Cryptic wrote:actually you don't need to draft what each category winner had for a total, just one more than the second place team had. also, you don't need the highest possible points for each category. in a standard 10 team league for instance, the winner could average 80 points for the season. therefore, in 5x5 you'd only need to average an 3rd place spot in each category to give you the 80 points. give or take of course.
Actually, it ihas been my experience that you need to garnish about 75% of the points available to have a very good chance at winning a league. Sometimes less, sometimes more obviously to actually win, but 75% of the total points available is usually good enough to win or to be very close to winning. Which means coming in second or third in every category on avg.
What the leader in each category in a given league posts is misleading in the first place. A team built with speed and little power could be mediocre offensively and post 210 SBs in a 13/9 league with the right combo of players for instance.
Also, numbers vary year to year. I compared my main money leagues this year with last for instance. ERA is way up overall (pitching was not as good this year). In one league, the leader posted a 3.80 ERA. The prior it was 3.4. Pitching seems to have broadened at the mid fantasy levels and shallowed at the top of the market. HRs seemed to be up this year among players that were fantasy worthy too in my leagues.