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 outfielders.
Alex Rios, Rangers: Has Rios produced at the level that he was drafted at? In standard leagues, no. In 10×10 however, you can make an argument that he has. His eight triples are second in the majors, and best among outfielders. His 93 hits are in the top ten. The .301 average is useful everywhere. If he could walk more, he would move into the top 20 of outfielders in this format.
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates: Aside from his stellar standard league numbers, McCutchen has 24 doubles, which is second among outfielders. His 54 walks are second at the position. The .943 OPS is fifth among outfielders with 150 or more at bats. Only five outfielders have more hits. This type of production is hard to get in any league, let alone one with so many categories.
Carlos Gomez, Brewers: Gomez has stuffed the stat sheet in nearly every category. Here are his ranks among outfielders: 95 hits(9th), 52 runs(7th), 20 doubles (10th), 3 triples(21st), 13 homers (14th), 44 RBI(16th), 14 steals(12th), .307 average(17th), .893 OPS(14th). The only category that he is out of the top 20 in is walks. He is the poor man’s McCutchen.