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Postby jonnyblack » Fri Dec 26, 2003 1:32 pm

I always try and wait to name a fantasy MVP until I am preparing for the draft in the next season. In my preparation, I noticed some interesting things.

In one of my predraft lists, I take the top 40 players (stats from last season only) in each of the 5 (standard 5x5 roto) hitting categories and come up with with minimum stadards for top and second tier fantasy performers. The minimums for the top 40 players (i feel like kc kasom) are as follows.

94 R, 28 HR, 98 RBI, 16 SB, and .300 AVG

A player that meets or exceeds all of these minimums can be considered a 5-tool fantasy contributer. In 2002 (two seasons ago), only Vlad and Soriano qualified. Last season, only two players qualified again. Without looking, Guess who they are.

Everyone's (or most people's) favorite for fantasy MVP is Albert Pujols. Though he lacked production in SB's, (he moves like molasses), he more than made up by being at or near the top in every other category. Therefore, it is hard to argue against him as Fantasy MVP.

Two players, though, showed great power production and added in enough steals to greatly help a fantasy team. Their numbers.

126 R, 39 HR, 132 RBI, 18 SB, .330

and

120 R, 28 HR, 105 RBI, 19 SB, .301

Those players are Gary Sheffield and Nomar. Compare to pujols at:

137, 43, 124, 5, .359.

Depending on which positions pujols qualified (3b ?) he still can be argued as the fantasy MVP. But given these numbers and positions, Nomar at SS may have just been the most productive player in fantasy. It's hard to argue against pujols or sheff with his sudden burst of speed, and it is easier to argue against Nomar. But if not the MVP, he sure provided a good backbone for a solid fantasy team.

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Postby Guest » Fri Dec 26, 2003 1:44 pm

Pujols Numero Uno

If I were to vote:
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Postby GuestHappyNow!!! » Fri Dec 26, 2003 3:01 pm

Very well-stated. Nomar did find a way to carry me on many weeks. I think he got sorta overlooked because of that late drop he had. Other than that, he was an amazing fantasy player, especially for SS.
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Postby HOOTIE » Fri Dec 26, 2003 4:36 pm

Nomar is a stud, but a $31 season is still well short. There are probably 15 guys at least who earned over that.
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Postby joe_whit » Fri Dec 26, 2003 6:23 pm

I'd take ARod first
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Postby Madison » Sat Dec 27, 2003 4:40 am

Very nice post Jonnyblack. ;-D

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Postby rjforlife » Sat Dec 27, 2003 7:04 pm

webb and santana did wonders for my teams and those that took early chances on prior/schmidt/halladay were also rewarded. the list could go on forever so i just named the guys that did it for my team
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Postby Transmogrifier » Mon Dec 29, 2003 10:26 am

rjforlife wrote:webb and santana did wonders for my teams and those that took early chances on prior/schmidt/halladay were also rewarded. the list could go on forever so i just named the guys that did it for my team


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Postby Pogotheostrich » Mon Dec 29, 2003 10:49 am

HOOTIE wrote:Nomar is a stud, but a $31 season is still well short. There are probably 15 guys at least who earned over that.
Two of them are also SS. A-Rod and another pleasant surprise, Renteria.
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Postby trevisc » Mon Dec 29, 2003 11:07 am

how does Javy Stack up in this equation? He broke the homerun record by a Catcher this past season...
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