Top 150 Players for Dynasty Leagues

Back in November I ranked the Top 100 Players for Dynasty Leagues. A lot has happened since then! Rankings can be very fluid not only as new players like Tanaka enter the player’s pool, but each day brings with it (hopefully) increased knowledge. I’ve gone to 150 this time because quite frankly I couldn’t stop this list without including Drew Smyly and Nick Castellanos. I was aiming for Steve Lombardozzi, but I had to draw the line somewhere!

The players are ranked based on their dynasty league values. For example, if I’m trading Gerrit Cole in a dynasty league, I want more than David Price. There are absolutely times when making that trade makes sense, but over the course of the next 5-10 years I suspect Cole will out-produce him. This is a very inexact science, but I’ve done my best to give you a good rankings list for your dynasty leagues. Enjoy!

RANK POS NAME RANK POS NAME
1 OF Mike Trout 26 OF Jason Heyward
2 1B Miguel Cabrera 27 1B Eric Hosmer
3 OF Bryce Harper 28 SP Madison Bumgarner
4 SP Clayton Kershaw 29 OF Adam Jones
5 OF Andrew McCutchen 30 SP Adam Wainwright
6 1B Paul Goldschmidt 31 1B Chris Davis
7 SP Yu Darvish 32 OF Jay Bruce
8 OF Giancarlo Stanton 33 OF Wil Myers
9 SP Jose Fernandez 34 2B Jason Kipnis
10 2B Robinson Cano 35 SS Jean Segura
11 SP Stephen Strasburg 36 1B Edwin Encarnacion
12 3B Manny Machado 37 OF Ryan Braun
13 SS Xander Bogaerts 38 SP Matt Harvey
14 SP Felix Hernandez 39 OF Oscar Taveras
15 3B Evan Longoria 40 2B Jurickson Profar
16 1B Freddie Freeman 41 SP David Price
17 SS Hanley Ramirez 42 SS Javier Baez
18 OF Carlos Gonzalez 43 3B Adrian Beltre
19 SS Troy Tulowitzki 44 3B David Wright
20 1B Joey Votto 45 3B Miguel Sano
21 SP Max Scherzer 46 SP Chris Sale
22 1B Prince Fielder 47 SP Justin Verlander
23 OF Yasiel Puig 48 OF Jose Bautista
24 OF Justin Upton 49 OF Byron Buxton
25 SP Gerrit Cole 50 SP Zack Greinke

Fifteen outfielders rank in the top 50 players for dynasty leagues. While the position may be relatively shallow for 2014, there is quite a bit of young top talent. In a new deep dynasty league, I’d target this position. Jason Heyward who checks in at #26, is just one month older than George Springer. There is plenty of time for him to join the elite outfielders of the game.

Fourteen starting pitchers are in this group as well. There is a unique opportunity to acquire Matt Harvey this year. While his stock may still be relatively high, even the savviest of owners may need to move him in order to win in 2014. You want to win too, but if he was healthy, he’d rank in the top 15, and these players are not acquired easily. Gauge the Harvey owner’s tolerance for holding on to Harvey for the entire season.

Middle infielders are often the key to fantasy championships and you’ll find just eight of them here. Of those 8, Cano, Hanley, and Tulowitzki are entering the back half of their careers, leaving only 5 young elite MI options in the Top 50.

You won’t find any catchers here, as thirteen corner infielders round out the Top 50.

