RankingsFebruary 21, 2005


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Positional Rankings

By Arlo Vander

In fantasy baseball, you can never have too much information. That’s why, when compiling these rankings, we didn’t just ask one expert for his opinion – instead, we drew on the collective knowledge of twenty top-notch fantasy minds. To create these lists, each fantasy veteran created a full set of rankings for each position based on standard 5×5 roto scoring, and the results were then averaged to obtain a composite list. In doing so, a far more objective ranking can be compiled then by simply relying on one expert’s opinion.

Please note that this is a tool for draft preparation; it will not be updated throughout the season.

Each player was assigned a rank by all twenty drafters; the lower this score compared with other players at the same position, the better. Average rank indicates the average of the scores assigned to a player by each person.

C  1B  2B  3B  SS  OF  SP  RP

CATCHERSAvg Rank
Ivan Rodriguez1.95
Javy Lopez2.90
Victor Martinez3.60
Jorge Posada4.60
Jason Kendall7.20
Jason Varitek7.40
Mike Piazza7.65
Paul LoDuca9.55
Mike Lieberthal10.50
Johnny Estrada10.60
Ramon Hernandez11.90
Michael Barrett12.70
Joe Mauer12.85
AJ Pierzynski13.30
Brandon Inge17.45
Miguel Olivo19.00
Toby Hall19.70
Jason LaRue20.00
Bengie Molina20.40
Rod Barajas21.35
Matthew LeCroy21.35
Charles Johnson21.45
Damian Miller21.60
Brian Schneider21.75
John Buck22.40

 

FIRST BASEMENAvg Rank
Albert Pujols1.00
Todd Helton2.20
Mark Teixeira4.35
Jim Thome4.70
David Ortiz5.10
Carlos Delgado6.30
Derrek Lee7.50
Richie Sexson10.35
Aubrey Huff11.70
Jeff Bagwell12.20
Paul Konerko12.20
Justin Morneau12.90
Shawn Green13.05
Sean Casey13.50
Phil Nevin17.25
Brad Wilkerson17.70
Mike Sweeney18.55
Craig Wilson19.35
Lyle Overbay21.00
Jason Giambi21.30
Rafael Palmeiro21.55
Carlos Pena21.80
Kevin Millar21.80
Dmitri Young22.50
Darin Erstad23.05

 

SECOND BASEMENAvg Rank
Alfonso Soriano1.00
Marcus Giles3.30
Jeff Kent3.95
Bret Boone6.40
Mark Loretta7.55
Jose Vidro8.35
Ray Durham11.10
Brian Roberts11.70
Jose Reyes11.75
Chone Figgins12.20
Luis Castillo12.65
Juan Uribe13.30
Chase Utley14.40
Mark Bellhorn16.05
D’Angelo Jimenez17.30
Todd Walker17.95
Tony Womack18.20
Kazuo Matsui18.80
Placido Polanco19.35
Orlando Hudson19.50
Ty Wigginton19.65
Ryan Freel21.30
Omar Infante21.75
Aaron Miles22.00
Junior Spivey22.90

 

THIRD BASEMENAvg Rank
Alex Rodriguez1.00
Scott Rolen3.05
Adrian Beltre3.25
Eric Chavez4.20
Hank Blalock5.80
Aubrey Huff6.45
Aramis Ramirez7.20
Melvin Mora7.90
Chipper Jones9.20
David Wright9.60
Troy Glaus10.75
Mike Lowell10.75
Aaron Boone14.00
Chone Figgins14.25
Corey Koskie15.75
Ryan Freel17.00
Casey Blake17.05
Shea Hillenbrand17.20
Mark Bellhorn18.15
Eric Hinske18.25
Vinny Castilla18.45
David Newham18.50
Pedro Feliz18.90
Juan Uribe19.00
Dallas McPherson19.25

 

SHORTSTOPSAvg Rank
Miguel Tejada1.00
Derek Jeter3.30
Michael Young3.50
Nomar Garciaparra3.60
Jimmy Rollins6.20
Edgar Renteria6.80
Rafael Furcal7.60
Carlos Guillen9.90
Orlando Cabrera10.20
Bobby Crosby13.10
Kaz Matsui14.10
Julio Lugo14.10
Cesar Izturis15.90
Jose Reyes16.20
Angel Berroa16.20
Juan Uribe16.40
Khalil Greene18.10
Jack Wilson18.20
Pedro Feliz19.90
Omar Vizquel20.20
BJ Upton20.30
David Eckstein20.80
Cristian Guzman21.30
Jose Valentin22.50
Alex Gonzalez (TB)23.10

 

