I tried a little experiment I thought I'd share with the Cafe.
I took the top 50 hitters according to the Yahoo Rankings. Using the five categories (BA, HR, RBI, Runs, SB) of my Roto league, I ranked each player for each category and awarded points based on each that ranking (just as a roto league does to calculate the league standings). So that the top player for each category earned 50 points while the worst player of the group earned 1 point for the category.
For batting average I got a little fancy. I didn't think simply using their BA rankings would be entirely fair. Take Joe Mauer for instance. He's hitting .395, but he's done that in limited time. Because of that, he wouldn't bring up your team average as much as a similar top BA hitter who has played for the entire year (like Ichiro). To compensate for that I ranked each player by BA and total hits and took the average of the two (e.x., Mauer earned 22 points for his 82 hits and 50 points for his .395 BA for an average of 36).
For example, Pujols has the most HRs, runs, and RBIs, netting him 150 points across the three categories. While he ranked among the middle for SBs (earning 28.5 points) and towards the top for BA/hits generating 39.5 points. For a total of 218 which, as you can imagine, absolutely blew everyone else out of the water.
Here are the results:
IDK, I thought it was pretty interesting. It seems to be common knowledge that the Yahoo Rankings are solid but not ideal. This is at the very least a nice basis for comparison.
Here's the Google Doc in case anyone wants to see the full spreadsheet: http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key= ... Qb2c&hl=en