RANK POS NAME RANK POS NAME
51 2B Dustin Pedroia 76 RP Trevor Rosenthal
52 SP Michael Wacha 77 2B Anthony Rendon
53 C Buster Posey 78 SP Archie Bradley
54 SP Julio Teheran 79 RP Kenley Jansen
55 OF Matt Kemp 80 SS Addison Russell
56 SP Anibal Sanchez 81 OF George Springer
57 SP Masahiro Tanaka 82 SS Elvis Andrus
58 OF Jacoby Ellsbury 83 C Carlos Santana
59 RP Craig Kimbrel 84 SS Carlos Correa
60 OF Yoenis Cespedes 85 3B Kris Bryant
61 SP Sonny Gray 86 SP Mike Minor
62 SP Shelby Miller 87 SP Matt Moore
63 OF Christian Yelich 88 SS Jose Reyes
64 1B Jose Abreu 89 RP Aroldis Chapman
65 1B Brandon Belt 90 OF Gregory Polanco
66 OF Carlos Gomez 91 SP Alex Cobb
67 SP Danny Salazar 92 SP Mat Latos
68 SP Taijuan Walker 93 OF Shin-Soo Choo
69 1B Albert Pujols 94 SS Andrelton Simmons
70 SP Cole Hamels 95 OF Starling Marte
71 2B Matt Carpenter 96 SP Zach Wheeler
72 SP Matt Cain 97 SP Gio Gonzalez
73 SS Ian Desmond 98 2B Jedd Gyorko
74 SP Jordan Zimmermann 99 SP Cliff Lee
75 SP Noah Syndergaard 100 OF Alex Rios

A lot of young pitching comes up in this second group. Wacha (52), Teheran (54), Gray (61), Miller (62), Salazar (67), Walker (68), Syndergaard (75), Bradley (78), Moore (87), Cobb (91) and Wheeler (96) are the next generation of top pitching talent. New international signees Tanaka and Abreu also make it into this group.

On the hitting side, we have our first two catchers present with Posey (53) and Santana (83). Santana started at 3B in the first spring training game and although I like his value best at catcher, I’m intrigued by what if any boost to his bat may occur without such wear and tear on his knees. Albert Pujols is ranked at 69 as the 11th first baseman for dynasty leagues. I think he has great value for 2014, and will have some good years ahead.

Our next 4 second basemen come off the board here with Pedroia (51), Carpenter (71), Rendon (77) and Gyorko (98). I do like Rendon’s hit tool an awful lot and expect some more power to come this year. Gyorko will come off the draft board well before Rendon will this year, but there’s a real opportunity here to acquire the higher talent before he breaks out.

I’m really not big on relief pitchers as keepers or for dynasty leagues, but the big four fall in place in this range as well. The elite strikeout rates are what sets them apart. Kimbrel, Rosenthal, Jansen and Chapman are such game changers for fantasy teams that a premium can be paid to acquire them.

The next two big shortstop prospects check in here with Addison Russell and Carlos Correa. Both will likely approach the top 50 by year’s end as they get closer to the big leagues. For Russell, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him in September in Oakland.

101 SP Kevin Gausman 126 2B Ian Kinsler
102 1B Anthony Rizzo 127 SP James Shields
103 SS Francisco Lindor 128 SP Hyun-Jin Ryu
104 C Yadier Molina 129 OF Josh Hamilton
105 3B Ryan Zimmerman 130 C Wilin Rosario
106 3B Josh Donaldson 131 SP Yordano Ventura
107 SP Homer Bailey 132 OF Jorge Soler
108 3B Nolan Arenado 133 3B Will Middlebrooks
109 SP Kris Medlen 134 SP Lucas Giolito
110 OF Domonic Brown 135 C Brian McCann
111 SP Drew Smyly 136 SP Justin Masterson
112 SP Carlos Martinez 137 SP Francisco Liriano
113 SP Tony Cingrani 138 OF Austin Jackson
114 1B Joe Mauer 139 SP Johnny Cueto
115 OF Desmond Jennings 140 C Travis d’Arnaud
116 SP Dylan Bundy 141 SP James Paxton
117 3B Nick Castellanos 142 OF Hunter Pence
118 SP Patrick Corbin 143 SP Doug Fister
119 3B Brett Lawrie 144 SP Robert Stephenson
120 1B Adrian Gonzalez 145 1B Allen Craig
121 OF Billy Hamilton 146 SP Chris Tillman
122 SS Starlin Castro 147 3B  Garin Cecchini
123 SP Clay Buchholz 148 1B Mark Trumbo
124 SP Jon Lester 149 SP Kyle Zimmer
125 SP Hisashi Iwakuma 150 OF Matt Holliday