OUTFIELDERSAvg Rank
Vladimir Guerrero1.45
Carlos Beltran2.00
Manny Ramirez4.00
Bobby Abreu4.30
Barry Bonds5.60
Ichiro Suzuki8.10
Carl Crawford8.20
Gary Sheffield8.75
Miguel Cabrera9.05
Hideki Matsui13.25
Jim Edmonds13.55
Adam Dunn14.05
Carlos Lee14.65
Vernon Wells16.95
Magglio Ordonez17.60
Juan Pierre17.70
Johnny Damon19.15
Lance Berkman20.60
Brian Giles20.75
J.D. Drew21.15
Corey Patterson23.40
Chipper Jones23.40
Andruw Jones23.80
Shawn Green24.45
Garret Anderson25.70
Scott Podsednik27.60
Sammy Sosa28.00
Preston Wilson28.30
Aaron Rowand28.70
Torii Hunter30.35
Larry Walker30.60
Jason Bay30.60
Steve Finley31.90
Richard Hidalgo33.10
Moises Alou33.30
Brad Wilkerson33.95
Wily Mo Pena34.00
Randy Winn34.75
Craig Wilson34.75
Geoff Jenkins35.00
Ryan Freel35.00
Jose Guillen35.85
Lew Ford36.10
Pat Burrell36.35
Ken Griffey, Jr.37.30
Matt Lawton37.35
Rocco Baldelli37.50
Kevin Mench37.65
Mark Kotsay37.65
Coco Crisp38.00

 

STARTING PITCHERSAvg Rank
Randy Johnson1.75
Johan Santana2.00
Mark Prior4.75
Jason Schmidt4.90
Pedro Martinez5.30
Curt Schilling6.50
Roy Oswalt7.20
Tim Hudson10.20
Ben Sheets10.50
Kerry Wood12.15
Oliver Perez15.00
Mark Mulder16.15
Jake Peavy16.65
Roy Halladay16.85
Mike Mussina16.95
Carlos Zambrano17.00
Roger Clemens21.45
Josh Beckett23.60
Rich Harden25.00
Javier Vazquez25.10
Barry Zito26.60
Odalis Perez27.05
Mark Buehrle27.10
AJ Burnett27.20
Matt Clement28.10
Greg Maddux28.45
Livan Hernadez29.55
Freddy Garcia30.05
Carl Pavano30.65
Bartolo Colon31.40
John Smoltz32.30
CC Sabathia33.30
Kelvim Escobar34.70
Brad Radke38.30
Brad Penny39.10
Kevin Brown41.75
Matt Morris42.00
Chris Carpenter42.65
Dontrelle Willis44.60
Andy Pettitte45.20
Kevin Millwood45.65
Joel Pineiro46.85
Zach Greinke47.40
Randy Wolf47.60
Jeff Weaver47.75
Brian Lawrence48.30
Brandon Webb48.60
Jaret Wright49.50
Ted Lilly49.80
Al Leiter50.70
Jake Westbrook51.00
Jeremy Bonderman51.05
Bronson Arroyo51.20
Tom Glavine51.65
Wade Miller51.95
David Wells52.35
Scott Kazmir52.75
Doug Davis52.80
Adam Eaton53.20
Jamie Moyer54.10

 

RELIEF PITCHERSAvg Rank
Eric Gagne1.05
Mariano Rivera3.55
Brad Lidge4.65
Keith Foulke5.85
Billy Wagner6.80
Francisco Rodriguez6.90
Joe Nathan9.15
Jason Isringhausen9.45
Armando Benitez11.45
Octavio Dotel11.60
Francisco Cordero11.85
Trevor Hoffman12.40
Guillermo Mota14.00
Troy Percival16.00
Braden Looper16.45
Danny Kolb16.85
Eddie Guardado18.35
Shingo Takatsu19.80
Danys Baez20.70
BJ Ryan20.95
Danny Graves21.55
Jose Mesa22.20
Chad Cordero23.45
LaTroy Hawkins24.20
Jeremy Affeldt27.35
Bob Wickman29.05
Ugueth Urbina30.35
Akinori Otsuka30.60
Tom Gordon30.65
Mike Gonzalez31.80
Greg Aquino31.95
Jorge Julio32.10
Damaso Marte33.25
Juan Rincon33.40
Jason Frasor33.65

Acknowledgments
Many thanks to to the following fantasy veterans for sharing their rankings:

Absolutely Adequate, Amazinz, Dannahann, Dleoboyd, Eftda, Grammysboy, HBJ79, Irishdude103, J35J, Kimchi_chigae, Rico The Retard, Rlee, RugbyD, SaintsOfTheDiamond, Shockandawe, Silentreader, Tavish, Transmogrifier, Trevisc, Warrick95.

You can catch up with these guys and many other true fantasy experts in the Cafe’s forums.

And extra special thanks to Lofunzo, without whose initiative, organizational skills and computations these rankings would never have seen the light of day!

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