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TDG’s Top 500 Dynasty Rankings February 2021

After a wild and crazy 2020 season, the 2021 MLB season is about to begin! Our staff of 27 writers and contributors have ranked, debated, re-ranked, and written up more than 600 players! Now for the big finale, the TDG Top 500 List.

These Top 500 Dynasty rankings represent the opinions of Baseball Editor Shelly Verougstraete (@ShellyV_643), Deputy Baseball Editor Keaton O. DeRocher (@TheSpokenKeats), and Senior Writer, Jordan Rosenblum (@RosenJordanBlum). So if you’re seeing differences between these rankings and our positional rankings, that’s why. They assume a 15-team, standard 5×5, keep forever dynasty format, with daily lineup changes, 1 starting catcher position, and a separate, medium-depth MILB farm. They also use the old, easier to calculate rookie thresholds (130 AB, 50 IP). We nonetheless look forward to the first person to exclaim that Rookie of the Year Devin Williams is not a prospect. These rankings will be updated again mid-season around the All-Star break. And now, a few words from our rankers:

Shelly: This time last year, we were wrapping up our top 500 lists and gearing up for another fantasy baseball season. My, oh, my…what a difference one year makes. This Ranking SZN has been the most difficult and challenging yet. How do you handle someone who stunk but typically performs at a high level? What about that bright shiny star who put up All-Star numbers and helped you win your league? Don’t even get me started about prospects. While compiling this list, I tried to look at the entirety of a player’s career and not let small sample sizes and/or my personal biases come through. I’m glad to have two great colleagues, Keaton and Jordan, to keep me in check! Now…let’s go play some fantasy baseball.

Keaton: Creating this list is the most challenging and most entertaining thing I think we do every year. I was really excited when I was asked to participate last year, and with one list under my belt, I thought this year would be easier or smoother.  However, I was very very wrong. This is one of those massive undertakings that will never get easier, and one that I constantly tinker with.  My general biases this year were as follows: I tended to give players who had a bad 2020 a mulligan and put more weight on 2019 and prior success. I guess time will tell, but 2020 was so wacky it was hard to put a lot of weight on it. I look forward to taking a small break and then starting this all again for the mid-season cycle!

Jordan: Even though this is my second year doing this, it hasn’t gotten any easier. Ordering 500 players in a fully consistent way is a lengthy, difficult exercise. Accordingly, I am grateful to be working together with my trusty colleagues, Keaton and Shelly. As for my approach, I tend to focus primarily on statistical performance, supplementing with scouting reports from trusted sources, especially for younger players who have less of a track record. Given the shallowness of the hypothetical league we rank for, I place a premium on volatility, targeting high upside, high-risk players. If they bust, it’s not usually a huge deal as there are typically quite solid options on the waiver wire and in annual MiLB drafts. If you’re not confident in your waiver wire and/or drafting ability, it makes sense to be more risk-averse than I am.

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Table note: in the ‘worst’ column, a ‘501’ value means at least one of us did not rank the player in our top 500.

