Fantasy Baseball 2014 Player Rankings by Position
About the FanDuel MLB 2014 Preview Series
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With all that being said, we know a lot of you will sign-up for season-long leagues and actually care for the first 3-4 weeks. We’ve decided to help all of you out by putting together the FanDuel MLB 2014 Preview Series. We surveyed 32 of the best MLB bloggers out there and compiled the information into 8 parts to give you the finest 2014 fantasy baseball preview the internet can provide.
Without further ado, let’s get into the first part of our series: fantasy baseball 2014 player rankings by position.
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Experienced fantasy baseball connoisseurs know that the catcher position is rarely full of big names and locking up the top guys is tough to do. Buster Posey convincingly led the pack as the favorite catcher. The 2012 NL MVP got off to fast start in 2013, but fell off considerably after the All-Star break. If Posey can sustain his production year-long, he’ll likely finish far and away as the top-producing catcher in Major League Baseball.
Yadier Molina’s durability and production make him a solid second choice, while Joe Mauer is a bit of a wild card going into 2014 with his reported move to 1B. Make sure to keep an eye on his position eligibility when thinking about adding Mauer to your squad.
We’ve seen a bit of a changing in the guards at 1B over the past few fantasy baseball seasons. Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt blossomed into a star last season and fittingly led the way in our voting. Goldy offers five-category production like few other first baseman can match, including a surprising 15 stolen bases in 2013.
Behind Goldschmidt, voting was essentially a toss up between Chris Davis and Joey Votto. If it’s true that chicks dig the long ball, Davis should be having no problems getting a date these days. His 53 HRs in 2013 led the league (and it wasn’t close), but can Davis continue his power surge? Joey Votto’s reliable production gives owners the ability to put the position on auto-pilot and watch the stats pile up. In a bit of a surprise, not one voter selected Albert Pujols as their top first baseman.
Despite ditching the bright lights of Broadway for a light drizzle atop the Space Needle, Robinson Cano still topped the charts of our 2B rankings. Cano’s move from hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium to pitcher-friendly Safeco Field might mean fewer extra base hits than usual, but Cano’s all-around game is good enough to translate to any ballpark in the world.
Other options at the position include Boston’s Dustin Pedroia and St. Louis upstart Matt Carpenter. It’s a testament to the impressive depth at the 2B position that guys like Ian Kinsler and Ben Zobrist didn’t show up on our list.
This looks to be the final year that fantasy baseball players have the opportunity to draft Derek Jeter, but there’s no time for nostalgia. There are too many other good options out there. Colorado SS Troy Tulowitzki topped the list, but his health should be a concern for anyone spending a 1st rounder on him. Only once in the past 4 seasons has Tulo suited up for more than 130 games.
Hanley Ramirez has similar durability concerns, but when he’s on the field few shortstops offer more value. Youngsters to receive votes like Starlin Castro, Xander Bogaerts, and Jean Segura are all hoping to usher in a new era at the position.
Hey Miggy, you’re so fine, you’re so fine you….sorry. We got a bit carried away there. But seriously, Miguel Cabrera is worth getting carried away over. The back-to-back AL MVP is a triple crown threat again in 2014, and he’ll likely be off the board in your fantasy baseball draft before you finish your first beer. Position eligibility is a story for Cabrera as well in 2014, as both him and Detroit have expressed a desire for him to play 1B and allow Detroit’s top prospect Nick Castellanos more playing time at 3B.
Big names are abundant at the hot corner position, as guys like Evan Longoria, Adrian Beltre, and Manny Machado all received votes and offer great value at the position.
If you’re lucky enough to have the first-overall draft pick in your fantasy baseball draft, congrats on having Mike Trout on your team. He was the only unanimous choice across our survey, and for good reason. Trout has the ability to produce across five categories like no other player in baseball, and the scary part is he’s still improving—He’s only 22 years old!
2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen was the second most-voted for position player behind Trout, and he earned that distinction with a fantastic 2013 campaign that culminated with Pittsburgh’s first playoff berth since Barry Bonds looked like this. Even though it feels like McCutchen has been doing this for years, he’s only 27 years old and still in the prime of his career.
Other top options varied greatly, but guys like Bryce Harper and the Carlos’ (Gomez and Gonzalez) were favorites. Outfield contained the greatest variance of any position with 11 players receiving votes (Yasiel Puig received 3 votes, while Jason Heyward, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Matt Holliday all received one).
Relief Pitcher Rankings
FanDuel players never have to worry about the variance involved with relief pitchers, but for those of you who have resisted converting (we don’t bite, we promise!) we included them in our survey. Atlanta’s young door-closer Craig Kimbrel has taken up Mariano Rivera’s throne as the top closer in fantasy baseball. Kimbrel has the advantage of playing on a team that should win a lot of games, and people simply don’t score runs against him (from May 9 to September 10th, Kimbrel had a mind-boggling 0.19 ERA).
Boston’s Koji Uehara will hope to keep Father Time at bay for at least one more season (he’ll be 39 in April), while Glen Perkins hopes to be back in time for Opening Day after offseason knee surgery. Voting after the top guys was essentially a coin-flip between Joe Nathan and Aroldis Chapman.
