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2012 RotoAuthority Dollar Values

Every year I create a set of dollar values for 12-team 5x5 mixed leagues.  The roster positions are C, C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, MI, CI, OF, OF, OF, OF, OF, DH, and nine pitchers.  The scoring categories are AVG, HR, RBI, R, and SB for hitters and ERA, WHIP, W, K, and SV for pitchers.  I use a ten games played requirement for each position, and if you see in the spreadsheet that a player played 200 games at a position, it means I cheated and included the player at a position he might not yet qualify, like Jesus Montero at catcher.

This spreadsheet contains the player's name, his games played at each position, and his dollar value in this type of league.  There are some huge assumptions at work here.  First, I'm taking a guess at every player's projection.  Playing time is a major component.  If Jose Reyes gets 600 ABs he's worth $25, but if he gets 500 it's closer to $14.  If Anibal Sanchez pitches 210 innings he's worth $11, but if he pitches 170 it's more like $4.  That's why Stephen Strasburg with 138 innings is worth only $12.  If you can combine that with 60 innings from a one dollar pitcher like Tim Stauffer, Staufburg is worth roughly as much overall as David Price or Cole Hamels would give you in one roster spot.  A player like Mike Trout might not have enough projected ABs to show up in these rankings right now, but if he's playing everyday at some point this season, he definitely has value in this league.

For the projections, I made manual decisions about playing time and averaged the rates of each of the ten stats from five projection systems.  The projected stats are not in this spreadsheet, but you can make your own by using some of these:

To create dollar values, I used the standings gains points (SGP) method found in Art McGee's excellent book, How To Value Players For Rotisserie Baseball.  Unfortunately, the book is out of print and Art has no plans for a new edition.  I don't have data from thousands of leagues at hand to use for SGP denominators, and the big providers won't cough it up, which introduces another subjective element into the dollar projections.  I hope to do a better job of collecting your league data right after the season ends, to improve the 2013 dollar values.

With that lengthy explanation done, download the spreadsheet here.  To view by position, click on the filter arrow and set "greater than or equal to" to your league's games played threshold.  If you're not in the type of league described in the opening paragraph, these dollar values will not be useful or accurate.  Also, fair warning: I finished last in the RotoAuthority League in 2011.


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