Will there be position scarcity in Rotohog? I've attempted to answer that question by determining the project points that a 'replacement level' player at each position should accumulate. These are the players that figure to be mostly unowned, and available for little to nothing:
1. I took all the ZIPS projections and used those to calculate expected points for each hitter based on Rotohog's scoring system.
2. For 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, and C I determined the points value of the 13th player. These #s were: 1B-752 , 2B-610 , 3B-715 , SS-632 , C-473.
3. I did the same thing for the 37th outfielder, whose points value turned out to be 679.
4. Of the players I hadn't 'used up' already, I took the next twelve overall (for the 'utility' position). The 13th had a points value of 676.
5. Rotohog has three bench spots on the roster, which can be used for hitters or pitchers. If you assume that on average one of these will be a hitter, eliminating the next twelve hitters brings you to a points value of 653. If you assume that people will generally carry two hitters on the bench, you're down to 636.
This was definitely a pretty crude process. ZIPS projections don't capture a lot of known information about expected playing time. I was assigning positions by what was in the ZIPS data, not what position the players are classified by in Rotohog, and I'm sure there are other substantial 'errors' as well. That said, I think this process should paint a pretty clear picture of where the position scarcity lies in Rotohog.
There is a very slight scarcity issue at second base, but probably small enough that it can be ignored when assigning values to players. There is a much more substantial position scarcity premium for catchers however! The replacement level catchers that are unowned and can be picked up for almost nothing are going to average almost 150 points worse than at any other position!