Last week (or so) I put out my early first base rankings. I completely intended to follow that up with a post for each position, but if I’m being honest, I’m running out of time. With drafts already starting to happen, it’s time I got to it and worked on my official rankings. With that said, I am knee deep in projections, rankings and spreadsheets. I know many of you are patiently waiting for my customizable spreadsheet, but that’s still a couple days away. In the meantime, I have gotten far enough to share my rankings.

Please keep in mind that these rankings are based on a specific scoring system. When my spreadsheet is released it will allow you to enter your league specific scoring system and will generate custom rankings. Because as I’ve said many times before, “all leagues are not created equal”.

RUN (+1), RBI (+1), 1B (+1), 2B (+2), 3B (+3), HR (+4), BB (+1), KO (-1), SB (+1), CS (-1)
WIN (+5), LOSS (-5), IP (+3), K (+1), BB (-1), SAVE (+7), BLOWN SAVE (-3), ER (-1), HIT (-1), HBP (-1), WP (-1)


After several years of seeing Buster Posey in the top spot, he’s still there. For those of you expecting to see Gary Sanchez as my number one, well you’re going to have to wait at least another year. He’s going to have to cut down on the strikeouts to move past Buster. In a league that penalized less than a full point for strikeouts, Sanchez would be in front of Buster.

Buster Posey
Gary Sanchez
Willson Contreras
J.T. Realmuto
Salvador Perez
Yadier Molina
Evan Gattis
Brian McCann
Jonathan Lucroy
Wilson Ramos
Mike Zuzino
Austin Barnes

First Base

I really wanted to give it to Paul Goldschmidt, but Joey Votto just cannot be ignored. He was last year’s top scoring hitter and comes into 2018 as the top 1B. Yes, I know I said Goldschmidt was my top 1B just last week, but now that I’ve run the numbers, it just doesn’t play out that way. I do expect Goldschmidt and Freddie Freeman to be nipping at his heels. The value picks here seem to be Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Abreu and Carlos Santana.

Joey Votto
Paul Goldschmidt
Freddie Freeman
Anthony Rizzo
Edwin Encarnacion
Jose Abreu
Carlos Santana
Cody Bellinger
Rhys Hoskins
Eric Hosmer
Wil Myers
Josh Bell
Miguel Cabrera
Matt Carpenter
Justin Smoak

Second Base

Jose. Jose. Sounds like a list Donald Trump might be making. Jonathan Schoop seems to be everyone’s shiny new penny this season. I’m just hoping boring old Robinson Cano falls to me in a decent round.

Jose Altuve
Jose Ramirez
Brian Dozier
Robinson Cano
Daniel Murphy
DJ LeMahieu
Jonathan Schoop
Whit Merrifield
Dee Gordon
Matt Carpenter
Rougned Odor
Ozzie Albies

Third Base

Nolan Arenado is a no brainer here. I’m way done with Josh Donaldson. He will not be on any of my teams this year. I’d rather have Travis Shaw several rounds later. I just got Shaw for $12 in an “experts” H2H points league auction while Donaldson went for $29. You do the math.

Nolan Arenado
Jose Ramirez
Freddie Freeman
Kris Bryant
Manny Machado
Josh Donaldson
Alex Bregman
Anthony Rendon
Kyle Seager
Justin Turner
Evan Longoria
Travis Shaw
Jake Lamb


Am I the only one with Francisco Lindor leading the pack at shortstop? Don’t sleep on Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius or Jean Segura. They are going to offer good value. No Trea Turner for me.

Francisco Lindor
Carlos Correa
Alex Bregman
Corey Seager
Trea Turner
Elvis Andrus
Xander Bogaerts
Didi Gregorious
Jean Segura
Andrelton Simmons
Chris Taylor
Zack Cozart


Mike Trout blah blah blah. If he plays a full season he will be the top outfielder in points leagues. Notice I didn’t say top hitter as he has never finished the season with the most points amongst all hitters. Giancarlo Stanton needs to stay healthy to be a top five OF. Same with Bryce Harper. Both are legitimate forces when on the field. I’m a big fan of George Springer and Christian Yelich this year.

Mike Trout
Mookie Betts
Bryce Harper
Giancarlo Stanton
Charlie Blackmon
George Springer
Aaron Judge
Cody Bellinger
J.D. Martinez
Rhys Hoskins
Christian Yelich
Andrew Benintendi
Nelson Cruz
Marcell Ozuna
Andrew McCutchen
Khris Davis
Justin Upton
A.J. Pollack
Yoenis Cespedes
Lorenzo Cain
Ender Inciarte
Tommy Pham
Nick Castellanos
Nomar Mazara
Yasiel Puig

Starting Pitcher

Mad Max Scherzer is a must own. It will be interesting to see where he falls in my overall rankings. Will he land ahead of Trout? We’ll find out next week. In order to own one of the top four you are going to have to use a first round pick. Perhaps an early second round pick. Either way, I have not quite determined if the trade off of not getting a hitter with those picks is worth it as opposed to waiting until the third or forth round to grab a guy like Carlos Martinez or Madison Bumgarner. I still need to look at some solid ADP figures before I can make a definitive decision. I will be sure to do that in the next few days.

