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2017 Fantasy Baseball Big Board Rankings

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Mike Trout

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Spring training is in full bloom in Florida and Arizona, the World Baseball Classic is just around the corner and if you look hard enough you can see the start of another fantasy baseball season on the horizon. In fact, some leagues have probably already started their drafts.

So which player should you spend your first-round pick on? While some of the candidates have to be obvious – starting with reigning AL and NL MVPs Mike Trout and Kris Bryant – once you get past the first six guys, the choices may not be as clear-cut. There’s still plenty of star power to be had at different positions, but which All-Star or rising superstar would be a better pick for your fantasy team?

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That’s where Athlon Sports’ Fantasy Baseball Big Board comes into play. We have culled rankings from trusted and respected sites such as CBSSports.com(Scott White), ESPN.com(Eric Karabell), FoxSports.com(John Halpin), MLB.com, and Yahoo!, combined and averaged them to produce these consensus rankings.

Obviously these will change since the regular season is a month away, but when you are on the clock and can’t decide whether to go with a position player or pitcher, or maybe going back and forth between two outfielders, you can use these to get a sense of what the experts think. If anything, this will give you more time to think about what you are going to name your team.

Also, don’t forget about Athlon Sports’ 2017 Baseball Preview magazine, which contains plenty of fantasy content in addition to other great features, team previews, statistics and more.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Big Board

Note: Players that tied are listed in alphabetical order.

Rank

Player

Team

POS

CBS

ESPN

FOX

MLB

Y!