Overall rankPlayerAgeH/PPOSProspect rankBestWorst
1Juan Soto22HOF-11
2Ronald Acuna Jr.23HOF-22
3Mike Trout29HOF-34
4Mookie Betts28HOF-45
5Fernando Tatis Jr.21HSS-37
6Christian Yelich29HOF-611
7Cody Bellinger25HOF-512
8Trea Turner27HSS-618
9Bryce Harper28HOF-718
10Jose Ramirez28H3B-913
11Alex Bregman26H3B-924
12Rafael Devers24H3B-830
13Shane Bieber25PSP-1417
14Francisco Lindor27HSS-1320
15Trevor Story28HSS-733
16Gerrit Cole30PSP-1422
17Wander Franco19HSS1933
18Bo Bichette22HSS-1623
19Vladimir Guerrero Jr.21H1B-1128
20Freddie Freeman31H1B-1823
21Jacob deGrom32PSP-1529
22Ozzie Albies23H2B-1934
23Eloy Jimenez24HOF-2227
24Xander Bogaerts28HSS-1636
25Manny Machado28H3B-1535
26Anthony Rendon30H3B-2035
27Luis Robert23HOF-2433
28Julio Rodriguez20HOF22537
29Walker Buehler26PSP-2044
30Corey Seager26HSS-3137
31Jack Flaherty25PSP-2650
32Aaron Judge28HOF-1946
33Lucas Giolito26PSP-2746
34Nolan Arenado29H3B-2564
35Gleyber Torres24HSS-2951
36Jarred Kelenic21HOF33248
37Yordan Alvarez23HOF-1073
38Michael Conforto27HOF-3944
39Austin Meadows25HOF-4051
40Spencer Torkelson22H1B42653
41Pete Alonso26H1B-3154
42Aaron Nola27PSP-4149
43Marcell Ozuna30HOF-3459
44Blake Snell28PSP-4249
45Kyle Tucker23HOF-3763
46Luis Castillo28PSP-4558
47Trevor Bauer29PSP-4657
48Yoan Moncada25H3B-14109
49Keston Hiura24H2B-2180
50George Springer31HOF-4268
51Gavin Lux23H2B-4463
52Brandon Woodruff27PSP-4866
53Andrew Vaughn22H1B52791
54Carlos Correa26HSS-3875
55Zac Gallen25PSP-4377
56Marco Luciano19HSS64974
57Cavan Biggio25H2B-4178
58Ketel Marte27H2B-5567
59Max Scherzer36PSP-5275
60Tyler Glasnow27PSP-5089
61Javier Baez28HSS-26107
62Matt Olson26H1B-5783
63Matt Chapman27H3B-32103
64Tim Anderson27HSS-30126
65Jo Adell21HOF75285
66Dylan Carlson22HOF85586
67Clayton Kershaw32PSP-43101
68Starling Marte32HOF-47116
69Kris Bryant28H3B-3897
70Trent Grisham24HOF-7183
71Chris Paddack24PSP-6896
72Randy Arozarena27HOF954102
73Giancarlo Stanton31HOF-54104
74J.D. Martinez33HOF-7293
75Shohei Ohtani26PSP-28127
76MacKenzie Gore21PSP1056113
77Anthony Rizzo31H1B-60100
78Eugenio Suarez29H3B-62121
79J.T. Realmuto29HC-58125
80Chris Sale31PSP-40139
81Nick Castellanos28HOF-60122
82Max Fried26PSP-64130
83Adley Rutschman22HC118592
84Alec Bohm24H3B-8897
85Jesus Luzardo23PSP-71125
86Joey Gallo27HOF-61128
87Sonny Gray31PSP-66143
88Yu Darvish34PSP-74145
89Corbin Burnes27PSP-76127
90Jose Altuve30H2B-82124
91Franmil Reyes25HOF-95108
92Jeff McNeil28HOF-85120
93CJ Abrams20HSS1253150
94Adalberto Mondesi25HSS-32207
95Sixto Sanchez22PSP1386136
96Whit Merrifield31HOF-97117
97Mike Soroka23PSP-72138
98Josh Hader26PRP-91117
99Rhys Hoskins27H1B-56172
100Luke Voit30H1B-80141
101Alex Verdugo24HOF-82122
102Austin Martin23HOF1498121
103Will Smith25HC-103120
104Jasson Dominguez17HOF1570149
105Jose Berrios26PSP-95127
106DJ LeMahieu32H2B-65183
107Luis Severino26PSP-67202
108Kristian Robinson20HOF1687154
109Brandon Lowe26H2B-106136
