The ultimate goal in fantasy baseball is to assemble the best all-around team, and that feat cannot be accomplished without properly gauging the talent at each position.
Now that the NFL season is over, the "it's too early to think about baseball" excuse is not going to fly anymore. After all, Opening Day is less than two months away, with pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 11.
That means it's time to devote all of your time to digging through baseball data before draft day. Maybe with brief breaks in between for work and school, if those things are really that important to you.
Overall rankings are helpful but become obsolete to your specific predicament after the first few rounds.
Once you gather a group of stars to build around, drafting a championship squad boils down to a manager's ability to locate the best values at each position. The best player available might inhabit the outfield, but you still might want to snag a shortstop instead before all the decent options run out.
But then who's the top shortstop left? Is there a major disparity between him and someone you can obtain three rounds later?
Here is a complete look at each position's top talent, along with some names to monitor in the later rounds.
Note: Stats courtesy of FanGraphs.com.