The OPS Top-200 is now!  Get excited! Are you pumped?!?  Take a deep breath and let’s get to it.  First though, some strategy.  Take it or leave it, it’s your call.  I recommend taking it with a nice glass of “you want your fantasy teams to be better, don’t you?”

If you’ve been following along (or if you haven’t, click on that link and get yo’self familiarized), I tier hitters by position.  I do the same with pitchers. Then, on draft day, I put all my rankings on one piece of paper, and scratch their names off as the draft goes.  That way, I know what positional tier is losing guys quickly and which others I can wait.  It’s worked for years, and I highly recommend you try it.  I do this in addition to entering in rankings in Yahoo or ESPN or whatever website you use. Always, always, ALWAYS do this.  They hide good players in the 300’s for some reason.  I think once they rank the top-150, they call it a day and let the monkeys with typewriters finish off the rankings.

Now in football, this works better as multiple position eligibility can make things a bit more difficult.  I don’t want to be scratching out Jedd Gyokro’s name at all the positions he’s eligible at (for me, it’s only at second base), so, depending on the league, I’ll use a top-200 to supplement my one page sheet.  Two pages?  Of actual paper?  From actual trees?  Why not just use excel?  Well I do use excel and formulas for my rankings, but draft day I like to keep it simple.  Pen and paper and the draft app.

Last week I did two ESPN drafts at the same time, one on the computer the other on the app, and for ESPN, the app is better (as long as you entered your own rankings).  I’ll try Yahoo and let you all know (or let me know which you prefer in the comments).  Alright Razzballers and Razzballettes, here’s the list:

