When I was growing up and playing baseball, I lived behind the plate. While the guys on the mound and the ones who played the infield got most of the attention, there was nothing I loved more than being the unassuming presence behind the mask. Sure, some of the kids poked fun and said that I was back there because I had the speed of a three-legged turtle, but the coaches always made me feel better when they told me that, in little league, you put your best athletes at shortstop and your smartest behind the plate. I took a lot of solace in that and continued to spend my time emulating the likes of Thurman Munson and Johnny Bench.
If you thought the second base position’s ADP was stagnant, just wait until you look at the shortstops. Not only is the order of players drafted relatively unchanged, but the ADP numbers really aren’t fluctuating too much either. There’s very little movement at the top end of the rankings and while there’s some ADP change near the bottom, the only fantasy owners who will likely be affected are the ones who are in the deepest of AL or NL-only leagues. Even deep mixed league owners won’t have too much change with which to be concerned as the position sits a little deeper than it has been in recent years and few people are forced to fish through the dregs at the bottom of the barrel.
In looking at the second base position and its ADP numbers in the NFBC, you might be surprised at the lack of movement we are seeing. That’s not to say that we don’t have plenty of trends to look at for individual players because there are definitely some rising and falling ADP numbers that should be pointed out. However, what I am actually referring to is the order in which the second basemen get drafted. There are a few risers and fallers in the order, In looking at the second base position and its ADP numbers in the NFBC, you might be surprised at the lack of movement we are seeing. That’s not to say that we don’t have plenty of trends to look at for individual players because there are definitely some rising and falling ADP numbers that should be pointed out. However, what I am actually referring to is the order in which the second basemen get drafted. There are a few risers and fallers in the order, but really, not by much.but really, not by much.
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The first base position continues to be a premium spot for premium talent and if you want one of the best, you’ve got to dig deep into your pockets because you’ve got to pay, pay pay. The top 13 players at the position go within the first 100 picks and there’s one, Anthony Rizzo, who sits right on the cusp. Thirteen is almost half the starting first basemen out there in the player pool, so while outfielders make up almost 30-percent of the players taken in the first 100 picks, the percentage of first basemen who go, relative to their position, actually has a higher impact.
With about a month having gone by since we last broke down the NFBC ADP by position, it’s time we checked in again to see what type of movement we’re looking at here at the end of February just before spring training games get ready to begin. We’ll start It off with the catchers once again.
Over the last several weeks we’ve been primarily looking at the ADP numbers from the NFBC and using them as a benchmark, more or less. But while those numbers have been helpful due to the assumed level of talent and dedication from those drafting in both real and mock NFBC drafts, they aren’t without their limitations. We’ve discussed this before, but just to reiterate for those just joining us, it’s simple.
We’ve heard it all before. Studying ADP and the trends that are developing each season is an extremely important part of your prep work for your fantasy baseball draft. It helps to guide you along and point you in the right direction so that you don’t reach too high for a player you may be able to get a few rounds later and concentrate on the positions that command your focus early on. Simple, right?