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Cockcroft: Examining the Age 27 Myth

Ever hear of the old "age 27" theory?

A large number of fantasy baseball enthusiasts believe that this "magical" campaign is when a player reaches his physical peak, likely resulting in his most productive statistical season. They'll compose lists of players who are 27, forecast a big year for most of them, and then throw a few extra bucks their way or push them up a few bonus spots on their draft lists.

And sure, while it's fun to unearth strategies or theories we can attach to specific designations of players -- like, "all pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery regain their effectiveness in their second year after returning" -- is the practice really fair?