Spring is coming. As MLB players report to duty in preparation for the 2014 season, fantasy baseball managers also must begin their training.
The season kicks off early, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks playing in Australia on March 22. That doesn’t leave much time to usher in the season by selecting your fantasy baseball squad.
Perhaps you’re rusty after divulging in football, basketball, hockey, the Winter Olympics or season two of House of Cards. Have no fear, there’s still enough time to get up to speed, and I’m here to help the process.
This extensive guide includes rankings by position, my overall top 50, a team of sleepers not included in any of those rankings and a few other predictions for good measure.
Before we begin, there are a few important notes to mention. All rankings were assembled with a five-by-five rotisserie league in mind; those who play in differing formats should adjust the rankings in order to meet that specific league's format.
Also, for a player to garner eligibility at a certain position, I used 15 games as the parameter. While a player needs just five games to qualify for a certain position in Yahoo formats, ESPN requires 20 games played the previous season and 10 during the current season in order to gain eligibility.
I also took some liberties in not including catchers with first-base eligibility at first base in these rankings; instead, they are ranked as catchers. Nobody is drafting Joe Mauer or Buster Posey to slot at first base. (And if you are, don’t.)
Put down the shovel, cancel your plans, call out sick, hire a sitter or do whatever else necessary to clear your calendar. It’s time to begin preparation for your 2014 fantasy baseball draft.
Unless otherwise noted, all advanced statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs.