I realize that over the last couple of months I have largely neglected non-standard scoring leagues. I have covered 5×5 and points leagues, but not 10×10 leagues. So that is what we will cover for the next week. The players who have hidden value in 10×10 leagues because of doubles, triples, holds, etc. The things that don’t stand out in a standard league.
The standard 10×10 categories are hits, runs, average, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, walks, steals, and OPS. For pitchers it is wins, losses, ERA, WHIP, saves, holds, strikeouts, quality starts, K/9 and complete games.
We will go position by position and find the hidden gems in 10×10 leagues.
This piece will focus on the shortstops.
Brandon Crawford, Giants: Crawford’s average might hurt a little (.254), but he is second among shortstops with eight triples, and has a solid OPS (.783). The 30 walks likely have something to do with that as well. He won’t wow you with his batting average, but he is helping in several other categories in 10×10 leagues.
Starlin Castro, Cubs: Castro is leading all shortstops in doubles with 23. His .802 OPS is in the top five at the position. He is also in the top five in runs scored, home runs, and RBI. He is providing really good all around value in 10×10 leagues right now.
Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals: His average leaves much to be desired (.244), but he is second among shortstops in doubles, third in homers, seventh in RBI, and seventh in walks. He can be had for little or nothing, and he is providing top ten production in nearly every category at the position.
Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers: Ramirez has reached double digits in every counting stat but triples, and has a top three .823 OPS. He is valuable in standard leagues, but he is even better in this format.
Eugenio Suarez, Tigers: The Tigers are going to keep rolling with Suarez, and why not? He has scored 12 runs, hit three homers, driven in seven, and walked nine times in only 56 at bats. I won’t get carried away with projections over such a small sample, but the early returns look promising. And that makes him worth picking up in this format.
Come back tomorrow for the third basemen!