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2017 Dynasty/Keeper Rankings: Top 200

2017-dynasty-rankings-logoMerry Christmas everyone. As we celebrate the holiday and close out the year it seems fitting that we present our top-200 list as a gift to you. There is no need to unwrap it, it requires no batteries, and it is the perfect gift to share with family and friends that will bring you hours of entertainment.

Just like all the other rankings published to this point, players were ranked with the next five years of production in mind. With the occasional exception due to a signing or trade, players  should mirror our individual positional rankings. They are also listed at what should be their primary position.

Taking part in our dynasty rankings will be Paul Hartman, Kevin Jebens, Jim Finch, Ron Vackar, Josh Coleman and Mike Sheehan. Players marked N/R were not ranked inside the top-200 by that particular person.

Rank Player Pos Kevin Ron Josh Mike Jim Paul
1 Mike Trout OF 1 1 5 1 1 1
2 Mookie Betts OF 4 3 3 3 3 2
3 Kris Bryant 3B 2 2 2 4 6 5
4 Nolan Arenado 3B 6 6 4 5 4 4
5 Jose Altuve 2B 3 4 10 2 8 3
6 Paul Goldschmidt 1B 7 9 8 11 2 9
7 Manny Machado 3B 9 5 9 6 11 7
7 Bryce Harper OF 10 8 1 10 7 11
9 Clayton Kershaw SP 13 11 6 9 5 10
10 Corey Seager SS 5 13 13 8 9 8
11 Carlos Correa SS 8 12 7 12 12 6
12 Anthony Rizzo 1B 24 10 12 7 14 14
13 Josh Donaldson 3B 19 14 11 13 10 17
14 George Springer OF 14 21 19 14 13 18
15 Madison Bumgarner SP 15 17 15 19 15 21
16 Max Scherzer SP 23 23 14 25 20 16
17 Miguel Cabrera 1B 21 27 21 22 18 13
18 Chris Sale SP 28 18 22 18 16 24
19 Francisco Lindor SS 16 25 42 16 22 12
20 Charlie Blackmon OF 45 20 16 27 25 19
21 Xander Bogaerts SS 12 19 43 42 21 20
21 Noah Syndergaard SP 40 16 39 23 17 22
23 Corey Kluber SP 20 34 26 28 31 27
24 Trea Turner OF 59 7 35 17 27 23
25 Freddie Freeman 1B 31 15 18 41 38 26

Breaking down the top-25

  • 1B-4
  • 2B-1
  • 3B-4
  • SS-4
  • OF-6
  • SP-6

Unlike past years there was a fairly even distribution between all the positions. Second base, catcher and closer are still wide open.

Rank Player Pos Kevin Ron Josh Mike Jim Paul
26 Edwin Encarnacion 1B 33 29 30 20 19 53
27 Joey Votto 1B 17 28 28 21 44 50
28 Brian Dozier 2B 11 30 41 34 39 34
29 Rougned Odor 2B 27 31 53 15 34 47
30 Starling Marte OF 51 22 24 24 24 68
31 J.D. Martinez OF 36 33 40 52 43 25
32 Jake Arrieta SP 37 40 37 54 33 29
33 Giancarlo Stanton OF 95 24 29 48 26 15
34 Kyle Seager 3B 30 37 55 31 28 61
35 Robinson Cano 2B 26 48 32 44 53 70
36 Trevor Story SS 18 26 106 57 30 43
37 Yu Darvish SP 98 35 48 40 23 38
38 Buster Posey C 39 45 63 33 29 76
39 Andrew McCutchen OF 29 50 88 46 46 28
40 Addison Russell SS 32 77 33 56 50 40
41 Jon Lester SP 41 60 51 58 48 33
42 Jose Abreu 1B 48 58 46 35 32 82
43 Christian Yelich OF 93 32 54 26 57 41
44 Stephen Strasburg SP 52 85 38 59 40 30
45 Yoenis Cespedes OF 54 51 45 53 71 31
46 David Price SP 46 53 52 39 63 57
47 Johnny Cueto SP 57 54 59 50 45 48
48 Dee Gordon 2B 50 47 57 29 35 107
49 Jonathan Villar 2B 43 36 25 61 54 116
50 Wil Myers 1B 90 44 20 45 51 86

A breakdown of players 26-50

  • C-1
  • 1B-4
  • 2B-5
  • 3B-1
  • SS-2
  • OF-6
  • SP-6

First base, outfield and pitching continue along at a steady pace, and we start to see a run at second base. Third base and shortstop seem to cool once you get outside the elite. Of all the positions, first base appears to be the one to tackle in the first four rounds as the top-8 are now off the board in new drafts.



