MLB: Dynasty Rankings Update

MLB: Dynasty Rankings Update

This article is part of our Farm Futures series.

The dynasty rankings have been fully updated. They are for OBP leagues where roughly 30 catchers are started. The best way to use these rankings is in combination with the My Leagues feature on the site. You shouldn't use these rigidly, but if you're doing a startup draft, for instance, you can go in there and see the 10-20 best available players and make your own decision from there. If a player is ranked 10th and another player is ranked 25th — I'm confident in the player at 10 being the better guy for dynasty. But if a player is ranked 110th and another player is ranked 125th, that's a tossup and you can factor in things like team need or personal preference. These tiers get bigger as we move down the rankings — the 300th player isn't significantly better than the 350th player — so again, don't view these as super rigid when you're in trade talks or on the clock in a startup. 

Guys like Alec Bohm and Cavan Biggio, who I'm much lower on than the consensus, aren't ranked, but if you disagree with my assessment on those types of players, there's nothing wrong with valuing them over someone in the 300-400 range. My goal is to show you the top 400 guys I'd be looking at — these aren't meant to reflect any kind of industry consensus. 

If all you care about is winning this year, then you could opt for someone like Charlie Blackmon

The dynasty rankings have been fully updated. They are for OBP leagues where roughly 30 catchers are started. The best way to use these rankings is in combination with the My Leagues feature on the site. You shouldn't use these rigidly, but if you're doing a startup draft, for instance, you can go in there and see the 10-20 best available players and make your own decision from there. If a player is ranked 10th and another player is ranked 25th — I'm confident in the player at 10 being the better guy for dynasty. But if a player is ranked 110th and another player is ranked 125th, that's a tossup and you can factor in things like team need or personal preference. These tiers get bigger as we move down the rankings — the 300th player isn't significantly better than the 350th player — so again, don't view these as super rigid when you're in trade talks or on the clock in a startup. 

Guys like Alec Bohm and Cavan Biggio, who I'm much lower on than the consensus, aren't ranked, but if you disagree with my assessment on those types of players, there's nothing wrong with valuing them over someone in the 300-400 range. My goal is to show you the top 400 guys I'd be looking at — these aren't meant to reflect any kind of industry consensus. 

If all you care about is winning this year, then you could opt for someone like Charlie Blackmon or Nick Pivetta (both unranked) over dozens of players I have ranked. If you are rebuilding, you should use the customizable filters to exclude older players from the rankings and turn to my recently-updated top 400 prospect rankings once you've exhausted this list.

Since this is the second update of the offseason (10 weeks since my last update) and very little has changed in terms of news, the main focus was on reflecting how my redraft valuations have shifted over those 10 weeks, as well as all the changes of prospect valuations. Recall that the last update came a couple months before the big update to the prospect rankings, so those were pretty stale. You will notice that some prospects are ranked in a different order than they are on the prospect rankings. The prospect rankings are for AVG leagues where roughly 20 catchers are started, so that's the big difference. However, guys like Cody Morris, Elly De La Cruz and Caleb Kilian got a bump up that will be reflected on the next update to the prospect rankings. Conversely, Josh Jung got bumped down to reflect the change in his ETA.

I'm sorry I don't have time to go into depth in this article, but I'm happy to answer any questions in the comments or on Twitter.

My goal is to do one more full update to the prospect and dynasty rankings right before the season starts.

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James Anderson
James Anderson is RotoWire's Lead Prospect Analyst, Assistant Baseball Editor, and co-host of Farm Fridays on Sirius/XM radio and the RotoWire Prospect Podcast.
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