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2014 MLB Fantasy Preview: Top 10 Players to Draft at Each Position
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There's no better way to usher in the new year than with the unveiling of preliminary fantasy baseball rankings for the 2014 season. 

Most people feel all tingly outside in late December when they break out the eggnog and celebrate the holiday season. But for us fantasy baseball addicts—please tell me it's not just me—the holidays start now and last until Opening Day.

Old sayings tell us that the journey is better than the final destination, the thrill of the hunt far tastier than the animals captured and cooked. This applies aptly to fantasy draft preparation, where the diligent research and copious spreadsheets are the sweetest part of assembling a winning roster. Plus, vegans can participate in this hunt.

Since people look at you funny when you start discussing pitching sleepers as your fantasy football squad embarks on a playoff run, it's finally safe to crank out some fantasy rankings for the 2014 season. Oh, happy days!

Before we begin the festivities, remember that these rankings are tailored for rotisserie leagues using the standard five-by-five categories. Kudos to those who embrace a greater challenge, but batting average and RBI still control the zeitgeist.

Also, players eligible for multiple positions are only listed once at their primary slot. Buster Posey, Ben Zobrist and Matt Carpenter are among those who qualify for more than one spot, but they are included where they played the most games last season to avoid any redundancy.

And don't lock yourself down to a precise pecking order this early in the game. Signings, trades, lineup decisions, injuries and other offseason gossip can alter perceptions before draft day. Nevertheless, we've gone far too long without fantasy baseball in our lives, so let's get this party started.

Note: All advanced statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs.

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