Starting Pitcher Rankings
No matter what format you’re playing, starting pitching is always tough to gauge. Unless you have Clayton Kershaw, that is. The L.A. Dodgers ace ranks right there with Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera as the top players in fantasy baseball, an especially impressive stat considering his position. Kershaw’s sure-fire status as the best pitcher in baseball was reflected in our voting, as only one other player received multiple votes.
That player was Texas’ Yu Darvish. “Whirling” Darvish improved mightily in his 2nd MLB season, and proved worth the unholy amounts of money that Texas paid to sign him. Justin Verlander, David Price, and Felix Hernandez (all one vote each) were the only other players to receive votes.
And there you have it! Good luck locking up the best players in your 2014 fantasy baseball draft. And hey, whenever you get sick of that team, you can come make a brand new one every single day here on FanDuel. Don’t forget to sign up with the MLBPREVIEW14 promo code and get your 100% deposit match bonus!
|i70 Baseball||Posey||Cabrera||Cano||Beltre||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||C. Gonzalez||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Draft America||Posey||Goldschmidt||Cano||Cabrera||H. Ramirez||Trout||McCutchen||C. Gonzalez||Kershaw||K. Uehara|
|BrokeMets||Posey||Goldschmidt||M. Carpenter||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||C. Gonzalez||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|NY Mets Life||Posey||Cabrera||Cano||Longoria||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||Braun||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Advanced Fantasy Baseball||Mauer||Goldschmidt||Cano||Cabrera||H. Ramirez||Trout||McCutchen||C. Gomez||Kershaw||Nathan|
|Seattle Mariners Musings||Posey||Goldschmidt||Cano||Cabrera||J. Segura||Trout||McCutchen||Holliday||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Cheap Seats Please||Mauer||Cabrera||Cano||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||Ellsbury||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks||Mauer||Goldschmidt||Cano||Cabrera||J. Segura||Trout||McCutchen||Harper||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Red Sox Nation Alberta||Posey||Votto||Pedroia||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||C. Gonzalez||Harper||Kershaw||K. Uehara|
|SeamHeads||Posey||Goldschmidt||Cano||Cabrera||H. Ramirez||Trout||McCutchen||A. Jones||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Mets Chronicle||Molina||Davis||Cano||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||C. Gomez||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Owen O’Brien (FanDuel Insider)||Posey||Davis||Cano||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||Braun||Darvish||Kimbrel|
|Reading Between the Seams||Santana||Votto||Cano||Cabrera||H. Ramirez||Trout||McCutchen||Harper||Kershaw||A. Chapman|
|500 Level Fan||Molina||Goldschmidt||Pedroia||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||C. Gonzalez||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Buzz on Broad||Posey||Votto||Pedroia||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||C. Gonzalez||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Detroit Tiger Tales||Posey||Goldschmidt||Cano||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||Harper||Darvish||A. Chapman|
|Matthew Musico||Molina||Goldschmidt||Pedroia||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||A. Jones||C. Gomez||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Off the Bench Baseball||Posey||Cabrera||Cano||Machado||Tulowitzki||Trout||C. Gonzalez||McCutchen||Kershaw||rosenthal|
|Red Legs Review||Molina||Goldschmidt||Cano||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||Harper||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|SF Giants Baseball||Posey||Goldschmidt||Cano||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||C. Gonzalez||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Through the Fence Baseball||McCann||Votto||Cano||Zimmerman||Simmons||Trout||Braun||Heyward||Verlander||Kimbrel|
|The Best Sports Blog||Mauer||Davis||Cano||Cabrera||H. Ramirez||Trout||Braun||McCutchen||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Sox Addict||Posey||Davis||Cano||Beltre||H. Ramirez||Trout||McCutchen||C. Gonzalez||Kershaw||Holland|
|Fenway Nation||Posey||Goldschmidt||Pedroia||Machado||Bogaerts||Trout||Harper||C. Gonzalez||Kershaw||K. Uehara|
|Tenth Inning Stretch||Molina||Mauer||Cano||Longoria||Hardy||Trout||McCutchen||C. Gomez||Kershaw||Perkins|
|More Hard Ball||Posey||Goldschmidt||Kipnis||Cabrera||H. Ramirez||Trout||McCutchen||C. Gonzalez||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Fantasy Six Pack||Posey||Goldschmidt||Cano||Cabrera||H. Ramirez||Trout||C. Gonzalez||McCutchen||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Call to the Pen||Castro||Goldschmidt||Pedroia||Machado||Tulowitzki||Trout||Harper||Puig||Price||Kimbrel|
|Philip Oliveri (FanDuel Insider)||Posey||Goldschmidt||Cano||Cabrera||Tulowitzki||Trout||McCutchen||Harper||Kershaw||Kimbrel|
|Blood Sox||Posey||Davis||Cano||Cabrera||H. Ramirez||Trout||McCutchen||Puig||F. Hernandez||K. Uehara|
FanDuel’s MLB 2014 Preview Series
Part 1- Fantasy Baseball Player Rankings
Part 2- Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategy
Part 3- Fantasy Baseball BustsPart 4- Fantasy Baseball Sleepers Part 5- Surprise MLB Teams Part 6- Fantasy Baseball Bounce Back Players Part 7- Fantasy Baseball Breakout Players Part 8- World Series Predictions
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