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