110Stephen Strasburg32PSP-110146
111Ke'Bryan Hayes24H3B1784193
112Bobby Witt Jr.20HSS18104161
113Jorge Soler28HOF-107142
114Ramon Laureano26HOF-107154
115Byron Buxton27HOF-105138
116Paul Goldschmidt33H1B-79212
117Lourdes Gurriel Jr.27HOF-80204
118Jose Abreu33H1B-86184
119Lance McCullers Jr.27PSP-72180
120Patrick Corbin31PSP-81214
121Willson Contreras28HC-123154
122Nick Gonzales22H2B20100173
123Brennen Davis21HOF1995159
124Noah Syndergaard28PSP-65225
125Hyun-Jin Ryu33PSP-133140
126Ian Happ27HOF-83201
127Edwin Diaz26PRP-92171
128Carlos Carrasco33PSP-73176
129Charlie Blackmon34HOF-106206
130Max Muncy30H1B-89232
131Marcus Semien30HSS-109205
132Ian Anderson22PSP21140163
133Dustin May23PSP-126197
134Andrew Benintendi26HOF-84190
135Kyle Hendricks31PSP-124215
136Matt Manning22PSP23112220
137Vidal Brujan22H2B2290208
138Dominic Smith25H1B-94280
139Max Kepler27HOF-119198
140Julio Urias24PSP-132198
141Victor Robles23HOF-115203
142Riley Greene20HOF24141177
143Corbin Carroll20HOF25157160
144Zach Plesac27PSP-98265
145Frankie Montas27PSP-99210
146Dinelson Lamet28PSP-68243
147Tarik Skubal21PSP26111260
148Teoscar Hernandez28HOF-131197
149Liam Hendriks31PRP-139209
150Mike Clevinger29PSP-141206
151Corey Kluber34PSP-135225
152Asa Lacy22PSP27131187
153Tommy Pham32HOF-126196
154Lance Lynn33PSP-123242
155Brandon Nimmo27HOF-118227
156Zack Wheeler30PSP-143213
157Zac Veen20HOF2899215
158Ha-Seong Kim25H2B29149194
159Kevin Gausman31PSP-81233
160Zack Greinke37PSP-134243
161Alex Kirilloff23H1B30131251
162Trey Mancini28HOF-94279
163Carter Kieboom23H3B-142207
164Eddie Rosario29HOF-117294
165Dylan Bundy29PSP-115269
166Josh Bell28H1B-145208
167Royce Lewis21HSS31134263
168Clint Frazier26HOF-144245
169Michael Kopech24PSP32162195
170Nate Pearson24PSP33150250
171Noelvi Marte19HSS34123262
172Mike Yastrzemski30HOF-114321
173Jordan Groshans21H3B35135257
174Spencer Howard24PSP36135247
175Michael Brantley33HOF-177199
176Miguel Sano27H1B-108277
177Casey Mize23PSP37130278
178Kenta Maeda32PSP-82316
179JJ Bleday23HOF38164236
180Dansby Swanson26HSS-100359
181Wil Myers30HOF-173240
182Josh Donaldson35H3B-185224
183Trevor Larnach23HOF39147246
184Raisel Iglesias30PRP-149229
185Jesse Winker27HOF-179214
186Nolan Jones22H3B40156263
187Amed Rosario25HSS-88291
188Eduardo Rodriguez27PSP-160251
189Charlie Morton37PSP-146253
190Aroldis Chapman33PRP-148286
191Forrest Whitley23PSP41148243
192James Karinchak25PRP43147300
193Nick Madrigal23H2B42159260
194Jeter Downs22H2B44157245
195Joe Musgrove28PSP-129288
196Paul DeJong27HSS-166258
197Austin Riley23H3B-182255
198German Marquez25PSP-200217
199Max Meyer23PSP45174235
200George Valera20HOF46196234
201Nick Senzel25HOF-181275
202Luis Patino21PSP47189230
203Triston Casas21H1B48159244
204James Paxton32PSP-143286
205Mike Moustakas32H2B-176239
206Andrew Heaney29PSP-140262
207Gary Sanchez28HC-188230
208Kyle Lewis25HOF-103440
209Yasmani Grandal32HC-167285
