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2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 15 Relief Pitchers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Spring Training has barely started, but our relief pitching rankings have already been significantly impacted by injuries.  Three of the potentially elite options, Kenley Jansen, Jake McGee & Sean Doolittle, are expected to miss the start of the season and their exact return dates are unknown.  In fact, with suitable replacements on the roster (Brad Boxberger & Tyler Clippard, most likely) two of relievers likely won’t be rushed back and may not even be able to reclaim their jobs when they do (though that seems unlikely).

So, who of those left standing are the best options for 2015?  Let’s take a look:


1. Aroldis Chapman – Cincinnati Reds
2. Craig Kimbrel – Atlanta Braves
3. Greg Holland – Kansas City Royals
4. Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates
5. Dellin Betances – New York Yankees
6. Koji Uehara – Boston Red Sox
7. David Robertson – Chicago White Sox Read more

2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top Starting Pitchers #21-40

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that pitching is as deep as it has ever been, but there also is significant risk in investing heavily in it.  With injuries seemingly causing issues for many of the top names, waiting on pitching may make the most sense.  That could mean building your rotation with several names on this list, which wouldn’t be the worst thing to consider:

21. Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals
22. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians
23. Johnny Cueto – Cincinnati Reds
24. Masahiro Tanaka – New York Yankees
25. Matt Harvey – New York Mets
26. Jacob deGrom – New York Mets
27. Sonny Gray – Oakland A’s
28. James Shields – San Diego Padres
29. Homer Bailey – Cincinnati Reds
30. Garrett Richards – Los Angeles Angels Read more

Dynasty League Rankings: Top 15 Shortstops

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There is a lot of young talent that is on it’s way at shortstop, but as we have seen players need to prove that minor league success (or projected upside) can translate to the Major Leagues.  There’s also significant questions, long-term, about some of the better options thanks to injuries (i.e. Troy Tulowitzki), expected position changes (i.e. Hanley Ramirez) and potential for top prospects to shift positions (i.e. Corey Seager).  How do all of these things fit together for dynasty leaguers?  It could mean taking more of a risk on a young, upside player than we would at some other positions.  Let’s take a look:

1. Ian Desmond – Washington Nationals – 29-years old
2. Hanley Ramirez – Boston Red Sox – 31-years old
3. Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies – 30-years old
4. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox – 22-years old
5. Starlin Castro – Chicago Cubs – 25-years old
6. Jose Reyes – Toronto Blue Jays – 31-years old
7. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros – 20-years old
8. Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs – 21-years old
9. Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers – 20-years old
10. Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals – 28-years old Read more

2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top Starting Pitchers #1-20

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were three “big” free agent starting pitchers this offseason and all of them ended up making the move from the American League to the National League.  Coincidence?  Probably not, as we all know that the NL is the more favorable location thanks to the absence of the DH (and that often helps to be the deciding factor between two close options).

Also, as you look at these rankings keep in mind that just because someone is ranked highly doesn’t mean you have to select them at that spot.  For instance Alex Wood is not going to be the 14th starting pitcher selected, but he could easily perform that well (making him a great draft day buy).  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the rankings:

1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
3. Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox
4. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
5. David Price – Detroit Tigers
6. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals
7. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals
8. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians Read more

Top 5 First Basemen 25-Years Old Or Younger

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

First base is an extremely deep position, but at the same time it isn’t a particularly young one.  There are two clear-cut top options, though both are on the verge of aging off this list, and there is a distinct lack of impact prospects on the horizon (you can view our Top 10 First Base Prospects list by clicking here).

Who is the best young option at the position?  Who should we be targeting?  Let’s take a look (remember these rankings are always going to slightly skewed towards those who have already reached the Majors):


Honorable Mentions:
Josh Bell – Pittsburgh Pirates – 22-years old

He’s yet to play a regular season game at 1B, but that’s where he was in the Arizona Fall League and he’s expected to shift there permanently in 2015.  With no room for him in Pittsburgh’s outfield, as well as a complete void at first base for the team (as it is the team is trying Pedro Alvarez in the spot this season), it makes perfect sense.  Read more

Dynasty League Rankings: Top 15 Third Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Remember when third base was one of the shallower positions in the league?  That’s simply no longer the case, both short and long-term.  There has been an explosion of young talent in recent seasons with even more names on the horizon.  Who’s the best investment?  Let’s take a look:

1. Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays (29-years old)
2. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals (24-years old)
3. Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds (29-years old)
4. Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays (29-years old)
5. Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners (27-years old)
6. Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians (28-years old)
7. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies (24-years old)
8. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles (22-years old)
9. Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs (23-years old)
10. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles (29-years old) Read more