GotowarMissAgnes wrote:I don't know if this counts as mediocre: C. Lee, Cameron, Brad Wilkerson. (Fick, Marlon Byrd and a few others).
My IF was D Lee, Soriano, O Cabrera, Pujols, Varitek.
Pujols was my first draft pick a year ago. Soriano was a trade from a year ago. The rest were drafted this year.
I won pretty easily.
There's lots of ways to win.
There's lots of ways to win, I agree. With your team here, though, you got good production out of the OF and it was obviously a keeper leauge since you ahd both Pujols and Soriano. But let me explain what I mean:
Let's say you spend your early picks on the position scarce positions and you got Soriano, Tejada, Rolen, and I-Rod. According to me estimates, the average catcher in a 12 mixed league averaged $19 in value, 2B $19, 3B $21,and SS $23. With those four players you would have gotten a +$27 in value out of.
Now you take some pitchers and closers and you are left filling 1B, the 3 OF spots, and 2 utility spots with middle to late round picks. The average OF, utility player and 1B averaged $25 in production last season, so let's say you will filled them with F. Thomas, Edmonds, Ibanez, Stewart, Alou, and J. Jones. Which isn't too bad and they'd probably have gone higher than where you would have been able to pick them. Combined, that would have earned a -$23, which would have wiped out most of your gains in the position scarce positions and probably you would not have won because of it.
Of course, you could have gotten better players for those unscarce positions but I am sure most people would have been happy with them. I think the mistake people often make is that they compare an OF to a position scarce player and, of course the OF has a better bat in most cases. If you compare that same OF to other OF's though it tells a different story. For me, it's easier to get $19 of production from the 2b spot with a couple of late round picks than it is to get $25 from the OF/1B/Util. spots on average out of the mid to late round picks. Everybody likes to do things differently, but my experience I have yet to see anyone win with negative production from those spots.