Identifying positional scarcity

Centers, shooting guards thin out quickly

Updated: October 13, 2009, 2:38 PM ET
By John Cregan | Special to ESPN.com

If I told you Al Jefferson was worth the same amount in fantasy this season as LeBron James, would you offer to find me some professional help?

The reason Jefferson warrants just as high a pick as LeBron is due to an oft-overlooked facet of fantasy valuation: positional scarcity.

That means identifying which positions have the most and least amount of cumulative value, and just how that value is distributed from top to bottom. (In fantasy football, think of the dearth of elite ...

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