Bleacher Report's Full 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2017

Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout gets ready to bat during a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, May 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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After an offseason of research and preparation, it's finally here.

It's time for your annual fantasy baseball draft, and what you need now is all of that offseason research and information at your fingertips in one easy, convenient article.

That's exactly what you'll find here in Bleacher Report's 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide.

What follows is a cornucopia of fantasy information, spanning from position-by-position rankings to sleepers to top rookies to notable regression candidates.

We hope this can serve as an invaluable tool during your draft and set you on the road to winning your league.

So without further ado, let's kick things off with a fresh look at our positional rankings.

 

Updated Position-by-Position Rankings

Top 20 Catchers

Buster Posey
Buster PoseyRalph Freso/Associated Press
  1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
  2. Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
  3. Jonathan Lucroy, Texas Rangers
  4. J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins
  5. Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
  6. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
  7. Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers
  8. Evan Gattis, Houston Astros
  9. Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays
  10. Brian McCann, Houston Astros
  11. Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics
  12. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
  13. Welington Castillo, Baltimore Orioles
  14. Matt Wieters, Washington Nationals
  15. Austin Hedges, San Diego Padres
  16. Wilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays
  17. Tom Murphy, Colorado Rockies
  18. Sandy Leon, Boston Red Sox
  19. Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh Pirates
  20. Cameron Rupp, Philadelphia Phillies

 

Top 25 First Basemen

Paul Goldschmidt
Paul GoldschmidtMatt York/Associated Press/Associated Press
  1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
  2. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
  3. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
  4. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
  5. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
  6. Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
  7. Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians
  8. Wil Myers, San Diego Padres
  9. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
  10. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox
  11. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
  12. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
  13. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
  14. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
  15. Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
  16. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
  17. Greg Bird, New York Yankees
  18. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
  19. Brad Miller, Tampa Bay Rays
  20. Mike Napoli, Texas Rangers
  21. Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates
  22. Justin Bour, Miami Marlins
  23. Tommy Joseph, Philadelphia Phillies
  24. Mitch Moreland, Boston Red Sox
  25. C.J. Cron, Los Angeles Angels

 

Top 25 Second Basemen

Jose Altuve
Jose AltuveKelvin Kuo/Associated Press/Associated Press
  1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
  2. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
  3. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
  4. Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
  5. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
  6. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
  7. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
  8. Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
  9. Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners
  10. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
  11. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
  12. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
  13. Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs
  14. Logan Forsythe, Los Angeles Dodgers
  15. DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
  16. Devon Travis, Toronto Blue Jays
  17. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
  18. Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
  19. Neil Walker, New York Mets
  20. Starlin Castro, New York Yankees
  21. Brandon Phillips, Atlanta Braves
  22. Jedd Gyorko, St. Louis Cardinals
  23. Brandon Drury, Arizona Diamondbacks
  24. Cesar Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies
  25. Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals

 

Top 25 Third Basemen

Kris Bryant
Kris BryantNam Y. Huh/Associated Press/Associated Press
  1. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
  2. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
  3. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
  4. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
  5. Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Brewers
  6. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
  7. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
  8. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
  9. Todd Frazier, Chicago White Sox
  10. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
  11. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
  12. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
  13. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
  14. Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
  15. Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
  16. Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
  17. Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
  18. Eduardo Nunez, San Francisco Giants
  19. Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies
  20. Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks
  21. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
  22. Eugenio Suarez, Cincinnati Reds
  23. Jose Reyes, New York Mets
  24. Ryon Healy, Oakland Athletics
  25. Jedd Gyorko, St. Louis Cardinals

 

Top 25 Shortstops

Manny Machado
Manny MachadoDavid Goldman/Associated Press/Associated Press
  1. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
  2. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
  4. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
  5. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
  6. Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Brewers
  7. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
  8. Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners
  9. Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs
  10. Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals
  11. Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays
  12. Eduardo Nunez, San Francisco Giants
  13. Brad Miller, Tampa Bay Rays
  14. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
  15. Jose Peraza, Cincinnati Reds
  16. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
  17. Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves
  18. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox
  19. Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants
  20. Marcus Semien, Oakland Athletics
  21. Asdrubal Cabrera, New York Mets
  22. Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees
  23. Jedd Gyorko, St. Louis Cardinals
  24. Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds
  25. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals

 

