This is the 13th year of the Risk Ratings. For most of those years, they were the foundation of my Team Health Reports, a team-by-team breakdown of injury risk for every team. This year, we've cut down the chatter and focused on what you wanted. The ratings themselves were always the most important part and this year, they're better than ever.
Over the past week, I've given you some insight into how you can use Risk Ratings. You can take a simple look at the risky players and get their names in your head. You can make technical adjustments and use risk alongside powerful tools like relative positional value. You could even just look for players on your team and try to figure out if they'll be able to stay healthy enough to win. The Risk Ratings are a tool with many possible functions.
If you want nothing more than the ratings, here they are in a printable format. Each projected starting player, five starting pitchers and two relievers for each team are listed and rated. As always, the players are color-coded. Red is the highest risk, yellow is a medium risk, while green is a standard risk. There is an underlying number and this season, red begins at a 45 percent risk for injury.
That means that while you could draft a red-risk player like Matt Kemp, Joe Mauer or Gio Gonzalez, you could be getting a great value. It could also mean that they could put up poor numbers based on injury. It's a coin flip at best for most of these red-rated players. If you believe you can pick which ones will stay healthy or that you can back them up well enough to take the risk, do it.