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The Top 500 Dynasty League Players, March 2017

A long time ago, these rankings were all assembled by one person. In a basement with very little light. We’ve since grown and adapted our process to an increasingly cooperative site. It’s caused the rankings to be more debated, and has brought more information to the table in order to find the right equilibrium for you to use in your dynasty leagues. The team we have in place now is awesome and you’ve seen their work.

This not the work of said team. The #Dynasty500 is still the work of a madman in a basement with very little light. So you’ll notice differences between how players are ranked on this particular list and the way they were ranked throughout the entire dynasty ranking series. And the ire or joy you feel can be directed at yours truly.

The top of this list is just so much fun. We have at least 11 players who on the surface seem like they could be top-five talents—many of which are at difficult-to-fill positions. We’ve got three shortstops, two third basemen and a second baseman for good order. In fact, they’ve even gone so far as to prevent any pitchers from entering the top-10, even though there’s really only an argument for one. The talent pool may be down in the minors, but the majors are full of young, exciting stars and the top of this list should remain mostly in tact for a while.

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Rk Player Pos Team
1 Mike Trout OF LAA
2 Bryce Harper OF WAS
3 Mookie Betts OF BOS
4 Kris Bryant 3B CHN
5 Carlos Correa SS HOU
6 Manny Machado SS BAL
7 Nolan Arenado 3B COL
8 Jose Altuve 2B HOU
9 Corey Seager SS LAD
10 Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI
11 Clayton Kershaw SP LAD
12 Xander Bogaerts SS BOS
13 Anthony Rizzo 1B CHC
14 Starling Marte OF PIT
15 Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
16 Gregory Polanco OF PIT
17 Trea Turner 2B WAS
18 Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
19 Noah Syndergaard SP NYM
20 Francisco Lindor SS CLE
21 Christian Yelich OF MIA
22 Madison Bumgarner SP SFG
23 Giancarlo Stanton OF MIA
24 George Springer OF HOU
25 Kyle Seager 3B SEA
26 Max Scherzer SP WAS
27 Jonathan Villar SS MIL
28 Freddie Freeman 1B ATL
29 Joey Votto 1B CIN
30 Charlie Blackmon OF COL
31 Miguel Sano 3B MIN
32 Robinson Cano 2B SEA
33 Chris Sale SP BOS
34 Nomar Mazara OF TEX
35 Kyle Schwarber OF CHC
36 Yoan Moncada 3B CHW
37 Andrew Benintendi OF BOS
38 Andrew McCutchen OF PIT
39 J.D. Martinez OF DET
40 Corey Kluber SP CLE
41 A.J. Pollock OF ARI
42 Anthony Rendon 3B WAS
43 Daniel Murphy 2B WAS
44 Yoenis Cespedes OF NYM
45 Buster Posey C SFN
46 Ryan Braun OF MIL
47 Jake Arrieta SP CHC
48 Byron Buxton OF MIN
49 Addison Russell SS CHC
50 David Dahl OF COL
51 Alex Bregman 3B HOU
52 Dansby Swanson SS ATL
53 Billy Hamilton OF CIN
54 Yu Darvish SP TEX
55 Johnny Cueto SP SFN
56 Rougned Odor 2B TEX
57 Gary Sanchez C NYY
58 Jacob deGrom SP NYM
59 Jon Lester SP CHC
60 David Price SP BOS
61 Stephen Strasburg SP WAS
62 Dee Gordon 2B MIA
63 Wil Myers 1B SDN
64 Jose Abreu 1B CHW
65 Julio Urias SP LAD
66 Evan Longoria 3B TAM
67 Justin Upton OF DET
68 Carlos Gonzalez OF COL
69 Carlos Carrasco SP CLE
70 Javier Baez SS CHC
71 Brendan Rodgers SS COL
72 Adam Eaton OF WAS
73 Marcell Ozuna OF MIA
74 Victor Robles OF WAS
75 Trevor Story SS COL
76 Edwin Encarnacion 1B CLE
77 Stephen Piscotty OF STL
78 Tim Anderson SS CHW
79 Hanley Ramirez 1B BOS
80 Jonathan Lucroy C TEX
