Archive for Rankings

2017 Rankings: Top 15 Second Baseman (Don’t Overvalue Brian Dozier & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Second base was once viewed as a shallow positon, but no longer.  Not only has there been an infusion of young talent, but there are numerous top players who have eligibility at other positions (like Trea Turner, Matt Carpenter and Daniel Murphy).  That versatility adds additional value while expanding the depth of the high quality options.

Who are the best options available?  Who could be overvalued?  Let’s take a look:

1. Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
2. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
3. Robinson Cano – Seattle Mariners
4. Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals
5. Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
6. Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins
7. Daniel Murphy – Washington Nationals
8. Brian Dozier – Minnesota Twins Read more

2017 Rankings: Top 15 First Baseman (Don’t Sleep On Carpenter/Cron & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

First base is generally viewed as the deepest position in fantasy baseball, though you can make the argument that’s no longer the case.  There are ample good options, but once you get past the first few names are there any guarantees?  There’s potential, but the names start to become a bit more interchangeable (especially once you get past the Top 8).  Who are the players to target?  Where is the upside after the top few names?  Let’s take a look:

1. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers
3. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
4. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves
5. Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox
6. Joey Votto – Cincinnati Reds
7. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles
8. Edwin Encarnacion – Cleveland Indians Read more

2017 Rankings: Top 15 Catchers (Lucroy Barely Takes Top Spot & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The days of Buster Posey being the clear top catching option have come and gone.  Not only is he joined in the top tier by two players, he’s been knocked out of the top spot (though just barely)!  The second tier also isn’t far behind, and with numerous high power option filling out the rankings the need to reach for one of the better catchers simply isn’t there.  That doesn’t mean they aren’t worth owning, but the price tag obviously plays a significant role.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at how our rankings currently stand:

1. Jonathan Lucroy – Texas Rangers
2. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
3. Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees
4. J.T. Realmuto – Miami Marlins
5. Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs
6. Matt Wieters – Free Agent
7. Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
8. Brian McCann – Houston Astros Read more

Extremely Early 2017 Rankings: Top 10 Closers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know how frustrating it can be to try investing in closers, as there seems to be more and more turmoil at the spot from year to year.  That’s not to say that there isn’t an elite class, but that group seems to be shrinking…  Or does it?  There are some intriguing young options on the rise, who have the potential to entrench themselves for the long haul.  Who are they?  Where do they fall on the rankings?  Let’s take a look:

1. Aroldis Chapman – New York Yankees
2. Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Zach Britton – Baltimore Orioles
4. Edwin Diaz – Seattle Mariners
5. Seung Hwan Oh – St. Louis Cardinals
6. Mark Melancon – San Francisco Giants
7. Craig Kimbrel – Boston Red Sox Read more

Extremely Early 2017 Rankings: Top Starting Pitchers (#1-10)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know the injury risk involved in investing in a starting pitcher early in drafts, look no further than the missed time from Clayton Kershaw in 2016 as evidence.  That said you also can’t argue against the advantage owning one of the truly elite in the game brings to your team.  Who are the best of the best?  Who is worth targeting early on in your drafts?  Let’s take a look at our extremely early Top 10 starting pitcher rankings (keep in mind these will also be expanded as we grow closer to draft day as well):

1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals
3. Noah Syndergaard – New York Mets
4. Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
5. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox
6. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians
7. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians Read more

Extremely Early 2017 Rankings: Top Outfielders (#1-10)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Outfield feels like a deep position, at least given the number of eligible candidates around the league.  That said there’s a clear top tier, with a fairly significant drop off after the first 6-8 names come off the board.  That doesn’t mean that those next players are “bad” (because they obviously aren’t) or lack upside, but they have flaws and potential downside.  Which outfielders offer the most value on draft day?  Let’s kick off our rankings with #1-10:

1) Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
2) Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
3) Kris Bryant – Chicago Cubs
4) Bryce Harper – Washington Nationals
5) Charlie Blackmon – Colorado Rockies
6) Trea Turner – Washington Nationals
7) George Springer – Houston Astros Read more