This is my 1st season, I've done lots of reading but cant seem to find anything talking about how to rank players based on stats. I did my draft relying on others people's cheat sheets, but looking at the stats / rankings I can't always say I agree with the rankings. And looking at stats for guys now that the season has started, I'm a little lost on how to rank based on the stats. (Apologies if this has been discussed before, if so pls just point me to the info).

As an example, looking at available players in my Yahoo league, the top ranked guy (season so far) has:

8 runs, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 5 SBs, and a .286 Avg. The next best guy is:

5 runs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 0 SBs, and .379 Avg

Obviously these are very different type players, and if you had a clear need for runs and SBs you would choose player 1; if you need RBIs and AVG you would pick player 2. But in a pure sense, who will add more to a team? (I know you shouldn't make too many decisions based on so few games, but again this is just to probe the question.) I'd like to find a simple way of identifying the better player. My 1st thought was just to add the totals (I'm going to ignore Avg for now to make this simpler):

Player 1: 8+1+2+5 = 16

Player 2: 5+3+9= 17

So by that very simple method player 1 is "better." But then looking at the stats, I started thinking maybe HRs and SBs should be worth more since they are scarcer. In fact, since Runs and RBIs generally are about 3x HRs and SBs (think a guy with 90 Runs, 90 RBIs, 30 HRs and 30 SBs) I thought maybe I should multiply the HRs and SBs by 3 to make them more important. Altho that really seems like too much. Then I thought well maybe thats backwards anyway; since you need so many more Runs and RBIs maybe those are the most valuable? So, as you can see I've totally confused myself. Can anyone help a brother out? Thanks!