Yoda wrote: hot4tx wrote:
Yoda wrote:With all this talk about Utley's advantage in position, you'd think every one of his owners would be in first place by a mile.
Yes that makes sense because one player can carry every team in fantasy baseball.
So if you had two players that put up (and will continue to put up) exactly identical numbers and that one of them played 2B while the other played 1B you would consider them of even value for fantasy? If not then you do recognize that there is such a thing as positional advantage.
You just proved my point. Picking Utley first doesn't give you a significant advantage like some of you are saying because you win your season by picking up guys like Upton, Phillips (which is what I did) in the later rounds. Plus picking the right guys for the other positions you need to fill.
You have a good point, but I don't think you are considering the street value of your players in your decision making. You made a great move to grab Phillips. He was just as likely to suprise as he was to go bust on you. What do you then?
Here is a great example of why owners should of targeted Utley as opposed to MCab with their early picks....
The league: 10T Roto/ modified keeper... its pretty standard, and a classic example of pretty typical league.
Team 1: 2B Utley, 3B Glaus
Team 2: 2B Maztsu, 3B Lowell, Iwamura
Team 3: 2B Kinsler, Ugga, Chone, Theriot 3B; Beltre, Youklis, M.Reynolds
Team 4: 2B: F. Sanchez 3B: Wright
Team 5: 2B, Cano 3B: MCab, Zimmerman, Casey Blake
Team 6: 2B, Aaron Hill, Kendrick (DL); 3B Atkins, Braun
Team 7: 2B: Hudson, Lugo 3B: ARam, Gordon
Team 8: 2B: Brian Roberts 3B; Chipper, Ty Wigginton, B. Hall
Team 9: 2B B.Phillips, 3B Upton, Teahan
Team 10: 2B Kent, K. Johnson 3B Arod.
For the sake of the argument, Im going strickly on position availability, and not noting some 2B eligbles are regular starters at other positions for the team. (ie: Upton, Kelly Johnson, Chone etc etc)
This league has 3 teams (1,4, 10) that are risk taking on 3B w/ strong everyday starters.
This league has 5 teams (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9) that are risk taking on 2B.
So half the league is risking not having a starting player tomorrow if they lose a 2B tonight. Why is that?
Here is why....
Current FAs 3B
Rolen, Chavez, Nomar, Inge, Josh Fields
Current FAs 2B
Weeks (WW) Felipe Lopez, Josh Barfield, Iguchi
This is why I (and many) are forced to overly invest in lean positions like 2B this year. You've got the perfect idea going out and grabbing later round/ WW pickups, but I prefer to concentrate on deeper positions like 3B and OF to take my chances on because the talent pool is deeper there, and likelyhood of finding 2008s brandon Phillips are better there then they ever will be at 2B.
In this league, the Utley owner is absolutely screwed. If Utley had played any other position at least there would of been someone half decent to grab to plug into the slot for the next month.
BTW... I own Team 6, Kendrick, so I know the feeling