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Player Ranking Tip of the Day:

A cheat sheet attempts to reflect the history of player performance expectation in a list. By minimalizing player potential you can find a more likely result.

The Landmines of Player Ranking:

Every fantasy baseball cheat sheet and player ranking you have ever read, this one included, has two factors: Statistical evaluations and educated guesses by someone who is, hopefully, more experienced than yourself. Not everyone is simply going to put in the needed time to do the preparation to win at fantasy baseball, and the writer (or publication) does it for him.

In some cases, what to expect is extremely difficult to grasp. Rookies and International crossovers are an inherent unknown. Ever watch a winning horse step up in class at the track? The MLB game is a group of players that reflect the “Best in the world.” The AA/AAA game does not, in and of itself, reflect the 2nd best group globally. MLB attracts players from Japan, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, South Korea, and other countries and often start at a price tag that puts them in the majors the day they arrive.

When a minor leaguer comes to the majors, they find a significant improvement in the day to day overall game. In many cases these are very young men. If they are a hitter, they must hit against the very best minor league pitchers, every time they bat. If they are a pitcher they must pitch against the very best minor league hitters, every time they throw. It can all be quite overwhelming. The psyche of the player becomes extremely important, and you should always look at minor leaguers stepping into the majors, or International players, on a player ranking with skepticism.

Player Ranking Explained:

The below was written to provide you a tiered player draft order for snake drafts as well as auction value for auction drafts. Tiers are important to show where we see a significant, rather than incidental, decline in expected result.

The auction value utilized was $270 per team, for 27 players, or $10 per player. In essence, the same auction draft game played here on FSRU.com. While the actual draft order is provided, it should be used as a decision making guide rather than as an absolute. The auction value can be used as a tool for snake drafts, to better determine impact from choosing from a lower tier. In essence, you may find a player a tier lower is preferred for your team, or you prefer a $12 player over a $13 player, but if you are projecting a two tier discrepancy, or a $9 player over a $16 player, you are likely making a mistake.

