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QUIZ: Which Players Provide The Most Bang For Their Team's Buck?

See if you can pick out the most cost-effective option from each group of three players.

Last updated on July 3, 2018, at 12:14 p.m. ET

Posted on August 15, 2013, at 10:11 a.m. ET

Can you guess which player costs his team the least amount of money per play?

(We looked at salary and stats from the 2012 season for the NFL, the 2012-13 season for the NBA, and 2013 for MLB — prorated as of 8/12.)

  1. 1. Hits

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Chris Davis

    Baltimore Orioles

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Paul Goldschmidt

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Pedro Alvarez

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Goldschmidt has supplied his Diamondbacks hits at less than $3K a pop so far this season. Chris Davis is keeping it under $19K, and Alvarez a bit more than $5K.

  2. 2. Home Runs

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Michael Young

    Philadelphia Phillies

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Vernon Wells

    New York Yankees

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Joe Mauer

    Minnesota Twins

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Among this group of highly-paid veterans, Young is getting paid almost $1.7MM per HR, which barely beats out Wells and Mauer, both near $1.8MM per.

  3. 3. Strikeouts

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Matt Harvey

    New York Mets

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Justin Masterson

    Cleveland Indians

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Yu Darvish

    Texas Rangers

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Harvey only gets $2K for each trio of strikes. Masterson's banking more than 12 times that, and Darvish more than 16 times Matt's measly sum.

  4. 4. 3-Pointers

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Damian Lillard

    Portland Trailblazers

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Klay Thompson

    Golden State Warriors

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The west coast made it rain on the cheap last year. Klay tossed them in from range for just $10K, while his teammate Curry was doing it for a bit more at $14.5K. Meanwhile the Rookie of the Year was under $17K per trey for the Blazers.

  5. 5. Points

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Kevin Durant

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Chandler Parsons

    Houston Rockets

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Nikola Vucevic

    Orlando Magic

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Parsons made less than a million dollars last year, so his cost per point was only $755. Compare that to the scoring title holder, KD, at $6.5K or Superman's replacement in Orlando at $1.7K, and someone obviously deserves a raise.

  6. 6. Assists

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Greivis Vasquez

    New Orleans Hornets

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mike Conley

    Memphis Grizzlies

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Jrue Holiday

    Philadelphia 76ers

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Vasquez dished it out at $1.7K per assist. Holiday's dimes still just cost a modest $4K, while Conley's were $15K.

  7. 7. Interceptions

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Tim Jennings

    Chicago Bears

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Richard Sherman

    Seattle Seahawks

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Stevie Brown

    New York Giants

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sherman stepped into the spotlight last year with 8 picks at $64K each. Stevie also had 8 at a close $68K. Jennings beat them both in number with 9, but each of his came at more than $150K.

  8. 8. Tackles

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Dwight Freeney

    Indianapolis Colts

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Charles Woodson

    Green Bay Packers

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mario Williams

    Buffalo Bills

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The hundred-million-dollar man was actually cost effective? In this group of big-contract vets he was, at $200K per tackle. Woodson's were a bulky $300K, and Freeney's an outright ridiculous $1.6MM.

  9. 9. Yards

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Stevan Ridley

    New England Patriots

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Adrian Peterson

    Minnesota Vikings

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Alfred Morris

    Washington Redskins

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Morris ran the rock for chump change, making just $83 a foot! Ridley got twice that much, but AP made $1.6K for each of his almost 7,000 ft.

  10. 10. Points

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Matt Bryant

    Atlanta Falcons

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Arian Foster

    Houston Texans

    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Bryant's extra points and field goals cost $20K a piece. Foster and Rodgers had to work a lot harder for their 6-point scores, of course, but they were amply rewarded at $78K and $37K per point, respectively.

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