Playoff Primer: The Rankings

Playoff Primer: The Rankings

As was discussed in Playoff Primer, Part One, the next installment of the three-part series will be positional rankings for playoff leagues. The method involved coming up with a per-game player expectations, then estimating the number of games each team will play based on playoff odds, with a further adjustment for players who are routinely platooned.

Positions are determined from NFBC's playoff contest eligibility.

The initial set is pre-wild card since some leagues include the wild card games in their drafts. Most leagues do not, so the rankings will be adjusted after the NL wild card concludes Tuesday Wednesday night.

Part Three will be some general observation after I have a chance to digest the final set. Look for that on Thursday morning.

UPDATED: Thursday, October 7, 1:30 AM ET

The update eliminated the Yankees and Cardinals as well as incorporating the most recent odds to win each series. To help frames the adjustments, this is the order of teams most likely to win the World Series:

  • Dodgers
  • Astros
  • Rays
  • Giants
  • White Sox
  • Brewers
  • Braves
  • Red Sox

The projected points scored are adjusted accordingly.

CATCHER

RankPlayerTeam
1Will SmithLAD
2Yasmani GrandalCWS
3Buster PoseySF
4Mike ZuninoTB
5Austin BarnesLAD
6Jason CastroHOU
7Francisco MejiaTB
8Omar NarvaezMIL
9William ContrerasATL
10Travis d'ArnaudATL
11Manny PinaMIL
12Martin MaldonadoHOU
13Christian VazquezBOS
14Zack CollinsCWS
15Curt CasaliSF
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As was discussed in Playoff Primer, Part One, the next installment of the three-part series will be positional rankings for playoff leagues. The method involved coming up with a per-game player expectations, then estimating the number of games each team will play based on playoff odds, with a further adjustment for players who are routinely platooned.

Positions are determined from NFBC's playoff contest eligibility.

The initial set is pre-wild card since some leagues include the wild card games in their drafts. Most leagues do not, so the rankings will be adjusted after the NL wild card concludes Tuesday Wednesday night.

Part Three will be some general observation after I have a chance to digest the final set. Look for that on Thursday morning.

UPDATED: Thursday, October 7, 1:30 AM ET

The update eliminated the Yankees and Cardinals as well as incorporating the most recent odds to win each series. To help frames the adjustments, this is the order of teams most likely to win the World Series:

  • Dodgers
  • Astros
  • Rays
  • Giants
  • White Sox
  • Brewers
  • Braves
  • Red Sox

The projected points scored are adjusted accordingly.

CATCHER

RankPlayerTeam
1Will SmithLAD
2Yasmani GrandalCWS
3Buster PoseySF
4Mike ZuninoTB
5Austin BarnesLAD
6Jason CastroHOU
7Francisco MejiaTB
8Omar NarvaezMIL
9William ContrerasATL
10Travis d'ArnaudATL
11Manny PinaMIL
12Martin MaldonadoHOU
13Christian VazquezBOS
14Zack CollinsCWS
15Curt CasaliSF
16Kevin PlaweckiBOS

FIRST BASE

RankPlayerTeam
1Yuli GurrielHOU
2Jose AbreuCWS
3Kyle SchwarberBOS
4Freddie FreemanATL
5Kris BryantSF
6Darin RufSF
7Austin RileyATL
8Eduardo EscobarMIL
9Max MuncyLAD
10LaMonte Wade Jr.SF
11Gavin SheetsCWS
12Aledmys DiazHOU
13Ji-Man ChoiTB
14Yandy DiazTB
15Cody BellingerLAD
16Albert PujolsLAD
17Jordan LuplowTB
18Bobby DalbecBOS
19Andrew VaughnCWS
20Wilmer FloresSF
21Brandon BeltSF
22Matt BeatyLAD
23Jace PetersonMIL
24Billy McKinneyLAD
25Marwin GonzalezHOU
26Tommy La StellaSF
27Rowdy TellezMIL
28Daniel VogelbachMIL
29Travis ShawBOS
30Keston HiuraMIL
31Ehire AdrianzaATL

