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2021 fantasy baseball draft kit

The 2021 MLB season is right around the corner and Spring Training is full swing. We’ve got everything you need to prepare for your fantasy baseball draft, from rankings to sleepers and busts!

New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole walks to pitch during spring training at the Yankees player development complex.  Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 MLB season isn’t quite here yet. You know what SZN is here? Fantasy baseball draft SZN! So in preparation for your draft, we here at DraftKings Nation have prepared all of our fantasy baseball preview content into one handy guide you can use before and during your draft. Below you’ll find everything from rankings to sleepers to top rookies and keepers to prioritize.

If you go to the MLB Page at DKN you’ll be able to find plenty of content, including odds breakdowns for each division and how the public is betting on the Cy Young and MVP markets. If you’re not into that sort of thing, there’s plenty of fantasy baseball content to consume. Dive in!

Positional Rankings

Brian Murphy ranks his top players at each position, plus gives you his top 200 players overall for fantasy baseball in the 2021 MLB season.

Top 200 overall
Catcher
First base
Second base
Third base
Shortstop
Outfield
Starting pitcher
Relief pitcher

Sleepers

These players could be the difference in winning a fantasy baseball championship this season. Brian Murphy gives you his top sleepers at each position.

Catcher
First base
Second base
Third base
Shortstop
Outfield
Starting pitcher
Relief pitcher

Busts

Need some players to avoid in your fantasy baseball draft? Jovan Alford has you covered with his top players to avoid at every position.

Catcher
First base
Second base
Third base
Shortstop
Outfield
Starting pitcher
Relief pitcher

Second-year breakout candidates

Who has the best chance to bust out in 2021? Jovan Alford goes over some sophomore players who could make the jump this season.

Batters
Pitchers

Top Rookies

From Joey Bart to Sixto Sanchez, Jovan Alford shares his top rookies to target in your draft heading into MLB Opening Day.

Hitters
Pitchers

Keeper League Rankings

Brian Murphy goes over his top batters and pitchers you should prioritize in keeper or dynasty fantasy baseball formats.

Top 25 batters
Top 25 pitchers

What to do with the No. 1 overall pick

What to do with your first-round pick

Closer Depth Chart