Benefits Of 3, 4, 5 Hitters For Fantasy Baseball
Where’s the Beef?
For so many fantasy owners drafting teams (or owners who allow the computer to draft their team), I’m always a bit surprised when they leave a core hitter on the draft board to go after perhaps a well named prospect hitting just out of the meat of the order. By meat, I mean hitters in the 3rd, 4th & 5th spots on MLB team batting orders.
The reason I focus on this area is because most league score for Runs, HR, RBI’s and Average. Well, these three spots in the order can get you all or most of them with one swing of the bat.
American League Projected 3,4,5 Hitters
Do you know your American league fact like the following.
|> 299 Batting Ave. 15||6||4||5|
|> 29 Homers 10||3||5||2|
|> 99 RBI’s 11||2||7||2|
|> 99 Runs Scored 5||2||2||1|
Of these hitters are you surprised no shortstops and only two 2nd basemen make this list? But
This is also my point are you drafting an outfielder early with the same stats and one of the infield
positions like 3rd base. In a 12 team league, there are 13 outfielders batting in these slots and only
6 playing 3rd base.
National League Projected 3,4,5 Hitters
Ok, how well do you know your National League facts like the following.
|> 299 Batting Ave. 12||8||3||1|
|> 29 Homers 10||3||6||1|
|> 99 RBI’s 10||4||3||3|
|> 99 Runs Scored 7||4||2||1|
Again, Outfielders show 18 hitters in these slots and 11 who play 1st base. ss 2nd base and catchers have 4 each while 3rd base above average. However, year after year, fantasy baseball owners don’t focus on grabbing a 3rd baseman over a 1st baseman or outfielder of reasonable equal numbers.
Even in leagues that aren’t American or National only drafts these numbers mean a lot.Because once you get your core infielders your going to need to add pitchers (starters and relief).