The Generic Position Player In Fantasy Baseball

A couple times over the past week, I have referred to the AVG of the generic position player. Given how quickly drafts are approaching, sharing the information seems to be the best thing to do for all involved.

These figures are based on all qualifying players at the position who made more than 250 ABs in 2008 and are based on a player's current team. I use the ABs minimum to reflect that fact that fantasy players are looking for counting stats and are unlikely to willfuly roster a team full of players who play a couple times per week.

When I look at these generic categories, I see a risk to AVG in relying on AL 1B and Catchers to fill roster spots. For an AL-only league, I'd be aware that filling my Corner and/or DH with a 1B or C is likely to harm my AVG.

These concerns do not appear as great in NL-Only formats as no generic position player posts an AVG under .2715. Somewhat surprising is how close the catcher and outfielders are in that category for NLers.

AVG AL PLAYER HR RBI SB R AVG Count
C 9.5 47.2 1.8 47.1 0.2587 17
1B 18.8 69.7 2.6 64 0.2645 22
2B 8.8 52.8 10.1 67.5 0.2869 20
3B 15.4 63.3 5.6 63.3 0.2728 28
SS 7.4 51.7 10.2 63.8 0.2779 17
OF 16.1 64.5 10.7 69.1 0.2752 59
DH 21 72 2.5 59.8 0.249 6

AVG NL PLAYER HR RBI SB R AVG Count
C 12.1 59.9 2.4 48.3 0.2715 14
1B 19.5 76.3 3.6 68.8 0.2824 24
2B 9.6 47.8 7.3 54.7 0.2733 26
3B 16 64.8 2.8 58.6 0.2758 25
SS 9.6 47.2 10.7 60.7 0.2841 23
OF 15 60 11.1 64.2 0.2721 61

Here are the mixed league averages. The minimum Abs was upped to 400 for all but catchers which were set at 350.

AVG MX PLAYER HR RBI SB R AVG Count
C 12.2 61 2.9 56.2 0.2771 17
1B 24 90.6 3.8 80.4 0.2782 30
2B 14 63.9 10.6 79.6 0.2825 21
3B 20.3 78.3 5.9 75.2 0.2775 32
SS 11.3 58.5 13.5 77.9 0.2844 24
OF 18.9 73.9 13.5 78.9 0.278 76
DH 23.8 77.4 2.6 66.2 0.2511 5
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