Another week, and another round of BP Idol has been completed. If the first week’s results were surprising, then the second involves what might be a stunning development for those who enjoyed the winning, qualifying entries and then the first-round essays from each of the contestants. But before we get to that, a review of some of the responses to Week Two’s essays on Fantasy Baseball from our judges:
“I love this… Brian’s given something that makes sense on the face and then made it even more useful with solid explanations and examples. This article is precisely the type of thing I was looking for this week.” — Will Carroll on Brian Oakchunas
“There’s always more information that can be valuable, and this is a very good example.” — Kevin Goldstein on Matt Swartz
“What’s wrong with a high-end complicated suggestion for Fantasy content on BP.com? What Tim does here is really take things up a notch and show what is possible by setting the bar a bit higher.” — Christina Kahrl on Tim Kniker
Of course, not all reviews trended so positively, with some judges finding substantive problems in some submissions:
“Just a strange mish-mash of stuff, with equal doses of what might be misstatements or misunderstandings with worthwhile observations.” — Kahrl, on Brittany Ghiroli
“One of the things that each contestant was tasked with this week was something in each article that could help a fantasy team now… I’m not sure his “total score” calculation amounts to a real takeaway.” — Carroll, on Ken Funck
“It’s just a list of guys with very little analysis.” — Goldstein, on Jeff Euston
To recap, the voting process is straightforward enough: subscribers could vote for as many of the essays as they liked. Where last week no single contestant received more than 50 percent from voting subscribers, this week we saw an Idol first, as one contestant cleanly eclipsed that mark and then some: Matt Swartz’s “You Can Beat PECOTA Without a Computer Model.” That achievement sets the bar high, for himself and for the other remaining seven contestants. Equally strong was the electorate’s near-total rejection of two pieces, but in the end, it was Jeff Euston’s piece that finished in last place in the voting, both in numbers and in the percentage of votes.
Jeff, everyone knows or should know about your work at the indispensable Cot’s Baseball Contracts site, it was a privilege to count you among the competitors, and you should know how much everyone–here at BP.com, and hopefully in the analysis community at large–wishes you the best in your work. Again, our thanks for your willingness to participate.
Your remaining contestants
Questions or comments about the contest thus far? Leave them in the comments section, rate the best ones up via the plus/minus buttons, and we’ll review the favorites for inclusion in future BP Idol content.