81 Gerrit Cole SP PIT
82 Nelson Cruz OF SEA
83 Amed Rosario SS NYM
84 Carlos Martinez SP STL
85 Willson Contreras C CHC
86 Austin Meadows OF PIT
87 Rafael Devers 3B BOS
88 Kenley Jansen RP LAD
89 Chris Archer SP TAM
90 Brian Dozier 2B MIN
91 Maikel Franco 3B PHI
92 Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
93 Justin Verlander SP DET
94 Jose Quintana SP CHW
95 Aroldis Chapman RP NYY
96 Justin Turner 3B LAD
97 Yasmani Grandal C LAD
98 Kyle Hendricks SP CHC
99 Matt Harvey SP NYM
100 Khris Davis OF OAK
101 Mark Trumbo OF BAL
102 Zach Britton RP BAL
103 Odubel Herrera OF PHI
104 Clint Frazier OF NYY
105 Cole Hamels SP TEX
106 Zack Greinke SP ARI
107 DJ LeMahieu 2B COL
108 Eloy Jimenez OF CHC
109 Ian Desmond OF COL
110 Lorenzo Cain OF KCR
111 Chris Davis 1B BAL
112 J.P. Crawford SS PHI
113 Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
114 Matt Carpenter 2B STL
115 Masahiro Tanaka SP NYY
116 Jean Segura SS SEA
117 Ian Kinsler 2B DET
118 Carlos Santana 1B CLE
119 Carlos Rodon SP CHW
120 Aaron Sanchez SP TOR
121 Nick Senzel 3B CIN
122 Nick Castellanos 3B DET
123 Adam Jones OF BAL
124 Evan Gattis C HOU
125 Mark Melancon RP SFG
126 Eric Hosmer 1B KCR
127 Brandon Belt 1B SFG
128 Julio Teheran SP ATL
129 Cody Allen RP CLE
130 Joc Pederson OF LAD
131 Todd Frazier 3B CHW
132 Kenta Maeda SP LAD
133 Jameson Taillon SP PIT
134 Danny Salazar SP CLE
135 Jose Peraza SS CIN
136 Troy Tulowitzki SS TOR
137 Jose Bautista OF TOR
138 Dustin Pedroia 2B BOS
139 Lucas Giolito SP CHW
140 Raimel Tapia OF COL
141 Michael Fulmer SP DET
142 Sean Manaea SP OAK
143 Aaron Nola SP PHI
144 Craig Kimbrel RP BOS
145 Wade Davis RP CHC
146 Michael Conforto OF NYM
147 Josh Bell 1B PIT
148 Joey Gallo 3B TEX
149 Seung-hwan Oh RP STL
150 Jackie Bradley Jr. OF BOS
151 Dallas Keuchel SP HOU
152 Roberto Osuna RP TOR
153 Elvis Andrus SS TEX
154 Nick Williams OF PHI
155 Lewis Brinson OF MIL
156 Yasiel Puig OF LAD
157 Matt Kemp OF ATL
158 Mike Moustakas 3B KCR
159 Jorge Mateo SS NYY
160 Felix Hernandez SP SEA
161 Rick Porcello SP BOS
162 Gleyber Torres SS NYY
163 Jose Ramirez 3B CLE
164 Hunter Pence OF SFG
165 Danny Duffy SP KCR
166 Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
167 Brad Miller SS TBR
168 Franklin Barreto SS OAK
169 Andrew Miller RP CLE
170 Edwin Diaz RP SEA
171 Michael Brantley OF CLE
172 Kevin Gausman SP BAL
173 Marcus Stroman SP TOR
174 Lance McCullers SP HOU
175 Vince Velasquez SP PHI
176 Logan Forsythe 2B LAD
177 Blake Snell SP TBR
178 Ketel Marte SS ARI
179 Starlin Castro 2B NYY
180 Ben Zobrist 2B CHC
181 Ronald Acuna OF ATL
182 Steven Matz SP NYM
183 James Paxton SP SEA
184 Max Kepler OF MIN
185 Aledmys Diaz SS STL
186 Devon Travis 2B TOR
187 Corey Ray OF MIL
188 Kole Calhoun OF LAA
189 Sonny Gray SP OAK
190 Hunter Renfroe OF SDP
191 Neil Walker 2B NYM
192 David Robertson RP CHW
193 Jon Gray SP COL
194 Rich Hill SP LAD
195 Yulieski Gurriel 3B HOU
196 Jurickson Profar 3B TEX
197 Alex Reyes SP STL
198 Cody Bellinger OF LAD
199 Jung-ho Kang 3B PIT
200 Zack Collins C CHW
201 Jake Odorizzi SP TAM
202 Taijuan Walker SP ARI
203 Robert Gsellman SP NYM
204 Dexter Fowler OF STL
205 Joe Ross SP WAS
206 Tyler Glasnow SP PIT
207 Willy Adames SS TAM
208 Kyle Tucker OF HOU
209 Keon Broxton OF MIL
210 Raul Mondesi 2B KCR
211 JT Realmuto C MIA
212 Albert Pujols 1B LAA
213 Jorge Soler OF KCR
214 Manuel Margot OF SDP
215 C.J. Cron 1B LAA
216 Kolten Wong 2B STL
217 Jorge Alfaro C PHI
218 Aaron Judge OF NYY
219 Ken Giles RP HOU
220 Alex Colome RP TAM
