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What It Takes To Win 2010

Our annual What It Takes To Win series attempts to estimate the stats you will need to place fourth in each of the ten roto categories in a 12-team mixed league with 14 hitters (2 catchers), 9 pitchers, 3 bench spots, and 2 DL spots.  Aiming for fourth in each category might seem like a lame strategy, but if you pull it off you'll have 90 points and a good shot at winning.

Looking at last year's guidelines plus info from three of my 2009 leagues that followed the above format, here are my estimates for 2010:


  • .282 AVG
  • 295 HR (21 per hitter)
  • 1114 RBI (80 per hitter)
  • 1157 R (83 per hitter)
  • 170 SB (12 per hitter)


  • 3.78 ERA
  • 1.27 WHIP
  • 1270 Ks (181 per six starters, assuming 62 Ks per closer)
  • 94 W (13.67 per six starters, assuming 4 wins per closer)
  • 102 SV (34 per three closers)

Question for those who played in a league with this format in 2009: would these exact numbers have given you the title?

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