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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.