Welcome to the maiden post in the “Smart Elsewhere” series. In post number one, ESPN’s Tristan H. Cockcroft discusses the “Fantasy value of lineup positions” (follow Tristan on Twitter). This is an incredibly insightful article about the benefit of loading your team with players that bat in the top four spots of the batting order.
It includes great statistics about the additional plate appearances players higher in the batting order receive, the great production drop off (in runs and RBI) that occurs the further down the line up a player bats, the effect of playing for a good offensive team, and how to think about the value of players who changed teams or positions in the lineup from last year.
Do you know where your players bat in the lineup?