I have often heard that leagues are won in the middle rounds of the draft, I believe that. I was in my first 5 x 5 league this past year and we are keeping 10 players. I decided to do a study (non-scientific) on where players were drafted before the season, and how they eventually produced.

I rated players as A-Top producer, B-above average producer, C-average producer (waiver wire material), D-Non producer. I then looked at where the producers were drafted based on position.

Here are the results:

Catchers

Rounds 11-15 A-0, B-2, C-1, D-0....66.7% (A or B)

Rounds 16-20 A-0, B-0, C-2, D-2.....0.0%

Rounds 21-25 A-1, B-0, C-0, D-0...100.0%

Rounds 26-30 A-0, B-1, C-2, D-2....20.0%

1B

Rounds 11-15 A-1, B-2, C-2, D-1....50.0%

Rounds 16-20 A-0, B-0, C-3, D-2.....0.0%

Rounds 21-25 A-1, B-0, C-1, D-2....25.0%

Rounds 26-30 A-1, B-0, C-3, D-1....20.0%

2B

Rounds 11-15 A-0, B-1, C-0, D-0....100.0%

Rounds 16-20 A-1, B-0, C-0, D-1.....50.0%

Rounds 21-25 A-0, B-0, C-2, D-0......0.0%

Rounds 26-30 A-0, B-0, C-1, D-4......0.0%

SS

Rounds 11-15 A-0, B-0, C-0, D-0......0.0%

Rounds 16-20 A-0, B-0, C-2, D-1......0.0%

Rounds 21-25 A-0, B-0, C-4, D-0......0.0%

Rounds 26-30 A-0, B-0, C-1, D-2......0.0%

3B

Rounds 11-15 A-0, B-0, C-2, D-0......0.0%

Rounds 16-20 A-2, B-0, C-2, D-0....50.0%

Rounds 21-25 A-0, B-0, C-2, D-2......0.0%

Rounds 26-30 A-0, B-1, C-1, D-3....20.0%

OF

Rounds 11-15 A-3, B-1, C-11, D-6...19.0%

Rounds 16-20 A-3, B-4, C-4, D-7.....26.7%

Rounds 21-25 A-1, B-0, C-7, D-2.....10.0%

Rounds 26-30 A-0, B-2, C-6, D-5.....15.4%

SP

Rounds 11-15 A-3, B-10, C-3, D-5....61.9%

Rounds 16-20 A-0, B-4, C-6, D-5......26.7%

Rounds 21-25 A-3, B-4, C-9, D-7......30.4%

Rounds 26-30 A-1, B-1, C-6, D-8......12.5%

RP

Rounds 11-15 A-3, B-1, C-2, D-3.....44.4%

Rounds 16-20 A-1, B-2, C-3, D-3.....33.3%

Rounds 21-25 A-1, B-1, C-1, D-8.....18.2%

Rounds 26-30 A-0, B-0, C-1, D-7......0.0%

What is obvious to me:

1) You can get high quality Starters late in the draft.

2) There are few quality position players after round 20.

Any of you have similar observations?