Rank Player Pos Kevin Ron Josh Mike Jim Paul
51 Gregory Polanco OF 58 76 47 37 79 42
52 Carlos Carrasco SP 80 41 49 55 67 49
53 Jacob deGrom SP 111 39 27 79 42 56
54 Kenley Jansen RP 61 55 87 94 37 39
55 Chris Archer SP 71 72 50 80 66 37
56 Aroldis Chapman RP 64 56 89 93 36 44
57 Daniel Murphy 2B 22 49 71 38 127 80
58 Matt Carpenter 1B 78 43 56 30 94 89
59 Ryan Braun OF 25 89 36 67 70 105
60 Carlos Martinez SP 63 63 80 73 49 77
61 A.J. Pollock OF 182 52 17 51 41 64
62 Alex Bregman 3B 119 112 23 36 91 32
63 David Dahl OF 82 106 73 49 72 36
63 Miguel Sano 3B 86 120 31 47 59 75
65 Anthony Rendon 3B 55 121 60 64 89 45
66 Gerrit Cole SP 53 74 91 78 65 74
67 Jean Segura 2B 35 65 129 74 55 102
68 Kyle Schwarber OF 60 38 34 176 87 67
69 Kyle Hendricks SP 100 64 65 128 68 51
70 Justin Verlander SP 144 69 68 71 80 46
71 Justin Upton OF 68 87 64 83 75 106
72 Eric Hosmer 1B 84 57 61 90 83 114
73 Chris Davis 1B 104 59 78 43 47 161
74 Evan Longoria 3B 85 111 66 112 58 69
75 Todd Frazier 3B 38 114 83 70 73 127

A breakdown of players 51-75

  • 1B-3
  • 2B-2
  • 3B-5
  • OF-6
  • SP-7
  • RP-2

Outfielders and starting pitchers continue on steadily. There is also a run at third base, and no activity on the second base or catcher front. The top-2 closers are now off the board. There are also another 3 first baseman so if you don’t have one now you’ll have to settle for whatever is left.

Rank Player Pos Kevin Ron Josh Mike Jim Paul
76 Cole Hamels SP 65 93 84 86 76 110
77 Jonathan Lucroy C 102 46 163 32 102 71
78 Zack Greinke SP 97 84 58 85 113 84
79 Jose Quintana SP 66 100 113 92 64 88
80 Zach Britton RP 117 66 97 100 52 92
81 Jason Kipnis 2B 49 70 136 89 62 119
81 Carlos Gonzalez OF 75 80 72 68 112 118
83 Danny Salazar SP 72 73 139 101 84 63
84 Ian Desmond OF 133 68 67 76 100 100
85 Masahiro Tanaka SP 89 94 107 72 81 104
86 Gary Sanchez C 118 61 77 66 117 112
87 Maikel Franco 3B 83 102 131 60 78 99
88 Aaron Sanchez SP 88 86 114 102 69 97
89 Andrew Benintendi OF 183 79 44 63 153 35
90 Jackie Bradley Jr OF 47 129 82 113 77 121
91 Adam Jones OF 74 98 109 84 74 140
92 Nomar Mazara OF 138 78 103 75 130 58
93 Julio Urias SP 112 83 85 164 98 60
94 Dansby Swanson SS 79 156 128 81 110 54
95 Aledmys Diaz SS 42 82 123 88 56 N/R
96 Javier Baez 2B 121 139 99 143 60 55
97 Ian Kinsler 2B 34 71 130 125 165 93
98 Jameson Taillon SP 115 95 122 149 93 52
99 Alex Reyes SP 116 99 90 166 95 62
100 Byron Buxton OF 62 118 74 N/R 86 66
Page 2: Players 101 – 200

A breakdown of players 76-100

  • C-2
  • 2B-3
  • 3B-1
  • SS-2
  • OF-7
  • SP-9
  • RP-1

Activity begins to pick up here for outfield and pitching as they comprise two-thirds of the list. The rest of the positions were picked through evenly, except for first base which is a shock in contrast with past rankings. The final total for the top-100 is:

C 1B 2B 3B SS OF SP RP
3 11 11 11 8 25 28 3

If you are starting a new dynasty league, that’s what could be gone over the first eight rounds in a 12 team league – on average.

