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Top 200 Players for 2016

2016 Ranking LogoNo need for any long introduction or colorful anecdotes today.  We’ve already given you the top players at each position along with our reaches, avoids, late round picks, etc.  We bring things to a close today with our big list – the top 200+ players for the 2016 season.

Taking part in our rankings will be Tommy Landseadel, Kevin Jebens, Jim Finch, Ron Vackar, Michael Zakhar and Neil (Mister DFS). Our six experts each ranked their top 200 players for the 2016 season. Players marked N/R were not ranked inside the top 200 by that particular person.

If you feel we overlooked someone or would like to debate a player’s ranking, feel free to do so in the comment section below.

Rank Player Position Neil Zak Tommy Kevin Ron Jim
1 Mike Trout OF 1 1 2 2 3 1
2 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 3 3 1 1 1 2
3 Bryce Harper OF 2 2 3 5 2 4
4 Clayton Kershaw SP 12 4 4 4 4 3
5 Josh Donaldson 3B 5 13 5 3 8 5
6 Nolan Arenado 3B 4 12 7 6 7 6
7 Anthony Rizzo 1B 11 7 10 9 6 9
8 Manny Machado 3B 17 5 6 20 5 8
9 Miguel Cabrera 1B 10 11 9 7 11 18
10 Giancarlo Stanton OF 7 8 8 22 12 10
11 Carlos Correa SS 9 6 15 10 9 21
12 Andrew McCutchen OF 6 17 12 12 17 7
13 Jose Altuve 2B 15 14 19 8 10 13
14 Kris Bryant 3B 8 10 17 13 13 34
15 Jose Abreu 1B 20 21 14 18 20 17
16 Mookie Betts OF 27 9 21 31 14 12
17 Chris Sale SP 13 16 31 21 23 16
18 Starling Marte OF 18 18 25 16 19 26
19 A.J. Pollock OF 14 32 11 40 18 11
20 Edwin Encarnacion 1B 32 26 13 19 21 19
21 Max Scherzer SP 19 15 20 62 15 15
22 Joey Votto 1B 21 25 16 15 36 36
23 Madison Bumgarner SP 24 27 29 32 30 14
24 Jose Bautista OF 28 33 18 29 26 23
25 Chris Davis 1B 26 34 32 23 24 24
26 J.D. Martinez OF 33 20 24 28 27 35
27 Dee Gordon 2B 64 22 26 11 29 22
28 Buster Posey C 35 29 22 38 25 32
29 Jake Arrieta SP 22 36 27 36 22 40
30 George Springer OF 29 19 34 43 16 47
31 Todd Frazier 3B 16 40 35 24 41 33
32 Jose Fernandez SP 36 24 30 37 37 28
33 Justin Upton OF 46 30 41 39 40 25
34 David Price SP 42 28 38 56 31 29
35 Matt Harvey SP 44 23 37 67 39 31
36 Charlie Blackmon OF 23 49 23 96 28 27
37 Zack Greinke SP 30 44 49 48 35 42
38 Ryan Braun OF 55 31 33 26 48 57
39 Corey Kluber SP 47 38 39 57 33 49
39 Stephen Strasburg SP 51 35 43 45 46 43
41 Adrian Gonzalez 1B 31 42 36 55 64 37
42 Jacob deGrom SP 39 37 46 69 34 44
43 Troy Tulowitzki SS 66 78 44 14 49 20
44 Adam Jones OF 60 43 42 30 53 46
45 Gerrit Cole SP 56 41 50 63 38 30
46 Nelson Cruz OF 52 74 28 27 55 48
47 Xander Bogaerts SS 61 61 55 17 56 38
48 Yoenis Cespedes OF 48 60 40 33 32 78
49 Robinson Cano 2B 40 54 69 34 50 61
50 Felix Hernandez SP 76 45 58 41 52 39

Here’s how the top 50 breakdown.

  • Outfield – 16
  • Starting Pitcher – 14
  • First Base – 8
  • Third Base – 5
  • Shortstop – 3
  • Second Base – 3
  • Catcher -1

While the draft rarely follows the rankings, this should give you a basic idea of the number of elite players at each position.  This should help you formulate a plan of attack for the first four rounds of your draft.

