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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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27 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.

  4. Hi. AL and NL seprate leagues 12 by 12 hitting/pitching stats. (Avg, hits, HR, rbi, runs, bb, K, errors, TB, cycle, sb, sb %. // era, whip, HR allowed, HBP, BB, K, CG/QS, SV, SV %, IP, no hitters

    $280 keepr (4 max 3 years) again in each AL and NL. (Pitching seems to always be at a premium. Ie, Price went for $50 last year.

    My question is in AL keepers;

    1. Sale $38
    2. Pomeranz $1
    3. Manea. $1
    4. Osuna. $16
    5. Tillman. $8
    6. Gallo. $1
    7. Pillar. $5

    Leaning to 2 options. (1. Spending money; Sale $38, Osuna $16, Tillman $8 and one of Mnea or Pomeranz.). (2. Starting cheap and starting with “ok” but cheap rotation; Manea $1, Pomeranz $1, Tillman $8 and…? Not sure, leaning towards Osuna)

    NL

    1. C Seager $1
    2. Syndergaard $3
    3. Carpenter $5

    4. Murphy $17
    5. Roark $9
    6. Baez $5
    7. Reyes $5 ***
    8. Herrera $3
    9. Arcia $3 ***

    *** pre draft (reverse order of finish last year, second place)) $3 rookie selection.

    First three are obvious IMO, but after that, torn between keeping Reyes so somebody doesnt get him cheap, and same for arcia. banking on Murphy’s ability to perform well again and same for Roark.

    Thoughts…?

    • Can’t speak for the group but for me the AL is Sale, Osuna, Manae, and Pomeranz. Pillar would be the only other one I’d consider. Tillman looks good on paper but don’t buy into 2016. As for the NL Murphys the easy choice. Between he and Carpenter you’ll be very versatile on draft day.

    • For the AL I’m going with your top 4 in order, and agree with the top3 of the NL. With the fourth I’d go with Baez. He’s only $5 and will qualify for 2B/3B/SS so nice cheap versatility. He won’t get full-time at bats, but he’ll get enough to count in an NL only. I considered Murphy, but the price is a little high for what I think he’ll do – I’m one of those not buying the new found power at at age 31, now 32. Don’t worry about losing Reyes/Arcia; you can get Reyes back probably at the same price and whoever takes Arcia will have to deal with his struggles and eventual demotion back to AAA. You can scoop him off waivers then if you still believe.

  5. Thanks for the comments!

  6. Can Josh be fired for putting trout 5? If he ranked him 2nd I probably still would’ve posted this. Would love to see this reasoning.

    • No disciplinary action as of yet Matt. I can assure you though the idea has crossed their mind a time or ten. My ranking hinges on SB uncertainty and increased GB profile. Trout stole 27 bases in 2014 and 2015 combined. Are we certain 25 plus is the standard moving forward? If so then my defense is even more useless. Three year rise in GB rate could also make 30 HR annually difficult. I really tried to take the 5 year window into consideration. Ultimately I feel Harper has more 2015’s then 2016, Betts offers much the same but with a better cast around him, Bryant offers multi-position eligibility with his elite numbers, and Arrenado could have the best 4×4 outlook of all the options.

  7. Would love some opinions on my keeper options!

    Hitters – I can keep 5, and have narrowed it down to:

    Blackmon
    Correa
    K. Seager
    Yelich
    T. Frazier
    Kipnis
    Contreras
    Buxton
    Springer

    Think I’ll go with Blackmon, Correa, K. Seager, Yelich, and Springer. Sure, Buxton is a hot prospect, but I don’t know if he will ever reach his full potential, and if so, how long it will take? I figure Yelich is a poor mans Buxton – his ceiling may not be as high, but he is only 25, and proven to be a balanced threat (avg., SB, with a few HR and RBI). Keeping Contreras over K. Seager crossed my mind – Contreras is in a potent lineup, and could put up 15-20HR, 60-70 RBI, .260 average – if he can do that at the catcher position, I’d be happy, as I have had problems with this roster spot over the years.

    Pitchers – I can keep 3:

    Syndergaard
    Darvish
    Archer
    Cole
    Urias

    Syndergaard is a no brainer, and am leaning towards Archer and Cole. Tempted to take Darvish, but he is a bit older, and injuries have me worried. I am also tempted to take Urias over Cole or Archer, but he is young, and the Dodgers are looking to limit his innings again this year. It might be a year or two before he is a consistent threat – years where I would have a sure thing with Cole or Archer.

    Thoughts?

    • Seems like you’ve thought everything through. Personally my 5 hitters would be Blackmon, Correa, Seager, Springer and Yelich as well. If it is a 2 Catcher league then Contreras would enter the conversation especially if you only have 3 OF. For the Pitchers it’s Syndergaard, Darvish, and Archer rather decisively. I get the hesitation with Darvish but the upside is worth the gamble. I like Urias the talent but it could be another 2 or 3 years before he reaches elite status.

