September 18, 2021

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2021 Top 500 Dynasty Baseball Rankings

It’s one thing to say that it’s difficult to extrapolate meaning from the limited sample size and unique circumstances of the 2020 season. It’s another thing to go through the process of actually ranking 500 players in this context.

With that sizable caveat, below is a ranking of my top dynasty league players for 2021. I’ve also added a column for my overall prospect rank where applicable, so you can use this to draft both dynasty and prospect-only drafts.

Obviously, this list will shift dramatically based on trades, free agent signings, and offseason player movement. I’ll adjust these again in the Spring, but I know many of you are making deals and drafting dynasty leagues between now and then. So I worked to get this list out to you now.

A few general notes on my approach to dynasty that give you context on the rankings:

1. This assumes traditional 5×5 roto dynasty leagues. You’ll need to make adjustments for OBP leagues, QS leagues, etc.

2. Do not use this – or any dynasty list for that matter – as a straight draft list. The depth of your league, the drafting tendencies of your leaguemates, and other factors will influence your draft.

3. My general dynasty approach (that informed these rankings) is to play for the next three years when you draft. Going for broke and drafting as if you’re in a redraft league in the first year of a dynasty league is dangerous. On the flipside, drafting all prospects and ignoring proven MLB players in their prime is a recipe for disaster.

4. The dynasty community is ageist. Yes, you want younger players who can contribute to your team for a long period of time. But productive players in their 30s have value too. You will see me ranking 28-31 year olds higher here than many other dynasty lists.

5. I probably don’t like pitchers – especially pitching prospects – as much as you do. Early on in dynasty drafts, I tend to stack young bats. I’ll get pitching later. Established aces are arguably the most valuable commodity in redraft fantasy leagues, but how many top fantasy arms in 2021 do you have confidence in for the next three years?

6. The market matters. This list doesn’t necessarily reflect how well I think each of these players will perform. This is for keeper and dynasty league purposes, which means trade value is king. There are plenty of instances, especially with prospects, where I personally assign a lesser value to players than the roto-sphere does. I’m happy to draft them and trade them for players I like more than the crowd.

7. The closer is the most unpredictable “position” in fantasy baseball. They are considerably lower on this list than in a redraft league. You are betting on their long-term consistency at your own risk.

