Welcome welcome welcome! I have an aunt-in-law that says everything in thirds, and it’s cute the first time, and the second time, but after you’ve heard “Love you love you love you” for the 800th time, it’s gets old. Always like starting with a random tangent, don’t I? Anyway, these are my OPS-only rankings (meaning OPS replaces AVG). I play in 6×6 leagues, and they make some sense to me, but can’t we just kick average to the curb already? I’d rather play in an OBP and OPS league, and if I’m doing that let’s just stick with 5×5, amirite? But I digress.

These are hitter rankings, no pitchers. I don’t like Pitchers, and I’ve even recommended in this space eliminating them from Fantasy Baseball and going to team pitching like they used to do on MLB.com’s fantasy baseball site. They still might, but I’m not playing on their website; I mean, Yahoo! (Ohtani as two players?) and ESPN are bad enough (and CBS I haven’t even checked in on in years). Makes me understand the move to Fantrax for Razzball Commenter Leagues (Join one here!)

I want to be transparent, but I’m not a fan of Transparent (I watched the first and some of the second season, I tried with that show, but jeez I don’t know how they all don’t suffocate from the smell of their own farts) so here is how my sausage is made (that sounds grosser than it is, keep your heads out of the gutter. Unless your head is stuck in a gutter, in which case I recommend waiting for help and avoiding any clowns you see down there).

I know there are some who aggregate rankings from multiple sites but I’ve been playing this game long enough that there is only one guy’s rankings I use, Grey’s. And while occasionally he’ll hype a guy that doesn’t work out (cough, Rougned Odor, cough) he’s provided so much good advice over the years (along with the rest of the team) that I wanted to join the writers here over other sites (no one was banging down my virtual door with offers but c’mon, there isn’t a more fun site to read about fantasy baseball).

So I use his projections, but he doesn’t do OPS, so for that I use Streamer. Then I dive in and make slight changes to pump up guys I like, and diss guys I don’t. I enter the numbers into my tried and true developed over decades spreadsheet and viola!, a top 200. Then I go through player by player and ask myself, “in a vacuum would I draft this guy over the guy ahead if him? And proceed to do that for every guy. Note that I don’t want to hang out in a vacuum, I bet it’s too windy.

This speaks to a point I like to hammer home whenever possible; draft the team you want. Some people go straight off the numbers, but what are these numbers but projections, hopes and dreams of a fantasy sports writer that, if they pay off, makes them look like a golden god (we have one of our own here, Mr. Rudy Gamble), and if they don’t, oh well, they were just some words and numbers from a spreadsheet on the internet. There’s no repercussions (which I like).

Also I don’t like Catchers. I take one in the last round or pay a buck at auction; then either get lucky or play the waiver wire until you do. That way I’m not tied to my catcher and thus feel fine dropping him as soon as he goes cold or another C heats up.

So with all that being said, after 150 or so it’s a crapshoot and they’re all about equal; take who you like as the guys at the end of your bench should be the guys you drop first for the hot hand or potential closer. Without further ado, here’s the list:

