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Ranking the top 200 players in fantasy baseball [UPDATE]

Spring Training is underway and 2021 Opening Day is fast approaching. We break down the top 200 players to consider in your fantasy baseball drafts.

How should you choose who to fade in Daily Fantasy Baseball?

The 2021 MLB regular season is almost here! To help guide you through your fantasy drafts prior to Opening Day on April 1, here are my positional and overall rankings. These rankings assume a standard head-to-head categories scoring system.

You can find the top 200 overall at the bottom of this article. Before that, you will see links to each of my positional ranks, along with the top players at each position. The rankings will be updated throughout March leading up to Opening Day.

Catcher

1. J.T. Realmuto, Phillies
2. Salvador Perez, Royals
3. Willson Contreas, Cubs
4. Yasmani Grandal, White Sox
5. Will Smith, Dodgers

First base

1. Freddie Freeman, Braves
2. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
3. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees
4. Jose Abreu, White Sox
5. Pete Alonso, Mets

Second base

1. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees
2. Ozzie Albies, Braves
3. Whit Merrifield, Royals
4. Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks
5. Jose Altuve, Astros

Third base

1. Jose Ramirez, Indians
2. Manny Machado, Padres
3. Anthony Rendon, Angels
4. Rafael Devers, Red Sox
5. DJ LeMahieu, Yankees

Shortstop

1. Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres
2. Trea Turner, Nationals
3. Trevor Story, Rockies
4. Francisco Lindor, Mets
5. Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox

Outfield

1. Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves
2. Juan Soto, Nationals
3. Mookie Betts, Dodgers
4. Mike Trout, Angels
5. Christian Yelich, Brewers
6. Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
7. Bryce Harper, Phillies
8. Kyle Tucker, Astros
9. Marcell Ozuna, Braves
10. Whit Merrifield, Royals

Starting pitcher

1. Jacob deGrom, Mets
2. Gerrit Cole, Yankees
3. Shane Bieber, Indians
4. Walker Buehler, Dodgers
5. Trevor Bauer, Dodgers
6. Yu Darvish, Padres
7. Luis Castillo, Reds
8. Lucas Giolito, White Sox
9. Aaron Nola, Phillies
10. Brandon Woodruff, Brewers

Relief pitcher

1. Josh Hader, Brewers
2. Liam Hendriks, White Sox
3. Aroldis Chapman, Yankees
4. Edwin Diaz, Mets
5. Ryan Pressly, Astros