This last group consists of those young players who haven’t quite broken in to the top 100 yet:

Gausman, Rizzo, Lindor, Arenado, Smyly, Martinez, Cingrani, Bundy, Castellanos, Hamilton, Ventura, Soler, Giolito, d’Arnaud, Paxton, Stephenson, Zimmer and Cecchini

and those that are hanging on, providing enough in the next few years to still hold their places:

Molina, Zimmerman, Mauer, Gonzalez, Lester, Iwakuma, Kinsler, Shields, Hamilton, McCann, Pence, Fister and Holliday.

Cingrani (113) has the potential to really increase this value in 2014. While he may still blow opponents away with the fastball next year, the concern that long term he may need to have three pitches increases his risk for dynasty leagues. I would bet on him, and I struggled with his placement here. While Carlos Martinez has a much more complete arsenal, his lack of a clear role put them neck and neck for me. It will be interesting to see how these two arms progress.

Billy Hamilton checks in at 121. In 5×5 leagues he gets a boost, but I think we’re looking at someone who will hurt you in average, HR, RBI and significantly in OBP, OPS and points leagues. Lucas Giolito checks in late at #134 considering I ranked him as my overall #14 prospect. He’s at least a couple of years away from making any impact at all. He’s the name that will rise on this list the most between now and the 2016 list. He could move up 100 spots by then!!

You won’t find players such as Ortiz, Butler, and Beltran on this list. It is not because they aren’t worthy of being owned, they are just not the players that I hold to a high value in a dynasty league. These players are either aging or on a decline and their value is better suited for short term use as opposed to being useful pieces for the long haul.  I do have a handful of players in my rankings like Cliff Lee that may fall into this category, but I feel strongly enough about their overall production for the next 4-5 years that I’m confident enough to recommend them.

I also tend to believe that it’s better to be one year ahead forecasting players dynasty values than one year behind. While this may add subjectivity, forward thinking will prevent you from holding on too long to a veteran as well as missing out on the next group of talented young players. This is why some players (ie Danny Salazar) are ranked aggressively while others (Matt Holliday) are not. Today this may look skewed, but in 2 years I believe one will hold significant value while another is near the end of their fantasy value. This is a ranking for the next 5-10 years.

Thanks for reading and hopefully this helps you with player values for your dynasty drafts and trades. I’ve looked at trade offers for Wil Myers lately as an example. There are some players below him that will out-produce him in 2014, but his ability to put up big numbers now combined with the likelihood of even bigger numbers from 2015-2020 make him a highly ranked dynasty player.  Feel free to disagree in the comments. These lists ebb and flow as A) news happens B) time passes and C) players improve or decline. In other words, this is not a definitive list for 2014 dynasty leagues, rather a snapshot in the ever-changing and evolving landscape of player values. I hope you enjoyed it.

Paul Hartman

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Fantasy Baseball player since 1987. Creator of Fantasy Assembly, yet just fortunate enough to be a part of it.

36 thoughts on “Top 150 Players for Dynasty Leagues”

    1. Thanks Chad. Adams was one of the next 10 names on the board. Just the splits and uncertainty if he becomes a 550 AB player holding him back. Obviously 2014 will go a long way towards determining his future value. I wouldn’t advise against the gamble on him even above some of the guys listed for sure. Just know there’s a risk involved. Thanks for reading and comments!

      1. Thank you Paul- You actually helped me on a previous column for getting Adams. I am not planning on him being the main 1B for me this year and hope to see many good things over time… Gave up Ryu for him so was interested in your thoughts for ranking. I am glad to hear next 10 or so… Keep up the good work!

        1. Adams strikes out too much, has a poor hit tool. He is at best a platoon player. I would have kept Ryu. Ninja Black Sox rule.