1

Mike Trout

LAA

OF

1

1

1

1

1

2

Mookie Betts

BOS

OF

2

2

3

2

2

3

Jose Altuve

HOU

2B

3

3

2

3

7

4t

Nolan Arenado 

COL

3B

4

6

5

5

5

4t

Kris Bryant

CHC

1B/3B/OF

6

5

6

4

4

4t

Paul Goldschmidt

ARI

1B

5

4

4

6

6

7t

Josh Donaldson

TOR

3B

7

8

8

9

10

7t

Clayton Kershaw

LAD

SP

11

14

7

7

3

7t

Manny Machado

BAL

3B/SS

8

7

9

10

8

10

Bryce Harper

WAS

OF

10

15

12

8

9

11

Anthony Rizzo

CHC

1B

9

12

10

15

11

12

Charlie Blackmon

COL

OF

13

10

14

13

12

13

Miguel Cabrera

DET

1B

14

9

11

18

13

14

Max Scherzer

WAS

SP

16

27

13

11

14

15

Corey Seager

LAD

SS

12

19

17

19

16

16

Trea Turner

WAS

2B/OF

20

16

25

12

15

17

Madison Bumgarner

SF

SP

19

21

20

14

18

18

Carlos Correa 

HOU

SS

15

22

21

23

20

19

Joey Votto

CIN

1B

17

13

28

26

19

20

Chris Sale

BOS

SP

22

28

23

16

23

21

Noah Syndergaard

NYM

SP

28

34

15

21

17

22

Robinson Cano

SEA

2B

25

22

16

29

26

23

Corey Kluber

CLE

SP

23

25

24

20

29

24

Edwin Encarnacion 

CLE

1B

18

23

18

43

28

25

Francisco Lindor

CLE

SS

32

18

35

24

25

26

Starling Marte

PIT

OF

66

17

19

17

21

27

Freddie Freeman

ATL

1B

37

20

26

27

31

28

George Springer

HOU

OF

30

33

32

25

27

29

Xander Bogaerts

BOS

SS

31

30

30

35

22

30

Nelson Cruz

SEA

OF

41

26

27

33

30

31

Ryan Braun

MIL

OF

40

24

22

53

24

32

Brian Dozier

MIN

2B

27

39

39

37

33

33

Jon Lester

CHC

SP

26

43

40

28

40

34

Daniel Murphy

WAS

1B/2B

21

31

58

31

39

35

Justin Verlander

DET

SP

24

35

57

22

53

36

A.J. Pollock

ARI

OF

38

46

31

48

32

37

Jake Arrieta

CHC

SP

33

47

42

36

38

38

J.D. Martinez

DET

OF

43

40

33

45

37

39

Jonathan Villar

MIL

2B/3B/SS

51

29

29

42

49

40

Johnny Cueto

SF

SP

36

48

45

40

46

41

Trevor Story

COL

SS

62

32

43

39

41

42

Yu Darvish

TEX

SP

39

62

46

41

34

43

David Price

BOS

SP

34

59

38

44

50

44

Carlos Gonzalez

COL

OF

69

36

34

65

35

45

Giancarlo Stanton

MIA

OF

45

54

37

73

36

46

Ian Desmond

COL

OF

71

38

47

47

44

47

Rougned Odor

TEX

2B

52

74

49

30

43

48

Yoenis Cespedes

NYM

OF

65

53

50

32

51

49

Buster Posey

SF

C/1B

35

85

56

34

55

50

Kyle Seager

SEA

3B

48

41

48

84

45

51

Jose Abreu

CWS

1B

63

44

36

85

42

52

Stephen Strasburg

WAS

SP

44

84

51

49

48

53

Adrian Beltre

TEX

3B

55

49

61

75

47

54

Chris Archer

TB

SP

49

60

66

50

64

55

Wil Myers

SD

1B/OF

53

37

44

99

59

56

Christian Yelich

MIA

OF 

95

45

52

52

52

57

Carlos Carrasco

CLE

SP

47

70

59

67

57

58

Andrew McCutchen

PIT

OF

57

58

64

74

58

59t

Chris Davis

BAL

1B

73

64

55

59

61

59t

Jacob deGrom

NYM

SP

42

72

60

70

68

59t

Gregory Polanco

PIT

OF

94

50

53

61

54

62

Jean Segura

SEA

2B

46

55

72

58

85

63

Matt Carpenter

STL

1B/2B/3B

29

63

76

77

77

64

Ian Kinsler

DET

2B

76

51

69

71

69

65

Gary Sanchez

NYY

C

58

120

65

46

62

66

Kyle Hendricks

CHC

SP

60

86

85

57

66

67

Aroldis Chapman

NYY

RP

83

93

67

51

65

68

Todd Frazier

CWS

1B/3B

97

57

92

54

67

69

Kenley Jansen

LAD

RP

79

91

83

38

78

70t

Dee Gordon

MIA

2B

107

78

62

55

71

70t

Justin Upton

DET

OF

110

56

68

79

60

72

Jason Kipnis

CLE

2B

90

61

75

68

83

73

Mark Trumbo

BAL

OF

74

75

63

83

88

74

Carlos Martinez

STL

SP

85

69

70

82

79

75

DJ LeMahieu

COL

2B

88

65

77

78

90

76t

Zach Britton 

BAL

RP

84

92

80

60

84

76t

Hanley Ramirez

BOS

1B

80

81

96

80

63

78

Jonathan Lucroy

TEX

C/1B

56

119

89

56

82

79

Evan Longoria

TB

3B

98

52

71

108

76

80t

Rick Porcello

BOS

SP

59

71

99

81

99

80t

Masahiro Tanaka

NYY

SP

82

82

78

93

74

82t

Alex Bregman

HOU

3B

54

42

137

92

91

82t

Adam Jones

BAL

OF

72

79

104

86

75

82t

Anthony Rendon

WAS

3B

105

80

54

96

81

85

Matt Kemp

ATL

OF

101

103

81

66

72

86

Cole Hamels

TEX

SP

50

118

84

94

89

87

Jose Bautista

TOR

OF

61

68

91

116

100

88

Billy Hamilton

CIN

OF

143

113

41

63

87

89

Jose Quintana

CWS

SP

75

83

87

110

93

90

Khris Davis

OAK

OF

103

73

98

106

73

91

Zack Greinke

ARI

SP

64

126

86

91

92

92

Jackie Bradley Jr.

BOS

OF

87

76

74

133

104

93

Eric Hosmer

KC

1B

128

66

73

129

80

94

Carlos Santana

CLE

1B

78

77

79

138

106

95

David Dahl

COL

OF

93

98

105

113

70

96

Seung Hwan Oh

STL

RP

125

94

106

62

97

97

Gerrit Cole

PIT

SP

91

104

90

115

86

98

Julio Teheran

ATL

SP

81

116

100

107

96

99

Craig Kimbrel

BOS

RP

123

96

95

87

108

100t

Adam Eaton

WAS

OF

147

102

82

90

101

100t

Roberto Osuna

TOR

RP

132

111

103

69

107

102t

Edwin Diaz

SEA

RP

131

114

109

72

98

102t

Mark Melancon

SF

RP

121

95

102

64

142

102t

Stephen Piscotty

STL

OF

109

67

119

100

129

105

Danny Duffy

KC

SP/RP

68

156

112

102

105

106

Lorenzo Cain

KC

OF

122

88

124

105

111

107

Justin Turner

LAD

3B

102

87

159

95

112

108

Albert Pujols

LAA

1B

127

97

128

114

94

109

Dustin Pedroia

BOS

2B

89

100

116

146

110

110

Rich Hill

LAD

SP

99

134

125

103

114

111

Wade Davis

CHC

RP

124

115

107

89

144

112

Ken Giles

HOU

RP

139

112

111

76

155

113

Kyle Schwarber

CHC

C/OF

113

124

110

194

56

114

Miguel Sano

MIN

3B/OF

129

89

108

144

145

115

Danny Salazar

CLE

SP

120

169

94

119

116

116

Odubel Herrera

PHI

OF

207

108

88

121

102

117

Dallas Keuchel

HOU

SP

67

210

144

101

126

118

Adrian Gonzalez

LAD

1B

175

99

97

185

95

119

Addison Russell

CHC

SS

111

105

132

174

130

120

Michael Fulmer

DET

SP

100

125

171

148

113

121t

Willson Contreras

CHC

C/OF

114

135

147

150

115

121t

Kenta Maeda

LAD

SP

151

165

117

125

103

123

Kelvin Herrera

KC

RP

138

145

120

97

177

124

Matt Harvey

NYM

SP

77

234

123

127

120

125

Maikel Franco

PHI

3B

130

109

170

152

123