Top 200 overall players

Top 200 overall fantasy baseball rankings

Rank Player Pos Team
Rank Player Pos Team
1 Ronald Acuna Jr. OF Atlanta Braves
2 Mookie Betts OF Los Angeles Dodgers
3 Juan Soto OF Washington Nationals
4 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS San Diego Padres
5 Mike Trout OF Los Angeles Angels
6 Jacob deGrom SP New York Mets
7 Trea Turner SS Washington Nationals
8 Jose Ramirez 3B Cleveland Indians
9 Gerrit Cole SP New York Yankees
10 Trevor Story SS Colorado Rockies
11 Freddie Freeman 1B Atlanta Braves
12 Christian Yelich OF Milwaukee Brewers
13 Shane Bieber SP Cleveland Indians
14 Cody Bellinger 1B, OF Los Angeles Dodgers
15 Francisco Lindor SS New York Mets
16 Manny Machado 3B San Diego Padres
17 Walker Buehler SP Los Angeles Dodgers
18 Trevor Bauer SP Los Angeles Dodgers
19 Bryce Harper OF Philadelphia Phillies
20 Xander Bogaerts SS Boston Red Sox
21 Yu Darvish SP San Diego Padres
22 Corey Seager SS Los Angeles Dodgers
23 Bo Bichette SS Toronto Blue Jays
24 Luis Castillo SP Cincinnati Reds
25 Lucas Giolito SP Chicago White Sox
26 Aaron Nola SP Philadelphia Phillies
27 Anthony Rendon 3B Los Angeles Angels
28 Rafael Devers 3B Boston Red Sox
29 Kyle Tucker OF Houston Astros
30 DJ LeMahieu 1B, 2B, 3B New York Yankees
31 Brandon Woodruff SP Milwaukee Brewers
32 Ozzie Albies 2B Atlanta Braves
33 Marcell Ozuna OF Atlanta Braves
34 Alex Bregman 3B Houston Astros
35 Max Scherzer SP Washington Nationals
36 Tim Anderson SS Chicago White Sox
37 Jose Abreu 1B Chicago White Sox
38 Jack Flaherty SP St. Louis Cardinals
39 Nolan Arenado 3B St. Louis Cardinals
40 Clayton Kershaw SP Los Angeles Dodgers
41 Whit Merrifield 2B, OF Kansas City Royals
42 Pete Alonso 1B New York Mets
43 Starling Marte OF Miami Marlins
44 Lance Lynn SP Chicago White Sox
45 Aaron Judge OF New York Yankees
46 J.T. Realmuto C Philadelphia Phillies
47 George Springer OF Toronto Blue Jays
48 Blake Snell SP San Diego Padres
49 Josh Hader RP Milwaukee Brewers
50 Michael Conforto OF New York Mets
51 Eugenio Suarez 3B Cincinnati Reds
52 Gleyber Torres SS New York Yankees
53 Ketel Marte 2B Arizona Diamondbacks
54 Jose Berrios SP Minnesota Twins
55 Kenta Maeda SP Minnesota Twins
56 Nick Castellanos OF Cincinnati Reds
57 Tyler Glasnow SP Tampa Bay Rays
58 Kyle Hendricks SP Chiacgo Cubs
59 Jose Altuve 2B Houston Astros
60 Liam Hendriks RP Chicago White Sox
61 Aldaberto Mondesi SS Kansas City Royals
62 Hyun-jin Ryu SP Toronto Blue Jays
63 Aroldis Chapman RP New York Yankees
64 Nelson Cruz DH Minnesota Twins
65 Max Muncy 1B, 2B, 3B Los Angeles Dodgers
66 Charlie Blackmon OF Colorado Rockies
67 Corbin Burnes SP Milwaukee Brewers
68 Luis Robert OF Chicago White Sox
69 Teoscar Hernandez OF Toronto Blue Jays
70 Austin Meadows OF Tampa Bay Rays
71 Randy Arozarena OF Tampa Bay Rays
72 Brandon Lowe 2B, OF Tampa Bay Rays
73 J.D. Martinez DH Boston Red Sox
74 Keston Hiura 2B Milwaukee Brewers
75 Paul Goldschmidt 1B St. Louis Cardinals
76 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1B Toronto Blue Jays
77 Max Fried SP Atlanta Braves
78 Sonny Gray SP Cincinnati Reds
79 Yordan Alvarez DH Houston Astros
80 Matt Olson 1B Oakland Athletics
81 Dansby Swanson SS Atlanta Braves
82 Javier Baez SS Chicago Cubs
83 Stephen Strasburg SP Washington Nationals
84 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. OF Toronto Blue Jays
85 Yoan Moncada 3B Chicago White Sox
86 Cavan Biggio 2B, 3B, OF Toronto Blue Jays
87 Kris Bryant 3B Chicago Cubs
88 Carlos Correa SS Houston Astros
89 Anthony Rizzo 1B Chicago Cubs
90 Zach Plesac SP Cleveland Indians
91 Zack Wheeler SP Philadelphia Phillies
92 Trent Grisham OF San Diego Padres
93 Edwin Diaz RP New York Mets
94 Jeff McNeil 2B, OF New York Mets
95 Matt Chapman 3B Oakland Athletics
96 Ke'Bryan Hayes 3B Pittsburgh Pirates
97 Zack Greinke SP Houston Astros
98 Giancarlo Stanton DH New York Yankees
99 Salvador Perez C Kansas City Royals
