AquaMan2342 wrote:The drop-off from Pujols to say Votto or Gonzalez this year is not nearly as great as the drop off from Hanley to Jeter or Hanley to Andrus
Not in % of total, but in quantity, I'd say it will be comparable, if not greater. I think in leagues of 12 or more teams, you're going to have weak/replacement level players somewhere in your lineup. Whether that player is in your UTIL spot or your SS spot doesn't make a huge difference. I'm all for paying for position scarcity, but there are two sides to that coin. You are still forfeiting something every time you take a player who has less production overall, regardless of position.
Beyond that, no single player at 1B is anything like as much of a sure thing as Pujols. With any other 1B, you have to keep in mind you're not necessarily drafting that player's ceiling, you might instead be drafting his floor.