  8. 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
    Stroman

    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?

    Should I trade Tulo, Marte and Gleybar Torres for Boegarts and Devers. I really don't want to give up Marte and may try to see if Mazara would work.
    Thanks

    • I personally would prefer either Brantley or Bautista over Tulo with my preference being Bautista. That said if you’re able to pull the deal your numbers would work themselves out. Marte and Torres would be a rather steep price for Xander so I’d certainly prefer going the Mazara route if that would work. As for the prospects I’m not the most qualified person to assist with that. Personally I’d throw back Fisher, Harvey, and Shipley.

  9. Looking for some help on narrowing my keepers down as well. 12 team league 10 keepers a piece. I am trying to narrow my last couple slots down. Last year we had skewed scoring system and pitchers were more valuable then hitters so this year we tinkered and they will be more evened out, which is good cause my pitching department hurts.

    Machado
    Rougned Odor
    Joey Votto
    Buster Posey
    Trea Turner
    Nomar Mazara
    AJ Pollock
    Carlos Santana
    Gregory Polanco
    Byron Buxton
    Carlos carrasco
    Michael Fulmer
    Matt Harvey

    Having a tough time narrowing down to 10. Last year we kept only 5 and I kept Pollock and harvey and held on all season while my league mates tried to buy them low for me so I am wondering if in Harvey’s case I am being too stubborn hoping he gets back to form, I am planning on keeping the 3 pitchers cause I think that will be heavily kept in my league and don’t want to end up with table scraps. any opinions or insight would greatly help my dilemma here. Also, mazara was hot and I looked great for taking him in my draft last year then he kind of cooled off. I am really struggling how to value a guy like that, I mean he took the position and never really looked back playing time wise where as I was sitting on buxton and he wasn’t even every day guy for chunks of the year. i have about had it with Buxton and then he got hot at the end of the year.

    • I believe 9 are pretty easy choices: Machado, Votto, Posey, Turner, Odor, Pollock, Polanco, Carrasco, and Fulmer. The scoring favoring pitching suggest to me it’s a points format. If that’s the case I feel Harvey would still be the choice if I were looking for upside. If more safe/steady production is what you desire then Santana is a very under appreciated points player. I’m married with 4 kids so old and boring players excite me more than those we’re waiting onto blossom. If that’s your preference I’d go Buxton over Mazara as I feel his ceiling will be more valuable.

  10. I need to get down to 8 keepers in a 7×6 league. I’ve narrowed it down to the following. There’s some obvious ones but I’m struggling with my last 2 spots.

    Corey Seager, Giancarlo Stanton, Kyle Seager, Buster Posey, Todd Frazier, Jason Kipnis, Jon Lester, Kenta Maeda, Andrew Miller, Julio Urias, Lucas Giolito.

    Thank you for your time and help!

    • I’m assuming 12 team league here, and if that’s the case I’d go with the order you have. I’m in a 12 team 7×7 with 8 keepers, and before we expanded to include 2 minor league slots almost every prospect outside of like the cream of the crop were let go. If you’re really set on keeping one of Giolito or Urias I’d let Kipnis go since 2B is so deep. I might consider Miller over Kipnis as well, but only if you count holds.

  11. Did Josh Coleman not have me ranked #1 just because he wanted to be “that” guy?

    • My apologies Mr. Trout. Your ranking was not about what you won’t do but more about preferring the other options. If you could guarantee me 25 bags annually and that GB lean not continuing I’ll happily recall my ranking.

  12. I can keep 9 players. Salary increases each year by $5 if you continue to keep the player. Here are my hitters and then pitchers who I am considering to keep. Its a 12 man standard Roto league. 14 hitters and 9 pitchers start each week.

    Here are the values for the 2017 year. League Champs last year, need to repeat!

    Help!!

    Gary Sanchez -7
    N. Cruz – 30
    Cargo – 32
    Polonco -16
    Springer – 16
    Kinsler – 25
    Anthony Rendon – 19
    Corey Seager – 11

    Carlos Martinez – 13
    Fulmer – 7
    Urias – 6
    Taillon – 6
    McCullers -7
    Madea – 11
    Price – 29
    G. Cole -22

    Thanks!!!

    • Nice options, here’s my preferences: Sanchez @12, Cruz @35, Polanco @21, Springer @21, Seager @16, Maeda @16, Taillon @11, Fulmer @12, and Rendon @24…….if you were to keep 9…..personally may throw Cruz, Rendon or Fulmer/Taillon back depending on available players as those values aren’t great.

      • Thanks for the reply! Actually, the values I posted are for the upcoming year (2017) I already account for the $5 increase. So deduct $5 from everyone in your reply. Would that change you mind on anyone? Thanks again for a second opinion.

        • I’d certainly keep the full 9. Martinez and Price have good value potential but ultimately I prefer the money savings at SP

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