    1. Thanks for the question! I really like Frazier. Like Giolito, he’s got a ways to go. I had him as my #24 overall prospect. As far as this list, all he needs is another year of development. I think he could end up as a top 50 guy eventually here if things progress as planned for him, he’s pretty special.
      He could very well be a top 10 prospect heading into 2015.

  1. If Starlin Castro gets back on track and puts up a .275 BA with 13 HR, 75 RBI, 20 SB, 75 R with his normal 3:1 K/BB ratio, where would that put him in your rankings given he’s only 23 years old?

    1. Thanks Craig. Truth be told, I almost expect that kind on bounceback. He can move up this list certainly, but 122 already accounted for some improvement in 2014. The ceiling is even higher though for him heading into 2014 at 24 years old.
      Could he hit 15 HR, steal 25 with 90 R and a .290 AVG? I think the talent is there and that would cause a pretty big jump in these ranks.
      I’m pulling for the kid and would be happy with those numbers you wrote there.

      1. Paul, how crazy I to think M Franco is the next star 1B, perhaps a young Albert Pujols? Also, where do you see Mondessis kid ending up in the next wave of young SS like Lindor, Russel, Beaz, correla, etc. Forgive the spelling, thanks

    1. Who’s Altuve? Haha…actually had him in the back row, but….
      Seriously though, I think he’ll have a nice 2014…not sure he’s a guy I’d target for long-term, but some upside in runs with his SB.

      1. I find this curious as well.

        He’s young enough that we have no reason to expect a drop-off in speed over the next few years.

        And considering the hitters currently surrounding him in Houston’s lineup, it would seem his R/RBI numbers can only go up from here.

        Thoughts?

        1. I had Altuve on a short list of guys near the end of the list. I actually like him in the 3 spot, and it’s nice to see the SB are still there. There’s a lot to like; I just don’t think the upside is there to really move up these ranks. Saying that though, if he steals 45 bases with 75 runs and rbi that’s tremendous value. A lot to be excited about in Houston.

    1. I think he does get downgraded if only because I was so aggressive with the ranking to begin with. Really though, he’ll probably play winter ball this year and still be a young top prospect for 2015. I can see dropping him 30-40 spots now just to balance my previous aggressiveness though.
      This sucks!

  2. Thanks Tommy.. honest! I had Franco 151 and really didn’t want to leave him out. He’s not Albert Pujols 🙂 but there’s power and bat speed for sure! The more I look at him, the more I like him.
    As far as Mondesi goes, I’m a big fan, but… he’s very young and a lot will need to go right this year before I’d put him amongst those top SS prospects. I ranked him pretty aggressively because I think the ability is there.

  3. Thank you, the feedback is appreciated. I have a few more final questions if you have the time…I think nick franklin is under appreciated, I monitor the trade talks every day. I see him with kipnis potential, that is .250, 20 hrs, 20 sbs. He is very young. Why don’t anyone give him love? Lastly, what do you think of Owings and rutledge, other 2b/ss battles im monitoring? Thanks

    1. Anytime Tommy! Glad to have you reading!
      I like Franklin too. (would love to see him in Tampa). I think he’s a 15/15 guy but could be some nice late round value there!!!!
      I like Owings more than Rutledge. Interesting battles there….definitely monitoring them. For now, I’d grab either as a last round guy and hope the situations become clear soon.

      1. I see I was the low man in the consolidated keeper rankings for Gordon having him at 114 for next 3-5 years.
        In the dynasty rankings there were just too many young talents that I ranked ahead of him when looking at the next 5-10 years.
        He’s likely in that top 80-90 range as a major league keeper. In your dynasty leagues I’d have in in the 150-160 range.
        (and that’s pretty good really)
        Thanks for the question Josh; glad you enjoyed the list

  4. I don’t at all expect to see Aaron Sanchez in the top 150 (yet), but I am curious how far out you think he currently sits?

