With rankings already debuting in the Cafe, I figure it'd be a good time to discuss position scarcity for this year. What position(s) do you guys feel have the biggest drop off after a certain amount of players? I know it's not first base!
fast dogs wrote:the left side of the infield falls off pretty quickly after the top 4 or 5; really I'm most concerned with 3rd base as the deeper options at SS don't get so ugly so fast
I have to agree with you at SS, but I don't see drop that quick at 3rd (4-5), although in keeper leagues you'll lose two for next yr, where Zobrist/SS and Beckham/3rd are good for this yr, I'd imagine they'll be 2nd base only for 2011.
Ranking them scarcest to deepest in 12 team mixed leagues I see it as C, 3B, SS, 2B, OF, 1B.
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yea, 3rd base actually runs a few more spots down before you run out of good alternatives. Catchers I really thought didn't have many for star power but even the options into the teens were acceptable. A few years ago you almost wanted guys from the catchers spot that wouldn't hurt you, last year & this I think you get production from a large # of teams. Maybe I should add I don't draft catchers until the 20th round so I'm not expecting as much I just know I struggled to find a good 3rd basemen last year in a couple deep leagues where we use the corner position too; I think that could be the same situation again this year for the hot corner where you expect to put up #'s. If you get 60-70 RBI from your C position and runs & sb's from SS you can get by w/o a star player; but 3rd base can leave you hurting if you wait to get yours
I play in leagues with 5 OF, UT, CI and MI and generally speaking I dont 'want to walk out of the early rounds without 3 CI/OF (one of which should be a 3B if at all possible). The big reason is that CI don't get SB so it can be hard to find useful CI late in the draft in deep leagues. At SS/2B you can usually find some 10 HR, 15 SB guy who is about as good as most of the mid tier guys but if you are skimping by with a 20 HR, .230 hitting CI you are way behind the rest of the league. Anyone with an OF/CI or MI/CI type split usually ends up in the OF or MI as well and most teams fill their UT with one. It dries up a lot faster than people expect, even the 1B options but especially the 3B.
In a more traditional shallow league I'd think I'd go for the MI first instead.