RankingsMarch 6, 2014

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings - 18 comments

By R.J. White

Below, you’ll find my 2014 fantasy baseball rankings as of early March. Players will shift in value up until and through opening day, and I’ll keep updating these rankings into March.

Thanks to everyone for your helpful comments thus far. I’ve gone back and added all the key players I believe were missing at each position. I’d encourage you to focus more on the position rankings than the overall rankings, as the overall rankings start to mean less and less as the auction/draft progresses and teams are put together. Enjoy!

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R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to CBSSports.com's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
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18 Responses to “2014 Fantasy Baseball Rankings”

  1. miggycab1 says:

    Good job ranking Cabrera #1 as he should be

  2. Matt Moore at #63 for SP?

  3. User avatar wynams says:

    Heads Up RJ on a position eligibility issue for Encarnacion/Yahoo!

    He is 3B there but absent your 3B rankings when Yahoo is selected

  4. Matt Moore belongs at #15 SP. He cuts down on his walks and he is Top 10.

  5. User avatar daullaz says:

    @wynams: That position eligibility thing is a new feature that I wasn’t aware of. I’ll try and jump into the rankings this weekend and figure out how to rank him only for Yahoo.

    As far as Matt Moore goes, he has two straight seasons with over 4.0 BB/9. I don’t think you can simply expect him to cut down on the walks to the point that he should be rated that highly. I had him last year in multiple leagues and feel I really lucked out with the fantasy stats I got from him. Seems to me he’s due for a course correction, and the overall perception of his value means I’m not ending up with him in any leagues this year.

  6. libradawg1 says:

    There might be a major major development in Catchers rankings. Apparently the timetable on Yasmani Grandal has been moved all the way up to opening day. Most projections are pretty lazy in giving him exactly 81 games worth of stats to dock him for his injury, but they always give him good Slash Stats. Think .280./350/.400, 13-16 HR and 70ish R and RBI. Moves him up 10 slots minimum.

  7. User avatar Fenris-77 says:

    Is there a reason that Jose Bautista isn’t on this list? Hypothetically, if he were here, where would you rank him?

  8. User avatar daullaz says:

    @Fenris-77: He’s on there. I’m just not buying the big season from him that everyone else is apparently expecting.

  9. BalooDP says:

    I like where Bumgarner is on this list. He’s really underrated this year, I’m targeting him big time.

  10. User avatar ironman says:

    I don’t get the position eligibility thing. Under Yahoo wouldn’t Posey and Santana be included in the 1B rankings?

  11. User avatar Fenris-77 says:

    @daullaz – Yup, I see him there now. I’m guessing you don’t plan on owning him on many teams. :) If he can approach 500+ AB’s I think he’ll return better value than that. Risky though, which I suppose is why you dropped him (plus the hitting difficulties and attitude I’d imagine). I have trouble staying away when 90/30/100/.260/8 doesn’t seem too far out of sight. Fantasy kryptonite? Perhaps…

  12. User avatar daullaz says:

    @ironman: I chose not to rank them at 1B in my initial rankings, as they’ll be slotted in at catcher in 99.9 percent of fantasy lineups. However, when I work on the rankings this weekend, I may decide to put them in there. Just seems a little pointless to me to spend time trying to weigh their worth at 1B when no one is going to use them there.

  13. BR808 says:

    Wow no love for Matt Carp or Domonic Brown? Give me Carp over Zimmerman any day!

  14. bazeball45 says:

    Hi RJ
    Do you plan on doing radio this season? Was such a great broadcast

  15. User avatar daullaz says:

    @bazeball45: There are no current plans to do it, but I’m not ruling it out either.

  16. bazeball45 says:

    Hi RJ!
    Miss hearing your weekly advice. Where can it be found this year?

  17. User avatar daullaz says:

    I’ll be posting to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog throughout each week:


  18. bazeball45 says:


    Thanks for the reply, I have to say my favorite part of fantasy has been absorbing your take week by week. Starting with stream team on Insider to your radio broadcast last year (which had a GREAT format). Is the weekly blog the only thing you are doing this year?

    I so wish the radio was happening..


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