100 Jesus Luzardo SP Oakland Athletics
101 Tommy Pham OF San Diego Padres
102 Ryan Pressly RP Houston Astros
103 Alec Bohm 3B Philadelphia Phillies
104 Mike Yastrzemski OF San Francisco Giants
105 Ian Anderson SP Atlanta Braves
106 Eddie Rosario OF Cleveland Indians
107 Josh Bell 1B Washington Nationals
108 Mike Moustakas 1B, 2B Cincinnati Reds
109 Raisel Iglesias RP Los Angeles Angels
110 Patrick Corbin SP Washington Nationals
111 Kenley Jansen RP Los Angeles Dodgers
112 Sixto Sanchez SP Miami Marlins
113 Chris Paddack SP San Diego Padres
114 Rhys Hoskins 1B Philadelphia Phillies
115 Marcus Semien SS Toronto Blue Jays
116 Byron Buxton OF Minnesota Twins
117 Brad Hand RP Washington Nationals
118 Wil Myers OF San Diego Padres
119 Dominic Smith 1B, OF New York Mets
120 Michael Brantley OF Houston Astros
121 Charlie Morton SP Atlanta Braves
122 Luke Voit 1B New York Yankees
123 Zac Gallen SP Arizona Diamondbacks
124 Lance McCullers Jr. SP Houston Astros
125 Joey Gallo OF Texas Rangers
126 Trevor Rosenthal RP Oakland Athletics
127 Joe Musgrove SP San Diego Padres
128 Jorge Soler DH Kansas City Royals
129 James Karinchak RP Cleveland Indians
130 Ian Happ OF Chicago Cubs
131 Alex Verdugo OF Boston Red Sox
132 Justin Turner 3B Los Angeles Dodgers
133 Willson Contreras C Chicago Cubs
134 Miguel Sano 1B Minnesota Twins
135 Julio Urias SP Los Angeles Dodgers
136 Pablo Lopez SP Miami Marlins
137 Shohei Ohtani SP, DH Los Angeles Angels
138 Franmil Reyes DH Cleveland Indians
139 Ramon Laureano OF Oakland Athletics
140 Tyler Mahle SP Cincinnati Reds
141 Josh Donaldson 3B Minnesota Twins
142 Dylan Bundy SP Los Angeles Angels
143 Yasmani Grandal C Chicago White Sox
144 Kevin Gausman SP San Fransisco Giants
145 Anthony Santander OF Baltimore Orioles
146 AJ Pollock OF Los Angeles Dodgers
147 Trey Mancini OF Baltimore Orioles
148 Dylan Moore 2B, OF Seattle Mariners
149 Ryan Mountcastle 1B, OF Baltimore Orioles
150 Eric Hosmer 1B San Diego Padres
151 Gio Urshela 3B New York Yankees
152 Kyle Lewis OF Seattle Mariners
153 Tommy Edman SS, 3B, OF St. Louis Cardinals
154 Will Smith C Los Angeles Dodgers
155 C.J. Cron 1B
156 Max Kepler OF Minnesota Twins
157 Dylan Carlson OF St. Louis Cardinals
158 Didi Gregorius SS Philadelphia Phillies
159 Sandy Alcantara SP Miami Marlins
160 Dinelson Lamet SP San Diego Padres
161 Travis d'Arnaud C Atlanta Braves
162 Victor Robles OF Washington Nationals
163 Christian Walker 1B Arizona Diamondbacks
164 Triston McKenzie SP Cleveland Indians
165 Craig Kimbrel RP Chicago Cubs
166 Marcus Stroman SP New York Mets
167 Frankie Montas SP Oakland Athletics
168 Marco Gonzales SP Seattle Mariners
169 Corey Kluber SP New York Yankees
170 Kyle Schwarber OF Washington Nationals
171 Andrew McCutchen OF Philadelphia Phillies
172 Jose Urquidy SP Houston Astros
173 Jean Segura 2B, 3B Philadelphia Phillies
174 Nick Madrigal 2B Chicago White Sox
175 Paul DeJong SS St. Louis Cardinals
176 Rafael Montero RP Seattle Mariners
177 Nick Solak 2B, OF Texas Rangers
178 German Marquez SP Colorado Rockies
179 Jameson Taillon SP New York Yankees
180 Christian Vazquez C Boston Red Sox
181 Dustin May SP Los Angeles Dodgers
182 Aaron Civale SP Cleveland Indians
183 Clint Frazier OF New York Yankees
184 Jorge Polanco SS Minnesota Twins
185 Amir Garrett RP Cincinnati Reds
186 Carlos Carrasco SP New York Mets
187 Matt Barnes RP Boston Red Sox
188 Richard Rodriguez RP Pittsburgh Pirates
189 Framber Valdez SP Houston Astros
190 Lorenzo Cain OF Milwaukee Brewers
191 Andrew Heaney SP Los Angeles Angels
192 Dallas Keuchel SP Chicago White Sox
193 Andrew Benintendi OF Kansas City Royals
194 Chris Bassitt SP Oakland Athletics
195 Andres Gimenez 2B, SS, 3B Cleveland Indians
196 Mike Soroka SP Atlanta Braves
197 Kyle Seager 3B Seattle Mariners
198 Zach Davies SP Chicago Cubs
199 Mark Canha OF Oakland Athletics
200 Gary Sanchez C New York Yankees