The Dynasty Guru’s Top 50 Dynasty League Third Basemen, Nos. 1-20

From the 21st of January to the 20th of February, the writers at TDG will be taking you through our rankings position-by-position. As I mentioned in the primer, this year we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of having my personal rankings up on this site, like last year, these rankings for 2014 are of the consensus variety and being brought to you by all of the TDG staff. Everyone put a lot of work into this project, so we hope you enjoy the end result. And if you are looking for my personal dynasty league rankings, you can find them this off-season at Baseball Prospectus.

So we hope you enjoy the rankings package that we’ve put together here. And if you do, I hope that you will make a donation to show appreciation for the content you’ve seen here at the Dynasty Guru. You can do that through this link, or by clicking the “Donate” button on the top-right corner of the homepage. All donations are truly appreciated.

Third base, like last year, has some heavy hitters at the top. In fact, the top-five at the position may be as strong as any other position on the diamond (including first base). However, once you get beyond that, it’s a number of players who either haven’t proven anything or have been breakout stars without the requisite prospect status to give that extra layer of comfort. Then you have the aging third basemen who are still hanging on to their value despite being one year closer to retirement. It’s a position of power, and that’s only going to get stronger as the two prospects who clock in highest on this list both have at least 70 power potential.

Now the 20 best third baseman in dynasty leagues, starting with one of the best hitters in the game today:

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 50 Dynasty League Shortstops, Nos. 21-50

From the 21st of January to the 20th of February, the writers at TDG will be taking you through our rankings position-by-position. As I mentioned in the primer, this year we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of having my personal rankings up on this site, like last year, these rankings for 2014 are of the consensus variety and being brought to you by all of the TDG staff. Everyone put a lot of work into this project, so we hope you enjoy the end result. And if you are looking for my personal dynasty league rankings, you can find them this off-season at Baseball Prospectus.

So we hope you enjoy the rankings package that we’ve put together here. And if you do, I hope that you will make a donation to show appreciation for the content you’ve seen here at the Dynasty Guru. You can do that through this link, or by clicking the “Donate” button on the top-right corner of the homepage. All donations are truly appreciated.

And now the remaining 30 of the Top 50 Dynasty League Shortstops, led off by an oldie, but still a goodie (at least for now):

21) Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies (Age: 35, Previous Rank: 9)

Time to line up a replacement for this longtime fantasy stalwart in dynasty leagues, but don’t count him out just yet. He may be old but he still has a solid grip on the everyday SS job in Philly. He can be expected to put up usable, if not elite, fantasy numbers in 2014. I would expect a decent rebound over his down 2013 numbers, but older players are no sure bet to stay healthy. Tends to be a slow starter most seasons, heating up as the weather heats up. Keep an eye on him and snap him up for a bargain price in late May.

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 50 Dynasty League Shortstops, Nos. 1-20

From the 21st of January to the 20th of February, the writers at TDG will be taking you through our rankings position-by-position. As I mentioned in the primer, this year we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of having my personal rankings up on this site, like last year, these rankings for 2014 are of the consensus variety and being brought to you by all of the TDG staff. Everyone put a lot of work into this project, so we hope you enjoy the end result. And if you are looking for my personal dynasty league rankings, you can find them this off-season at Baseball Prospectus.

So we hope you enjoy the rankings package that we’ve put together here. And if you do, I hope that you will make a donation to show appreciation for the content you’ve seen here at the Dynasty Guru. You can do that through this link, or by clicking the “Donate” button on the top-right corner of the homepage. All donations are truly appreciated.

Shortstop is a position very much in flux these days, as once you move past the obvious names, you get a lot of players who have pretty serious flaws. On the other hand, the shortstops coming up through the minor leagues right now are the strongest crop we’ve seen in almost twenty years (the famed A-Rod, Jeter, Garciaparra, Tejada class). There are four guys right now who slide into those spots, and you’ll notice that they are all in the top-11 here. And what else is slowly happening over time is that the position is moving back towards one where you can get power, instead of just speed-based players. And this is all with a couple of big name players who are off the position for right now (but may end up back there soon) in Jurickson Profar and Manny Machado. Incredible.

