The Top 500 Overall Dynasty League Rankings – June Update

Well, this was supposed to be a May update, but sometimes life doesn’t exactly go according to plan. Of course, when this happens to my daughter, I tell her “you get what you get and you don’t get upset”–and though I think it’s kind of dumb, it rhymes and she generally becomes agreeable. I hope you will all find that same level of agreeableness.

Before we just into the list, a few quick housekeeping items. First of all, you will notice that 2014 MLB draft picks are NOT included here–and that’s because they’ll get looped in during the next update. I know there are a few players who would be on this list who have signed so far, but until the signing deadline passes, there’s no point in just including some and not others (it just feels arbitrary). If you want to know how I feel about 2014 draftees, check out my Top 50 list at Baseball Prospectus that went up yesterday. Secondly, like all of the dynasty league rankings on this site, it is geared towards medium-sized mixed leagues (think 15 teams), so adjust as necessary if you’re in a shallower/deeper format. Finally, like the pre-season #Dynasty500, this ranking is all me, it’s not a consensus (though it does include feedback from a few choice people I would trust to drive my getaway car if I were to rob a liquor store). Also, I’m not going to rob a liquor store. Jokes, people.

And finally, if you enjoy these rankings (or anything else you see at the site here), I hope that you will make a donation to show appreciation for the content you’ve seen here at the Dynasty Guru. We’re not a pay site, so our lifeblood is reader giving. 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 that’s enough words junking up this space, time to post a huge list because the internet. Your June #Dynasty500 awaits:

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Rankings Counterpoint: Targeting Marco Estrada as a Breakout Candidate

As you know by now, the illustrious team of writers here at The Dynasty Guru put together a complete set of rankings for players at every position. If you haven’t seen them yet you should definitely check them out HERE! These rankings were built especially for use in dynasty leagues. Of course player values in dynasty leagues are dramatically different than in re-draft leagues but all the lists on other fantasy baseball sites were made for yearly leagues. We created our dynasty rankings as consensus lists compiling the opinions of all the TDG writers into the ultimate ranking system for dynasty leagues anywhere on the Net.

Since the lists were created on a consensus basis, sometimes each of us on the panel may disagree with the collective mind. I strongly believe our rankings are the best to be found anywhere, but that doesn’t mean I agree with the ranking of every single player. This article is the second of a series where I highlight a few examples of starting pitchers who I believe are more valuable than their rank. The first article was about Danny Salazar, read it HERE.

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The Top 500 Overall Dynasty League Rankings

There’s a certain amount of creativity that needs to go into a list like this. And that’s a good thing, as there is just so much to balance when you’re comparing players across not only positions but fantasy value horizons as well. The latter is so important because while it’s one thing to draw player values up in a vacuum, it’s another to realize that both rebuilding teams and contenting teams are going to be looking at this and saying to themselves “how to I translate this into my current team’s needs?”

The answer is simple, the translation isn’t necessary. For example, if you are dealing away Clint Frazier and you’re looking to win now, you may decide that Jon Lester (one spot ahead of Frazier on the list) is a good fit and go for him. That’s all fine and good, but that doesn’t make trading him for R.A. Dickey or Shane Victorino a bad idea either. And the opposite works if you’re a rebuilding team. The point of this list is to give an idea for the type of value you should be shooting for either in a draft or a trade. Needs in a dynasty league are obviously important and skew values to the point where everyone on this list should be viewed within a 10-15 percent range, depending on what your team looks like.

Before we jump into the list below, I want to thank all of the writers at TDG, who did a fantastic job in putting all of this together. I never would have been able to do it in such a successful manner without them. I was jealous of their high-level blurb writing and can’t wait to see what they have in store for all of us this season. And most importantly, I want to thank you–the readers. Without you, we wouldn’t be doing this and this site wouldn’t exist. We run on your energy, enthusiasm and willingness to debate (not to mention, your donations) and we love it. As the site grows, we’ll all grow together.

And one last time, we hope you have enjoyed the rankings package for 2014. And if you did, 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.

So now, the final list of the 2014 Dynasty League Rankings. This one was not possible to do as a consensus, so it is all mine from start-to-finish. No more talking, just the #Dynasty500:

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 75 Dynasty League Relief Pitchers, Nos. 21-75

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 final 55 best relief pitchers in dynasty leagues, starting with an underrated closer who toils in the midwest in obscurity:

21) Jim Henderson, Milwaukee Brewers (Age: 31, Previous Rank: 75)

Henderson enters 2014 as the closer for the Brewers and if his 11.3 K/9 in 2013 is any indication, he should be able to hold the gig. One weak point was his propensity to give up home runs (1.2 HR/9), but his only real threat should he stumble is Francisco Rodriguez.

