Positional weighting (aka ‘positional scarcity’ for fearmongers or fearophiles) in fantasy baseball is one of the most discussed and least understood variables when it comes to ranking players.  I have heard arguments ranging the whole gamut on how much a player’s value is impacted by their position – everything from ‘it means nothing’ to ‘it means everything.’

In my yearly review of my Point Shares methodology, I decided to test the underlying assumptions on positional weighting.   Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

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Member that first game J.P. Arencibia had in the big leagues?  He went 4-for-5 with 2 homers.  It was like the second coming of Johnny Bench.  Then he was Johnny Benched for multiple games because the Kays were trying to help Buck inflate his free agent value — or he had nudie pics of Gaston — and Arencibia went 1-for-30 the rest of the season.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

This was author and innovator Lou Poulas’ introduction last year, “While Grey and Rudy do a great job of breaking down everything you need to know for 2011 fantasy baseball, drafts still trip me up.  I’ve been lamenting my inadequacies from the past 3+ years which resulted in an inordinate amount of time number crunching in Excel.  Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

With the Razzball Commenter Leagues sign ups starting on Monday, we decided to take a look at what last year’s RCLs showed us.  I.e., this is what it took to win these fantasy baseball leagues last year.  Across twenty-one 12 team leagues, you would think you’d have some wide variations, but it’s amazingly close what you need in each category to do average vs. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?

Atlanta Braves 2010 Minor League Review
Overall farm rankings via Baseball America (2010)
2010 (13) | 2009 (6) | 2008 (8) | 2007 (16) | 2006 (7) | 2005 (5) | 2004 (4)

Record of Major and Minor League Teams
MLB: [91 – 71] NL East
AAA: [72 – 71] International League – Gwinnett
AA: [63 – 74] Southern League – Mississippi
A+: [58 – 82] Carolina League – Myrtle Beach
A: [59 – 80] South Atlantic League – Rome
R: [34 – 34] Appalachian League – Danville
R: [27 -31] Gulf Coast League

The Run Down
The Braves graduated only one player this past year, I think you’ve heard of him – Jason Heyward. Please, blog, may I have some more?

Please, blog, may I have some more?