210Salvador Perez30HC-180276
211Alek Thomas20HOF49162301
212Tommy Edman25H3B-151363
213Orelvis Martinez19HSS50171307
214Kyle Schwarber27HOF-180295
215Triston McKenzie25PSP51112365
216Nate Lowe25H1B-104292
217Nick Solak25H2B-144322
218Robert Puason18HSS52176299
219Willy Adames25HSS-196277
220Drew Waters23HOF53197299
221Framber Valdez28PSP-128352
222Nolan Gorman20H3B54166301
223Emerson Hancock22PSP55216268
224George Kirby27PSP56221254
225Andres Gimenez22HSS57163292
226Hunter Bishop22HOF58233250
227Kenley Jansen33PRP-152357
228Brendan Rodgers24H2B59173307
229Nick Lodolo23PSP60132349
230Jameson Taillon29PSP-164311
231Garrett Mitchell23HOF61199327
232Gio Urshela29H3B-209292
233Marcus Stroman29PSP-200271
234Nelson Cruz40HDH-224288
235Justin Turner36H3B-200285
236Deivi Garcia21PSP62134319
237A.J. Puk25PSP63186346
238Heliot Ramos21HOF64235264
239Geraldo Perdomo21HSS65156315
240Sean Murphy26HC-178367
241Didi Gregorius30HSS-226289
242Mitch Keller24PSP-249261
243Joey Bart24HC66183383
244Josh Jung23H3B67230304
245Austin Hendrick20HOF68166345
246David Price35PSP-211303
247Jose Urquidy25PSP-209298
248Andrew McCutchen34HOF-211314
249Luis Matos19HOF69168324
250Nico Hoerner23H2B-169366
251Ryan Mountcastle23H1B70147322
252Garrett Crochet22PSP71133341
253Bryan Reynolds25HOF-226337
254Jake Cronenworth28H2B-170358
255Jean Segura30HSS-257286
256Anthony Santander27HOF-182439
257Luis Arraez23H2B-265273
258Drew Pomeranz32PRP-226303
259Matthew Boyd29PSP-190339
260Devin Williams27PRP72118360
261Brad Hand30PRP-241331
262Cristian Pache22HOF73172410
263Heston Kjerstad23HOF74187358
264Heriberto Hernandez22HOF75167375
265Brandon Marsh23HOF76222373
266Aaron Civale25PSP-165415
267Luis Urias23H2B-175362
268Tyler Freeman21HSS77204326
269Luke Weaver27PSP-240325
270Robert Hassell20HOF78165348
271Hunter Dozier29H3B-192430
272Daulton Varsho24HC-178346
273Pete Crow-Armstrong20HOF79257302
274Brendan McKay25PSP80192434
275Mark Canha32HOF-238315
276Alejandro Kirk22HC8187397
277Grayson Rodriguez21PSP82188356
278Manuel Margot26HOF-253340
279Nick Anderson30PRP-153501
280Kolten Wong30H2B-217428
281Xavier Edwards21H2B84254355
282Ronny Mauricio19HSS83106501
283Erick Pena18HOF85233329
284Eric Hosmer31H1B-217336
285J.D. Davis27H3B-177501
286Logan Gilbert24PSP86206353
287Pablo Lopez26PSP-158486
288Carlos Santana34H1B-232361
289Jorge Polanco27HSS-174443
290Sandy Alcantara25PSP-119424
291Ryan McMahon26H2B-287309
292Joc Pederson28HOF-294318
293David Dahl26HOF-218443
294Lorenzo Cain34HOF-283329
295Jonathan India24H3B87194370
296Oneil Cruz22HSS88239372
297Kyle Seager33H3B-282335
298Mitch Garver29HC-245368
299Aaron Bracho20HOF89170396
300Aaron Hicks31HOF-259382
301Tommy La Stella31H2B-256349
302Griffin Canning24PSP-272394
303Ed Howard20HSS90300342
304Reid Detmers22PSP91222363
305J.P. Crawford27HSS-252365
306Luisangel Acuna18HSS92188410
307Luis Campusano22HC93274354
