating us on the distribution details.

  3. RotoRob says:

    Awesome! Congrats, man…and thanks for being patient with your search. Enjoy!

  4. RotoRob says:

    Hey Ben,

    Glad to hear you’ve uncovered one and I hope you enjoyed your late-night research session!

  5. Ben says:

    On the website “” it has a link to download a digital version. I wonder if people are aware of this if they cannot find a hard copy?

  6. RotoRob says:

    I think that’s new, Ben. I just heard about that yesterday and was waiting for confirmation that it was going to happen before spreading the word, but you beat me to it. Thanks for letting everyone know!

  7. Ben says:

    I hope this will be a yearly thing. I think a lot of folks will download the digital version. Great idea!

  8. RotoRob says:

    I agree. Every year people get frustrated by the hunt for this book, so an easily accessible solution will be music to many readers’ ears.

  9. RotoRob says:

    Great news to all our international readers and domestic readers who are having problems finding the mag. It is now available in electronic format!

    Go here to download your copy:

    Woo hoo!

  10. RotoRob says:

    Oh, and more information about that site. If you bought the hard copy, you can register at the online site and get access to the online version for free by requesting it. You’ll be asked a question to prove you have the hard copy, and then you’re in. It won’t be updated info, but it will be available anywhere you can get online, so that can be handy.

  11. Ben says:

    I purchased a hard copy but when I went to register on the website it never gave me an option..only to purchase. Not sure what I am doing wrong?

  12. RotoRob says:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I think you have to register first. Did you do that?

  13. RotoRob says:

    Sorry, try clicking my account.

  14. TheFsg says:

    For hardcopy owners who would like digital access, Email FSG (at) with your username fter registering on the site. You’ll be asked a content question from the print version so best to keep it handy. Good luck to all in the upcoming fantasy baseball season.

  15. RotoRob says:

    Thanks for clearing that up!

  16. Ben says:

    Followed TheFsg post and got the digital copy. Thanks!

  17. RotoRob says:

    Awesome, Ben! Enjoy, man!

  18. Andy says:

    I bought the magazine and am somewhat confused on how the writers justify their bid prices. Are the prices what you would bid based on predicted performance? If so then it appears no thought was put into them at all. For example, look at Jeremy Hellickson(pg. 117) and Derek Holland(pg. 118). Hellickson is a $19 bid price with projections of 13-11, 4.44 era, 126k, and 1.44 WHIP. Holland is a $9 bid with projections of 13-11, 4.07 era, 159k, and a 1.33 WHIP. Why would I pay double for Hellickson when you predict Holland to have better stats in every cat? Also, look at Axford ($14) and A. Bailey($16). No way am I paying $2 more for injury-plagued Bailey. Look at the predictions – Ax at 5-2, 2.58 era, 38svs, 90k, 1.22 WHIP and Bailey at 2-2, 2.86 era, 29 svs, 43k, and a 1.21 WHIP. How do more projected wins, better ERA, 10 more saves, 2x as many ks and an almost equal WHIP mean Ax is worth $2 less than Bailey? Cueto is listed at $17 and Johan Santana is $8 yet the predictions have Santana better in 2 cats (ERA and WHIP) and nearly identical in wins and ks. How is Cueto worth double Santana when Santana is projected to be the better pitcher?

  19. Hi Andy,

    All good questions. In the Guide to the Guide, on page 5, I write: The Big Price is Rotoman’s estimate of what a player is going to be worth bidding for in a single-league non-keeper league in the spring. While the Big Price reflects some of the optimism or pessimism of the projection, it is more of a read of market forces and history, and an estimate of which side of them Rotoman thinks you want to be on.

    There is lots more there about how the bid prices are adjusted, how they add up to the amount that will be spent, and how they are a preliminary guess and how an updated list of projections and prices will be posted (as it was last Friday) at

    It just so happens that in the update that Axford is 16 and Bailey 14, and Hellickson and Holland are both 14.

    I’ve written a lot about why it’s a mistake to base your prices on your projections, but I do develop both at once and by now they are better aligned than they were in January. The magazine is a handy Guide, but it is the first word in the process of evaluation, which goes on all season long.

    Thanks for asking about it,

  20. There are no Walmarts in the city of New York, which has a few more people than both of the beautiful Portlands combined.

  21. Jamie says:

    I love the magazine and usually hunt it down every year. This year I was lazy and got the digital copy, but I’m pretty disappointed in it. It would probably be great if I had a tablet, but trying to navingate the digital version with a mouse is clunky and difficult. There is absolutely NO way I can use this as a reference during my draft tomorrow. It would take me so long to find anything that my pick would be past before I ever looked anything up.

    So I guess it was a good idea to have a digital copy, but I find it next to useless as a during-the-draft reference, which is how I always use it. Disappointing.

  22. […] Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks (47): In last year’s Fantasy Baseball Guide, RotoRob identified Kennedy as one of his picks and he was bang on there. Kennedy put up a sub-3.00 […]

  23. RotoRob says:

    Thanks for fleshing that out, Peter!

  24. RotoRob says:

    @Jamie: Sorry for the delay, but have an answer from RotoMan about that now:

    “I’m sorry to hear about your problems with the digital Guide. I have to say that I was so excited we could finally get it to folks who couldn’t find it in stores that I just assumed that it would be searchable. In fact, I’m sure there was a search function, because I realized how easy it would be to track our language usage in the digital version.

    There doesn’t seem to be a search function now, and I don’t know the reason why, but I’m sure it was because of some issues on certain machines that were crashing. I will find out the details as soon as possible.

    I appreciate the feedback and am sorry if we come up short this time.


  25. RotoRob says:

    Further information about the search functionality from Peter:

    “Just wanted to let you know that I received confirmation that there is a bug in the search function of the software and it had to be removed to keep machines from crashing.

    Very unfortunate, and apparently not fixable at this point, but it will be fixed in time for the Football issue come July. And onward after that.”

    So we apologize for the technological glitch, but you can rest assured this will be ironed out going forward.

  26. RotoRob says:

    Another update:

    “So, they reenabled search. So your reader on a laptop should be good at his draft.”

    We’re back, baby!

  27. […] John Axford, Milwaukee Brewers (12): One of our better picks from the 2011 Fantasy Baseball Guide, Axford set a new Brewer record by nailing down 46 saves last year. The Canadian hurler improved […]

  28. J. Fraioli says:

    Best Fantasy Magazine. Period. Just finished reading it cover to cover.

  29. RotoRob says:

    Thanks, J! So glad you’re digging it, man. Cheers