SECOND BASE

RankPlayerTeam
1Trea TurnerLAD
2Jose AltuveHOU
3Chris TaylorLAD
4Brandon LoweTB
5Ozzie AlbiesATL
6Kolten WongMIL
7Eduardo EscobarMIL
8Max MuncyLAD
9Gavin LuxLAD
10Enrique HernandezBOS
11Aledmys DiazHOU
12Luis UriasMIL
13Cesar HernandezCWS
14Joey WendleTB
15Leury GarciaCWS
16Wilmer FloresSF
17Donovan SolanoSF
18Christian ArroyoBOS
19Jace PetersonMIL
20Marwin GonzalezHOU
21Tommy La StellaSF
22Keston HiuraMIL
23Mauricio DubonSF

THIRD BASE

RankPlayerTeam
1Justin TurnerLAD
2Chris TaylorLAD
3Alex BregmanHOU
4Rafael DeversBOS
5Kris BryantSF
6Austin RileyATL
7Evan LongoriaSF
8Yoan MoncadaCWS
9Eduardo EscobarMIL
10Max MuncyLAD
11Aledmys DiazHOU
12Yandy DiazTB
13Luis UriasMIL
14Joey WendleTB
15Bobby DalbecBOS
16Leury GarciaCWS
17Wilmer FloresSF
18Jace PetersonMIL
19Marwin GonzalezHOU
20Travis ShawBOS
21Mauricio DubonSF
22Ehire AdrianzaATL

SHORTSTOP

RankPlayerTeam
1Trea TurnerLAD
2Corey SeagerLAD
3Chris TaylorLAD
4Carlos CorreaHOU
5Brandon CrawfordSF
6Wander FrancoTB
7Tim AndersonCWS
8Xander BogaertsBOS
9Willy AdamesMIL
10Gavin LuxLAD
11Dansby SwansonATL
12Luis UriasMIL
13Joey WendleTB
14Leury GarciaCWS
15Marwin GonzalezHOU
16Taylor WallsTB
17Mauricio DubonSF
18Ehire AdrianzaATL

OUTFIELD

RankPlayerTeam
1Mookie BettsLAD
2AJ PollockLAD
3Kyle TuckerHOU
4Chris TaylorLAD
5Yordan AlvarezHOU
6Luis RobertCWS
7Brandon LoweTB
8Randy ArozarenaTB
9Kyle SchwarberBOS
10Austin MeadowsTB
11Nelson CruzTB
12Kris BryantSF
13Michael BrantleyHOU
14Darin RufSF
15Adam EngelCWS
16Hunter RenfroeBOS
17Jake MeyersHOU
18Avisail GarciaMIL
19Jose SiriHOU
20Mike YastrzemskiSF
21Gavin LuxLAD
22Eloy JimenezCWS
23Enrique HernandezBOS
24Adam DuvallATL
25LaMonte Wade Jr.SF
26Gavin SheetsCWS
27Aledmys DiazHOU
28Christian YelichMIL
29Cody BellingerLAD
30Alex VerdugoBOS
31Chas McCormickHOU
32Lorenzo CainMIL
33Manuel MargotTB
34Jorge SolerATL
35Jordan LuplowTB
36Eddie RosarioATL
37J.D. MartinezBOS
38Leury GarciaCWS
39Brian GoodwinCWS
40Andrew VaughnCWS
41Kevin KiermaierTB
42Joc PedersonATL
43Tyrone TaylorMIL
44Brett PhillipsTB
45Steven DuggarSF
46Matt BeatyLAD
47Jace PetersonMIL
48Billy McKinneyLAD
49Marwin GonzalezHOU
50Alex DickersonSF
51Austin SlaterSF
52Jarren DuranBOS
53Guillermo HerediaATL
54Mauricio DubonSF
55Mike TauchmanSF
56Jackie Bradley Jr.MIL
57Billy HamiltonCWS