Rank Position(Y!) First Name Last Name
1 OF Mike Trout
2 OF Bryce Harper
3 1B Paul Goldschmidt
4 3B Nolan Arenado
5 OF Giancarlo Stanton
6 OF Charlie Blackmon
7 2B Jose Altuve
8 OF Mookie Betts
9 1B/3B Freddie Freeman
10 3B/OF Kris Bryant
11 1B/2B Anthony Rizzo
12 3B Manny Machado
13 SS Francisco Lindor
14 1B Joey Votto
15 SS Carlos Correa
16 SS Trea Turner
17 OF JD Martinez
18 1B/OF Cody Bellinger
19 OF Aaron Judge
20 OF Marcel Ozuna
21 OF George Springer
22 2B/3B Jose Ramirez
23 SS Corey Seager
24 OF Nelson Cruz
25 3B Josh Donaldson
26 OF Khris Davis
27 SS/3B Alex Bregman
28 3B Anthony Rendon
29 1B/OF Rhys Hoskins
30 1B Jose Abreu
31 1B Edwin Encarnacion
32 OF Justin Upton
33 1B/3B Miguel Sano
34 C Gary Sanchez
35 2B Jonathan Schoop
36 1B/3B/OF Joey Gallo
37 2B Brian Dozier
38 2B Daniel Murphy
39 OF Christian Yelich
40 2B/OF Dee Gordon
41 OF Andrew Benintendi
42 OF Yasiel Puig
43 OF Andrew McCutchen
44 1B Wil Myers
45 OF Billy Hamilton
46 1B Justin Smoak
47 SS Xander Boegarts
48 OF Eddie Rosario
49 1B Miguel Cabrera
50 OF Yoenis Cespedes
51 1B Ryan Zimmerman
52 SS Trevor Story
53 3B Adrian Beltre
54 1B Eric Hosmer
55 3B Justin Turner
56 1B/OF Trey Mancini
57 3B Mike Moustakas
58 C/OF Willson Contreras
59 OF Domingo Santana
60 2B Robinson Cano
61 3B Jake Lamb
62 1B Carlos Santana
63 OF AJ Pollock
64 OF Starling Marte
65 2B/SS Jean Segura
66 3B/OF Nicholas Castellanos
67 3B Rafael Devers
68 OF Nomar Mazara
69 OF Byron Buxton
70 1B/3B Travis Shaw
71 1B/OF Matt Olsen
72 3B Kyle Seager
73 OF Kyle Schwarber
74 OF Lorenzo Cain
75 2B/SS/OF Chris Taylor
76 SS Elvis Andrus
77 2B/SS Javier Baez
78 C/1B Buster Posey
79 SS Didi Gregorious
80 OF Michael Conforto
81 OF Ronald Acuna
82 SS Tim Anderson
83 1B Josh Bell
84 2B Rougned Odor
85 3B Eugenio Suarez
86 1B/OF Jay Bruce
87 2B/OF Ian Happ
88 SS Jorge Polanco
89 1B/2B/3B Matt Carpenter
90 OF Avisail Garcia
91 1B/OF Chris Davis
92 1B Justin Bour
93 3B Evan Longoria
94 C JT Realmuto
95 2B/OF Whit Merrifield
96 2B DJ LeMahieu
97 OF Ender Inciarte
98 2B/SS Paul DeJong
99 SS Andrelton Simmons
100 OF Ryan Braun
101 1B Hanley Ramirez
102 OF Brett Gardner
103 OF Tommy Pham
104 2B Ian Kinsler
105 SS Marcus Semien
106 2B/SS Tim Beckham
107 OF Steven Souza
108 OF Jackie Bradley Jr.
109 OF Joc Pederson
110 1B/OF Ian Desmond
111 OF David Dahl
112 OF Adam Jones
113 2B/SS Addison Russell
114 OF Mark Trumbo
115 OF Michael A. Taylor
116 2B Ozzie Albies
117 C Salvador Perez
118 OF Gregory Polanco
119 1B/OF Brandon Belt
120 3B Miguel Andujar
121 OF Manuel Margot
122 OF Mitch Haniger
123 SS Orlando Arcia
124 1B/OF Kendrys Morales
125 3B Maikel Franco
126 3B Matt Chapman
127 OF Adam Duvall
128 1B/OF Eric Thames
129 C Evan Gattis
130 2B/OF Jason Kipnis
131 1B/2B/SS/3B/OF Marwin Gonzalez
132 OF Hunter Renfroe
133 2B/SS/3B/OF Eduardo Nunez
134 2B/SS/OF Jose Peraza
135 1B Albert Pujols
136 C/1B Brian McCann
137 OF Corey Dickerson
138 SS Zack Cozart
139 OF Raimel Tapia
140 OF Willie Calhoun
141 SS Amed Rosario
142 OF Victor Robles
143 OF Bradley Zimmer
144 OF Cameron Maybin
145 1B Greg Bird
146 OF Carlos Gonzalez
147 2B/OF Jonathan Villar
148 SS JP Crawford
149 2B Cesar Hernandez
150 C Mike Zunino
151 OF Randall Grichuk
152 2B Raul Mondesi
153 1B/3B Ryan McMahon
154 2B/3B/OF Scooter Gennett
155 2B Yoan Moncada
156 OF Odubel Herrera
157 C Austin Barnes
158 SS Ketel Marte
159 C Yadier Molina
160 2B/SS/3B Eduardo Escobar
161 C Jonathan Lucroy
162 OF Kevin Kiermaier
163 3B Ryon Healy
164 C Austin Hedges
165 OF Dexter Fowler
166 2B/SS/OF Chris Owings
167 OF Keon Broxton
168 OF Lewis Brinson
169 OF Mallex Smith
170 OF Michael Brantley
171 OF Nick Williams
172 OF Delino DeShields
173 1B/3B Todd Frazier
174 C Welington Castillo
175 OF Matt Kemp
176 OF David Peralta
177 2B Starlin Castro
178 OF Austin Hays
179 C Tyler Flowers
180 OF Max Kepler
181 2B Dustin Pedroia
182 C Wilson Ramos
183 OF Jacoby Ellsbury
184 C James McCann
185 OF Jarrod Dyson
186 OF Stephen Piscotty
187 C Travis D’Arnaud
188 2B/3B/OF Brandon Drury
189 OF Yasmany Tomas
190 1B Dan Vogelbach
191 OF Josh Reddick
192 2B/3B/OF Josh Harrison
193 2B Neil Walker
194 C Chris Ianneta
195 OF Jesse Winker
196 OF Aaron Altherr
197 SS Alcides Escobar
198 OF Alex Verdugo
199 3B Yulieski Gurriel
200 SS Gleybar Torres
201 DH Shohei Ohtani
   
  1. Willy Mo says:
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    Justin turner feels low outside the top 50. 945 ops last year as he walked more than he struck out. I like him to repeat

  2. Another Dan says:
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    Hey Phil,

    Excellent stuff, I play in several leagues where this will be very useful. It’s great for identifying players that are undervalued in OPS leagues.

    I play in one league that uses OBP and XBH as separate categories. Would you (loosely) use those rankings in that situation ?

    Many thanks,

    Another Dan

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