Archive for Rankings

Early 2015 Rankings: Top 15 Shortstops

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Is there a position that’s any more frustrating to sort through than shortstop right now?  While you can say that there’s a Top 4 and then everyone else, is there even any certainties in that top?  Injuries often plague these options (i.e. Troy Tulowitzki), just further clouding things.  Keep in mind that, among any position, this could be the one to see the most changes as we head towards fantasy drafts.  These rankings are extremely preliminary and could (and likely will) change for a variety of reasons in the coming weeks:

 

1. Hanley Ramirez – Boston Red Sox
2. Troy Tulowitzki – Colorado Rockies
3. Jose Reyes – Toronto Blue Jays
4. Ian Desmond – Washington Nationals
5. Alexei Ramirez – Chicago White Sox
6. Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs
7. Jimmy Rollins – Philadelphia Phillies
8. Starlin Castro – Chicago Cubs
9. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
10. Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals Read more

Early 2015 Rankings: Top 15 Catchers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Carlos Santana, who was one of the best options behind the plate, appeared in just 11 games as a catcher in 2014 and has lost his eligibility in many formats.  Who stepped up in his absence?  There’s surprisingly plenty of upside at the position, though the days of Buster Posey being the “elite” choice are behind us.  Who is pushing him for the top spot?  Who as upside that’s worth targeting?  Let’s take a look:

 

1. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
2. Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers
3. Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds
4. Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
5. Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
6. Brian McCann – New York Yankees
7. Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
8. Travis d’Arnaud – New York Mets
9. Yan Gomes – Cleveland Indians
10. Wilson Ramos – Washington Nationals Read more

Early 2015 Rankings: Top 15 Third Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Third base has always been a shallow position and the loss of eligibility for Miguel Cabrera certainly doesn’t help things.  While there were a few players who emerged (i.e. Anthony Rendon and Todd Frazier) and others who gained eligibility (i.e. Carlos Santana and Chris Davis), there are still a ton of questions surrounding the position.  How do things shake out as of today?  Let’s take a look:

1) Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers
2) Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
3) Josh Donaldson – Oakland A’s
4) Evan Longoria – Tampa Bay Rays
5) Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles
6) Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
7) Carlos Santana – Cleveland Indians
8) Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners
9) Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
10) Pablo Sandoval – Free Agent Read more

Early 2015 Rankings: Top 15 Second Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s obvious that we are seeing a changing of the guard at second base.  Not only is Robinson Cano no longer the elite option (he’s not even the top option in our early rankings), other veterans are losing their hold on their spot in the rankings.  Who is on the rise?  Who is falling off?  Let’s take a look, keeping in mind that these are going to change as we head closer to draft day:

1. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
2. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
3. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
4. Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
5. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
6. Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
7. Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates
8. Daniel Murphy – New York Mets
9. Dee Gordon – Los Angeles Dodgers
10. Dustin Pedroia – Boston Red Sox Read more

Early 2015 Rankings: Top 15 First Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor):

While there were ample disappointments in 2014, first base remains the deepest position for fantasy owners. Just looking at the names who fell short, at least for now, from our Top 15 rankings tells us. Let’s take a look at how our initial rankings look, but keep in mind that there are likely going to be significant changes as the offseason progresses:

1. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
2. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
3. Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox
4. Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays
5. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
6. Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
7.Victor Martinez – Free Agent
8. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
9. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles
10. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings (September 1, 2014): Who Is The Next Source Of Saves?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone constantly on the lookout for the next potential closer? That’s what we are trying to pinpoint here, with our Top 5 Closer In Waiting Power Rankings. These rankings look at the pitchers who appear capable of taking over their team’s respective closing duties (though in some cases, will need some help to get there). Keep in mind, if a pitcher is currently part of a committee they will not be included in these rankings despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand (all stats are through Saturday):

 

1) Kevin Quackenbush – San Diego Padres (4)
Current Closer – Joaquin Benoit

Quackenbush is actually going to function as the Padres’ closer for the next few days, as Benoit is once again having shoulder issues.  If he pitches well, could he simply claim the job as his own?  This very easily can be viewed as a trial run, with Benoit potentially on his way out in the offseason, and Quackenbush has the upside of being the closer for 2015 and beyond. Read more