Now the 20 best shortstops in dynasty leagues, starting with the player who eked out a very close race for number one between two NL West stars:

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 50 Dynasty League Second Basemen, Nos. 21-50

From the 21st of January to the 20th of February, the writers at TDG will be taking you through our rankings position-by-position. As I mentioned in the primer, this year we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of having my personal rankings up on this site, like last year, these rankings for 2014 are of the consensus variety and being brought to you by all of the TDG staff. Everyone put a lot of work into this project, so we hope you enjoy the end result. And if you are looking for my personal dynasty league rankings, you can find them this off-season at Baseball Prospectus.

So we hope you enjoy the rankings package that we’ve put together here. And if you do, I hope that you will make a donation to show appreciation for the content you’ve seen here at the Dynasty Guru. You can do that through this link, or by clicking the “Donate” button on the top-right corner of the homepage. All donations are truly appreciated.

And now the remaining 30 of the Top 50 Dynasty League Second Basemen, led off by a prospect who deserves more love in fantasy circles than he’s currently getting (unless you were at the Futures Game):

21) Arismendy Alcantara, Chicago Cubs (Age: 22, Previous Rank: NR)

Alcantara makes his debut on these rankings after hitting .271/.352/.451 in 571 Double-A PA last season and is now universally considered a Top 100 prospect. With his plus speed, solid hit tool and understated power, he could have a lengthy career as a Top 10 fantasy second baseman. An MLB debut near the end of 2014 would be unsurprising as the Cubs begin their youth movement.

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 50 Dynasty League Second Basemen, Nos. 1-20

From the 21st of January to the 20th of February, the writers at TDG will be taking you through our rankings position-by-position. As I mentioned in the primer, this year we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of having my personal rankings up on this site, like last year, these rankings for 2014 are of the consensus variety and being brought to you by all of the TDG staff. Everyone put a lot of work into this project, so we hope you enjoy the end result. And if you are looking for my personal dynasty league rankings, you can find them this off-season at Baseball Prospectus.

So we hope you enjoy the rankings package that we’ve put together here. And if you do, I hope that you will make a donation to show appreciation for the content you’ve seen here at the Dynasty Guru. You can do that through this link, or by clicking the “Donate” button on the top-right corner of the homepage. All donations are truly appreciated.

Second base, as a whole, is not as weak as it once was. And similar to first base, the pipeline of new talent often comes in the form of shift down the defensive spectrum. This year, four of the top 12 second basemen were playing other positions during the majority of 2012–and that’s not even including multi-eligibility guys like Ben Zobrist and Martin Prado. On top of that, there’s a strong core of players in the teens who, while not terribly sexy names with huge upside, can provide good production at a reasonable cost. And while the upper tier is still light compared to other positions across the diamond, there is some new blood who can make the jump if the developmental curve allows–including two former top prospects who have lost their eligibility (but not their upside).

Now the 20 best second baseman in dynasty leagues, starting with one of the most consistent fantasy stars of the decade:

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 50 Dynasty League First Basemen, Nos. 21-50

From the 21st of January to the 20th of February, the writers at TDG will be taking you through our rankings position-by-position. As I mentioned in the primer, this year we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of having my personal rankings up on this site, like last year, these rankings for 2014 are of the consensus variety and being brought to you by all of the TDG staff. Everyone put a lot of work into this project, so we hope you enjoy the end result. And if you are looking for my personal dynasty league rankings, you can find them this off-season at Baseball Prospectus.

So we hope you enjoy the rankings package that we’ve put together here. And if you do, I hope that you will make a donation to show appreciation for the content you’ve seen here at the Dynasty Guru. You can do that through this link, or by clicking the “Donate” button on the top-right corner of the homepage. All donations are truly appreciated.

And now the remaining 30 of the Top 50 Dynasty League First Basemen, led off by one of the big ticket free agents left on the market:

21) Kendrys Morales, Free Agent (Age: 30, Previous Rank: 21)

It seems like Morales is one of those guys you don’t want to end up with but always does a pretty solid job filling in at your Util spot. 2014 shouldn’t be much different and depending on who signs him things could be a bit brighter than that. He’s not going to set the world on fire but a 70/25/85/.275 season seems about what he can bring you right now.

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 50 Dynasty League First Basemen, Nos. 1-20

From the 21st of January to the 20th of February, the writers at TDG will be taking you through our rankings position-by-position. As I mentioned in the primer, this year we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of having my personal rankings up on this site, like last year, these rankings for 2014 are of the consensus variety and being brought to you by all of the TDG staff. Everyone put a lot of work into this project, so we hope you enjoy the end result. And if you are looking for my personal dynasty league rankings, you can find them this off-season at Baseball Prospectus.