PITCHER

RankPitcherTeam
1Max ScherzerLAD
2Walker BuehlerLAD
3Julio UriasLAD
7Kenley JansenLAD
4Corbin BurnesMIL
5Brandon WoodruffMIL
8Kevin GausmanSF
6Freddy PeraltaMIL
10Lance LynnCWS
11Logan WebbSF
12Lucas GiolitoCWS
14Dylan CeaseCWS
9Josh HaderMIL
15Alex WoodSF
17Anthony DeSclafaniSF
13Adrian HouserMIL
20Shane McClanahanTB
22Lance McCullers Jr.HOU
18Luis GarciaHOU
25Liam HendriksCWS
21Framber ValdezHOU
23Luis PatinoTB
30Jose UrquidyHOU
24Chris SaleBOS
26Johnny CuetoSF
27Shane BazTB
28Camilo DovalSF
31Jake OdorizziHOU
33Brett AndersonMIL
32Michael WachaTB
34Ryan YarbroughTB
40Josh FlemingTB
41Eduardo RodriguezBOS
35Nathan EovaldiBOS
36Nick PivettaBOS
37Zack GreinkeHOU
38Ryan PresslyHOU
42Carlos RodonCWS
43Dallas KeuchelCWS
39Eric LauerMIL
44Blake TreinenLAD
46Charlie MortonATL
45Brad BoxbergerMIL
47Max FriedATL
29Yimi GarciaHOU
48Huascar YnoaATL
49Tony GonsolinLAD
50Ian AndersonATL
52Kendall GravemanHOU
53Andrew KittredgeTB
54Drew SmylyATL
55Pete FairbanksTB
56Evan PhillipsLAD
51Aaron AshbyMIL
57Corey KnebelLAD
60Touki ToussaintATL
64Andre JacksonLAD
59Collin McHughTB
19Aaron BummerCWS
61Michael KopechCWS
62Adam OttavinoBOS
63Will SmithATL
58Brent SuterMIL
69Matt WislerTB
65Craig KimbrelCWS
66Alex VesiaLAD
67Joe KellyLAD
68Phil BickfordLAD
70Ryan ThompsonTB
74Ryan TeperaCWS
72Tyler RogersSF
73J.P. FeyereisenTB
76JT ChargoisTB
71Hunter StricklandMIL
77Garrett CrochetCWS
75Drew RasmussenTB
80Brooks RaleyHOU
78David RobertsonTB
81Cristian JavierHOU
79Ryne StanekHOU
82Dominic LeoneSF
83Phil MatonHOU
84Jarlin GarciaSF
85Kervin CastroSF
86Reynaldo LopezCWS
16Zack LittellSF
87Garrett WhitlockBOS
88Ryan BurrCWS
89Adam ConleyTB
90Jose RuizCWS
91Hansel RoblesBOS
92David PriceLAD
93Daniel NorrisMIL
95Blake TaylorHOU
94Jandel GustaveMIL
96Matt FosterCWS
97Jake McGeeSF
98Richard RodriguezATL
99Brusdar GraterolLAD
102Chris MazzaTB
100Darwinzon HernandezBOS
101Tanner HouckBOS
103Hirokazu SawamuraBOS
104Eduard BazardoBOS
105Andre ScrubbHOU
106Josh TaylorBOS
107Jose AlvarezSF
108Justin BruihlLAD
109Matt BarnesBOS
110Ryan BrasierBOS
111Jesse ChavezATL
112Colin ReaMIL
113Jacob WebbATL
114Luke JacksonATL
115Sammy LongSF
116Tyler MatzekATL
117Austin DavisBOS
118A.J. MinterATL
119Spencer StriderATL
120Phillips ValdezBOS
121Garrett RichardsBOS
122Dylan LeeATL
123Martin PerezBOS
124Chris MartinATL
125Connor SeaboldBOS

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