Everyone has has an opinion about something — and in fantasy sports circles, it seems that everyone has a different opinion on fantasy rankings heading into the season. One thing I always try to do is combine as many different fantasy rankings into an overall aggregate — figuring that this helps average out personal bias and provides a better overall picture.
As I was preparing to start running the stats earlier this evening, I found a post at the Fantasy Baseball Cafe (www.fantasybaseballcafe.com) where cafe veteran “Curtis Pride” had already compiled such a list factoring in fantasy baseball projections for 2009 from CBS, ESPN, Chone, Oliver and Marcels. Using a spreadsheet, he developed an aggregate ranking of each position and even an aggregate projection of each stat category for 2009.
Check out his sheets here.
Please note that these projections are about a month old.
Now, here are a few observations of the rankings …
First, as I mentioned two lines up, these rankings are about a month old. Therefore, temper expections for certain players who’ve been hammered by the injury bug lately. Specifically, guys like Joe Mauer, Alex Rodriguez and others should see at least a smidgeon of depreciation.
Under the catcher rankings, Matt Wieters is listed as fifth overall — with a projected 18 home runs, 65 RBI and 60 runs scored. As much as I do like Wieters long term, I also don’t think that Wieters will produce this well or will finish as a top-5 catcher. Top-10, probably, but not a top-5 guy.
Not sure why so many people are so high on Derrek Lee this year, and so low on Joey Votto. On this ranking list, Lee is ahead of Votto by a spot, but I would easily prefer to have Votto. Ditto with several other guys ranked ahead of Votto on this list, including Carlos Delgado and Carlos Pena.
There’s a number of things I don’t understand at second base — such as Brandon Phillips behind guys like Dan Uggla and Brian Roberts (I’m high on Phillips this year). However, the biggest travesty, in my humble opinion, is that Rickie Weeks is ranked seventh while Robinson Cano is 11th. Something is horribly wrong with this. I like Weeks (not on my fantasy team, but as a closet Brewers fan), but Cano is primed for a bounceback season on a better lineup with better pitching behind him.
I’m pretty happy with the shortstop rankings, except that I think Khalil Greene will fare better than the 18th player at the position.
Third base rankings seem decent — especially since some of my third base sleepers (Mark Reynolds, Aubrey Huff) get some love.
The outfield positions are separate as far as rankings — so you’ll need to look at projected stats to get a better feel of where everyone would fall. Also, there are no pitching rankings on this list that I can find.
What are your opinions of the list? We’d love to hear your praises or gripes about where certain guys landed.