My initial 2017 fantasy baseball rankings have now officially been posted at FantasyPros. These rankings will be subject to change as position battles are decided and free agents are signed and my Special Blend projections get created but this should get us going in the right direction. I base my projections around things like advanced HR data, potential breakouts and slumps based on x-stats, my underrated pitcher calculations and more.
I attempt to create rankings that give an idea of how far I plan to move players up and down my draft board based on some of the research I’ve done. In addition, the tricky part with rankings is that we have to take public perception into account. I may think that a bunch of early-round starting pitchers will be extra valuable this year but there’s typically more of a rush on hitters early on so you’d do yourself a disservice by just going simply off of value and ignoring hitting altogether early. So, that being said, it’s a bit of an art and science to think about actual value, perceived value and scarcity of positions.
Outliers In My Initial Rankings
When comparing my rankings to the other experts at FantasyPros, there are a few notes:
- I see a revival from players that many people seem to have counted out. This includes Stephen Strasburg, Yu Darvish, Maikel Franco and Buster Posey. Disappointing years for players often have extreme effects on their value but I think these players still have all the tools to become the highly-ranked players we once thought they were.
- I foresee some sort of decline based for a few players that are way up on a lot of draft boards like Gary Sanchez, Xander Boegarts and, yes, Mookie Betts. Mookie is obviously the most controversial of those. I do think he’s a great player but I’m just not sure he’s “second pick overall” great yet. Let’s see if he proves me wrong.
- I tend to find older veterans are undervalued in the current fantasy baseball climate and you’ll often see that I rank them a bit higher than most.
My 2017 Fantasy Baseball Top 300
Check back here for changes to my rankings. I’ll continue to update these throughout the spring as more data rolls in. If you want to know when I update these, make sure to follow me on Twitter where I’ll surely tweet about it.
Luke is better known as Mr. Cheatsheet despite his last name not being Cheatsheet. He makes spreadsheets, writes blog posts and his rankings were in the top 10 accuracy among FantasyPros experts in 2014, 2016 and 2017. When he's not doing fantasy baseball things, he can be found playing board games or rating beer.