If you are starting a team in a new dynasty league, take a look at the position breakdown of the top 200 players, using the main position for utility players except for one, who plays basically any position in the field.
What quickly jumps out is the lack of depth at second base and third base. The second and third base positions alone add up to only one more Top 100 player than the shortstop position. There are some great players at those two positions, but the overall quality lacks compared to shortstop or first base.
When it comes to catchers and relief pitchers, I can tell you right now that there are few of them ranked. There are a lot of good catchers, but many of them will get only 110 or so starts or they are getting up in age, making them less than desired dynasty options.
As for the relievers, I never chase saves (or holds if your league has them). How many players dread chasing Aroldis Chapman last year or a host of other top closers? Meanwhile, five new closer will come out of the woodwork this year that you can get in the middle of the season.
|Position||Top 100||Top 200|
Large Numbers, But Not Necessarily Top Talent
Thanks in large part to how many outfielders and pitchers are used in baseball, those two positions obviously account for a large portion of the top-ranked players. But remember, there are at least 150 starting pitchers (and actually more) that teams use and at least 90 outfielders. Out of the minimum of 150 starters in MLB, only 20% are ranked in the Top 100 and only 28% of outfielders are ranked in the Top 100.
Meanwhile, 47% of MLB starting shortstops are ranked in the Top 100 and 33% of first basemen. So if there is a run on shortstops at the top of the draft or even first basemen, don’t go into panic mode.
There are plenty of great to very good starting shortstops who will be available in the middle rounds. So perhaps when people are staying on the straight line, you should take that time to grab a top third baseman or second baseman or go crazy and grab that one catcher who everyone is eyeing but are too afraid to take.
What If You’re a Seasoned Vet?
If you are in an established dynasty league or two (or three, four or five), then a number of these players are already off the board. Depending on position scarcity, the values of some of these players will greatly change. In that case, use these rankings as a guide, because that is what these rankings really are. You’ve already built a team, so you have a strategy. But maybe a player listed here is ranked higher, or lower than you would expect.
No matter what, use the links under each tier to see what I have previously written about each player ranked in that tier. You may agree or disagree with my thinking, but it will probably solidify what you think about a particular player.
Now for the full 2023 Dynasty Rankings: Top 200 list.
Note: Listed age is as of March 31, 2023
|4||Bobby Witt Jr.||KC||SS/3B||22|
|5||Ronald Acuna Jr.||ATL||OF||25|
|8||Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||TOR||1B||24|
|11||Fernando Tatis Jr.||SD||SS||24|
|22||Michael Harris II||ATL||OF||22|
|33||Jazz Chisholm Jr.||MIA||2B||25|
2023 Dynasty Rankings: 125-101
|128||Elly De La Cruz||CIN||SS||21|
|139||Lance McCullers Jr.||HOU||SP||29|
2023 Dynasty Rankings: 150-126
2023 Dynasty Rankings: 175-151
2023 Dynasty Rankings: 200-176
The hard part about dynasty rankings is that every league is so different. Love the rankings and tiers.
If you had a 14TM, H2H Categories, keep forever but where you can only keep 8 guys a year, would you take Vaughan, Grissom, or Yoshida. Hitting cats are Avg, OBP, R, Hr, RBI, TB, BB, SB, K. I feel like since only 112 are kept a year, some of the younger dynasty rankings where minors are in play skews the rankings.
You’re 100% correct when it comes to dynasty rankings and trying to fit them for the vast number of leagues, so I tried to be as generic as possible. Glad you loved them.
Hitters from Japan have been a crapshoot, so it is hard to tell what Yoshida will do. Grissom at least has somewhat of a track record, and it showed the league adjusted to him the more he played. Will he adjust back? I think so.
The biggest factor when it comes to these two players is their age. Grissom is only 22 while Yoshida is 29 and turns 30 in July. Since you can keep them forever, I’ll take the younger player who plays up the middle over the corner outfielder.
I wrote this before seeing that Grissom is likely headed to Triple-A. But unless you can’t replace him, I’d still keep Grissom.
Appreciate the feedback. I should have been clearer, I was considering Andrew Vaughan, Vaughan Grissom, and Yoshida. Does Andrew Vaughan jump either if those in your opinion
Ah, I see that now. In my rankings above, I have Grissom at 68, Vaughn at 77 and Yoshida at 199. Watching Yoshida more and more, I have him ranked too low – but I am still not moving him above Grissom and Vaughn due to his age.
With Grissom being sent to the minors, that hurts his immediate rankings and if your league doesn’t allow to replace Grissom, then Vaughn is a great player to add.
