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Friday, March 25, 2011
The Talented Mr. Roto's Top 200

By Matthew Berry

Here are my updated top 200 rankings. These are based on a standard ESPN 10-team mixed league with the standard 5x5 categories (batting average, runs scored, home runs, RBI, stolen bases, ERA, WHIP, pitcher strikeouts, wins and saves). These are my rankings, emphasis on mine. As in, they have my personal biases built in; emphasis on power over speed, worry that power is scarce, especially in the outfield, positional scarcity, waiting on starting pitching and closers ands so forth. In places where there are two of the same position right next to each other, it's my way of indicating I think they are basically equal and it's just personal preference at that point.

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As a result, these ranks vary quite differently from our top 300 and our the average draft results. So use this accordingly in conjunction with those live draft results. You'll see I love guys like Nelson Cruz and Dan Uggla way before they are being picked. Which means you can wait a round on those guys and get what I clearly feel is great value. Chase Utley is not listed in the top 200 because there's no way I'm touching him this year.

Finally, for those clever folks who want to go look at things like my "Love / Hate" and other articles to look for inconsistencies or are curious as to why a player I "hate" is higher than expected or vice verse, keep two things in mind: First, opinions change all the time, especially as we now have seen some meaningful spring training games. Second, specific to "Love/Hate," I base that off our collective ranks, not mine.

For example, I actually "love" Dan Haren this year. Think he'll have a good year and is being devalued in drafts and auctions. Also think, for our rankings, he was too low. But in my rankings, where I greatly devalue starting pitching, he's lower than where we have him in out top 300. But, he's high for me, if that makes sense. If it doesn't, don't sweat it. Just realize I've given these ranks a lot of thought, even if you don't agree with them.

And away we go.

