This article is part of our Rounding Third series.
Category targets are a slippery and somewhat controversial targets in the fantasy sports world. All too often league context directs what you need to do to compete, even in a standard 5x5 roto categorical league. The liveliness of the ball has obliterated our target numbers in two of the last three years, to boot. So one size (i.e., categorical targets) doesn't necessarily fit all, and there's a risk in some cases where a player will look at the projected stats mid-draft and think they are all set, when in reality they need to keep accumulating that category.
Nonetheless, it's worth knowing what it took to achieve our goals in last season's context, especially when you are off in a particular category. Sometimes I think, "I'm light in steals" during a draft, but that might be it. I want to know if I'm one rabbit off, or do I need to make it a significant priority to find multiple speedy players in the rest of the draft. That's especially pertinent in overall contests, where one can't simply punt a category because its top providers don't appear to offer value for the cost.
As with last year, I'm listing the 80th/70th/50th/20th percentiles for each category in the NFBC and TGFBI (The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational). The general rule of thumb is that you need to average around the 80th percentile in each category to win your league and 70th percentile to cash in your league. Some leagues are more stratified than