So we hope you enjoy the rankings package that we’ve put together here. And if you do, I hope that you will make a donation to show appreciation for the content you’ve seen here at the Dynasty Guru. You can do that through this link, or by clicking the “Donate” button on the top-right corner of the homepage. All donations are truly appreciated.

First base is a fun position to debate, and although the names run deep, the big ones shine much brighter than the mid or end-game versions. The recent quirk of the position (at least over the last couple of seasons) is that the minor league crop is especially weak. However, this is less consequential at first base, as the position gets just as much of an infusion from shifts down on the defensive spectrum as it does from the minor leagues. And with that shifting scheduled to continue (with potential names like Miguel Cabrera, Joe Mauer and others coming in 2015), things may continue to bulk up in the coming years anyway.

Now the 20 best first baseman in dynasty leagues, starting with a slugger who has elevated himself into near slam-dunk number one territory over the last 12 months:

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 50 Dynasty League Catchers, Nos. 21-50

We’ve finally made it. From the 21st of January to the 20th of February, the writers at TDG will be taking you through our rankings position-by-position. As I mentioned in the primer, this year we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of having my personal rankings up on this site, like last year, these rankings for 2014 are of the consensus variety and being brought to you by all of the TDG staff. Everyone put a lot of work into this project, so we hope you enjoy the end result. And if you are looking for my personal dynasty league rankings, you can find them this off-season at Baseball Prospectus.

So we hope you enjoy the rankings package that we’ve put together here. And if you do, I hope that you will make a donation to show appreciation for the content you’ve seen here at the Dynasty Guru. You can do that through this link, or by clicking the “Donate” button on the top-right corner of the homepage. All donations are truly appreciated.

Now the rest of the Top 50 Dynasty League Catchers, starting with a Yankee farmhand we’ve known for a long time:

21) Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 19)

Sanchez’s triple slash line from 2013 might be worrisome (.253/.324/.412) but I contend otherwise. Sanchez had a .353 BABIP in his minor league career but in 2013 his BABIP was .280. However, he posted career bests in K% (14.5%) and BB% (11.8%) in AA. His bat has never been the issue, it has always been his defense behind the plate. The 2013 season went a long way to silence any critics though, as he saw an increase in his CS% (44%) and a decrease in passed balls (13).

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 50 Dynasty League Catchers, Nos. 1-20

We’ve finally made it. Over the next 31 days, the writers at TDG take you through our rankings position-by-position. As I mentioned in the primer, this year we’re doing things a little differently. Instead of having my personal rankings up on this site, like last year, these rankings for 2014 are of the consensus variety and being brought to you by all of the TDG staff. Everyone put a lot of work into this project, so we hope you enjoy the end result. And if you are looking for my personal dynasty league rankings, you can find them this off-season at Baseball Prospectus.

So we hope you enjoy the rankings package that we’ve put together here. And if you do, I hope that you will make a donation to show appreciation for the content you’ve seen here at the Dynasty Guru. You can do that through this link, or by clicking the “Donate” button on the top-right corner of the homepage. All donations are truly appreciated.

Catcher can be such a tough position to grade on a long-term basis for a couple of different reasons. First of all, the best prospects usually fail early and often, especially when compared to other positions. Second, players move off the position for various reasons–though usually it’s because they either can’t do it defensively anymore or it doesn’t make sense for them to given the strength of their bat. Finally, it’s a position that nowadays is extremely deep in mid-level options and therefore it slightly devalues the players in that class who don’t have the helium to raise above it.

Now, your top 20 dynasty league catchers:

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The Calm Before the Rankings Storm

You’ve probably noticed that it’s been a little quieter than usual around here over the last week or so. And for good reason. The Dynasty Guru staff is putting the finishing touches on the 2014 consensus rankings, which start to roll out tomorrow. Excitement!

Everyone has been hard at work on both the rankings and the commentary that you are about to see. Even Joldstein. And all that work is going to show through in the product, which I am very proud of. However, since the first post on catchers doesn’t go up until tomorrow, I’m going to take this opportunity to plug a couple of things that I highly recommend (and not just because I’m involved in most of them–you know me better than that).

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