221 Yadier Alvarez SP LAD
222 Jason Groome SP BOS
223 Salvador Perez C KCR
224 Isan Diaz SS MIL
225 Matt Moore SP SFG
226 Blake Swihart C BOS
227 Jeurys Familia RP NYM
228 Dan Vogelbach 1B SEA
229 Yasmany Tomas OF ARI
230 Mickey Moniak OF PHI
231 Kyle Lewis OF SEA
232 Blake Rutherford OF NYY
233 Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD
234 Brent Honeywell SP TAM
235 Garrett Richards SP LAA
236 Tyler Skaggs SP LAA
237 Brandon Drury 2B ARI
238 Jason Heyward OF CHC
239 Anderson Espinoza SP BOS
240 Francis Martes SP HOU
241 Ian Happ 2B CHC
242 Corey Dickerson OF TAM
243 Ozzie Albies 2B ATL
244 Jake Lamb 3B ARI
245 Ender Inciarte OF ATL
246 Kelvin Herrera RP KCR
247 Asdrubal Cabrera SS NYM
248 Jose Berrios SP MIN
249 Drew Pomeranz SP BOS
250 Wilson Ramos C TAM
251 Robbie Ray SP ARI
252 Josh Hader SP MIL
253 Travis d’Arnaud C NYM
254 Greg Bird 1B NYY
255 A.J. Reed 1B HOU
256 Marcus Semien SS OAK
257 Jay Bruce OF NYM
258 Kevin Kiermaier OF TAM
259 Anthony DeSclafani SP CIN
260 A.J. Ramos RP MIA
261 Mitch Keller SP PIT
262 Brian McCann C HOU
263 Bradley Zimmer OF CLE
264 Tyler O’Neill OF SEA
265 Jeff Samardzija SP SFG
266 John Lackey SP CHC
267 Tommy Joseph 1B PHI
268 Russell Martin C TOR
269 Josh Harrison 2B PIT
270 Vladimir Guerrero Jr 3B TOR
271 Cody Reed SP CIN
272 Lucas Duda 1B NYM
273 Dylan Bundy SP BAL
274 Shin-Soo Choo OF TEX
275 Tom Murphy C COL
276 Hernan Perez 2B MIL
277 Drew Smyly SP SEA
278 Michael Pineda SP NYY
279 Mike Napoli 1B TEX
280 Michael Kopech SP CHW
281 Alex Cobb SP TAM
282 Jerad Eickhoff SP PHI
283 Rowdy Tellez 1B TOR
284 Andrew Susac C MIL
285 Eduardo Nunez SS SFG
286 Curtis Granderson OF NYM
287 Lourdes Gurriel 2B TOR
288 Michael Wacha SP STL
289 Alex Gordon OF KCR
290 Eduardo Rodriguez SP BOS
291 Jesse Winker OF CIN
292 Reynaldo Lopez SP CHW
293 Leodys Tavares OF TEX
294 Juan Soto OF WAS
295 Francisco Mejia C CLE
296 Yangervis Solarte 3B SDP
297 Brett Phillips OF MIL
298 Carlos Gomez OF TEX
299 Tanner Roark SP WAS
300 Francisco Rodriguez RP DET
301 Francisco Liriano SP TOR
302 Josh Reddick OF HOU
303 Amir Garrett SP CIN
304 Cal Quantrill SP SDP
305 Trevor Bauer SP CLE
306 Joe Panik 2B SFG
307 A.J. Puk SP OAK
308 Matt Thaiss 1B LAA
309 Rajai Davis OF OAK
310 Jose De Leon SP TAM
311 Tony Watson RP PIT
312 Neftali Feliz RP MIL
313 Jacoby Ellsbury OF NYY
314 Randal Grichuk OF STL
315 Victor Martinez 1B DET
316 Franklyn Kilome SP PHI
317 Willie Calhoun 2B LAD
318 Zach Davies SP MIL
319 Kevin Maitan SS ATL
320 Eric Thames OF MIL
321 Jordan Zimmermann SP DET
322 Adam Wainwright SP STL
323 Kendrys Morales 1B TOR
324 Welington Castillo C BAL
325 Raisel Iglesias RP CIN
326 Mike Foltynewicz SP ATL
327 Devin Mesoraco C CIN
328 Lucas Erceg 3B MIL
329 David Peralta OF ARI
330 Ryon Healy 3B OAK
331 Dellin Betances RP NYY
332 Yohander Mendez SP TEX
333 Sandy Alcantara SP STL
334 Domingo Santana OF MIL
335 Matt Shoemaker SP LAA
336 Martin Prado 3B MIA
337 Ryan McMahon 3B COL
338 Collin McHugh SP HOU
339 Lance Lynn SP STL
340 Brandon Maurer RP SDP
341 Brett Lawrie 2B CHW
342 Wilmer Flores 3B NYM
343 Matt Wieters C WAS
344 Marco Estrada SP TOR
345 Andrew Heaney SP LAA
346 J.A. Happ SP TOR
347 Albert Almora OF CHC
348 Brandon Crawford SS SFG
349 Steven Souza OF TAM
350 Chance Sisco C BAL
351 Didi Gregorius SS NYY
352 Ivan Nova SP PIT
353 Jedd Gyorko SS STL
354 Daniel Norris SP DET
355 Nick Gordon SS MIN
356 Cam Bedrosian RP LAA
357 Chris Owings SS ARI
358 Melky Cabrera OF CHW
359 Luis Alexander Basabe OF CHW
