Welcome to the third installment of "A Tale of 20 Teams", a series of articles that try to capture the current fantasy baseball landscape by using the rosters from 20 actual teams as its foundation.
I will analyze current roster movement and player performance for nearly all players that would be rostered in a standard 5X5, 10 Team ESPN League Format.
I chose 20 teams to analyze because it seemed like a manageable number of teams that should still provide for a large sample of players and distinct roster decisions. The breakdown of the leagues are as follows: 9 Roto/11 H2H, 6 Auction Draft/14 Snake Draft.
We will focus on the Outfield and identify who ended up on these teams from a cumulative perspective. I tried to draft for value at nearly every opportunity while going a little more starting pitcher heavy than most; after all pitching wins championships.
ESPN utilizes 25-man rosters with slots for C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, 1B/3B, 2B/SS, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF, U, 9 Pitchers, and 3 B.
Remember just because someone is rostered (more often) than someone else does not mean I think they will be more productive. However, if someone is selected on numerous occasions there is a reason for it.
These were all real drafts so I tried to take the best player available while accounting for both the player’s position and team needs. Some minor preseason transactions have already occurred.
Now that the mandatory legal disclaimer is complete let’s check out the Outfielders.
Outfield is historically an extremely deep position that always seems to have more than its share of talent infusion throughout the season. These facts would likely lead one to believe that it is best to wait for Outfielders and draft more scarce positions early, but oftentimes this was exactly the opposite of what I chose to do.
Having to fill five OF slots was one reason to move earlier as was noticing that the upper-level talent was not as deep as one would naturally assume.
This was also a position where many times you were able to find solid value as big names dropped or potential studs did not appear to be respected enough.
Finally, it just seemed like I had a few of “my guys” at this position and did what I could (within reason) to ascertain their services.