But as I said above, I think in the long run I’d take Grissom. Without knowing the exact reason for him being send down, I suspect it is more about his defense at this stage than offense. He struggled at the plate at the end of the year, but I think he can adjust. But his glove may not be coming along as quickly as the Braves had hope.
If you don’t like to gamble, I’d take Vaughn. I think he is going to rake. If you don’t mind thinking long term, I’m still on the Grissom bandwagon.
Jeremy Peña love!!!
All the kid did was win MVP of World Series as a rookie, while anchoring the most important defensive position. He is silly cheap in redraft leagues and I don’t get it.
Why do people assume that was his peak?
Kid could be a stud
Hey, Foxman – no idea why people are still overlooking Pena. I have him at 63 overall, and that may be a little low.
I do know he needs to improve his OBP as he still swings at nearly anything and everything. But he was only a rookie, so it is safe to assume he will become better with his plate discipline. The power is already there, the clutch hitting is already there and the confidence to be great is already there.
Hi guys. Thanks so much for all your work on these rankings. I was curious however who makes these? Is it Grey or someone else or a consensus among staff?
The rankings above and this entire series are my own, without consultation with anyone else. Rankings by other staff members are their own. This allows for a variety of opinions to be shared with the readers.
Thanks for the question.
Andrew Painter? Kyle Manzardo? How are they not top-200 dynasty??? I think this list might be a little conservative. I understand how difficult making a list is, so understand I’m not trying to be a hater at all. It’s just that, to me, there’s guys on this list (later on) that I would never consider a dynasty option at all. Just my opinion. Maybe we should define ‘dynasty’ a little more. Are we talking a span of 1-2 years? Or are we talking more like 1-4+? Because to me, dynasty includes the most recent MLB draft. And based on talent alone, sometimes those guys bump out the older lower ceiling guys such as verdugo, Suarez, Cron, and majority of catchers. Not saying that those guys don’t deserve a spot on a 2023-maybe 2024 team, but no way am I valuing them more than the guys I stated previously. There are many more too. Other than the later part of the list, I see no problems. Good work!
Some leagues don’t even allow prospects to be drafted, others do, so there is a balance there. And when it comes to young pitchers, I avoid them as most struggle for several years before figuring things out. During that time I can grab a handful of pitchers from the trash heap and win. So I’m not going to put a 19-year-old in the top 200 at this point.
Manzardo is getting a lot of play, but right now I have him just outside my top 200.
But I can’t argue with your thinking, that’s the fun if dynasty baseball – there are a million ways to build a team.
Thanks for your thoughts and for reading.
Good point…I understand how certain roster limits for other leagues could influence the list. Minor Leaguers have a large impact in my dynasty leagues, so that’s probably why I feel that way.
Also I feel like if the list is projected a couple more years in the future, you would mainly only have to adjust the order of the list as the season goes on rather than add/removing players as the young guys begin to prove themselves. Just my 2 cents.
I run two dynasty leagues, and both have separate rosters for the prospects and the MLB players. So those specs are very important.
However, since we have lots of info and lists for prospects here at Razzball, this lists incorporates the very best prospects into the Top 200 as the viewpoint I took was building a team today.
Otherwise it would almost be a list of the top 200 prospects with some major leaguers thrown in.
Where does Jasson Dominguez land on this list next season?
I’d love to be able to answer that, but right now I can’t. He certainly is expected to be good, but he hasn’t played above Double-A. If he continues on his path, I would think he could crack the Top 200, but where I’m not sure.
13 team dynasty 5×5 Outman or Garret Mitchell? Thanks! Can only keep 1
I like Mitchell more. Just the better overall player, in my opinion.
Thanks for the rankings, looks good. 12 team, H2H, 6×6, OBP. Keeper. What are the two keepers of;
S. Murphy-rd. 20
J. Peña-rd. 26
K. Wright- rd. 27
I’d go Pena and Wright. Catchers just don’t play enough except for a few, while Pena is just scratching the surface and Wright appears to finally be living up to his previous hype.
Keep forever league, w/o contracts. Carroll and Gunnar or JTR and either Swanson or Edman?
Carroll and Gunnar, no question. You will have years and years of production from both, and I rank both of them higher than Realmuto, who will slow down first due to be a catcher, and Edman.
Swanson is ranked in the same tier, but all are closely grouped.
As a duo, I’m taking the very high upside to Carroll and Henderson over Swanson and JTR.
Thanks for reading and the question.
Would you be ok drafting Yordan Alvarez or Vlad Guerrero with your first pick or is the injury concerns enough to steer away? Thanks.
Im not worried about their injuries at all. Yordan played most of last year with the hand injury, so I wouldn’t worry about that. Vlad, I think, is a case of being careful.
Draft either of them and be happy.