360 Kevin Pillar OF TOR
361 Anthony Alford OF TOR
362 Kevin Newman SS PIT
363 Dom Smith 1B NYM
364 Chris Carter 1B NYY
365 Adam Duvall OF CIN
366 Zack Wheeler SP NYM
367 Michael Saunders OF PHI
368 Jahmai Jones OF LAA
369 Alex Verdugo OF LAD
370 Brett Gardner OF NYY
371 Jose Reyes 3B NYM
372 Eugenio Suarez 3B CIN
373 Brandon Phillips 2B ATL
374 Tyson Ross SP TEX
375 Greg Allen OF CLE
376 Kennys Vargas 1B MIN
377 Roman Quinn OF PHI
378 Ian Kennedy SP KCR
379 Sean Newcomb SP ATL
380 Dilson Herrera 2B CIN
381 Pablo Sandoval 3B BOS
382 Orlando Arcia SS MIL
383 Anderson Tejeda SS TEX
384 Leonys Martin OF SEA
385 Jayson Werth OF WAS
386 Cameron Rupp C PHI
387 Triston McKenzie SP CLE
388 Mitch Moreland 1B BOS
389 Justin Bour 1B MIA
390 Archie Bradley SP ARI
391 Brandon Finnegan SP CIN
392 Alcides Escobar SS KCR
393 Trent Clark OF MIL
394 Fernando Rodney RP ARI
395 Carlos Beltran OF HOU
396 Patrick Corbin SP ARI
397 Luis Severino SP NYY
398 Carter Capps RP SDP
399 Derek Fisher OF HOU
400 Mallex Smith OF TAM
401 Yusniel Diaz OF LAD
402 Cameron Maybin OF LAA
403 Grant Holmes SP OAK
404 Justin Dunn SP NYM
405 Shelby Miller SP ARI
406 Jorge Ona OF SDP
407 Alex Kirilloff OF MIN
408 Mike Montgomery SP CHC
409 Thomas Szapucki SP NYM
410 Matt Manning SP DET
411 Jeff Hoffman SP COL
412 Adrian Morejon SP SDP
413 Yan Gomes C CLE
414 Mitch Haniger OF SEA
415 Forrest Whitley SP HOU
416 Luke Weaver SP STL
417 Erick Fedde SP WAS
418 Joe Mauer 1B MIN
419 Travis Shaw 3B MIL
420 Travis Jankowski OF SDP
421 Jeremy Hellickson SP PHI
422 Steven Wright SP BOS
423 Dylan Cozens OF PHI
424 Matt Duffy 3B TAM
425 Matt Holliday OF NYY
426 Alex Wood SP LAD
427 Fernando Tatis Jr SS SDP
428 Danny Espinosa SS LAA
429 Tyler Naquin OF CLE
430 Hisashi Iwakuma SP SEA
431 Gio Gonzalez SP WAS
432 Andrew Toles OF LAD
433 Trey Mancini 1B BAL
434 Jhonny Peralta 3B STL
435 Robert Stephenson SP CIN
436 Kolby Allard SP ATL
437 Bobby Bradley 1B CLE
438 Ryan Zimmerman 1B WAS
439 Zack Cozart SS CIN
440 Jaime Garcia SP ATL
441 Jorge Polanco SS MIN
442 Jake Bauers OF TAM
443 Joe Musgrove SP HOU
444 Wei-Yin Chen SP MIA
445 Denard Span OF SFG
446 Jarrod Dyson OF SEA
447 Josh Naylor 1B SDP
448 Mike Zunino C SEA
449 Luis Valbuena 3B LAA
450 Nate Jones RP CHW
451 Clay Buchholz SP PHI
452 Jace Peterson 2B ATL
453 Stephen Vogt C OAK
454 Matt Chapman 3B OAK
455 Justus Sheffield SP NYY
456 Adam Conley SP MIA
457 James Kaprelian SP NYY
458 Ryan Schimpf 2B SDP
459 Hyun Soo Kim OF BAL
460 Alec Hansen SP CHW
461 Mike Leake SP STL
462 Jason Hammel SP KCR
463 Luis Ortiz SP MIL
464 Brandon Moss OF KCR
465 Junior Guerra SP MIL
466 Riley Pint SP COL
467 Joshua Lowe 3B TAM
468 Howie Kendrick 2B PHI
469 Fernando Romero SP MIN
470 Andrew Cashner SP TEX
471 Hunter Dozier OF KCR
472 Derian Cruz SS ATL
473 Braxton Garrett SP MIA
474 Norge Ruiz SP OAK
475 David Wright 3B NYM
476 Matt Joyce OF OAK
477 Ervin Santana SP MIA
478 Martin Perez SP TEX
479 Cesar Hernandez 2B PHI
480 Forrest Wall 2B COL
481 Jeimer Candelario 3B CHC
482 Edwin Rios 3B LAD
483 Scott Kazmir SP LAD
484 Tyler Anderson SP COL
485 Mike Fiers SP HOU
486 Dan Straily SP MIA
487 Colby Rasmus OF TAM
488 Wilmer Difo 2B WAS
489 Trevor Plouffe 3B OAK
490 Freddy Galvis SS PHI
491 Ben Revere OF LAA
492 Taylor Trammell OF CIN
493 Chris Tillman SP BAL
494 Dalton Pompey OF TOR
495 Walker Buehler SP LAD
496 Nori Aoki OF HOU
497 Brandon McCarthy SP LAD
498 Andres Gimenez SS NYM
499 Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD
500 Matt Wisler SP ATL

