Reigning AL MVP Jose Altuve checks in at No. 2 with spring training ready to commence in Florida and Arizona
With pitchers and catchers starting to report to their team’s spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona it’s time to officially declare that fantasy baseball is back! No matter how the NFL season turns out (speaking as a still-hurting Minnesota Vikings fan), we can always count on the arrival of spring training to herald MLB's return to boost everyone’s spirits.
With that in mind, below you will find my early (as in "spring training just got started and we still have a bunch of guys unsigned") fantasy baseball Top 300 rankings for 2018 for a standard, 5x5 or Roto league. I hope to update these rankings, frequently, perhaps as often as frequently as weekly, as we tick down to the start of the regular season.
Many leagues are drafting already so it is never too early to start your draft prep. Also keep in mind the insane number of unsigned free agents floating about which could shake up the rankings as well.
The top 10 remain consistent no matter what for me but once we get to 40 and below it gets interesting as there are plenty of intangibles and interchangeable players depending on need for your drafts and roster.
Yu Darvish signing with the Cubs is a big deal, and he still has elite-level stuff. Last year seemed shaky, but his peripherals were still there and remember it was his first year post-Tommy John surgery. Compared to others coming off the same injury he looked plenty good. He is 31, so that is something to keep in mind for keeper and dynasty league owners.
Either way, hopefully this signing will open the flood gates for free agency and my beloved Twins will snag a solid pitcher or two! Happy studying and stay tuned for updates as the season gets closer. Let’s play ball!
ADP - Average Draft Position
— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including socalledfantasyexperts.com. Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.