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1 OF Mike Trout
2 3B Nolan Arenado
3 1B/3B/OF Kris Bryant
4 1B Paul Goldschmidt
5 SS/3B Manny Machado
6 OF Mookie Betts
7 1B Anthony Rizzo
8 3B Josh Donaldson
9 OF Bryce Harper
10 SS Carlos Correa
11 1B Freddie Freeman
12 2B Jose Altuve
13 OF Yoenis Cespedes
14 SP Clayton Kershaw
15 OF Charlie Blackmon
16 1B Miguel Cabrera
17 OF Nelson Cruz
18 2B/OF Trea Turner
19 OF George Springer
20 OF JD Martinez
21 2B Rougned Odor
22 SS Trevor Story
23 OF Mark Trumbo
24 OF Ryan Braun
25 SS Xander Boegarts
26 SS Corey Seager
27 1B Joey Votto
28 1B Edwin Encarnacion
29 OF Starling Marte
30 SS Francisco Lindor
31 1B/OF Wil Myers
32 1B Jose Abreu
33 2B/SS/3B Jonathan Villar
34 OF Carlos Gonzalez
35 3B Adrian Beltre
36 OF Jose Bautista
37 OF Khris Davis
38 1B/2B Daniel Murphy
39 3B Kyle Seager
40 OF Giancarlo Stanton
41 C/OF Kyle Schwarber
42 2B Dee Gordon
43 SP Madison Bumgarner
44 OF Andrew Benintendi
45 OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
46 OF Adam Duvall
47 OF Gregory Polanco
48 SP Noah Syndergaard
49 OF Christian Yelich
50 SP Chris Sale
51 2B Brian Dozier
52 1B Hanley Ramirez
53 SP Corey Kluber
54 3B Jake Lamb
55 2B/SS Addison Russell
56 2B Robinson Cano
57 OF Billy Hamilton
58 SP Jon Lester
59 2B DJ LeMahieu
60 1B/OF Chris Davis
61 OF Andrew McCutchen
62 SP Johnny Cueto
63 SP Yu Darvish
64 1B/3B Todd Frazier
65 1B/2B/3B Matt Carpenter
66 SP Max Scherzer
67 3B Maikel Franco
68 2B Jonathan Schoop
69 OF Justin Upton
70 SP Justin Verlander
71 1B Carlos Santana
72 3B Alex Bregman
73 SP Jake Arrieta
74 CL Kenley Jansen
75 SP Carlos Carrasco
76 OF Yasmany Tomas
77 1B/OF Ian Desmond
78 C Gary Sanchez
79 SP Jacob DeGrom
80 SP Stephen Strasburg
81 3B Evan Longoria
82 OF AJ Pollock
83 OF Matt Kemp
84 CL Aroldis Chapman
85 SP Kyle Hendricks
86 2B Jason Kipnis
87 C/1B Buster Posey
88 1B Eric Hosmer
89 SP Kenta Maeda
90 CL Zach Britton
91 OF Marcel Ozuna
92 OF Randall Grichuk
93 OF Stephen Piscotty
94 3B Anthony Rendon
95 3B/OF Miguel Sano
96 OF David Dahl
97 SS Marcus Semien
98 SP Carlos Martinez
99 SP Danny Duffy
100 OF Adam Jones
101 SP Gerrit Cole
102 CL Edwin Diaz
103 2B Ian Kinsler
104 SP Chris Archer
105 SP Jose Quintana
106 CL Roberto Osuna
107 OF Nomar Mazara
108 1B Tommy Joseph
109 CL Kelvin Herrera
110 SP Cole Hamels
111 OF Hunter Renfroe
112 SS Aledmys Diaz
113 CL Craig Kimbrel
114 2B/SS/OF Brad Miller
115 3B Ryon Healy
116 2B Logan Forsythe
117 SP Danny Salazar
118 2B/SS Jean Segura
119 SP Aaron Sanchez
120 1B Albert Pujols
121 CL Sweung-Hwan Oh
122 SP Lance McCullers
123 CL David Robertson
124 C/OF Willson Contreras
125 OF Max Kepler
126 CL Wade Davis
127 CL AJ Ramos
128 SP Masahiro Tanaka
129 OF Adam Eaton
130 SP Kevin Gausman
131 CL Mark Melancon
132 SP Rich Hill
133 CL Ken Giles
134 OF Dexter Fowler
135 CL Sam Dyson
136 RP Dellin Betances
137 SS Didi Gregorious
138 2B/OF Ben Zobrist
139 SP Steven Matz
140 OF Jay Bruce
141 SP Julio Teharan
142 CL Tony Watson
143 SP Zack Greinke
144 SS Elvis Andrus
145 SP Garrett Richards
146 OF Joc Pederson
147 SP Felix Hernandez
148 C Evan Gattis
149 SP Tyler Glasnow
150 CL Jeurys Familia
151 3B Justin Turner
152 SS/3B Eduardo Nunez
153 CL Adam Ottavino
154 SS/3B Jose Ramirez
155 CL Alex Colome
156 OF Lorenzo Cain
157 OF Hunter Pence
158 SS Brandon Crawford
159 RP Andrew Miller
160 SS Eugenio Suarez
161 C Jonathan Lucroy
162 OF Keon Broxton
163 SP James Paxton
164 CL Cody Allen
165 1B/2B/SS/3B Jedd Gyorko
166 SS Jhonny Peralta
167 SP Drew Smyly
168 SP Marcus Stroman
169 OF Odubel Herrera
170 SP John Lackey
171 C Yasmani Grandal
172 SP Daniel Norris
173 SP Michael Pineda
174 SS Troy Tulowitzki
175 SP Dallas Keuchel
176 1B Mitch Moreland
177 OF Eric Thames
178 CL Fransisco Rodriguez
179 SP Jon Gray
180 1B/OF Kendrys Morales
181 SP Tanner Roark
182 SP Blake Snell
183 SS/3B Jung-Ho Kang
184 SS Tim Anderson
185 1B Mike Napoli
186 2B Dustin Pedroia
187 1B Adrian Gonzalez
188 SP Jharel Cotton
189 2B/SS/OF Jose Peraza
190 1B/OF Josh Bell
191 3B Nick Castellanos
192 OF Michael Conforto
193 SS Orlando Arcia
194 OF Leonys Martin
195 1B/DH Victor Martinez
196 3B Yulieski Gurriel
197 SP Junior Guerra
198 OF Tyler Naquin
199 SP Rick Porcello
200 2B/3B/OF Hernan Perez

Well, there it is.  Pick your favorite over-hyped or under-ranked guy, and feel free to me crap about it.  I can take it while enjoying the weekend right near the beach, boo-yee!

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5 years ago

Phil, I love your rankings. Between you and Grey I laugh my ass off all day. This is the website is the shizz…. makes the marx brothers look like mimes…..can you give me the link for your OPS rankings for 1B. I looked everywhere and can’t seem to find it. Thanks again for all your hard work.

5 years ago

Why so low on Daniel Murphy? I think with the change in his approach you can feel pretty safe about a floor OPS of .850. That would be a fairly significant regression and he is still solid. I feel like he should be middle of the 2nd round unless you are feeling strongly about regression here.

