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Is Outfield More Scarce than Third Base in 2007?
Posted by Chris Liss at 3/21/2007 6:04:00 PM
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In most leagues you need to start five outfielders which means you have to go 60-deep in a 12-team mixed league. For third baseman, you just need 1.5 at most (because first base is traditionally considered the deeper of the two positions). Here are my top-15 3B:

  1. Alex Rodriguez
  2. David Wright
  3. Miguel Cabrera
  4. Aramis Ramirez
  5. Garrett Atkins
  6. Chone Figgins
  7. Ryan Zimmerman
  8. Troy Glaus
  9. Scott Rolen
  10. Chipper Jones
  11. Alex Gordon
  12. Morgan Ensberg
  13. Mark Teahen
  14. Hank Blalock
  15. Eric Chavez

I've left off guys like Joe Crede, Adrian Beltre, Edwin Encarnacion, Aubrey Huff, Akinori Iwamura and Chad Tracy, who could arguably be on the this, and of course, up and coming players like Andy Marte, B.J. Upton and Kevin Kouzmanoff.

The 50-60th outfielders on RotoWire's cheatsheet are thinner than that in my opinion - and in any event, it's close.

The bottom line is that when choosing between Carlos Beltran and David Wright in Round 1, don't automatically give Wright extra points for positional scarcity.


I agree that outfield isn't as deep as normal this year. It's easy for people to say "look at all those names, outfield always has options" but I insist, those options run out quicker in 2007.
Posted by spianow at 3/21/2007 9:25:00 PM
I'm in a 16 team 5 X5 league and finding a decent option for a fifth and sixth outfielder is tough. There is a few guys that hit .300 but don't do anything else, like Jay Payton.
Posted by Tab13 at 3/22/2007 11:22:00 AM
I agree with what has been said...except that I don't think 2007 is any different than prior years. I just think that more fantasy players are learning the importance of taking OFs it seems like the OF pool is limited at an earlier stage in the draft when, in reality, its always been limited in leagues that require 5 OFs (or 4 OFs in a 20 team league).
Posted by catman2051 at 3/22/2007 1:52:00 PM
I'm preparing for a 20 team, 26 round points league where we start 1 3B and 3 OF, and I have found this to be absolutlely true. If you end up with the 15-20th ranked 3B, you aren't in terrible shape, but if you don't have 2 of the top 1/2 of 60 OF, the names on your roster won't be pretty.
Posted by slayer999 at 3/23/2007 5:20:00 AM
only 3 - of.- starters & a util.-player, along with- 1b.-2b.-3b.-ss.-c.---- 7th.-pick-now what--???
Posted by the doctor 55 at 3/23/2007 7:59:00 AM

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