I’m a much bigger fan of looking at individual position rankings for my cheatsheet, helping me see which positions have depth available, allowing me to build my best lineup. But looking at the top 250 Overall Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings has its advantages as well, especially in the early part of the draft.
For the first round of every draft, of course, you like to know how the best players rank against each other. For instance, I like Mike Trout and Bryce Harper better than Paul Goldschmidt if you have one of the top two picks.
That appears to be going against the NFBC grain, where Goldy has a higher Average Auction Value than both so far in March.
Also, by looking at the top 250 overall players mashed together, you’ll get an idea of where I think starting pitchers should start getting drafted. (Later than most ADPs and other writers, apparently – check the ECR).
Finally, by looking at the top 250 Fantasy players, you can see how much a player drops after a spring injury is reported, like Jhonny Peralta’s left thumb that will keep him out a couple months.
The Cardinals shortstop dropped considerably, and now I’m recommending picking him up in Round 14 or 15. While that sounds really high, it’s important to realize you’ll also be able to stash him on your injured reserve, and you’ll pick up another shortstop as a two-month replacement.
Follow along with Graham Briggs’ updated Spring Training Injury Report, as he shares his thoughts on the Fantasy values of players recently injured during the preseason.
2016 Top 250 Overall Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings
These 2016 Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings are for 5×5 Rotisserie Mixed leagues, and we’ll work to update these frequently. You can also check out the SCFE staff rankings on 2016 Fantasy Relief Pitchers here.
Our 2016 Fantasy Relief Pitcher rankings are certain to change as the season begins and moves into the middle of summer. But remember to attack the relief pitcher category aggressively during free agency and you should come out fine.
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David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.