308Dylan Cease24PSP-241392
309Leody Taveras22HOF94267366
310Evan White25H1B-238438
311Ryan Pressly32PRP-225396
312Isaac Paredes22H3B95155477
313Caleb Smith29PSP-296354
314Daniel Lynch24PSP96220408
315Pedro Leon22HOF97218501
316Justin Verlander37PSP-268375
317Francisco Alvarez20HC98169424
318Domingo German28PSP-291385
319Christian Walker29H1B-321333
320Jurickson Profar27H2B-283367
321Tony Gonsolin27PSP-306342
322Willie Calhoun26HOF-220501
323Nathan Eovaldi30PSP-208462
324Josiah Gray23PSP99273404
325Brett Baty22H3B100317360
326Jarren Duran26HOF101273441
327Robbie Ray29PSP-266400
328Bobby Dalbec25H1B102305402
329Kody Hoese24H3B103228496
330DL Hall22PSP104193501
331Kirby Yates33PRP-227462
332Dylan Moore29HOF-309395
333Madison Bumgarner31PSP-210452
334Garrett Hampson26H2B-248501
335Austin Hays25HOF-237499
336Hunter Greene21PSP105344357
337Jared Walsh28H1B-287409
338Joey Votto37H1B-284388
339Tyler Mahle26PSP-264484
340Jordan Balazovic23PSP106248415
341Greg Jones23HSS107270446
342Brian Anderson27H3B-258467
343Mitch Haniger29HOF-271406
344Taylor Trammell23HOF108336371
345Kris Bubic25PSP-324427
346Christian Vazquez30HC-249501
347Jeimer Candelario28H1B-231429
348Craig Kimbrel32PRP-150501
349Michael Busch24H2B109175469
350Simeon Woods-Richardson21PSP110254439
351Jazz Chisholm22H2B111269431
352Brady Singer25PSP-222451
353Randal Grichuk29HOF-282491
354Mike Minor32PSP-279419
355Jake Odorizzi30PSP-281409
356Jonathan Villar29H2B-202501
357Hunter Renfroe28HOF-296490
358Marco Gonzales28PSP-262440
359Elvis Andrus32HSS-267501
360Chris Taylor32HSS-331430
361Jordan Montgomery28PSP-216501
362Ty France28H2B-361379
363Adam Eaton32HOF-308431
364Shane Baz21PSP112278501
365Taylor Rogers30PRP-312412
366Seth Beer24H1B113281490
367Maximo Acosta19HSS114274501
368Luis Rodriguez20HOF115232496
369Jose Garcia24HSS116302501
370Travis d'Arnaud31HC-240488
371Josh Naylor24HOF-316489
372John Means28PSP-247481
373A.J. Pollock33HOF-347444
374Dallas Keuchel32PSP-340423
375Khris Davis32HDH-287501
376Ryan Yarbrough28PSP-365400
377Dane Dunning27PSP117359400
378Alek Manoah24PSP118251455
379Yusei Kikuchi29PSP-145501
380Aaron Sabato22H1B119328478
381Eduardo Escobar31H3B-313501
382Josh Lowe24HOF120310501
383Colton Welker23H3B121307501
384Willi Castro23HSS-327481
385Oscar Mercado26HOF-276501
386Elieser Hernandez27PSP-296468
387Jason Heyward33HOF-293478
388David Fletcher27HSS-266480
389Jared Oliva26HOF122284501
390Emmanuel Clase22PRP123298501
391Jon Berti30HSS-332444
392Jon Gray29PSP-304471
393Michael Pineda31PSP-267492
394Michael Toglia23H1B124352448
395Drew Smyly31PSP-191501
396Sean Manaea28PSP-364472
397Mick Abel19PSP125295501
398Brayan Rocchio19HSS126334501
399Sherten Apostel22H3B128347501
400Matthew Liberatore21PSP127306501
401Chris Bassitt31PSP-297501
402Ross Stripling31PSP-389420
403Carlos Martinez29PSP-356473
404Rowdy Tellez27H1B-279485
405Brailyn Marquez23PSP129281494