5 years ago

Great Article, always enjoy the read. I’m in a 16 team (I know we just can’t say no to anyone), what round do you take your first SP in? Do you subscribe to Grey’s SP pairings? Thanks

5 years ago

How would this list change if u take out wins and put in quality starts? Anyone? Thnx

Frank Tanko
Frank Tanko
5 years ago

Thanks for the list! OPS leagues are great. I’d put Miggy in the top ten, personally. His .961 career OPS is just…amazing, and also equal to Votto’s career OPS, who I’d move up as well. I think 1B is pretty thin, so getting one of those guys in the first tier is especially important in an OPS league. On the other hand, everyone from 2-16 is so close I think you can make a good case for most of them.

5 years ago

12 team, 7×7 roto with OPS and K’s as the extra cats for hitters. Can keep players for ever and ever and ever.

Bryant, Betts, Rizzo, Schwarber (at C), Kershaw, Scherzer, and Darvish are all locks…..which leaves three spots for these four options – Braun, Abreu, Bregman, and Dahl. Which of those guys would you choose to let go?

Fister Furbush
Fister Furbush
5 years ago

I’ve been so split on Arenado and Machado. I wouldn’t be if Machado wasn’t SS eligible. It’s an OPS keeper league and I have the first pick with these two as the beatnik available.

Could you make any sense out of drafting Machado, then go after a third baseman later in the draft since it’s a deep position? (Jose Ramirez, Todd Frazier, Justin Turner)
Or is Arenado a once in a generation slugging third baseman who excels hitting in Colorado?

Thanks ahead of time

5 years ago

Phil – thanks for the perfect timing! I have my 40 man dynasty OPS draft on Sunday. Wondering your thoughts on two of my planned keepers…. I have Todd Frazier ($35) and Marcell Ozuna ($17) and worry that they’re both a little overpriced. I’ve only got $84 left, and have to draft about half of my team (although the pitching staff is pretty locked in, and the nuts and bolts of my offense looks pretty good as well).

Do you think I’m overpaying? If so, is it worth it?

Thanks as always for the response!

Phil B.
Reply to  NickfromtheRoc
5 years ago

@NickfromtheRoc: In a vaccuum those prices seem pretty high. But then it matters what you’d be replacing Frazier with. Do you already have 3B filled? Cause if not, I’d assume you wouldn’t have a ton of choices left, which might mean keeping Frazier. I like Ozuna, and could see keeping him at that salary. Do you have any idea of what’s going back?

Reply to  pbmax
5 years ago

@pbmax: A lot of the top (most expensive guys) are back in the pool already. I have Jake Lamb at $7 as well as a keeper. Wasn’t sure if a bounceback from Frazier could be expected/make it worth the keeper price.

Curious George Springer
Curious George Springer
5 years ago

Chris Davis seems super low here. He had a terrible year and still managed 38 homers last year. Can’t imagine taking Duvall ahead of him. Everyone is way down on him, to the point he’s a pretty nice value.

Jurickson BROfar
Jurickson BROfar
5 years ago

Hmmmmmm… I am al in on this list, but Martin at 194 (never had an ops over 700) and Kevin Kiermaier not even ranked? KK is probably 201…… but I might be missing something.

Jurickson BROfar
Jurickson BROfar
Reply to  Jurickson BROfar
5 years ago
5 years ago

Also, Joey Votto at 27th overall seems really low in any league that counts walks.

Reply to  Phil B.
5 years ago

@Phil B.:

Votto’s OPS was the 4th highest in baseball last year. 3rd in 2015. Best in baseball when you combine the last 2 years. Has been under 920 just once since 2009.

Cespedes, who you’ve got up at 13, has never been above 900.

Votto definitely seems low to me.

Alex C
Alex C
Reply to  Phil B.
5 years ago

@Phil B.: Yeah, you are way off on Votto. 27th with OPS included? He’s consensus top 20 in a standard 5×5 league, what is your reasoning for not being a fan and having him lower when he’s a top 5 OPS player? Also how are walks and a high avg not a big part of OPS? Don’t see any reasoning that can make sense of this, he’s top 15 at WORST in an OPS league for sure.

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Phil B.
5 years ago

@Phil B.: 19th i believe. 27 did seem low.

5 years ago

Odor is still a top 25 hitter in OPS leagues?

5 years ago

Brandon Belt?

Reply to  Joe
5 years ago

Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler and Brandon Belt had very similar stats across the board last year.
Carp #65, Fowler #134, Belt N/A.

Pat G
Pat G
Reply to  Phil B.
5 years ago

@Phil B.: You have Josh Bell on here, but not Belt.

Explain yourself.