I am not sure where to put these questions, so if I'm in the wrong place let me know.
When you were explaining how you determine baseline stats for each position, you mentioned that for a 12 team league you'd take the stats from between the 9th/10th rated SS as the baseline for SS (12 SS's drafted, 6 SS's drafted for MI, (12+6)/2 = 9, and of course since there is no one ranked zero that makes the baseline at 9.5.
So, I understand why it's the 9.5th ranked player since point shares if value over average player not value over replacement player, but exactly what is the next step to determine the stats of the 9.5th rated SS to use as the baseline? Do you average the stats of the 9th/10th ranked SS's? Or do you take the average stats of the top 18 shortstops? Or is it something else?
I can see problems doing it either way. By taking the average of the top 18 SSs, you take some of the luster off of the fact that the top players are substantially better than the mid tier players, and once you get to mid-tier the differences between players becomes much smaller. So taking the average stats of the top 18 SSs I think would unfairly penalize the top players. However, choosing just two players (the 9th/10th ranked players) could also cause problems. What if the 9th/10th ranked SSs both happened to be basically SAGNOFs? Then instead of Hanley being +2.5 in SBs he could've potentially ranked around zero for his position even tho he's awesome to have for SBs.
Hopefully this question makes sense, if it doesn't let me know and I'll try to do a better job explaining. Thanks!!
C - McCann
C - Soto
1B - Cabrera
2B - Phillips
3B - Zimmerman
SS - Elvis Andrus
MI - Ian Stewart
CI - Robot Jones
OF - Kemp
OF - Sizemore
OF - Werth
OF - Adam Jones
OF - Span
U - Reimold
Offensive Bench: Chris Davis, Travis Snider
Starters: Hamels, Nolasco, Wandwagon, Garza, Baker, Slowey
Relievers: Marmol, Dotel, Lyon, Madson, Downs, Saito, Motte