Top 50 Outfielders

Mike Trout
Mike TroutRoss D. Franklin/Associated Press/Associated Press
  1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
  2. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
  3. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
  4. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
  5. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
  6. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
  7. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
  8. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
  9. George Springer, Houston Astros
  10. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
  11. Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins
  12. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
  13. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
  14. A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks
  15. Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
  16. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
  17. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates
  18. J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers
  19. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
  20. Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies
  21. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
  22. Mark Trumbo, Baltimore Orioles
  23. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers
  24. Khris Davis, Oakland Athletics
  25. Matt Kemp, Atlanta Braves
  26. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
  27. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
  28. Adam Eaton, Washington Nationals
  29. Odubel Herrera, Philadelphia Phillies
  30. Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis Cardinals
  31. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
  32. David Dahl, Colorado Rockies
  33. Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
  34. Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
  35. Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox
  36. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
  37. Dexter Fowler, St. Louis Cardinals
  38. Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels
  39. Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins
  40. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
  41. Adam Duvall, Cincinnati Reds
  42. Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
  43. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
  44. Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers
  45. Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
  46. Keon Broxton, Milwaukee Brewers
  47. Carlos Gomez, Texas Rangers
  48. Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs
  49. Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays
  50. Nomar Mazara, Texas Rangers

 

Top 75 Starting Pitchers

Clayton Kershaw
Clayton KershawRoss D. Franklin/Associated Press/Associated Press
  1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
  3. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
  4. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
  5. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
  6. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
  7. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
  8. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
  9. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
  10. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
  11. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
  12. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
  13. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
  14. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
  15. Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs
  16. Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
  17. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
  18. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers
  19. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
  20. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
  21. Aaron Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays
  22. Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox
  23. Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals
  24. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
  25. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
  26. Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
  27. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
  28. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
  29. Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers
  30. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
  31. Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
  32. Rich Hill, Los Angeles Dodgers
  33. David Price, Boston Red Sox
  34. Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals
  35. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
  36. Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles
  37. John Lackey, Chicago Cubs
  38. Taijuan Walker, Arizona Diamondbacks
  39. Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh Pirates
  40. Lance McCullers, Houston Astros
  41. Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
  42. Jon Gray, Colorado Rockies
  43. Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
  44. Steven Matz, New York Mets
  45. James Paxton, Seattle Mariners
  46. Michael Pineda, New York Yankees
  47. Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox
  48. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
  49. Sean Manaea, Oakland Athletics
  50. Matt Shoemaker, Los Angeles Angels
  51. Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays
  52. Vincent Velasquez, Philadelphia Phillies
  53. J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays
  54. Jeff Samardzija, San Francisco Giants
  55. Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers
  56. Joe Ross, Washington Nationals
  57. Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
  58. Drew Smyly, Seattle Mariners
  59. Marco Estrada, Toronto Blue Jays
  60. Jerad Eickhoff, Philadelphia Phillies
  61. Dylan Bundy, Baltimore Orioles
  62. Drew Pomeranz, Boston Red Sox
  63. Matt Moore, San Francisco Giants
  64. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
  65. Hisashi Iwakuma, Seattle Mariners
  66. Blake Snell, Tampa Bay Rays
  67. Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins
  68. Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics
  69. Collin McHugh, Houston Astros
  70. Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati Reds
  71. Ian Kennedy, Kansas City Royals
  72. Gio Gonzalez, Washington Nationals
  73. Trevor Bauer, Cleveland Indians
  74. Francisco Liriano, Toronto Blue Jays
  75. Jharel Cotton, Oakland Athletics

 

Top 25 Relief Pitchers

Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis ChapmanMatt Rourke/Associated Press/Associated Press
  1. Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees
  2. Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Edwin Diaz, Seattle Mariners
  4. Wade Davis, Chicago Cubs
  5. Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
  6. Roberto Osuna, Toronto Blue Jays
  7. Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles
  8. Mark Melancon, San Francisco Giants
  9. Seung Hwan Oh, St. Louis Cardinals
  10. Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians
  11. Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians
  12. Ken Giles, Houston Astros
  13. Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City Royals
  14. Jeurys Familia, New York Mets
  15. Alex Colome, Tampa Bay Rays
  16. A.J. Ramos, Miami Marlins
  17. David Robertson, Chicago White Sox
  18. Dellin Betances, New York Yankees
  19. Tony Watson, Pittsburgh Pirates
  20. Francisco Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers
  21. Sam Dyson, Texas Rangers
  22. Shawn Kelley, Washington Nationals
  23. Cam Bedrosian, Los Angeles Angels
  24. Ryan Madson, Oakland Athletics
  25. Jim Johnson, Atlanta Braves

