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2016 MLB Closer Rankings (04/06/16): Osuna On The Rise, Concerns For Doolittle & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are only a few days into the season, but we’ve already seen blown saves and turnover among a few closer spots.  While we don’t want to push the panic button prematurely, there obviously are some situations that necessitate a shakeup in our rankings.  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (the number in parenthesis is the pitcher’s previous ranking):

1. Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
2. Craig Kimbrel – Boston Red Sox (2)
3. Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles (3)
4. Jeurys Familia – New York Mets (4)
5. Wade Davis – Kansas City Royals (5)
6. Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates (6)
7. Trevor Rosenthal – St. Louis Cardinals (7)
8. Andrew Miller – New York Yankees (NR)
9. Roberto Osuna – Toronto Blue Jays (14) (see note)
10. Hector Rondon – Chicago Cubs (10) Read more

2016 MLB Closer Rankings (03/31/16): Changes Galore (Osuna Rising), But Who’s Next?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that closers are volatile, but the days leading up to the start of the season appear to have taken that to an extreme.  Injuries have caused part of the turnover (like Will Smith and Andrew Miller), as have some managerial decisions (Roberto Osuna), and there are situations that remain unsettled (like the Rays and Phillies).  Let’s take a look at how things currently rank, though more change could be coming before long:

1. Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
2. Craig Kimbrel – Boston Red Sox (2)
3. Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles (3)
4. Jeurys Familia – New York Mets (4)
5. Wade Davis – Kansas City Royals (5)
6. Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates (6)
7. Trevor Rosenthal – St. Louis Cardinals (7)
8. Delin Betances – New York Yankees (NR) (see note)
9. Ken Giles – Houston Astros (9)
10. Hector Rondon – Chicago Cubs (10) Read more

Updated 2016 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders (#21-40): How Far Does Braun Drop & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The injury concerns hanging over Ryan Braun doesn’t change our Top 20 rankings (he originally slotted in at #22), but obviously he needs to drop down our rankings.  Back injuries could have a dual impact on his performance:

  1. Zap him of some of his power
  2. Cause him to run less

That’s significant, especially since we know that the thumb issue that has hampered him at times over the past few seasons is still there as well.  While the upside is there, making Braun worth the gamble as an OF4, trusting him as a starter (in shallower formats) is a risk not worth taking.

Let’s take a look at how far he falls while updating the rest of our rankings:

21) Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs
22) Gregory Polanco – Pittsburgh Pirates
23) Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds
24) Jason Heyward – Chicago Cubs
25) Billy Burns – Oakland A’s Read more

Updated 2016 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders (#1-20): Pollock Drops Slightly & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The potential of A.J. Pollock opening the season on the DL is growing, and that does add a layer of risk to utilizing an early round selection on him (as does him dropping out of the leadoff spot, which would reduce his AB).  While the drop isn’t tremendous, since the missed time appears to be minimal, we’d still drop him a few slots (definitely below Giancarlo Stanton).  Let’s take a look at how our outfield rankings currently stand based on the news:

1) Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
2) Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
3) Andrew McCutchen – Pittsburgh Pirates
4) Jose Bautista – Toronto Blue Jays
5) Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
6) George Springer – Houston Astros
7) Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
8) A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks
9) J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers
10) Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles Read more

2016 MLB Closer Rankings (Preseason Edition): Who Can Be Trusted & Who Is Too Risky?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As the season grows near the questions hovering over team’s bullpens start to loom large.  Who are the best options in the league?  Who are the second tier closers that we want to target?  While we don’t necessarily have clarity on every situation, we’ll take our best guess (as of today) as we rank all 30 teams closer (these rankings will be updated regularly, so make sure to keep checking back; also keep in mind that these are not are draft rankings:

1. Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Craig Kimbrel – Boston Red Sox
3. Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles
4. Jeurys Familia – New York Mets
5. Wade Davis – Kansas City Royals
6. Mark Melancon – Pittsburgh Pirates
7. Trevor Rosenthal – St. Louis Cardinals
8. Andrew Miller – New York Yankees (see note)
9. Ken Giles – Houston Astros (see note)
10. Hector Rondon – Chicago Cubs Read more

2016 Rankings (OBP Edition): Top 15 Third Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There was a time that third base was viewed as one of the shallower positions for fantasy owners to fill.  That’s now a distant memory, whether we are looking at using AVG or OBP, though there are certainly players who gain and lose value when we change from the “traditional” setup.  Who sees the biggest gain?  Who sees the biggest fall?  Let’s take a look:

1. Josh Donaldson – Toronto Blue Jays
2. Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
3. Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
4. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles
5. Todd Frazier – Chicago White Sox
6. Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
7. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
8. Kyle Seager – Seattle Mariners Read more