Hello, all. Hope I’ve gotten many questions over the course of the last couple of months as to when the 2014 dynasty ranks are coming out, and now that the plan is firmly in place, it’s time to map out the road ahead. It’s going to be a little different than last season, but the information available to dynasty league owners is going to be more robust. Instead of just my rankings, which were featured on the site last year, the TDG rankings in 2014 are of the consensus variety–meaning that everyone on staff has a say in the final product. However, if you are looking for my specific rankings, do not fear. Those will be published this pre-season at Baseball Prospectus, as we roll out our positional focus series. If you’re not a BP subscriber, I highly recommend it (of course I do) as we’ve built up a great staff and have big things planned. Plus it’s cheaper for a full season than the lunch my wife and I had at the Cheesecake Factory this past weekend (with dessert!).
Now let’s go into the nuts and bolts of how we created the rankings this year. Around mid-December, I began soliciting individual position lists from everyone on staff here at TDG and I consolidated them into what is considered the “first draft” of the rankings. At that point, I sent the list out to the entire staff and opened it up for debate–which has been fantastic to be a part of. Everyone is putting a lot of time and thought, not only into the lists themselves but in fighting for “their guys”. In the end, changes to the draft lists are made by the Executive Rankings Committee, made up of myself, Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein. At that point, the ranks are final and the blurbs can start to be supplemented.
Now the disclaimers. First of all, these rankings all are based on a standard keep-forever dynasty format with no contracts/salaries. And as far as the assumed league size/type of these rankings, here is the explanation from the primer before last year’s lists came out:
“One important thing to note about the way the rankings were set up, is that I had to assume some level of standard league type and depth in order to place the minor leaguers in the right places. For these purposes, I used approximately a 14-16 team rotisserie league as the baseline. So if you’re in a 10-team dynasty league, then the values of the minor leaguers on both the individual and positional lists should be higher for your league’s purposes, and vice versa. If I’m in a 15-team league, I’d rather have Matt Joyce than Tyler Austin, but if I’m in a 10-team league, I’d rather have Austin because Joyce is closer to replacement level, while Austin still has the same upside. On the other end of the spectrum, prospects with a lower ceiling and higher probability have more value when you’re looking through the lens of a 20-team league – so for a league like that I might bump Rob Brantly a little higher up my catcher list, or Kyle Gibson a little higher on my pitcher list, for example.”
The names may have changed, but the story remains the same. And here is the schedule of when all of the lists you’ve been looking forward to will be coming out:
January 21, 2014: Catchers, #1-20
January 22, 2014: Catchers, #21-50
January 23, 2014: First Basemen, #1-20
January 24, 2014: First Basemen, #21-50
January 27, 2014: Second Basemen, #1-20
January 28, 2014: Second Basemen, #21-50
January 29, 2014: Shortstops, #1-20
January 30, 2014: Shortstops, #21-50
January 31, 2014: Third Basemen, #1-20
February 3, 2014: Third Basemen, #21-50
February 4, 2014: Outfielders, #1-20
February 5, 2014: Outfielders, #21-40
February 6, 2014: Outfielders, #41-75
February 7, 2014: Outfielders, #76-125
February 10, 2014: Starting Pitchers, #1-20
February 11, 2014: Starting Pitchers, #21-40
February 12, 2014: Starting Pitchers, #41-75
February 13, 2014: Starting Pitchers, #76-125
February 14, 2014: Starting Pitchers, #126-200
February 18, 2014: Relievers, #1-25
February 19, 2014: Relievers, #26-75
February 20, 2014: Top 500 Overall
The rankings are not the only exciting thing happening at the site prior to the 2014 season. This year will mark Year One of the Official Dynasty Guru Experts League. In this league, all writers at the site, along with experts from other websites, will be competing in a single league with an emphasis on transparency that will allow you to get unique insight into the thought process of the people you’ve been enjoying reading. We will be drafting both major league and minor league rosters in late February/early March and covering it all in depth here at TDG. And that’s not even close to where the fun ends.
During the season, we will be covering the league inside and out. There will be a transactions report posted weekly that will review all adds/drops with comments from the actual owners who made them (when appropriate/necessary). On top of that, there will be write-ups for every trade that happens–and both owners will provide their reasoning for making the deal.
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