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87 Comments

  1. titanzrule32
    March 2, 2017 at 7:34 am — Reply

    Did y’all overlook David Paulino or did he truly miss the cut?

    • March 2, 2017 at 8:37 am — Reply

      He was one of the next 10-15 names that barely missed the cut. Life is tough for a pitching prospect.

  2. Chud
    March 2, 2017 at 7:47 am — Reply

    Awesome list! I look at quite a few of these lists and yours is always a step ahead!

    Did you (mistakingly) swap Sano and Dozier? Based off of your position rankings Dozier was in front of Cano and Sano was ranked behind a few more 3B.

    Your efforts are much appreciated.

    • March 2, 2017 at 8:39 am — Reply

      As I mentioned in the intro, these are my personal rankings and not the consensus rankings of the team. As you can tell, I’m very high on Sano and not quite so high on Dozier.

  3. Rusty Shackleford
    March 2, 2017 at 8:16 am — Reply

    Where would Otani fit even though we’re almost certainly 2+ years away?

    • March 2, 2017 at 8:40 am — Reply

      I’d put him pretty close to where Alex Reyes is, maybe 15 or so spots later (so about 210 overall). Think they have similar upsides, but Otani is more likely to reach his long-term and Reyes is more likely to pitch again in MLB sooner.

  4. Jesse
    March 2, 2017 at 8:30 am — Reply

    I just want to say thanks for all the work you guys do. I assume that this is a labor of love, since it doesn’t exactly pay the bills. I look forward to this list bigly. Thanks guys.

  5. Rusty Shackleford
    March 2, 2017 at 8:31 am — Reply

    I think Verlander got skipped unless you’re super jealous of him and Kate Upton.

    • RS
      March 2, 2017 at 8:41 am — Reply

      Whoops, nevermind. I r b dum.

    • March 2, 2017 at 8:41 am — Reply

      Verlander is at #93. Also, yes.

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  7. March 2, 2017 at 11:28 am — Reply

    No Austin Hedges? Figured he would at least make the top 500

    • March 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm — Reply

      I’m not buying him as anything more than a good first guy off the waiver wire in leagues that start less than 20 catchers.

  8. March 2, 2017 at 11:46 am — Reply

    Delvin Perez? I know there’s some questions about him but he’s still a top 100 prospect, sandwiched between Erceg and Kiriloff in your 101 for Dynasty you did for BP.

    • March 2, 2017 at 1:03 pm — Reply

      That list was mine and Ben’s, and Ben was the one who pushed for him to be in that spot. His ETA and lack of big upside kept him barely off the list, but if he shows some of the pop he did before getting busted for PEDs, he’ll certainly debut in style next year.

  9. john
    March 2, 2017 at 1:18 pm — Reply

    I only have knebel, boxberger, and greg holland in a W / SV / K / ERA / K/BB dynasty league, which ones do you envision having any value? I see none are ranked but I like kneel long term and holland I’m so-so on. Boxberger almost certainly being thrown back into the pool.

    • john
      March 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm — Reply

      if I leave behind all 3 I can take heaney and mcmahon instead. at the moment I’m not sure what to do.

      • March 2, 2017 at 2:02 pm — Reply

        Yea, do that.

        • john
          March 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm — Reply

          just curious as to why? this is my first dynasty keeper rollover ever and I dont see why that makes any sense. I have 0 RP and no chance for saves without them, unless I draft some in the 6 round supplementary draft my league has.

          • March 2, 2017 at 10:04 pm

            You want to accumulate as many valuable players as you can and figure out how they fit into place later. Of course, everything in moderation, but taking a better value player now should allow you be able to trade for a reliever if you absolutely need one. It’s just a slightly different mindset, and the more you let go of roster structuring until you NEED to, the better you’ll be at stockpiling a talented roster.

    • March 2, 2017 at 2:01 pm — Reply

      When in doubt, go with the guy with the most career saves – that’s what MLB managers do. Keep Holland.

  10. greg
    March 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm — Reply

    Ballpark and relative dislike for relievers aside, Adam Ottavino could not make the cut?

    • March 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm — Reply

      Ballpark plus uncertain role equals falling outside the top 500. He’s a good reliever though.

