Right field might be the strongest position on the diamond. At least, it has had two players that have captured the attention of the baseball world. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have hit home runs by the bushel, but are they best right fielders in the game? Total points encompass everything a player does offensively, so the results may surprise you. As a more pure way of gauging production, the thinking fan can succeed where blind luck might be the order of the day in standard 5×5 leagues.
Total points is a growing format used primarily in daily fantasy leagues, but also in some season long formats. Every site has its own formula, so we have developed one of our own. For simplification purposes, we are combining steals, walks, and hit by pitches into a positive category and then combining strikeouts, caught stealing, and grounded into double plays into a negative category. Statistics are accurate as of Wednesday September 27.
Total Bases= 1 point each SO= -1 point each
Runs= 1 point each CS= -1 point each
RBI= 1 point each GIDP= -1 point each
SB= 1 point each
BB= 1 point each
HBP= 1 point each
This is as top heavy a list as we can get to and we should take a moment to celebrate Betts. He is second in total runs in spite of the legendary season for Judge. Furthermore, this chart doesn’t even account for his defense. Of course, we will get to the MVP race a little later. Stanton has a good argument in the National League in spite of the fact that the Marlins have been out of contention for much of the season.
With the exception of Judge, this list was predictable at the beginning of the season. Perhaps the most amazing performance was not by the three mentioned, but by Martinez. He missed about six weeks of the season and still managed to put these numbers up. The same could be said for Harper as well. On a per game basis, this is the best collection of players at any position.
The Rank and File
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The interesting numbers here belong to Reddick and Markakis. They barely have 20 home runs between them and yet both finish in or around the top ten at the position. It shows that the opinions of production change over time. In the beginning of the 21st century, teams didn’t care if they had guys that struck out 200 times as long as they drew walks and hit dingers. Now, things are trending back towards more contact.
Of course, some platforms treat home runs differently, so it bears mentioning that this may not be the case all the time, but the interplay between the positive and negative categories are still key in determining a player’s success. Souza and Santana suffer some even though they produce good positive numbers across the board because of those strikeouts. It bears paying attention to if you plan on playing this format next season.
It’s easy to look at these guys and criticize them for finishing on the bottom, but Puig and Joyce would be in the second group of almost any other position. We have to take these things into account when picking for a daily fantasy league or in the draft next season. You can wait awhile on outfielders in general and right fielders specifically. In some cases, these guys would be much better with just a little health.
Bautista could be an interesting buy low candidate next season. He might slip all the way through drafts, but with just a little bit of luck could produce between 300 and 350 points next season. That is even assuming his decline is permanent. Meanwhile, Schebler and Kepler could continue to trend upwards. It’s an interesting position.