Rank Player Team Pos. Value
Tier 1
1 Mike Trout LAA OF $47
2 Miguel Cabrera DET 3B $45
3 Paul Goldschmidt ARI 1B $44
4 Andrew McCutchen PIT OF $39
5 Chris Davis BAL 1B $39
6 Robinson Cano FA 2B $38
7 Adam Jones BAL OF $37
8 Carlos Gonzalez COL OF $36
Tier 2
9 Clayton Kershaw LAD SP $34
10 Jacoby Ellsbury FA OF $34
10 Joey Votto CIN 1B $33
11 Prince Fielder TEX 1B $33
12 Edwin Encarnacion TOR 3B $32
13 Jay Bruce CIN OF $31
14 Felix Hernandez SEA SP $30
15 Ryan Braun MIL OF $29
16 Carlos Gomez MIL OF $28
17 Bryce Harper WAS OF $28
18 Adrian Beltre TEX 3B $28
19 Freddie Freeman ATL 1B $28
20 Hanley Ramirez LAD SS $27
21 Stephen Strasburg WAS SP $27
Tier 3
22 Cliff Lee PHI SP $26
23 Jean Segura MIL SS $26
24 Yasiel Puig LAD OF $25
25 Adam Wainwright STL SP $25
26 David Wright NYM 3B $24
27 Max Scherzer DET SP $23
28 Troy Tulowitzki COL SS $23
29 Justin Upton ATL OF $22
30 Jose Fernandez MIA SP $22
31 Evan Longoria TB 3B $22
32 Yu Darvish TEX SP $22
33 Eric Hosmer KAN 1B $21
34 Chris Sale CWS SP $21
37 Shin-Soo Choo FA OF $21
35 Buster Posey SF C $20
36 Anibal Sanchez DET SP $20
38 Madison Bumgarner SF SP $20
Tier 4
39 Brian McCann NYY C $19
40 Wil Myers TB OF $19
41 Dustin Pedroia BOS 2B $19
42 Justin Verlander DET SP $19
43 Ian Desmond WAS SS $19
44 Carlos Santana CLE C $19
45 Jason Kipnis CLE 2B $18
46 Shane Victorino BOS OF $18
47 Domonic Brown PHI OF $18
48 Starling Marte PIT OF $18
49 Coco Crisp OAK OF $18
50 Adrian Gonzalez LAD 1B $18
51 David Price TB SP $18
52 Giancarlo Stanton MIA OF $17
53 Jonathan Lucroy MIL C $17
54 Craig Kimbrel ATL RP $17
55 Manny Machado Bal 3B $17
56 Jose Bautista TOR OF $17
57 Zack Greinke LAD SP $17
58 Alex Rios TEX OF $16
59 Anthony Rizzo CHC 1B $16
60 Hunter Pence SF OF $16
61 Hisashi Iwakuma SEA SP $16
Tier 5
62 Matt Kemp LAD OF $15
63 Albert Pujols LAA 1B $15
64 Josh Donaldson OAK 3B $15
65 Billy Butler KAN DH $15
66 Matt Holliday STL OF $15
67 Gerrit Cole PIT SP $15
68 Aroldis Chapman CIN RP $15
69 Jose Reyes TOR SS $15
70 Sonny Gray OAK SP $15
71 Cole Hamels PHI SP $14
72 David Ortiz BOS DH $14
73 Ben Zobrist TB 2B $14
74 Jordan Zimmermann WAS SP $14
75 Tony Cingrani CIN SP $14
76 Kenley Jansen LAD RP $14
77 Elvis Andrus TEX SS $14
78 Mat Latos CIN SP $14
79 Kris Medlen ATL SP $14
80 Yoenis Cespedes OAK OF $13
81 Koji Uehara BOS RP $13
82 Ryan Zimmerman WAS 3B $13
83 James Shields KAN SP $13
84 Michael Wacha STL SP $13
85 Josh Hamilton LAA OF $13
86 Mark Trumbo LAA 1B $13
87 Homer Bailey CIN SP $13
88 Greg Holland KAN RP $13
89 Gio Gonzalez WAS SP $12
90 Joe Nathan FA RP $12
91 Ian Kinsler DET 2B $12
92 Desmond Jennings TB OF $12
93 Evan Gattis ATL C $12
94 Alex Cobb TB SP $12
95 Shelby Miller STL SP $12
96 Jayson Werth WAS OF $12
97 Matt Carpenter STL 2B $12
98 Joe Mauer MIN C $11
99 Aaron Hill ARI 2B $11
100 Jose Dariel Abreu CWS 1B $11
101 Everth Cabrera SD SS $11
102 David Robertson NYY RP $11
103 Brandon Phillips CIN 2B $11
104 Hyun-Jin Ryu LAD SP $11
105 Jason Grilli PIT RP $11
106 Yadier Molina STL C $11
Tier 6
107 Andrelton Simmons ATL SS $10
108 Martin Prado ARI 2B $10
109 Jose Altuve HOU 2B $10
110 A.J. Burnett FA SP $10
111 Dexter Fowler COL OF $10
112 Jason Heyward ATL OF $10
113 Mike Minor ATL SP $10
114 Kyle Seager SEA 3B $10
115 Michael Cuddyer COL OF $10
116 Curtis Granderson FA OF $10
117 Austin Jackson DET OF $10
118 Brett Lawrie TOR 3B $10
119 Mark Teixeira NYY 1B $10
120 Alexander Guerrero LAD 2B $10
121 Jed Lowrie OAK SS $10
122 Xander Bogaerts BOS SS $10
123 Adam Dunn CWS 1B $10
124 Danny Farquhar SEA RP $10
125 Matt Cain SF SP $10
126 Aramis Ramirez MIL 3B $10
127 J.J. Hardy BAL SS $10
128 Alfonso Soriano NYY OF $10
129 Doug Fister DET SP $10
130 Trevor Rosenthal STL RP $10
131 Julio Teheran ATL SP $10
132 Asdrubal Cabrera CLE SS $10

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