jake_harv88 wrote:Building your positions around typical stats is a poor way to draft in my opinion. You should be able to account for your needs no matter what your position-stats break down is...
Oh, don't get me wrong, I think it's absolutely imperative to be able to over-come this positional/statistical dependancy and form a well-rounded team based on whichever value-players are there for you at the time. That I completely
I'm just saying, when all else fails, defaulting to positional "norms" makes things easier for anyone. Everyone expects
power out of their CI and two OF positions. People expect
speed/runs out of their MI and CF positions. It's where the bulk of the talent is. Yes, there is value to be found deviating from this, but it takes a lot more work during the draft (and maybe a bit of luck).
All else being equal, I'd like to be in the half of the league who is getting 20+SB out of my starting 2B, rather than a .320 average and less than 5 steals. I personally feel like being in that half of the league gives me an advantage over the other half. Obviously it's nothing that a savvy owner can't overcome (or a poor owner can't fumble), but it's a distinct trend that I've found.