Quote of the day
"No, Iím done Ö I'm just here golfing, minding my business." -- Randy Moss, responding to rumors that he might return to the Patriots
As football ramps up and baseball winds down, itís difficult to stay focused on fantasy baseball matters unless youíre in the thick of a league championship race. And even then, you are generally looking for September call-ups who might make a short-term impact. So Iíll confess I havenít been paying much attention to the top hitters of late.
But this morning, I decided to take a look at YTD hitter rankings using several diffeerent ranking and scoring formats. And the three names that tended to consistently sort to the top of the lists were Matt Kemp, Curtis Granderson, and Jacoby Ellsbury. All three of them will finish with triple-digit runs and RBIs, 25+ SB, and an OPS north of .900. Arguably, Ryan Braun and Jose Bautista have had even better seasons on a per-game basis, but each has missed just enough playing time to rank marginally below those top three on a full season basis.
Now letís look at their average draft picks for the RIBC leagues:
Itís no wonder that the top team in this yearís RIBC drafted Granderson in the 9th round. He also drafted Kemp in the 2nd round. And heís currently crushing the league in all five hitting categories, with a perfect hitting rank of 80 (5x16). Thatís quite unusual.