Archive for Rankings

Top 5 Catchers 25-Years Old Or Younger

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Looking for a young catcher who can bring value?  They aren’t necessarily easy to find, as many times if a catcher can hit they are shifted off to the position to allow them to stay in the lineup on a regular basis.  That said, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any value to be found (and there are few players coming quickly who can make a significant impact).  Who gets the nod for making our list?  Let’s take a look (remember these rankings are always going to slightly skewed towards those who have already reached the Majors):

 

Honorable Mention
Jorge Alfaro – Texas Rangers – 21-years old
He may be a year or two away, having played just 21 games at Double-A, but his talent level is right there with the other top catching prospects in the game.  There’s power potential in his bat, but like many of the Rangers prospects he needs to adjust his approach at the plate or could be exposed at the upper levels (26.1% strikeout rate since ’11, 23.2% while at Double-A). Read more

Dynasty League Rankings: Top 15 First Basemen

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

First base is not a position rich with top tier prospects. For as deep of a position as it is, the best options are generally already in the Majors. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t youngsters who could emerge (we’re looking at you Matt Adams), but it’s not a position to go searching in the minors for right now.  That could change, with a few top tier prospects expected to be moved to 1B (like D.J. Peterson and Josh Bell), though time will tell.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at our Top 15 dynasty first basemen:

1. Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks – 27-years old
2. Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox – 27-years old
3. Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers – 31-years old
4. Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves – 25-years old
5. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs – 25-years old
6. Edwin Encarnacion – Toronto Blue Jays – 32-years old
7. Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers – 32-years old
8. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles – 29-years old
9. Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds – 29-years old
10. Matt Adams – St. Louis Cardinals – 26-years old Read more

2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 15 Second Baseman

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The days of Robinson Cano as the lone elite second base option have come and gone, with Anthony Rendon and Jose Altuve joining him in the top tier (and you could argue a few others aren’t too far behind).  How do the rankings stack up?  Let’s take a look:

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. Dee Gordon – Miami Marlins
8. Daniel Murphy – New York Mets
9. Neil Walker – Pittsburgh Pirates
10. Kolten Wong – St. Louis Cardinals Read more

Top 5 Third Basemen 25-Years Old Or Younger

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Third base is a position that’s clearly undergoing a transformation, with a significant infusion of young talent either having already arrived or on the verge or making it.  It makes it difficult to cut the list down to just five players, but one way to do so is eliminate those who are expected to move off of 3B:

  • Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox – He will be the SS this season, with Pablo Sandoval at 3B
  • Maikel Franco – Philadelphia Phillies – Eventually expected to takeover for Ryan Howard at 1B
  • D.J. Peterson – Seattle Mariners – With the long-term deal for Kyle Seager, look for him to shift to 1B

Even when we remove those three players, there were 8 names we potentially wanted to include.  Who gets the nod?  Let’s take a look (remember these rankings are always going to slightly skewed towards those who have already reached the Majors):

Honorable Mentions:
Miguel Sano – Minnesota Twins (21-years old)

Having missed all of 2014 due to injury it’s going to take him some time to readjust and be prepared to contribute in the Major Leagues.  Of course he may have the highest upside and can’t be ignored completely.  Come 2016, we’d expect him to be squarely on our Top 5 rankings. Read more

2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 15 Catchers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The days of Buster Posey being the elite catching option have come and gone.  In fact he now shares a tier with Jonathan Lucroy, with Devin Mesoraco pounding on the door to join them.  What else do we need to know about the rankings?  Let’s take a look:

1. Jonathan Lucroy – Milwaukee Brewers
2. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
3. Devin Mesoraco – Cincinnati Reds
4. Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
5. Evan Gattis – Houston Astros
6. Matt Wieters – Baltimore Orioles
7. Brian McCann – New York Yankees
8. Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
9. Wilin Rosario – Colorado Rockies
10. Miguel Montero – Chicago Cubs Read more

2015 Fantasy Rankings: Top 15 First Baseman

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There is no deeper position in fantasy sports than first base.  While there are obvious advantages in owning a player at the top of the rankings, you could go 23-24 deep and still see value.  Who’s the best options?  Who has name value, but may not be worth selecting?  Is there actually sleeper value at the position?

Let’s take a look at how things currently stand:

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. Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
7. Adrian Gonzalez – Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Todd Frazier – Cincinnati Reds
9. Chris Davis – Baltimore Orioles
10. Victor Martinez – Detroit Tigers Read more