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 75 Dynasty League Relief Pitchers, 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.

At last we’ve reached the final position of the series. And it’s a bit of a let down since it’s the least important position in dynasty leagues. You’ve likely heard me or many of the other writers at the site say this ad nauseum, but closers are the most fungible commodities in fantasy leagues outside of prospects. If you have an elite one, great. If you have a decent one, that’s fine. But if you have find yourself with depth at closer, don’t hold your cards for too long–it’s like holding a penny stock at $1.50 because you think it can reach $3. And if you’re in a head-to-head league, I advocate trading all of your closers always–assuming you can get good value for them (which you usually can)–unless you are so dominant in the category that it’s nearly a guaranteed win each week.

Now the 20 best relief pitchers in dynasty leagues, starting with a closer who is so good that there’s now a term named after him which essentially means being super awesome at your job:

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 200 Dynasty League Starting Pitchers, Nos. 21-40

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 next 20 best starting pitchers in dynasty leagues, starting with the third Detroit Tiger on the list thus far, so it’s not unreasonable that he’s a little overlooked:

21) Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers (Age: 30, Previous Rank: 48)

Sanchez has transformed himself from late bloomer with risk to one of the better pitchers in the league, putting together an excellent four-year stretch in which he’s never had an ERA over 4.00, never posted a FIP over 3.53 and seems to be improving despite a move to the American League. While expecting more seasons like his incredible 2013 campaign may lead to disappointment, Sanchez is an excellent choice as a No. 3 fantasy starter who should nab you 15-plus wins and 180-plus strikeouts with an ERA of 3.50 or better for the next few years. There’s little reason to distrust him at this point.

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 200 Dynasty League Starting Pitchers, 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.

Starting pitching is always tough to evaluate as a whole since the group of usable starters is sooooooo big, but we have seen a shift towards more high-level performance out of younger and less-experienced hitters. In fact, were it not for Matt Harvey’s elbow explosion (dibs on that for a band name), we could have seen two pitchers in the top-five who came into 2013 with less than 60 major league innings combined. However, with great performance also comes great responsiblity–and that responsibility is for the fantasy owner to determine whether their young pitcher who was surprisingly good can continue at a high level over a long period of time. We’re pretty confident we know Jose Fernandez is going to be great, but can you say the same thing about Michael Wacha, Sonny Gray, Danny Salazar and Tony Cingrani. I’m not so confident. The other noticeable thing about starting pitching is that some of the depth we’re used to seeing is drying up a bit. But you won’t notice that with this group of studs (just wait until Thursday and Friday).

Now the 20 best starting pitchers in dynasty leagues, starting with a unanimous pick at the top spot among all TDG rankers (like you really need to ask who it is):

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 125 Dynasty League Outfielders, Nos. 76-125

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 last installment of the Top 125 Dynasty League Outfielders, led off by a former second baseman who has huge tools but huge question marks as well:

76) Delino DeShields, Houston Astros (Age: 21, Previous Rank: 12,2B)

DeShields had a very solid showing in his first full season at A+, putting up a .317/.405/.468 line with 51 SB and 100 R. He doesn’t project for much power moving forward but he can be a solid lead-off hitter for Houston in a few years, with a chance to provide above average speed and paired with a good on base percentage.

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 125 Dynasty League Outfielders, Nos. 41-75

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 installment number two of the Top 125 Dynasty League Outfielders, led off by a former first-round pick who is trying to remake himself in Hollywood:

41) Carl Crawford, Los Angeles Dodgers (Age: 32, Previous Rank: 36)

Crawford is an empty husk of a shell of the player he used to be, and needs to be tended to as such. He’s fragile, but useful – which should tell you the type of player he used to be.

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The Dynasty Guru’s Top 125 Dynasty League Outfielders, Nos. 21-40

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 installment number two of the Top 125 Dynasty League Outfielders, led off by La Potencia, the man with the strongest core on the planet (including the planet’s own):

21) Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland Athletics (Age: 28, Previous rank: 12)

Cespedes took a step back in AVG, OBP, RBI, and steals in 2013, while his HR and runs saw slight improvements. He remains an enigma two years into his MLB career; yet to produce a 30 HR season, but with significant upside. What is less probable from Cespedes is a 20-20 season or a .300 average, as his speed may not be up for it and his K rate spiked in 2013, so draft and bid accordingly.

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