For better, for worse: Youth should not always be served to find value
In cultures around the globe, age is a virtuous trait, one whose attributes include wisdom and experience. Yet, with the proliferation of plastic surgery, hair plugs, male enhancement pills and Botox, it's clear not everyone is on board with such a sentiment. Generally speaking, we live in a youth-obsessed society, perhaps to an unhealthy degree. The world of fantasy baseball is hardly an exception.
In 2009, the average age of a Major League baseball player was 26.9 years. The Philadelphia Phillies had the oldest roster in the game with an average age of 28.8. There is an entire generation of ballplayers that would be hard pressed to recall a time in our collective past when they actually played music videos on MTV. The times, they are a changin' ...
While the game itself clearly favors the young, it's also clear that fantasy baseball owners are too rash in their judgment of baseball's more experienced players. Of the top 100 fantasy contributors in 2009, 33 percent were born before 1980. This indicates that the perceived value of veteran players, those in their 30s, is lower than their actual value. Knowing how to exploit this divergence in value can be a fundamental element in building a competitive team. Along these lines, it's important to remember that younger isn't always better.