There is no question there is much more optimism coming into the 2021 fantasy baseball season than there was at this time last year. Yes, there is still some tension and apprehension. But last year no one was sure there would even a baseball season. There might be some pandemic-related delays/cancellations, but with Opening Day two weeks away, I hope you are prepared for the upcoming fantasy baseball season.
Positional rankings are already out with the top 300 rounding things out. Naturally, plenty has happened since the first base rankings were revealed, including free-agent signings, trades, and (sigh) injuries. So keep in mind all rankings will be updated as we get closer to hearing those treasured words, "Play ball!"
And a reminder that some elements in the rankings are just ingrained philosophies that I have when ranking fantasy baseball players. Which of course brings us to observations and things you should be aware of when reviewing my top 300 rankings:
Thoughts and Other Rankings Notes:
- It's cliche, but you should resist the urge to pay heavily for pitching, especially saves. You should not grab any RPs before the end of the sixth round, and even then you should still wait.
- Positional scarcity really matters. It's important to look at each player's position when considering them because there are more good outfielders than middle infielders. It's the reason you will see I would rather have Fernando Tatis Jr. over Ronald Acuna Jr. or Juan Soto.
- As an extension of that, I'm a sucker for multi-position eligibility. When I get near the end of a draft, I don't even look at individual hitter positions. But I'll gladly take Jake Croneowrth in the 10th round, for example, far earlier than most, because I love having that roster flexibility.
- Perhaps it is that whole "magic power of three" thing (times 100?) but we decided to cut things off at 300. If you're curious who just missed the cut, Ty France was the highest hitter just missing the cut and Michael Kopech was the pitcher I was really hoping to squeeze into the rankings. Alas, it was not to be. But something tells me I'll be drafting those players within the first 300 picks of my drafts. As we know, things can change very quickly!
Check out my top 300 below for yourself. Let me know your thoughts (@MarkStrausberg)!
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.