Page 2: Players 101 – 200

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6 comments on “2017 Dynasty/Keeper Rankings: Top 200

  1. Awesome work as usual. I have a keeper question.

    12 team keeper league
    Keep 10 major league keepers
    Keep 7 minor league keepers(<100 IP, <300 AB's)

    OBP, R, SB, RBI, Total bases
    ERA, whip, K, wins + quality starts, holds+saves
    C, C, 1B, SS, 2B, 3B, MI, CI, 5 OF, U, 6 SP, 3 RP

    10 Keepers
    Bryce Harper
    Nolan Arenado
    Jose Altuve
    Jose Abreu
    Tulo
    Starling Marte
    Nomar Mazara
    Kluber
    Salazar
    King Felix

    Other possible Keepers- Brantley, Bautista,

    Minors-
    Blake Snell, Dilson Herrera, Gleyber Torres, Eloy Jimenez, Anthony Alford, Derek Fisher, Josh Hader, Braden Shipley, Cody Reed, Hunter Harvey.

    Do I have the right keepers? Would you keep Brantley over King Felix or Salazar? How do you like my minors?

    I was offered David Dahl(would be a minor keeper), Strasburg and Votto for Nomar Mazara, Blake Snell and Arenado. I like Dahl more than Mazara and Strasburg possible more than Snell long term but I love Arenado. Thoughts on trade? Thanks

  2. Can’t speak for the group but here’s my thoughts. Keep Brantley over both Salazar and Felix. I realize he’s older but Bautista in an OBP league is enticing for me as well. But given your offensive depth I certainly can see retaining the additional arm. In regards to the deal I’m with you. I love the support pieces you’re getting but I’d hate to part with Arenado even considering Votto is a first round talent in an OBP league.

    • I was thinking Brantley over king felix depending on reports. If I keep brantley it’s over king felix and not salazar. Keeping brantley last year and banking on his prodiction really hurt me.

      • I also think bautista will gave a huge year. He will have a bigger chip in his sholder than usual. I have the 4th pick in draft.

  3. I’m in a auction keeper league. $330 salary 30 players Who would you keep out of the following players below. Salary is next to there name. I can keep up to 7 players for 3 yrs max. Each year there salary goes up $5

    JT Realmuto $3
    Trea Turner $3
    Joe Ross $3
    Aaron Nola $3
    Tyler Glasnow $3
    Luke Weaver $5 off waivers
    Ketel Marte $8
    Jackie Bradley Jr $5 off waivers
    Marcell Ozuna $3
    Byron Buxton $5 off waivers
    Adam Duvall $5 off waivers
    Jose Berrios $2
    Tanner Roark $5 off waivers
    Gregory Polanco $23
    Anthony Rizzo $42
    Kris Bryant $41

    • Obviously Trea Turner at $3 is a no brainer. I love Jackie Bradley’s value at $5 so that’s 2 for me.
      You have a $330 salary cap as opposed to the standard $260 so I’m going all in on Bryant and Rizzo – price be damned (4 down).
      I normally would not keep a catcher, but Realmuto has proved to be reliable, and for $3 he’s a real bargain.

      The final two, Ross, Roark & Nola all have the chance to put up similar numbers. Same goes with Weaver who has less experience but bigger upside.
      Of the hitters, Duvall is a regression candidate, Ozuna is an average #3 OF, and Buxton has upside but may need another year to come around in the batting average department. Polanco is the only guaranteed hitter of the group, and the $23 price isn’t completely unreasonable, but I’m not paying $28 & $33 the following 2 years.

      I may keep Polanco with the intention of flipping him or dropping him after 2017. If pitching goes for a premium in your league then I might consider 1-2 pitchers for my final 2 spots – maybe Roark and a coin flip on the other. Your final 2 keepers will probably be replaced with someone from this year’s draft anyway so you can’t really go wrong with whichever one you pick so don’t sweat it too much.

      Since you can only keep them for three years I’d throw Glasnow back. Probably won’t start year in majors and will struggle for year or two once he’s called up for good. If you could keep him longer I’d gamble, but not for just 3 years. Same thing with Jose Berrios – great long term investment, but for three years let someone else suffer with the growing pains. Maybe gamble on either one if you can get them at the same price or cheaper in the draft.

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