2016 Fantasy Baseball Rankings from Mr. Cheatsheet

My fantasy baseball rankings for 2016 were posted late last night at FantasyPros. The rankings were constructed using lessons learned from HR data, xAVG trends and looking at my possible sleeper hitters and pitchers. On top of that, I also have the 2016 Special Blend projections to help shape my rankings as well. The basic idea for creating rankings is that it helps quantify exactly what I mean when I talk about moving players up or down on draft day based on some of the data I uncover on this site.

When comparing my rankings to the other experts at FantasyPros, there are a few notes:

  • My narco picks such as Stephen Piscotty, Michael Conforto, Randal Grichuck and Raisel Iglesias are among those that I ranked much higher than others. Not a huge surprise here. I see them as potential breakout candidates and guys that you should take before others get them.
  • Some players that my HR analysis indicated might be due for a big year, such as Jonathan Schoop and Justin Bour, also got a boost in my rankings.
  • Players that you see lower in my rankings, like Troy Tulowitzki, are often because my Special Blend projections indicate the possibility for a disappointing season for them this year. I don’t consider projections to be the Bible by any means but I do pay attention when they indicate something unexpected such as that.
  • And, as always, closers are a bit lower in my rankings as I do tend to wait a bit more than others on them.

Within each of the positional rankings below, you’ll see that I broke them into tiers. I think that’s a helpful way to view the positions as it indicates when there’s a dropoff in talent. In addition, I noted some players to target within most of the positional rankings as well and that’s based on there being potential higher valued players hidden later on in the draft.

Many thanks to FantasyPros for allowing us fantasy experts to have a place to post these rankings for all to see. Check them out below:

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  • Jim
    03/13/2016 at 2:21 PM

    Awesome site! Great info! Is it possible to get your overall and tiered rankings in a downloadable Excel format? The site only allows me to see the top 280 players and then cuts off. Thanks!

    • Luke
      03/13/2016 at 2:33 PM

      That’s a good idea! I hadn’t even thought of that actually. I’ll throw something together and post it as a Google Doc later. I’ll let ya know when it’s up.

    • Brad
      03/18/2016 at 12:47 PM

      No mr heat sheet draft charts for each league?…

      • Brad
        03/18/2016 at 12:48 PM

        Loved those

  • Arturo
    03/14/2016 at 12:37 AM

    Luke , great work, any update on the adp positional tiers?


    • Arturo
      03/14/2016 at 12:38 AM

      The printable version

      • Luke
        03/14/2016 at 12:40 AM

        Yup. Should be up in the next few days!

      • Luke
        03/18/2016 at 10:29 PM

        FYI – They are up now.

  • Greg
    03/14/2016 at 8:52 PM

    Hey Luke. Thanks for all the hard work. Quick question. Is there a way in the program to sort column? I am wondering if I can sort your auction values from high to low.

    • Luke
      03/14/2016 at 10:14 PM

      Yup, in the top right of the Draft Central screen, there should be a drop-down box to allow you to sort by various options

  • Neal
    03/15/2016 at 9:03 PM

    what type of league is this adjusted for? 5×5 roto?

    • Luke
      03/18/2016 at 1:05 PM

      Yeah, 5×5 roto.

  • Brad
    03/18/2016 at 12:50 PM

    No printable draft charts by round???? Loved those

    • Luke
      03/18/2016 at 1:06 PM

      Been working on them. Hope to have them up by tonight.

    • Luke
      03/18/2016 at 10:28 PM

      FYI – They are up now.

  • John
    03/22/2016 at 10:27 PM

    Would you move Domingo Santana up in your rankings if he’s named the Brewers leadoff hitter, which for some reason they seem to be considering?

    • Luke
      03/26/2016 at 12:01 PM

      Yeah, I’m starting to like him a bit more. I need to do a rankings adjustment soon with some of the new information we’re getting. Stay tuned.