Matthew Berry of ESPN recently released an article explaining the importance of player at-bats in relation to fantasy baseball success. You can read the article here. This makes perfect sense to me and I was interested in breaking down the relevance as it pertains throughout this season. At-bats, according to the article, has more importance for total fantasy team at-bats and its relation to success among many stat categories. That being said, I was interested in breaking it down by individual league leaders and how those players are performing, to evaluate free agents and current players on a roster. Throughout the season this list might expand but for now below is a chart of the top 15 players in terms of plate appearances (range 42-52) and their current fantasy position rank according to ESPN leagues.
Of these players, 7 of them are currently not owned in 100% of ESPN leagues. Some players are more available than others, but Chris Johnson and Adam LaRoche look like early watch list candidates due to their position rank and availability.
In my next blog I will breakdown Batting Average and On-Base Percentage in a similar way to see how these stats relate to individual player success in terms of fantasy baseball. Fantasy baseball is much more than Home Runs and hopefully these stats will highlight some players exceeding in multiple stat categories.