Fantasy baseball rankings are a critical tool to decide not just who to pick for your fantasy baseball team, but who to pick off the waiver wire, and who to trade for. Updated fantasy baseball rankings are something you need to keep track of if you want to succeed with your fantasy team. You don’t want to be behind the curve on critical information for your fantasy baseball team.
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Fantasy baseball rankings can give you an idea of a particular player’s value when it comes to fantasy baseball. It is based on past statistics, future projections, injury history, and other factors. However, you may discover that different players may rank differently on different fantasy baseball player rankings. For example, somebody might view another player’s possibility of injury more positively – or negatively – than another player does.
There are several types of fantasy baseball player rankings, all of which capture the likelihood that picking such a player will help you win your fantasy baseball league. For example, it is not enough for a pitcher to get wins to win a fantasy league – things like strikeouts, ERA (Earned Run Average) and WHIP (Walks and Hits Per Innings Pitched). A good hitter who can also steal bases will be considered more valuable than a regular singles hitter. Somebody who can hit for power and average, as well as steal bases, will be considered even more valuable.
Now, off the field things generally may not count for fantasy baseball rankings. For example, Derek Jeter being the New York Yankees captain and one of the most admired players in the game will not count one bit as far as fantasy baseball standings. However, if you are considering a player for your fantasy team that is facing some sort of criminal charges, like a possible drunk driving conviction, you might not want to draft the player for your fantasy team if he could be missing playing time.
Another reality of the current game is that if a player is caught violating MLB’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, they will miss 50 games for a first offense. This year, it’s more than a hypothetical. Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers is the reigning National League Most Valuable Player. Normally, that would make him a top-five pick in fantasy baseball rankings. But then the news broke that Ryan had tested positive for violating the PED policy, his rankings dropped – big time – on most updated fantasy baseball rankings. He vowed to appeal the drug test, but no MLB player has ever successfully done so. Because of that, he is ranked as low as #125 on some fantasy baseball rankings. That’s because no matter how good a player Braun is, if he misses 50 games, he won’t be worth very much for your fantasy team.
Keep in mind that there are really three sets of fantasy baseball player rankings. There’s the overall list, which ranks all the MLB players, the pitchers’ numbers, which ranks pitchers on their value, and hitters’ numbers, which values hitters. It is important to be familiar with all three sets of fantasy baseball rankings. If you want to win your league championship, keep track of updated fantasy baseball rankings.