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What It Takes To Win: SBs

Next in our What It Takes To Win series, stolen bases.  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, 176 SBs snagged fourth place.  In the second, 173 did it.  Last year we used a 169 SB benchmark.  This year we're going with 175.  If you want to be safe, shoot for 13 SBs per position player slot.

Only five players are projected to reach all of our offensive benchmarks: .283 AVG, 20 HR, 80 RBI, 83 runs, and 13 SBs.  They're all first-round picks: Alex Rodriguez, David Wright, Ryan Braun, Matt Holliday, and Ian Kinsler.  You may be able to get Holliday in the early second round.  You might even be able to get both Kinsler and Holliday if you draft 11th or 12th.

Obviously you don't need to and can't assemble a team of hitters who all reach these five offensive benchmarks.  But balance is huge in assembling a fantasy team.  Let's pull it back a bit to .280-17-75-75-10.  Now we can add Matt Kemp, Chase Utley, Bobby Abreu, Alex Rios, Joey Votto, Hunter Pence, Jay Bruce, and Alexei Ramirez

The speed component that is easy to overlook.  You get a couple of burners and figure you're set.  Not true - too many zero SB players and you just lost a category.

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