Fantasy Blows Ohtani (Part 2)



It has come to my attention that I need to explain this premise in other ways so this page will be dedicated to that endeavor,


OK, so assume you have a player named Jose Reyes. Jose is a good player who qualifies to play shortstop and outfield. What is interesting about Jose is that when he plays shortstop, he has almost no power. In fact, he rarely if ever drives runners home. Whenever they are on base, if he reaches it is due to a walk. What he does do really well, however, is get on base, steals bases and scores runs. But that is only true when he is in the line-up as a shortstop. When the manager plays him in the outfield, he swings from his heels and hits home runs. In fact, he has terrible on base except when runners are on. This is where he drives in almost all of his runs and the only runs he scores himself are from his homers. What is weird is that he does not steal any bases when he is an outfielder. So it almost seems as though he is two different players. The first is a shortstop with great on base skills and speed, and the second is an outfielder with good power. And yet the fantasy owner gets all of those stats regardless of where he plays or where he puts him on his active roster. This is what should be happening with Ohtani.


OK, let’s try another way. Some have said that if Ohtani gets to be two players – which by the way is a complete strawman since obviously he is only one man – but if he gets to be two players it is as if a player with multi-position eligibility gets to count twice. An example would be that Ian Happ would be played at both second and outfield and the owner would get to count his stats twice. This is wrong, of course because the stats Ohtani would be accumulating aren’t repeating. He is getting stats as a hitter and as a pitcher. So different stats, not the same ones twice, so not the same. This is why he’s an 8-category player and not a four-category player being counted twice.


And again, the reason he is different from other pitchers is because he qualifies as a position player/hitter. They do not. So when he is active, he essentially creates a new spot on the active roster for a hitter. Using the Happ example, one can play him at either second base or the outfield because he has played the appropriate number of games to qualify at those positions. At either position he can accumulate hitting stats for his team. OK, well, Ohtani puts the pitching spot into that same equation. He qualifies as both a DH and a pitcher, so he should be able to accumulate hitting stats at whichever position he qualifies for, just like Happ. Pitcher and position player are incidental on the active roster. If a player qualifies at a hitting position, he should be able to accumulate hitting stats regardless of what position he is placed at as long as he qualifies there. That is basically what every league constitution says. Even if that position is pitcher. So yes, there are two catcher spots, one player at first, second, short and third, a cornerman, a middle infielder, five outfielders, one utility and one Ohtani who is using a pitcher spot as his active spot as a hitter. Likewise, if he were placed on the active roster as a UT or OF or whichever hitting spot he is eligible to play, then that would act as his active roster spot for his pitching as well. It is only because he qualifies – that is, he has played at least 20 games as a hitter and 20 games as a pitcher – that he qualifies to produce in that capacity.


This is what he should be bringing to a fantasy roster because this is what he brings to a major league roster, and until that is the case, then fantasy is getting it wrong.