In economics, to say that a resource is scarce is to say that demand for that resource exceeds supply. So understood, scarcity is an essential element of fantasy baseball. The goal is of course to compile more of certain statistics than your competitors, and those statistics are in limited supply – there are only so many runs, home runs, wins, etc., to go around, and some fantasy players will inevitably be left wishing they had more. While the fact that scarcity is essential to fantasy baseball will be obvious to anyone familiar with the game we play, its impact on fantasy baseball strategy is less obvious and, I think, often misunderstood. 


There are two main varieties of scarcity in fantasy baseball: Positional, which concerns the...

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