  11. Sam
    March 2, 2017 at 1:48 pm — Reply

    How are tyler anderson and joe musgrove so low? You’re telling me a very old, washed up McCann is more than 200 spots better than a young, huge talent like musgrove?

    • March 2, 2017 at 2:14 pm — Reply

      Yes, in my opinion at least. McCann is far better than the catching dregs than either Anderson or Musgrove are vs the swaths of SP6/7’s out there. I do not trust pitchers in Colorado without big stuff, and Anderson doesn’t qualify there. Musgrove is the same but with a better park and more of a propensity for the long ball. I don’t either of them as anywhere near “huge” talents.

  12. dbreer23
    March 2, 2017 at 2:31 pm — Reply

    Curious how close Jharel Cotton was to making the list, and if not all that close, why? Thanks for all that you do!

    • March 2, 2017 at 4:07 pm — Reply

      Cotton was among the next 25 or so names, but I’m just not all that excited about him. He’s got the ballpark but I don’t think he has the skill set to be much more than a barely above replacement level pitcher in a 14-16 team league. Thanks for reading!

  13. evo34
    March 2, 2017 at 2:46 pm — Reply

    Do you think Machado will return to SS, or is that just a typo?

    • March 2, 2017 at 4:08 pm — Reply

      It’s where he’s eligible now. Predicting future eligibility is a useless exercise. Plus, JJ Hardy isn’t exactly a bastion of health, so it would not be surprising at all for him to get at least 20 games there again in 2017.

      • evo34
        March 3, 2017 at 12:03 am — Reply

        Well, since your predicting 10-12 years of future performance, predicting future eligibility shouldn’t be such a stretch…

  14. bts
    March 2, 2017 at 3:39 pm — Reply

    You forgot Jharel Cotton. Any other explanation for his omission invalidates you as someone capable of performing your job duties.

    • March 2, 2017 at 4:02 pm — Reply

      Nope. Didn’t forget him.

      • bts
        March 2, 2017 at 4:11 pm — Reply

        In that case, this might not be the best career path for you. I’m sure this comes as a disappointment, and I regret being the one to break it to you. Nobody would take, say, Martin Perez or Cashner over him in a dynasty league.

        • March 2, 2017 at 10:24 pm — Reply

          Thanks for the career advice, anonymous internet commenter. 🙂

        • evo34
          March 3, 2017 at 12:06 am — Reply

          HA! You’re dead right about that. I had to stop reading this list after the first 200.

  15. KingBJMB
    March 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm — Reply

    How do you rank Rajai Davis over Jose De Leon?

    • March 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm — Reply

      Give me a guy who can steal 40-plus bases this year over the dreaded mid-rotation pitching prospect, which De León is. Too much fungibility in pitching prospects without realistic high-end ceiling.

      • KingBJMB
        March 2, 2017 at 4:28 pm — Reply

        Rajai Davis is 36 years old. Is this a dynasty league ranking or a re-draft? Show of hands if you would trade Jose De Leon for Rajai Davis straight up in either!

        • March 2, 2017 at 10:06 pm — Reply

          /raises hand

          That said, these are contention cycle neutral rankings, so if you’re not competing right now or don’t have a need for steals, you’d probably want De Leon. Lots of factors in play.

        • evo34
          March 3, 2017 at 12:08 am — Reply

          You almost never want a 36 year old mediocre OF over a good pitching prospect. Christ.

          • March 3, 2017 at 4:48 am

            Feel free to start your own website genius…

          • Sean
            March 3, 2017 at 10:26 am

            Chill out dude

    • Ken
      March 7, 2017 at 9:02 pm — Reply

      De Leon is a top 100 prospect, but there are many people who feel he could end up in the bull pen.

  16. KingBJMB
    March 2, 2017 at 3:52 pm — Reply

    Gregory Polanco over Trea Turner, Noah Syndergaard, Stanton and Bumgarner? Starling Marte over Josh Donaldson?

    • March 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm — Reply

      Yes and yes?

      • KingBJMB
        March 2, 2017 at 4:21 pm — Reply

        Feel free to expand!

  17. KingBJMB
    March 2, 2017 at 3:55 pm — Reply

    What business does Nick Williams have being at 154?

    • March 2, 2017 at 4:05 pm — Reply

      Still has a ton of natural talent and upside. He hasn’t gotten less risky but he hasn’t lost much of his ceiling either. Could be a .290-plus hitter with 20-plus homers and speed to boot if it comes together and he should be up at some point this year.

      • KingBJMB
        March 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm — Reply

        And you would take him over Yasiel Puig?

        • March 2, 2017 at 10:09 pm — Reply

          Yes, I’d trade Puig for Williams right now (though you’d likely also be able to get a second piece if you were to do that based on current market prices). I’m still bullish on Williams’ future.

  18. Gruber92
    March 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm — Reply

    Hey! Great list! Just wondering why Chris Davis is listed as a 1B?

    • March 2, 2017 at 4:06 pm — Reply

      Thanks! Because that’s where he’s eligible right now.