Max Scherzer
Chris Sale
Corey Kluber
Clayton Kershaw
Justin Verlander
Stephen Strasburg
Luis Severino
Carlos Carrasco
Jacob deGrom
Carlos Martinez
Zack Greinke
Chris Archer
Jose Quintana
Madison Bumgarner
Yu Darvish
Noah Syndergaard
Robbie Ray
Masahiro Tanaka
Aaron Nola
Gerrit Cole

Relief Pitchers

Who cares.

The spreadsheet is coming. I promise. Just give me a few more days to make some final tweaks and adjustments.

For those of you that have yet to sign up for an RCL, there is still room in my league. We draft on Friday March 16th at 9pm EST. If you win the league I will make you a custom spreadsheet next year. There’s a $20 buy-in to keep it interesting. Click here to join. And if you’re interesting in joining a head-to-head points league unlike any others you’ve played before let me know. I started a league with some fellow commenters two years ago and we have an opening.

  1. Nick says:

    Hi Malamoney ,,,

    my pleasure ,,,
    Nick “the French Stick”

    nice wirting :)
    nut some comments…

    C. “grey: there’s no C!” oops,, Austin Barnes is not even starting at C now !! i picked Alfaro in Dynasty over him
    1B. OK ,,, but in my Keepers team, Encarnacion would be my 3rd 1B after Goldy and Myers !!
    2B. OK ALTUVE forever
    3B… no GALLO ?!! as for me i’m done with Kyle Seager !
    SS … i’m ON Lindor ‘s plane !! traded away Corey ( and Swanson ) last year cause i have him already … i’m still aboard with Trea Tea, but may round 2 !
    OF. ALL IN with Spring-HER,,,we’ll see butter(balls) fly :p JD will rules – underated !
    not sure about Cespedes so high
    SP. Severino for the Future ,,, Tanaka is not so HIGH,,, i’m keeping Archer to throw darts
    RP… just agreed with Grey : 2 RP are better than one Bad SP !! so who cares !!

    just my 2 cents ^^


    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Nick: Great comment!

      C. However Barnes does have C eligibility. I threw him on the end because I think by the end of the season his points will have him in the top ten. Could be wrong. Could be right.
      1B. Encarnacion > Myers
      2B. Long live ALTUVE
      3B. Gallo’s strikeouts kill him in points leagues. Seager will score a hundred more points than Gallo.
      SS. Was that Corey and a Swanson microwave meal you traded away?
      OF. Cespedes needs to not be hurt. Said every Cespedes owner since whenever.
      SP. Should I switch Tanaka and Samardzija?
      RP. Who cares…

  2. Noam Levenson says:

    Looking forward to the spreadsheet!

    I could use your advice in a 12 team, H2H Points League – keeper
    TB – 1
    K – no penalty
    SB -2
    CS – (-1)
    BB – 1
    RBI – 1

    W – 10
    L – (-5)
    QS – 5
    K – 1
    IP – 1
    ER – 1
    BB – (-1)
    SHO – 10

    Keep 3-5
    Options – with remaining years I can keep (1 year means they’re gone after 2018)
    Benintendi – 9th round – 1 year
    Smoak – 10th round – 2 years
    Pollock – 16th round -1 year
    Longoria – 8th round – 1 year
    Trumbo – 13th – 1 year
    Paxton – 7th – 1 year

    Definitely think I should keep Benny, Smoak, and Pollock. Do you think Paxton is worth keeping? I have the #1 pick in the draft, so Paxton would cost me the first pick in the 7th round. Thank you very much!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Noam Levenson: First of all, what are you doing in a league that does not penalize for strikeouts. Booo!

      With that out of the way. I’d keep Benintendi, Pollack and Paxton.

      • Noam Levenson says:


        Haha, I know…

        Thanks for the advice!

  3. Shivdaddy says:

    The Spreadsheet! Wooooooo. You are very right on each points league is its own animal, its why your spreadsheet is Excel Jesus. I do feel bad for you though, you turn into tech support as soon as the EJ is released. Thanks Malamoney for your hard work!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Shivdaddy: You got it Shivdaddy!

        • malamoney

          malamoney says:

          @Peter guigli: Yes, the spot is still available.

