As draft season approaches a few of the staff members here at “So-Called Fantasy Experts” have been hard at work putting together your 2016 Fantasy Baseball Rankings.
We have position specific rankings, which you can find in links on the homepage or at the bottom of these rankings, but there is no better place to start than the overall top 300.
Feel free to take these rankings and test run them in our Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft Simulator, powered by Fantasy Pros. It allows you to complete a mock draft in just a few minutes against computers which mimic the other experts included the Fantasy Pros Expert Consensus Rankings.
I really can’t think of a better way to mock draft. Not only do you get to complete a mock draft quickly, but you actually have all of your opponents complete it too. Think about it. How many times have you entered a mock on another site with 11 other people to have half of them bail after four rounds. Even better your other mock drafters are some of the best in the business.
Now don’t get me wrong overall rankings are great. They give you sense of a players overall value for your draft, but you should by no means use these as a bible. What I mean by that is if you are in need of a third baseman but your rankings are telling you that an outfielder, who would be the sixth one you draft, you should draft that third baseman. You have to be aware of your team needs sometimes in drafts and other times you will need to know when it makes more sense to just draft the best overall player. Something you can learn by studying and doing many mock drafts.
You will notice that the top of the rankings is filled with hitters and mainly hitters who some of the most home run power in the game.
This is no surprise since power, despite a resurgence last year, is down and still at a premium. This is especially true of guys who can hit for power and not hurt you in the batting average category.
Yes you can get a guy like Chris Carter, who has 30 home run power, for the 262th pick, but at what cost to the rest of your team? His batting average sits at a career .217 and this actually hurts his potential to help in RBI and Runs too since he does not get on-base or hit in others unless it is a home run.
Even with the surge in power in 2015, there were still only 20 hitters who hit over 30 home runs. Combine this with the fact that more than 20 pitchers that were real options at starting pitching last season had a sub 3.00 ERA and over 50 had a under 3.50. We also saw 34 pitchers with K/9 rates of nine or better.
This proves that there is more depth in pitching and its reflected in our rankings where 36 of the top 50 ranked are hitters.
Late Spring Update
Make sure you check out the individual position rankings, where they give more in-depth analysis.
Jhonny Peralta, SS, St. Louis Cardinals
An injury has shut him down for at least 10-12 weeks. During that time it appears they Cardinals will go with recently signed Reuben Tejada, but I would not be the least bit surprised if they turn more to Jed Gyorko or even youngster Aledmy’s Diaz.
Maikel Franco, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
Franco was a sleeper pick to start the spring, but he is a sleeper no more. After blasting eight home runs this spring so far, he has climbed up draft boards and our rankings too. Just be careful not to overreach for him. He is still young and unproven.
Anthony Rendon, 2B/3B, Washington Nationals
A strong spring has made Rendon his draft stock rise. Not to where it was in 2015, but he is no longer being viewed as an undraftable player. Not to toot our own horns here, OK fine maybe a little, we had him ranked higher than most from the beginning.
Return of Injured Outfielders
Michael Brantley appears to be on track to return much sooner than originally thought, making him climb up the ranking a bit. He is a great power/speed combo player with a great batting average.
Hunter Pence’s stock was down due to an injury ravaged year in 2015, then he suffered an achillies injury early this spring and that only sent his draft stock down even farther. He has returned and with a bang too, hitting six home runs in just nine games and 29 at-bats.
Closer’s Go Down
Carter Capps, was supposed to be a possibility to close for the Miami Marlins. Not anymore. His season is over as he had to get Tommy John and therefore A.J. Ramos’s stock rises. Ramos has proven he can be an elite closer.
Brad Boxberger is going to miss 6-8 weeks which drops his draft ranking quite a bit. To start the season Alex Colome and Danny Farquhar are the early leaders to lead the charge. If you have an IR spot it could be a wise more to stash Boxberger.
Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles
Wieters was a catcher that some thought you could get at discount entering the year, after he was just a shell of himself in 2015 returning from Tommy John. However his stock is trending down again now that he suffered a setback with the same elbow. Honestly I’m staying away. Too risky for me.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Overall Rankings
These Fantasy rankings are mainly for Rotisserie leagues that use home runs, RBI, runs scored, stolen bases, batting averages, wins, strikeouts, saves, ERA and WHIP.
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