  19. bts
    March 2, 2017 at 4:08 pm — Reply

    I must say though, your aggressive ranking of Anderson is on point. That young stallion is going to be a fantasy gem.

  20. Boxxy
    March 2, 2017 at 4:15 pm — Reply

    I am so glad you ranked McCarthy near the end, after a bunch of unrosterable waiver wire trash. His ERA was really high and I never understood people who cited things like “30% hr rate” and k/BB in his defense.

  21. fsumagic
    March 2, 2017 at 7:47 pm — Reply

    How far off the list is  Mike Soroka? What’s the thought process behind him not being on a top 500?

    • March 2, 2017 at 10:26 pm — Reply

      Not terribly far, but he’ll make the list next year on his current path. I know it gets overstated, but the mid-rotation trope is real. As they get closer, they get more valuable, but the annals of baseball are littered with the remains of potential mid-rotation starters.

  22. Michael
    March 2, 2017 at 7:54 pm — Reply

    You didn’t start this list with “It’s been over two months since the Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years…”

    I never get tired of reading that 🙂

  23. KingBJMB
    March 2, 2017 at 7:55 pm — Reply

    Can we get some insight into how this list was processed, from 1 to 500?

    • March 2, 2017 at 10:44 pm — Reply

      Sure. It’s a value system that factors in future performance, risk and ceiling with the heaviest skew towards 2017 because not only are 2017 stats most important but they are also most accurately projectable. Obviously age is a big factor, but it’s much more of a factor in hitters than pitchers, and even less in relievers (it’s pretty much non-existing in them). The mid-range gets depressed more than most groups, as because it’s done with a 14-16 team format in mind, those players are more easily replaceable if you’re paying attention. And my assumption is that our readers are paying attention and are savvy on the waiver wire and trade market.

  24. March 2, 2017 at 8:51 pm — Reply

    Hey everybody- the real tyler here. You saw a lot of comments coming from Bret that for some weird reason list me as the author. I’ve fixed them. He knows a lot more than me. You should listen to him. You can ignore me now. Thanks and sorry for any confusion.

  25. Gruber
    March 2, 2017 at 10:01 pm — Reply

    Hello! Amazing list. I noticed you have Pillar 360. I’m really good at scouting, and after one SP training game I noticed His new short and quick approach will do wonders. His HR total will be most likely be in the single digits, but his new approach will no doubt increase his numbers everywhere else. He sure looks a lot more comfortable at the plate in the few AB’s he’s had so far and it appears Jacoby may have found what he needed.

    He’s hit well at every level of pro ball except at the MLB level. He has a natural born ability in getting the barrel to the ball but big league stuff (especially secondaries) are recognized too late. His new shorter approach will allow him to let the ball travel a bit longer before committing. Just the way he’s taking pitches now would indicate he’s seeing the ball a lot better.

    The talent is there, but his approach needed something to adjust to the superior MLB pitching. He seems like he may have found something, so look for his offensive numbers to be much better.

    .285 / .330 / .440

    Immirite?

    • March 3, 2017 at 8:28 am — Reply

      I think you may be a touch high on the power, but I do agree with the general sentiment. Pillar is a good natural hitter, and while his defensive profile makes him a really good major leaguer, the fact that he’s probably not a great bet to steal 20 bases or hit 10 homers makes him a not-super-interesting fantasy guy.

  26. Joe
    March 2, 2017 at 10:45 pm — Reply

    I got the #2 #5 and #16 overall picks this year in the first year of our dynasty league, what 3 players would you target?

    • March 3, 2017 at 8:29 am — Reply

      The three best players on the list above. Don’t target individual players.

      • Joe
        March 3, 2017 at 9:58 am — Reply

        So at #2 you’re saying I should take Bryce Harper?
        I was leaning towards taking kershaw #2 and Harper #5 cause I’m sure he’ll be there and best available hitter at #16 or should I go mookie #2 and Harper #5 I would be set for years with them 2, I really want kershaw cause he’s way above the other pitchers but I’m not 100% decided, thanks

        • Frank Sides
          March 3, 2017 at 10:58 am — Reply

          Harper won’t be there at 5. Kershaw has a better shot to be there. If you want both, the only hope you have is to take Harper at 2 and pray.

          • Joe
            March 3, 2017 at 11:24 am

            I’m sure he’ll be there in my league the guys at 3 and 4 are aiming for either goldy arenado or betts

  27. Bill the Thrill
    March 3, 2017 at 1:27 am — Reply

    Rougned is at least 30 spots too low otherwise I dig it.

    • March 3, 2017 at 10:32 pm — Reply

      Did you mean to type 3 spots and accidentally typed 30?

  28. Davin
    March 3, 2017 at 9:20 am — Reply

    Bret, can you or your staff here do perhaps a few articles expanding upon this list? Some of the how/why on guys. We all respect your opinion, and if you have something in place, there is a reason for it.
    Risk, distance to majors, contention cycles, league formats, roster composition, etc are all factors we must use when reading this list.