Rank Player Position Neil Zak Tommy Kevin Ron Jim
51 Dallas Keuchel SP 59 58 51 60 43 50
52 Noah Syndergaard SP 75 47 52 68 45 51
53 Kyle Seager 3B 62 53 63 42 71 54
54 Chris Archer SP 67 46 65 75 44 53
54 Carlos Carrasco SP 71 39 53 87 42 58
56 Carlos Gomez OF 45 59 73 51 54 72
57 Lorenzo Cain OF 41 55 54 73 57 77
58 Carlos Gonzalez OF 38 73 47 99 47 56
59 Brian Dozier 2B 43 88 67 25 69 74
60 Anthony Rendon 2B-3B 63 56 79 53 70 55
61 Corey Seager SS 69 62 86 58 51 52
62 Eric Hosmer 1B 34 97 72 61 60 73
63 Adrian Beltre 3B 79 63 64 47 90 63
64 Freddie Freeman 1B 25 98 48 105 80 60
65 Wade Davis RP 96 83 61 76 61 41
66 Jason Heyward OF 84 48 68 74 59 88
67 Kenley Jansen RP 97 82 57 64 67 71
68 Craig Kimbrel RP 90 84 60 72 68 70
69 Prince Fielder 1B 54 66 45 164 75 45
69 Cole Hamels SP 80 69 78 66 74 82
71 Jon Lester SP 119 70 66 70 58 69
72 Miguel Sano OF 37 50 56 186 62 64
73 Sonny Gray SP 72 102 83 88 72 59
73 Albert Pujols 1B 118 67 62 65 83 81
75 Matt Carpenter 3B 65 123 107 46 65 75
76 Francisco Lindor SS 49 87 106 83 63 107
77 Gregory Polanco OF 87 51 84 94 78 103
78 Matt Kemp OF 78 75 80 77 82 112
79 Danny Salazar SP 110 52 77 112 79 79
80 Ian Kinsler 2B 73 89 128 49 92 80
81 Jason Kipnis 2B 50 71 147 59 93 96
82 Ian Desmond SS 68 90 91 82 111 76
83 Michael Brantley OF 77 101 76 44 120 104
84 Jacoby Ellsbury OF 74 77 81 115 91 92
85 Tyson Ross SP 113 85 92 98 81 68
86 Hunter Pence OF 70 117 75 79 107 93
87 Adam Wainwright SP 108 91 71 117 73 83
88 Evan Longoria 3B 130 80 85 85 109 62
89 Rougned Odor 2B 58 72 146 84 97 98
90 Kyle Schwarber C/OF 53 79 70 103 76 180
91 Michael Wacha SP 112 68 105 108 98 85
92 Johnny Cueto SP 117 65 59 177 96 67
93 Yasiel Puig OF 91 57 99 122 94 119
93 Maikel Franco 3B 124 81 74 150 88 65
95 Masahiro Tanaka SP 131 64 89 102 115 84
96 Marcus Stroman SP 103 94 88 126 89 86
97 Aroldis Chapman RP 94 92 90 154 95 66
98 Ken Giles RP 138 109 108 89 86 89
100 Billy Hamilton OF 85 120 119 93 103 102
100 Ben Revere OF 102 130 98 81 87 124
Page 2: Players 101 through 200

A breakdown of the next 50 along with total players ranked at each position.

  • Starting Pitchers – 14 (28)
  • Outfield – 13 (29)
  • Third Base – 6 (11)
  • Relief Pitcher – 5
  • First Base – 4 (12)
  • Second Base – 4 (7)
  • Shortstop – 3 (6)
  • Catcher – 1 (2)

Schwarber and Posey are the only catchers in the top 100.  Remember that in your draft when thinking about reaching for a backstop when those two are gone.  The elite closers will start to go somewhere after round five.  Middle infield is still pretty full, outfield and pitching (at least the less risky ones) could be gone by round eight or so, and if you don’t have a first and third baseman at this point – well, you know what creek you’re up.

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9 comments on “Top 200 Players for 2016

  1. Where would Jose Reyes rank if he does not get suspended?

    • four out of six of us had him ranked between 4 and 7 for the shortstop rankings prior to all the suspension talk, so assuming he isn’t suspended I would say he would fall somewhere around 100 based on where the other shortstops landed. Even with the suspension I would target him in the draft – and it will be a low target since he’s slipped beyond the 15th round in almost all drafts. All you’ll need is an able warm body to fill the void until he returns – someone like Marcus Semien who has gone later than he should, or Wilmer Flores who looks like he’ll have full-time at bats to start the season.

      • Thanks for the response and advice. Are you intending to do auction values or separate NL and AL rankings?

        • Not this season, but we have gotten a few requests for things like this so maybe next season we’ll expand our rankings to cover some of this.

          • In an AL-Only league which counts Wins and Innings but does not include Ks, do you keep McCullers or Fiers? It is a keeper auction league and they have the same salary($10). I also have Darvish at $2, but since I can only keep them this year, would it be worth it to keep both Fiers and McCullers?

          • I would probably pass on Fiers, without the K’s and HR ways I could see a lot of trouble with ERA, and te potential for high walks means WHIP issues.

            I’m torn on McCullers. While the MRI came back negative it’s never a good thing to hear of a pitcher with shoulder issues this early. If this were a mixed league I might say no, but since it is an only league and a majority of the pitchers in the top 20 are from the NL I lean towards taking the risk here.

            I would probably keep Darvish though. I know he isn’t due back until May/June, but that’s three possible months of quality production you can get from him and he has a strong team behind him giving you a good chance at wins. There could be a little rust early on, but he should be almost full strength the final two months which is when you’ll need him the most. He’s only two dollars so it’s a cheap gamble.

  2. 12 team head to head points keeper league. Def champ. Basic points scoring but leans to pitching and power (10 pts win,4 pts hr, 1 pt total bases) keeping arrietta rd 3, pollock rd 6 and Sano rd 12. 12 of the top 24 SP are keepers. Best available most likely there at 12/13 when I pick are Betts, Votto, Abreu, Greinke, Cole, Strasburg. Better strategy to gain an advantage by nabbing two SP there like Cole and Stras to gain an advantage with my sp2 and sp3, or split it with Betts and Cole and hope a pitcher like Richards or Ross is there near rd 5 for my sp 3. Thanks!

    • I would probably take Betts over all those players regardless of strategy, but if Sano doesn’t qualify for 3B I’d hesitate slightly since you’ll be locking up the OF early – there could be some good OF value later. I’m going to assume Goldy, Rizzo and E.E. Will be kept, maybe Cabrera too. This makes me lean towards Abreu since there will be limited alternatives left when things get back to you again. That kind of puts a priority on Abreu (position wise). If you forgo taking Betts, I would draft abreu and Cole (who is my favorite of those mentioned). Depending on who is still on the board pitching wise I might even go Betts and Abreu, but under no circumstances would I take two starting pitchers.

    • Many points leagues start fewer than 5 OF. The only way I am considering Betts here is if you start 5.

      I like Votto’s consistent point production, but I would tend to lean toward Stras and Grienke here. I prefer Greinke over Cole in a points league, although it is pretty close.

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