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What It Takes To Win: RBI

Next up in our What It Takes To Win series, RBIs.  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, 1093 RBIs were required for fourth place in the category.  In the second, you needed 1130.  Last year we went with a 1111 RBI benchmark, which happens to be right in the middle of the '08 figures.  I'm comfortable sticking with 1111 RBI, though it'd be safer to shoot for 80 per roster spot and end up with 1120.

I've got 80 players getting 80 or more ribbies in '09.  If we use our other benchmarks of a .283 AVG and 20 HR, we're down to 30 players.  The latest drafted of those is Raul Ibanez in the 11th round.

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