          Shoot me an email at [email protected] with the details of your Framingham league. I might already be in one too many, but it never hurts to think about it…

  4. redsox says:

    hey, our league has three keepers
    should i keep billy ham 7th round pick over nick castellanos 19th round ???
    other candidate (gerrit cole 9th round , zach godley 10th round )

    my other two are jd martinez 4th and rhys hoskins 10th

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @redsox: Is this a points league? If so, what is the scoring system.

      Without knowing the answers to my questions, assuming it’s a points league with a relatively normal scoring system, I’d keep Gerrit Cole or Nick Castellanos…

  5. RicoSuave says:

    Great work Malamoney!

    I’m in a 16 team H2H points league and my draft is on Sunday March 11… I know that you’re going to release your spreadsheet but might be too late for my upcoming draft. i’m having a hard time finding other sources for points leagues, most other leagues go roto, etc… what do you recommend I use for my upcoming draft?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @RicoSuave: Wish I had an answer for you. You could use Rudy’s projections and plugin them into Excel and add column to calculate points. If you are comfortable with Excel it shouldn’t be too hard…

  6. steviek says:

    As someone who has seen almost every start he’s made, don’t sleep on Syndergaard. It was a muscle injury, not a shoulder or elbow.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @steviek: When healthy, he’s a beast. I’ll have to look a bit closer at his injury details. Thanks for the heads up…

  7. smegma says:

    Any chance the spreadsheet comes out tomorrow? I draft this weekend and my league does not give -1 for strikeouts, so it skews things significantly. On that note, I’m picking at 4 and its likely Trout and Altuve are gone. Given my settings, who would you rank for the next 2 guys off the board?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @smegma: Unlikely, but possible. What is your full scoring system?

      • Smegma says:

        @malamoney: normal points for bats but no -1 for k (1 for 1b/r/rbi/B.B., 2 for 2b/sb, 3 for 3b, 4 for hr). Pitchers aren’t taken top 5 in this league.

  8. Is that spot in your league still available. Malmoney we have an opening in a Framingham league if your intrested

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Peter guigli: I replied above…

  9. Von Hayes says:

    Yo Malamoney! I don’t usually ask keeper questions because I’m a grown adult who can make his own decisions, but I’m actually sweating this one a bit. 12 team points, keep 10 plus an optional and additional 3 rookies or minors. I don’t have a true ace but a bunch of good 2’s and 3’s on the mound and I like depth in a points league. We can keep whoever for as long as we want, -.75 for K’s, and we start 2 U spots so not worried about tying up that spot.

    Who I’m fo sho keepin: Sticks- Bryant, Lindor, Betts, Yelich, and Acuna as one of my minors.
    Arms- Archer, G Cole, McCullers, Tanaka, Berrios and Waker Buehler as a minors.

    Need one more of these: Miggy, Sano, Snell, Gray

    Miggy so old but was he playing thru injury last year and rebounds?
    I’m leaning Sano because I love him like a nephew but the overweight reports and stress fracture have me iffy.
    I’ve held on to Snell for the last 2 years waiting for the breakout, keep the depth at SP and maybe it happens this year?
    Or does Gray step up huge despite Coors?

    Any and all feedback appreciated, thanks!

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:

      @Von Hayes: What are the points for the pitching categories?

      I really like Gray. Liked him last year. Like him even more this year. For me it’s between Cabrera and Gray.

      By the way, can you keep Acuna as a minor leaguer if he starts this season in the majors?

      • Von Hayes says:

        @malamoney: Yes to Acuna, either way he will count against my roster total of 30. We don’t have stash spots. Pitching points:
        BBI Walks Issued (Pitchers) -1 point
        BS Blown Saves -3 points
        CG Complete Games 3 points
        ER Earned Runs -1 point
        HA Hits Allowed -.5 points
        HB Hit Batsmen -1 point
        HD Holds 5 points
        INN Innings 1.75 points
        K Strikeouts (Pitcher) 1 point
        L Losses -5 points
        NH No-Hitters 3 points
        PG Perfect Games 5 points
        QS Quality Starts 3 points
        S Saves 7 points
        SO Shutouts 3 points
        W Wins 10 points

        Scoring definitely favors hitters tho and I lied it’s -1 per k
        BB Walks (Batters) 1 point
        CS Caught Stealing -1 point
        CYC Hitting for the Cycle 5 points
        H Hits 1 point
        HP Hit by Pitch .5 points
        IB Intentional Walks .5 points
        KO Strikeouts (Batter) -1 point
        R Runs 1 point
        RBI Runs Batted In 1 point
        SB Stolen Bases 2 points
        SF Sacrifice Flies .5 points
        TB Total Bases 1 point

        Last year only one pitcher scored over 700 pts (Kluber 708)
        8 hitters scored over 700 points including Blackmon the leader at 800

        But as I said earlier I like having SP depth in a pts league and Gray would be a hell of a 6th SP, thanks again for the time and quick response.

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