    Maybe something with your team of authors on the ‘Top 5 guys they were higher on than Bret, or Top 5 lower’. Or maybe something like picking out a few guys where you differ from consensus and explain why.

    appreciate the work. I’ve enjoyed reading as this sites grows each year.

  29. sclem21
    March 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm — Reply

    Great job, Bret! Thank you!

  30. Juan
    March 4, 2017 at 11:30 am — Reply

    thoughts on Rony Garcia, NYY?

  31. Kevin
    March 4, 2017 at 11:49 am — Reply

    Curious to hear the reasoning behind Ketel Marte being ranked 178 and Orlando Arcia 382 here since on the top 50 shortstops, they are ranked 33 and 27, respectively.

  32. Matt M
    March 4, 2017 at 2:01 pm — Reply

    Gary Sanchez, Yu Darvish, Aledmys Diaz, and Nick Senzel for Paul Goldschmidt, Joc Peterson, Tyler Glasnow and Anderson Espinoza. 12 team H2H categories dynasty league. Which side you take? Only Year 2, so mostly everyone still in Win Now mode

    • -evan-
      March 5, 2017 at 10:53 am — Reply

      Seems fair, but I would go for the Goldschmidt side, for he is the best player in the trade. Joc = Sanchez with risks for both of them, Diaz may or may not return to first half form, and getting two great pitching prospects should help ease the Darvish loss a bit for future years.

  33. firemandan
    March 4, 2017 at 8:32 pm — Reply

    Why so high on Yulieski Gurriel? Are you scared off by his age?

  34. dc
    March 5, 2017 at 2:35 am — Reply

    Bret, thank you for this list and all the work you and your team put in every year. One of my favorite days of the fantasy season.

  35. Bobby Jones
    March 6, 2017 at 12:12 pm — Reply

    I think you have prospects ranked a little too highly. You would take Amed Rosario over Carlos Martinez and Brian Dozier? I would take those two over him in a heart beat. I think if you knocked down prospects like 20-50 spots it’d be a lot more accurate.

  36. Shane Thornton
    March 6, 2017 at 9:05 pm — Reply

    Can you please explain the high ranking of Polanco? You seem to be the highest in the industry. I’m in a keeper league where you keep five and I wasn’t planning on keeping him. Other options are Trout, Altuve, C Seager, Kluber, Encarnacion, Strasburg, and Villar. Thanks for the help and the rankings!

  37. Ken
    March 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm — Reply

    Thanks Brett, I don’t necessarily agree with the entire list, but I do respect your opinion, which is why I read this site regularly. Keep up the great work and good luck this season.

  38. Ed
    March 15, 2017 at 8:20 am — Reply

    Anderson Espinoza is on the Padres now. Not sure if that improves his profile from Boston, but probably.

  39. Marc
    March 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm — Reply

    Just noticed Raimel Tapia at 140 – what are your expectations there?

  40. Trent Johnson
    March 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm — Reply

    I’m in a 12 team H2H league where we can keep 6 guys in the round they were drafted (each year you lose 1 round of ‘inflation’, so drafted in 16th means he costs a 15th next year) and you can keep the player forever. Free Agent/Waiver pick ups cost a 12th rounder. I have pick 4 in the draft and there is no way I can get Stanton back if I don’t keep him. Thoughts on who you would keep here? We only play 3 OF.

    Here are my keeper options (prior to any trades) w/ their draft cost:

    1st – Stanton
    3rd – Goldschmidt
    4th – Bogaerts
    10th – Frazier
    12th – Benintendi (WW pickup)
    14th – Giolito
    15th – Pollock
    15th – LeMahieu
    18th – Nola
    19th – Polanco
    21st – Swanson

  41. Justin
    March 26, 2017 at 9:23 pm — Reply

    I am trying a dynasty for the first time, but admittedly am clueless beyond 12 team leagues where we keep a few guys. I did a little research and found this site. I would love to know what you think of these guys i inherited on the team i took over. Willy Adames, Will Craig, Jabari Blash, Ryan McMahon, Dominic Smith, Sam Travis, Norge Ruiz, Joe Jiminez, Franklin Perez, AJ Puk. These guys are all players I have never heard of lol. Are they worth hanging onto in my farm system? I just need a little insight if you have the time. Much appreciated!

    • Mike
      May 22, 2017 at 7:13 am — Reply

      In case you haven’t received a response, you can also check out John Sickles over at minorleagueball for specific feedback on each of those players. I’ve found a balance between Sickles and Guru to be a good source of info.

  42. Travis
    May 12, 2017 at 10:47 am — Reply

    Where do you see Josh Hader ending up on this list once he’s up and producing? Not necessarily this year but in the future.

    Right now my big league pitching is hurting and I am considering trading away Hader for Sean Manaea in a 14 team dynasty. I love Hader and I’ve been sitting on him for a while but I’m worried that by the time he comes up it’ll be too late to help my team this year.

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