With spring training underway and the fantasy baseball season bearing down, it's time to reveal a special project: welcome, fantasy friends, to the Big Board.
On the pages that follow is a ranking of—count 'em—the top-150 players for the 2014 fantasy baseball season.
Before the unveiling, some housekeeping is in order, as this lengthy list of the top talents comes with a few key qualifications. First, everything is based on 10- or 12-team mixed leagues with standard five-by-five rotisserie scoring (BA, R, HR, RBI, SB for hitters; W, ERA, WHIP, K, SV for pitchers).
Second, lineup construction accounts for 22 active roster positions consisting of: one each for catcher, first base, second base, third base, shortstop, corner infield, middle infield and utility; along with five outfielders and nine pitchers.
And third, to be eligible at a particular position, players must have either played at least 20 games there in 2013 or be in line to start there in 2014.
With that out of the way, put your counting caps on. It's time to make fantasy a reality.