  5. Thanks Mark, that’s a tough question. I’d suspect he’d be in the 200-250 range right now. Obviously those young guys with one more year of development (and being closer to big league ready) can really fly up the lists. Butler is another one, Meyer, Zimmer, etc etc. I suspect Stroman may even make an appearance on this Top 150 at one point. I really like Sanchez and had him 45 on my prospect list. He’ll start 2014 in AA

    1. I personally think Sanchez’s floor is pretty high, and I’d have him in the top-150 on my own list. But that being said, he IS more of a long-term project than many prospects, so there’s still time for things to go wrong.

      1. Thanks guys. This is my first time commenting on this site, and I am very impressed by/appreciative of the quick response.

        Anyway, I’ve recently been offered Sano and Odor for Sanchez and Greg Holland (hence my previous question) in my 20 keeper, 20 team, standard 5X5 H2H league.

        In terms of pure value over the next 5-6 years, do you think this trade makes sense for me?

        1. I don’t love my chances for 2014, so let me rephrase that question.

          In terms of pure value over the period 2015-2020, do you think this trade makes sense for me?

          1. Hey Mark..
            I like Odor’s value similarly to Sanchez.
            If we leave that out of the equation it becomes a stud reliever for a stud prospect (who just had TJ)
            I don’t mind it because I believe in Sano’s power and think/hope he’ll be fine. I also don’t trust many relievers especially when you’re talking about the next 6 years.
            While I think it’s an overpay presently, one year from now I wonder if you’d be able to get Sano for a RP. I’d guess no.
            Remember that closers change so often. Paying attention and adding closers throughout the year while trading “proven” closers will generally net you a nice profit.
            It’s early to concede 2014. This trade doesn’t necessarily do that, but it’s a significant hit. I guess it comes down to your goals.
            I wouldn’t criticize this deal on either side as long as it lined up with them.

          2. When talking about five-year value for prospects who aren’t ready for the majors, it’s VERY speculative and a lot of variables can affect the trade value. What if Odor and Sano slow down in development, but Sanchez soars and debuts quickly? You may be kicking yourself. But then, all prospects are a crapshoot in my book. =)

            I love Holland, and he’s young with the K/9 to stick around for 5 years. But nothing’s guaranteed, of course. For 20 teams, that means most teams will only have 1 closer, and Holland is a good lock for 40 SV in my opinion, so he could help you win a category by himself every week. For me, it’s hard to pass up on current MLB talent for long-term hopes.

            Can you offer Sanchez for Sano straight up? They both have high ceilings. I like Sanchez a lot, but Sano’s power is so strong that his potential to be a top-5 player at his position may make the wait (and poor contact rate) worth it.

          3. I agree with Kevin. In a shallower league, I might be tempted as closers will be easier to find, but a closer like Holland in a 20 team league is more valuable than a might be minor league player. Sanchez for Sano is fair, and sanchez and another prospect for Sano is fair, but I’m not sure I would trade Holland away in this situation. With Sano done for the year, you might be able to get him later when the owner is a little more desperate, or you can revisit this offer if you’re out of the running for the playoffs.

  6. Amazing feedback guys, I appreciate it.

    I’m just noticing Cecchini on this list.
    I understand his OBP-speed combo is attractive, but this is a player that rarely shows up on top prospect lists — including your own.
    I’m curious, what’s the thinking here?

    1. Our pleasure Mark!

      As far as Cecchini, I actually had him as #41 on my top 100 prospect list. Like you said, his OBP and speed make him pretty attractive. I think his floor is pretty high. He’s not ranked too aggressively here as he’s close to contributing now.
      I just think he’s a safe bet to be a good fantasy contributor.

  7. Are you this high with Sano getting TJ surgery? I mean wow… Please let me know your mind process on his ranking. Thanks.

  8. Thanks Kris…I gave Sano an aggressive ranking pre TJ news. His debut will delayed and in a new ranking he’d certainly be ranked lower (likely 40 spots even) if only because he’ll accrue less numbers in the next 5-7 years. Add in some risk…might this turn him into a 1B sooner?
    I was extremely high on Sano (35 HR hitting 3B near the show). I’ve tempered my enthusiasm some, but still believe he can be a tremendous fantasy asset.

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