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According to the Data: A Look at Position Scarcity Through Week 6

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales

Jonathan Bales is the author of the Fantasy Football for Smart People book series. In addition to RotoWire, Jonathan also provides content to the New York Times, Dallas Morning News,, and NBC.

A Look at Position Scarcity Through Week 6

Regardless of how it's defined, the majority of expert fantasy owners utilize some scarcity metric in their drafting. Most call it 'VBD' (Value Based Drafting) or 'VORP' (Value Over Replacement Player). Either way, the goal is to maximize the difference between the points for a potential pick and the points of a player you could obtain later at the same position - a measurement of each potential pick's scarcity.

Some have spoken out against the usefulness or predictive capabilities of such scarcity metrics, and there are a lot of well-argued points against VBD. But no matter how you slice it, VBD is a strong way to measure and analyze past findings. Predictive ability aside, VBD provides a clear indication as to which players and positions have been the most valuable in the past.

So I wanted to creat

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