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What It Takes To Win: RBIs

Time for another installment of  What It Takes To Win.    In this series, I examine my keeper league and determine the necessary thresholds to finish strong in each category.  I feel that my league is fairly standard: 23-man rosters, 12 teams, normal 5x5 categories.  I've got three years of data to work with, and my goal is to finish at least third in each category.  10 points times 10 categories equals 100 points, enough to win the league.  Last time I looked at home runs.

In looking at three years of data for my league, I've determined that 1141 RBIs should earn you at least third place in the RBI category.

  • You'll need 81.5 RBIs per position player.  That's why I try not to get more than one guy who will be in the 50-60 range.  If you can get three 100 RBI guys, then you need about 77 per each of the remaining.
  • Given our threholds of a .288 average and 22 HRs and adding 81.5 RBIs, we find 18 players who fit the bill.  By the way I think this is the last time you'll find Ryan Braun outside of the first round for quite a while.
  • I have 20 guys getting to the century mark in ribbies.  33 managed it last year, 38 the year before.  So my system (and most) are conservative in projecting RBIs.

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