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What It Takes To Win: Runs

Next up in our What It Takes To Win series, runs scored.  We're trying to determine the stats you should strive for to achieve fourth place in each of the ten standard 5x5 categories.  If you get nine points per category, you'll end up with 90 and a good chance at taking the title.  I'll use rotisserie leagues that I consider standard - 12 teams, 5x5, 14 hitters, 9 pitchers, 3 bench spots, 2 DL spots.  I was in two such leagues in 2008.

In the first league, 1157 runs were required for fourth place.  In the second, 1151 did the trick.  Last year we used a benchmark of 1143 runs, which seems light.  I will put the number at 1154 for now.

That means roughly 83 runs per each of the 14 hitter spots on your roster.  I see 75 players pulling off the feat in 2009.  Applying other benchmarks of a .283 AVG, 20 HR, and 80 RBI, we are down to 24 players.  I think we'll find that the only players who meet all five offensive benchmarks are first-rounders.



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