Teasing The 2015 Consensus Dynasty League Rankings
Once the holidays are over and you’ve already strayed from your plans to eat healthier in the new year, it can only mean one thing: the newest installment of comprehensive dynasty league rankings are here at The Dynasty Guru. Since this is the third year we’re doing this, you all know the drill already. And if you don’t, I’m going to take a brief moment to remind you of what we do here. Over the course of the next month, we’re going to be putting out dynasty rankings that cover nearly 700 players across every position on the diamond–and an individual comment will accompany each player from Mike Trout to Jesus Montero (thankfully, I’m not writing the Montero comment this year).
Those commentaries and these rankings are a true group effort, as the entire TDG team contributes to the process on both ends. You’ve surely seen some new faces over the last few months and I couldn’t be happier with how things have been working out. With additions like Matt Winkelman, JJ Jansons, Jake Devereaux, George Bissell, Kaz Yamakazi and Greg Wellemeyer, the talent pool at the site continues to grow in exciting ways. Of course, you’ll also see the more familiar faces throughout the rankings, like myself, Ben Carsley, Craig Goldstein and Nick Doran. The rankings here at TDG have all of our input integrated, and like last year, my personal rankings will be up at Baseball Prospectus. That also includes the Top 101 Dynasty Prospects (coming in February) and the Top 50 2014 Signees for Dynasty Drafts (from last week).
So now we’ll get to the part where I copy the important information from previous years’ primers so that I don’t have to repeat myself and you don’t have to go back into the old versions to pull the information needed to put this all into context:
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.”
With each year it gets more and more amusing as to which names I used here. It also becomes more fun to keep them in there–even though it would be more informative to swap out Matt Joyce and Tyler Austin for Austin Jackson and Aaron Judge or Rob Brantly for Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kyle Gibson for, well, Kyle Gibson. That one still works.
And, finally, here is the schedule of when all of the lists you’ve been looking forward to will be coming out:
January 13, 2015: Catchers, #1-20
January 14, 2015: Catchers, #21-50
January 15, 2015: First Basemen, #1-20
January 16, 2015: First Basemen, #21-50
January 20, 2015: Second Basemen, #1-20
January 21, 2015: Second Basemen, #21-50
January 22, 2015: Shortstops, #1-20
January 23, 2015: Shortstops, #21-50
January 26, 2015: Third Basemen, #1-20
January 27, 2015: Third Basemen, #21-50
January 28, 2015: Outfielders, #1-20
January 29, 2015: Outfielders, #21-40
January 30, 2015: Outfielders, #41-75
February 2, 2015: Outfielders, #76-125
February 3, 2015: Starting Pitchers, #1-20
February 4, 2015: Starting Pitchers, #21-40
February 5, 2015: Starting Pitchers, #41-75
February 6, 2015: Starting Pitchers: #76-125
February 9, 2015: Starting Pitchers, #126-200
February 10, 2015: Relievers, #1-25
February 11, 2015: Relievers, #26-75
February 12, 2015: Top 500 Overall
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