 

Sleepers

Nick Castellanos
Nick CastellanosBruce Kluckhohn/Associated Press

Hitting on potential sleepers can be the difference between a good fantasy team and a championship-winning fantasy team. Here are 20 guys worth targeting in your draft as potential sleepers:

  • OF Keon Broxton, Milwaukee Brewers
  • OF Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
  • 3B Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
  • 2B Brandon Drury, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • OF Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners
  • C Austin Hedges, San Diego Padres
  • RP Daniel Hudson, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • RP Nate Jones, Chicago White Sox
  • SP Sean Manaea, Oakland Athletics
  • OF Nomar Mazara, Texas Rangers
  • SP Lance McCullers, Houston Astros
  • 3B Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
  • 2B Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants
  • SP James Paxton, Seattle Mariners
  • SS Jose Peraza, Cincinnati Reds
  • SP Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
  • OF Josh Reddick, Houston Astros
  • SP Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox
  • SP Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
  • 2B Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals

 

Top Regression Candidates

DJ LeMahieu
DJ LeMahieuDavid Zalubowski/Associated Press

A breakout season isn't always what it seems, and it's important to look out for warning signs of regression.

Here we have a list of 15 players who have some regression red flags when you dig a bit deeper into their peripheral numbers. This isn't necessarily a suggestion to avoid these guys altogether on draft day, but don't be the one that overpays for last year's numbers.

  • Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers (unsustainable 28.8% HR/FB)
  • David Dahl, Colorado Rockies (.404 BABIP)
  • Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins (unsustainable 18.4% HR/FB)
  • Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers (3.06 ERA, 3.76 FIP)
  • J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays (3.18 ERA, 3.96 FIP)
  • Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs (2.13 ERA, 3.20 FIP)
  • Ian Kennedy, Kansas City Royals (3.68 ERA, 4.67 FIP)
  • DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies (.388 BABIP)
  • Sandy Leon, Boston Red Sox (.392 BABIP)
  • Tyler Naquin, Cleveland Indians (.411 BABIP)
  • Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox (.269 opponent BABIP)
  • J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins (.354 BABIP)
  • Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners (.353 BABIP, move to pitcher's park)
  • Dan Straily, Miami Marlins (3.76 ERA, 4.88 FIP)
  • Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Brewers (.373 BABIP, unsustainable 19.6% HR/FB)

 

Top 25 Prospects to Watch

Andrew Benintendi
Andrew BenintendiChris O'Meara/Associated Press

Stud rookies are often overhyped when it comes time to draft, so it's important not to get swept up in that hype.

That being said, we've seen in recent seasons with the likes of Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Noah Syndergaard, Corey Seager, Trea Turner, Michael Fulmer and others the type of impact a first-year player can make.

So here's a look at the top 25 rookies to watch, based solely on their expected impact during the upcoming season. This is more about opportunity than potential, so keep that in mind.

  • 2B Ozzie Albies, Atlanta Braves
  • C Jorge Alfaro, Philadelphia Phillies
  • 1B Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1B/OF Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
  • OF Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
  • OF Lewis Brinson, Milwaukee Brewers
  • SP Jharel Cotton, Oakland Athletics
  • SS J.P. Crawford, Philadelphia Phillies
  • SP Jose De Leon, Tampa Bay Rays
  • SP Amir Garrett, Cincinnati Reds
  • SP Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox
  • SP Tyler Glasnow, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • RP Koda Glover, Washington Nationals
  • 1B Yulieski Gurriel, Houston Astros
  • SP Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewers
  • OF Mitch Haniger, Seattle Mariners
  • OF Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
  • OF Manuel Margot, San Diego Padres
  • 2B Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox
  • C Tom Murphy, Colorado Rockies
  • OF Hunter Renfroe, San Diego Padres
  • SS Amed Rosario, New York Mets
  • SS Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves
  • 1B Dan Vogelbach, Seattle Mariners
  • OF Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians

 

And there you have it—Bleacher Report's 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, with everything you'll need laid out in one convenient place.

Happy drafting!