Archive for Rankings

2016 Rankings: Top 40 Outfielders (#1-20): Young Outfielders Emerging & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s obvious who the top options in the league are, with the two top overall players being found in the outfield.  After you get past Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, though, things start to become a little bit “murkier”.  That’s not to say that there aren’t tremendous options, but the order is debatable.  Who are we willing to target?  Who could be a bit overvalued?  Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:

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) A.J. Pollock – Arizona Diamondbacks
7) George Springer – Houston Astros
8) Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins
9) J.D. Martinez – Detroit Tigers
10) Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles Read more

Dynasty League Rankings (2016): Top 20 First Baseman

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

First base is not a position we think about when we think about top prospects, which is why you will only find one “true” prospect in the Top 20. Greg Bird had an opportunity to find a spot at the back of the rankings, but his season ending injury will cost him a year of development and takes him out of the mix. Who should dynasty league owners be targeting? Who loses value based on the dynasty aspect? Let’s take a look at how the rankings currently:

1) Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks (28-years old)
2) Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs (26-years old)
3) Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox (28-years old)
4) Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers (32-years old)
5) Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds (32-years old)
6) Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays (33-years old)
7) Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves (26-years old)
8) Eric Hosmer – Kansas City Royals (26-years old) Read more

2016 Rankings: Top 15 Shortstops: Young Talent Shines At A Thin Position

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While there are a lot of exciting young talents emerging at shortstop, the position is relatively top heavy and full of questions/concerns.  Even at the top you can wonder about the health of Troy Tulowitzki, a potential regression for Xander Bogaerts and the development of youngsters like Francisco Lindor and Corey Seager.  That doesn’t even mention what happens once you arrive at #6 on the rankings…

While there is a lot to like, there also is a lack of certainty.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at how our current rankings:

1) Carlos Correa – Houston Astros
2) Troy Tulowitzki – Toronto Blue Jays
3) Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
4) Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
5) Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers
6) Marcus Semien – Oakland A’s
7) Ian Desmond – Free Agent
8) Alcides Escobar – Kansas City Royals Read more

2016 Rankings: Top 15 Third Basemen: Who Should We Trust At A Suddenly Deep Position?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Remember when third base was considered a shallow position? Those days are well behind us, as some of the premier players in the game now come from the position (Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado & Kris Bryant). The value doesn’t stop there with numerous youngsters developing (i.e. Maikel Franco), veterans who can still produce (i.e. Adrian Beltre) and solid players in the middle (i.e. Kyle Seager). Of course, despite the depth those top options are so good they are worth reaching for. How do things fall beneath them? Let’s take a look:

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

2016 Rankings: Top 15 Second Basemen: Breakouts, Rebounds & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While there are questions throughout the rankings, second base has suddenly developed into a rather deep position. We saw players emerge last season, including Dee Gordon, Rougned Odor and Logan Forsythe. We should see some players rebound in 2016, including Anthony Rendon, Jason Kipnis and Robinson Cano. How does it all shake out? Let’s take a look:

1. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
2. Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins
3. Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
4. Jason Kipnis – Cleveland Indians
5. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
6. Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins
7. Rougned Odor – Texas Rangers
8. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
9. Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds
10. Logan Forsythe – Tampa Bay Rays Read more

2016 Rankings: Top 15 First Basemen: Is It Time To Move On From The Veterans?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

First base remains one of the deepest positions in all of fantasy sports. While none of the names left out of our top 15 will necessarily blow you away, the omission of players like Mark Trumbo, Lucas Duda and Brandon Belt shows just how many viable options there. Knowing that those players fell short, who made the cut? Were there any surprises?  Are there players who are likely being overvalued?  Let’s take a look:

1. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
3. Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox
4. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
5. Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays
6. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
7. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves Read more