1. Albert Pujols, StL, 1B
2. Hanley Ramirez, Fla, SS
3. Miguel Cabrera, Det, 1B
4. Carl Crawford, Bos, OF
5. Troy Tulowitzki, Col, SS
6. Ryan Braun, Mil, OF
7. Robinson Cano, NYY, 2B
8. Joey Votto, Cin, 1B
9. Carlos Gonzalez, Col, OF
10. Evan Longoria, TB, 3B
11. David Wright, NYM, 3B
12. Adrian Gonzalez, Bos, 1B
13. Nelson Cruz, Tex, OF
14. Roy Halladay, Phi, SP
15. Matt Holliday, StL, OF
16. Josh Hamilton, Tex, OF
17. Alex Rodriguez, NYY, 3B
18. Shin-Soo Choo, Cle, OF
19. Kevin Youkilis, Bos, 1B
20. Dustin Pedroia, Bos, 2B
21. Ryan Zimmerman, Was, 3B
22. Prince Fielder, Mil, 1B
23. Dan Uggla, Atl, 2B
24. Matt Kemp, LAD, OF
25. Cliff Lee, Phi, SP
26. Jose Reyes, NYM, SS
27. Mark Teixeira, NYY, 1B
28. Jon Lester, Bos, SP
29. Felix Hernandez, Sea, SP
30. Ichiro Suzuki, Sea, OF
31. Justin Upton, Ari, OF
32. Jose Bautista, Tor, OF/3B
33. Adam Dunn, CWS, 1B
34. Justin Verlander, Det, SP
35. CC Sabathia, NYY, SP
36. Jayson Werth, Was, OF
37. Tim Lincecum, SF, SP
38. Adrian Beltre, Tex, 3B
39. Andrew McCutchen, Pit, OF
40. Hunter Pence, Hou, OF
41. Ryan Howard, Phi, 1B
42. Alex Rios, CWS, OF
43. Victor Martinez, Det, C
44. Joe Mauer, Min, C
45. Ubaldo Jimenez, Col, SP
46. Clayton Kershaw, LAD, SP
47. Andre Ethier, LAD, OF
48. Jay Bruce, Cin, OF
49. Brandon Phillips, Cin, 2B
50. Ian Kinsler, Tex, 2B
51. Chris Young, Ari, OF
52. Mike Stanton, Fla, OF
53. Jacoby Ellsbury, Bos, OF
54. Chris Carpenter, StL, SP
55. Rickie Weeks, Mil, 2B
56. Martin Prado, Atl, 2B/3B
57. Elvis Andrus, Tex, SS
58. Derek Jeter, NYY, SS
59. Shane Victorino, Phi, OF
60. Jason Heyward, Atl, OF
61. Colby Rasmus, StL, OF
62. Justin Morneau, Min, 1B
63. Buster Posey, SF, C/1B
64. Brian McCann, Atl, C
65. Tommy Hanson, Atl, SP
66. Michael Young, Tex, 3B
67. B.J. Upton, TB, OF
68. Alexei Ramirez, CWS, SS
69. Aramis Ramirez, ChC, 3B
70. Paul Konerko, CWS, 1B
71. Kendrys Morales, LAA, 1B
72. Corey Hart, Mil, OF
73. Jimmy Rollins, Phi, SS
74. Max Scherzer, Det, SP
75. Cole Hamels, Phi, SP
76. Josh Johnson, Fla, SP
77. Matt Cain, SF, SP
78. Dan Haren, LAA, SP
79. Francisco Liriano, Min, SP
80. Jered Weaver, LAA, SP
81. Curtis Granderson, NYY, OF
82. Delmon Young, Min, OF
83. Casey McGehee, Mil, 3B
84. Drew Stubbs, Cin, OF
85. Ben Zobrist, TB, OF/2B
86. Carlos Santana, Cle, C
87. Billy Butler, KC, 1B
88. Shaun Marcum, Mil, SP
89. Yovani Gallardo, Mil, SP
90. Zack Greinke, Mil, SP
91. Mat Latos, SD, SP
92. David Price, TB, SP
93. Chad Billingsley, LAD, SP
94. Wandy Rodriguez, Hou, SP
95. Roy Oswalt, Phi, SP
96. Ted Lilly, LAD, SP
97. Adam Jones, Bal, OF
98. Stephen Drew, Ari, SS
99. Neftali Feliz, Tex, RP
100. Carlos Marmol, ChC, RP
101. Joakim Soria, KC, RP
102. Heath Bell, SD, RP
103. Juan Pierre, CWS, OF
104. Tim Hudson, Atl, SP
105. Pedro Alvarez, Pit, 3B
106. Kelly Johnson, Ari, 2B
107. Torii Hunter, LAA, OF
108. Brett Gardner, NYY, OF
109. Mariano Rivera, NYY, RP
110. Brian Wilson, SF, RP
111. Joe Nathan, Min, RP
112. Rajai Davis, Tor, OF
113. Michael Bourn, Hou, OF
114. Aaron Hill, Tor, 2B
115. Gordon Beckham, CWS, 2B
116. Chone Figgins, Sea, 2B
117. Adam Lind, Tor, DH
118. Hiroki Kuroda, LAD, SP
119. Matt Garza, ChC, SP
120. Jonathan Sanchez, SF, SP
121. John Danks, CWS, SP
122. Daniel Hudson, Ari, SP
123. Brandon Morrow, Tor, SP
124. Gio Gonzalez, Oak, SP
125. Phil Hughes, NYY, SP
126. Jhoulys Chacin, Col, SP
127. Aubrey Huff, SF, 1B/OF
128. Vladimir Guerrero, Bal, DH
129. Mark Reynolds, Bal, 3B
130. Carlos Quentin, CWS, OF
131. Pablo Sandoval, SF, 3B
132. Vernon Wells, LAA, OF
133. Bobby Abreu, LAA, OF
134. Angel Pagan, NYM, OF
135. Howard Kendrick, LAA, 2B
136. David Ortiz, Bos, DH
137. Brett Anderson, Oak, SP
138. Chris Perez, Cle, RP
139. Francisco Rodriguez, NYM, RP
140. Matt Thornton, CWS, RP
141. Adam LaRoche, Was, 1B
142. Luke Scott, Bal, DH
143. Nick Markakis, Bal, OF
144. Colby Lewis, Tex, SP
145. Madison Bumgarner, SF, SP
146. Brett Myers, Hou, SP
147. Clay Buchholz, Bos, SP
148. Jeremy Hellickson, TB, SP
149. Ricky Romero, Tor, SP
150. Jonathan Papelbon, Bos, RP
151. Jonathan Broxton, LAD, RP
152. Edwin Encarnacion, Tor, 3B
153. Ian Desmond, Was, SS
154. Carlos Pena, ChC, 1B
155. Brian Roberts, Bal, 2B
156. Mike Napoli, Tex, 1B/C
157. Geovany Soto, ChC, C
158. Andres Torres, SF, OF
159. Starlin Castro, ChC, SS
160. Huston Street, Col, RP
161. John Axford, Mil, RP
162. Jose Valverde, Det, RP
163. Nick Swisher, NYY, OF
164. Ryan Raburn, Det, OF
165. Gaby Sanchez, Fla, 1B
166. Ike Davis, NYM, 1B
167. Miguel Montero, Ari, C
168. Mitch Moreland, Tex, 1B
169. Travis Snider, Tor, OF
170. Sean Rodriguez, TB, 2B/OF
171. Manny Ramirez, TB, OF
172. Rafael Furcal, LAD, SS
173. Erick Aybar, LAA, SS
174. Carlos Lee, Hou, OF/1B
175. Derrek Lee, Bal, 1B
176. Jordan Zimmermann, Was, SP
177. Ricky Nolasco, Fla, SP
178. Josh Beckett, Bos, SP
179. James Shields, TB, SP
180. Erik Bedard, Sea, SP
181. Johnny Cueto, Cin, SP
182. Grady Sizemore, Cle, OF
183. Neil Walker, Pit, 2B
184. Francisco Cordero, Cin, RP
185. Andrew Bailey, Oak, RP
186. Ryan Franklin, StL, RP
187. Frank Francisco, Tor, RP
188. Kevin Gregg, Bal, RP
189. J.J. Putz, Ari, RP
190. Chase Headley, SD, 3B
191. Michael Cuddyer, Min, 1B/OF
192. Alcides Escobar, KC, SS
193. Lance Berkman, StL, 1B
194. Denard Span, Min, OF
195. Carlos Beltran, NYM, OF
196. Dexter Fowler, Col, OF
197. Austin Jackson, Det, OF
198. Coco Crisp, Oak, OF
199. Jose Tabata, Pit, OF
200. Raul Ibanez, Phi, OF

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