406Jonathan Schoop29H2B-370487
407Miguel Andujar25H3B-318501
408Sam Hilliard27HOF-323501
409Alex Colome31PRP-314501
410Steven Matz30PSP-339501
411Jake Diekman33PRP-228501
412Matt Barnes30PRP-229501
413Clarke Schmidt24PSP130293501
414Jose Leclerc27PRP-315501
415Danny Jansen25HC-342482
416Cade Cavalli22PSP131298501
417Hector Neris31PRP-316499
418Jordan Hicks25PRP-386468
419David Peralta33HOF-376484
420Freddy Peralta24PSP-244501
421Liover Peguero21HSS132356501
422Shane McClanahan25PSP133328468
423Cesar Hernandez30H2B-291501
424Adrian Houser28PSP-391453
425Tyler O'Neill25HOF-319501
426Miles Mikolas32PSP-340501
427Edward Cabrera23PSP134259501
428Tyler Stephenson25HC136345501
429Ethan Small24PSP135252501
430Joe Ryan25PSP137253501
431Braden Shewmake24HSS138364482
432Yandy Diaz28H3B-290501
433Renato Nunez26H1B-265501
434Anthony DeSclafani30PSP-367474
435Corey Dickerson31HOF-378501
436Ji-Hwan Bae21HSS139269501
437Zach Eflin26PSP-374501
438Kole Calhoun34HOF-411442
439Giovanny Gallegos28PRP-310501
440Garrett Richards33PSP-371501
441Jose Quintana32PSP-369501
442Miguel Vargas21H3B140282501
443Spencer Turnbull30PSP-355501
444Tyler Soderstrom19HC141283501
445Alex Reyes26PSP-385501
446Starlin Castro32H2B-348501
447Kyle Wright26PSP-372501
448Gregory Polanco29HOF-394501
449Roberto Osuna26PRP-297501
450Alexander Canario21HOF142348501
451Jackie Bradley Jr.31HOF-407482
452Cole Wilcox21PSP143297501
453Cristian Javier23PSP-351501
454Travis Swaggerty25HOF145333501
455Andy Pages20HOF144300501
456Peyton Burdick24HOF146346501
457Seth Lugo31PSP-403501
458Brandon Belt32H1B-369501
459Luis Garcia21H2B147364501
460Amir Garrett28PRP-311501
461Rafael Montero29PRP-313501
462Jesus Aguilar30H1B-334501
463Alex Dickerson30HOF-338501
464Chris Archer32PSP-418501
465Isaiah Greene20HOF148402501
466Misael Urbina19HOF149420501
467Will Wilson22H2B150381501
468Bryse Wilson23PSP151405501
469Bryson Stott23HSS152351501
470Edward Olivares26HOF153392501
471Taijuan Walker30PSP-388501
472Lewin Diaz25H1B154380501
473Francisco Mejia24HC-343501
474Shogo Akiyama34HOF-402501
475Brenton Doyle23HOF155344501
476Victor Reyes25HOF-343501
477Jared Kelley19PSP156390501
478Bryce Ball22H1B157345501
479Maikel Franco28H3B-352501
480Avisail Garcia29HOF-393501
481Luis Toribio20H3B158350501
482Kevin Newman27HSS-428501
483Jordyn Adams21HOF159398501
484Yonny Chirinos27PSP-360501
485Austin Wells21HC160363501
486Mauricio Dubon27HOF-419501
487Hudson Head21HOF161397501
488Ethan Hankins21PSP162454465
489Reynaldo Lopez27PSP-368501
490Kevin Pillar33HOF-426501
491Austin Nola32HC-434501
492Scott Kingery26HOF-429501
493Brad Keller24PSP-369501
494Hedbert Perez18HOF163370501
495Edwin Rios26H3B164380501
496Franchy Cordero25HOF-374501
497Brent Honeywell25PSP165381501
498Zach Davies27PSP-373501
499Corbin Martin25PSP166403501
500Kameron Misner24HOF167405501

 

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