There is a short article in the Feb 5, '07 issue of Sporting News that addresses the average production of players at chach position.
The numbers were extracted from 2006's Sporting News Commissioner Games for 5x5 mixed leagues with 23-man active rosters. The comments are from the author of the aritcle, Brendan Roberts
14 Home Runs
Comment: Not bad, huh? Well, Joe Mauer, Brian McCann, Victor Martinez and a few others inflate the average. The drop off after the elite guys is steep.
28 Home Runs
Comment: Twenty years ago, 28 homers was quite an accompishment. Now, it's what mixed leagues owners should expect from a first baseman.
15 Home Runs
Comment: The dry spell at second base is over. Youngsters such as Chase Utley, Robinson Cano and Rickie Weeks will make this position even stronger in the future.
25 Home Runs
Comment: It's a travesty that third base shares a position with first base in standard league setups. Third Base isn't as deep as first, but it's nearly as good in the upper and middle tiers.
16 Home Runs
Comment: The top tier is almost as strong as it was when A-Rod played at short, but the drop-off is precipitious after the top 10.
21 Home Runs
Comment: The numbers look low to us, too, but remember the average league has between 60 and 65 outfielders in starting spots and production drops off dramatically after the top 40 to 50.
Comment: Are these better then you thought? The only problem with drafting pitchers early is that they tend to be more inconsistent tan hitters fro year to year.
Comment: If a mixed-league owner can’ get his or her hands on two or three solid closers – on draft day or later – something is wrong.
**I found this article pretty interesting and I might use it when drafting, especially for my later picks. I hope someone else might find this useful as well.