Player2021 RankTeamPosAgeProspect Rk
Ronald Acuña1ATLOF22
Juan Soto2WASOF21
Fernando Tatís3SDSS21
Mike Trout4LAAOF29
Mookie Betts5LADOF28
Trevor Story6COLSS27
Trea Turner7WASSS27
José Ramírez8CLE3B27
Bryce Harper9PHIOF28
Francisco Lindor10NYMSS26
Christian Yelich11MILOF28
Cody Bellinger12LAD1B/OF25
Ozzie Albies13ATL2B23
Bo Bichette14TORSS22
Eloy Jiménez15CWSOF23
Alex Bregman16HOU3B26
Rafael Devers17BOS3B24
Wander Franco18TBSS191
Gleyber Torres19NYY2B/SS23
Xander Bogaerts20BOSSS28
Freddie Freeman21ATL1B31
Manny Machado22SDSS28
Yoan Moncada23CWS3B25
Anthony Rendon24LAA3B30
Nolan Arenado25STL3B29
Shane Bieber26CLEP25
Gerrit Cole27NYYP30
Jacob deGrom28NYMP32
Walker Buehler29LADP26
Lucas Giolito30CWSP26
Aaron Nola31PHIP27
Luis Castillo32CINP27
Jack Flaherty33STLP25
Vladimir Guerrero34TOR3B21
Yordan Álvarez35HOUDH23
Aaron Judge36NYYOF28
Tim Anderson37CWSSS27
Luis Robert38CWSOF23
Javier Báez39CHCSS27
DJ LeMahieu40NYY2B32
Kyle Tucker41HOUOF23
Trent Grisham42SDOF23
Keston Hiura43MIL2B24
Austin Meadows44TBOF25
Michael Conforto45NYMOF27
Matt Chapman46OAK3B27
Pete Alonso47NYM1B25
Ketel Marte48ARI2B27
Matt Olson49OAK1B26
Julio Rodríguez50SEAOF192
Jarred Kelenic51SEAOF213
Zac Gallen52ARIP24
Max Fried53ATLP26
Sonny Gray54CINP30
Trevor Bauer55LADP29
Marco Luciano56SFSS194
Eugenio Suarez57CIN3B28
Anthony Rizzo58CHC1B30
Joey Gallo59TEXOF26
Yu Darvish60SDP33
Clayton Kershaw61LADP32
Blake Snell62SDP27
Tyler Glasnow63TBP26
Marcell Ozuna64ATLOF29
Starling Marte65MIAOF31
Spencer Torkelson66DET1B205
Andrew Vaughn67CWS1B226
Nick Castellanos68CINOF28
Brandon Woodruff69MILP27
Gavin Lux70LAD2B22
Miguel Sanó71MIN3B27
George Springer72TOROF30
Jeff McNeil73NYM2B/OF28
Corey Seager74LADSS26
Adalberto Mondesí75KCSS25
Ramón Laureano76OAKOF26
Eddie Rosario77CLEOF28
Kris Bryant78CHC3B28
Dansby Swanson79ATLSS26
Kyle Hendricks80CHCP30
Mike Soroka81ATLP23
José Berrios82MINP25
Lourdes Gurriel83TOROF27
Giancarlo Stanton84NYYOF31
Rhys Hoskins85PHI1B/OF27
Luke Voit86NYY1B29
Max Muncy87LAD1B/2B30
J.T. Realmuto88PHIC29
J.D. Martinez89BOSOF33
Cavan Biggio90TOR2B25
Carlos Correa91HOUSS25
Jorge Polanco92MINSS27
Brandon Lowe93TB2B26
Franmil Reyes94CLEOF25
Corbin Burnes95MILP26
Zach Plesac96CLEP25
Max Scherzer97WASP36
Frankie Montas98OAKP27
Bobby Witt Jr.99KCSS207
Dylan Carlson100STLOF218
Víctor Robles101WASOF23
Kenta Maeda102MINP32
Dinelson Lamet103SDP28
Lance Lynn104CHWP33
Zack Greinke105HOUP37
Mike Yastrzemski106SFOF30
Whit Merrifield107KC2B/OF31
Kristian Robinson108ARIOF199
Patrick Corbin109WASP31
Corbin Carroll110ARIOF2010
CJ Abrams111SDSS2011
Austin Martin112TOROF2112
Noelvi Marte113SEASS1813
Alex Verdugo114BOSOF24
Randy Arozarena115TBOF2514
Ian Happ116CHCOF26
Dominic Smith117NYM1B/OF25
José Abreu118CWS1B33
José Altuve119HOU2B30
Sixto Sánchez120MIAP2215
Jo Adell121LAAOF2116
Jorge Soler122KCOF28
Josh Bell123PIT1B28
Charlie Blackmon124COLOF34
Michael Brantley125HOUOF33
Marcus Semien126TORSS30
Mike Moustakas127CIN3B32
Adley Rutschman128BALC2217
Carlos Carrasco129NYMP33
Dylan Bundy130LAAP28
Jesse Winker131CINOF27
Kyle Schwarber132WASOF27
Framber Valdez133HOUP27
Chris Paddack134SDP24
Dustin May135LADP23
Zack Wheeler136PHIP30
Byron Buxton137MINOF26
Max Kepler138MINOF27
Kyle Lewis139SEAOF25
Teoscar Hernández140TOROF28
Jeter Downs141BOSSS2218
Jazz Chisholm142MIASS2219
Lance McCullers143HOUP27
Hyun-Jin Ryu144TORP33
Yasmani Grandal145CWSC32
Luis Severino146NYYP26
Noah Syndergaard147NYMP28
Chris Sale148BOSP31
Shohei Ohtani149LAAP26
Aaron Civale150CLEP25
Sandy Alcántara151MIAP24
Will Smith152LADC25
Alec Bohm153PHI3B24
Jasson Dominguez154NYYOF1720
Willson Contreras155CHCC28
Wil Myers156SDOF29
Jonathan Villar157FA2B/SS29
Julio Urías158LADP24
Jesús Luzardo159OAKP23
Ian Anderson160ATLP22
J.D. Davis161NYM3B/OF27
Brian Anderson162MIA3B/OF27
Clint Frazier163NYYOF25
Alex Kirilloff164MINOF2321
Ha-Seong Kim165SDSS25
Tony Gonsolin166LADP26
Royce Lewis167MINSS2122
Geraldo Perdomo168ARISS2123
Nick Gonzales169PIT2B2124
Nelson Cruz170MINDH40
Mark Canha171OAKOF31
Tommy Pham172SDOF32
Trey Mancini173BAL1B/OF28
Paul Goldschmidt174STL1B33
Carlos Santana175KC1B34
Drew Waters176ATLOF2125
Brennen Davis177CHCOF2126
Brandon Marsh178LAAOF2227
MacKenzie Gore179SDP2128
Matt Manning180DETP2229
Nate Pearson181TORP2430
Spencer Howard182PHIP2431
Asa Lacy183KCP2132
Max Meyer184MIAP2133
José Urquidy185HOUP25
Garrett Hampson186COL2B26
Nick Senzel187CINOF25
Austin Hays188BALOF25
Hunter Bishop189SFOF2234
Brandon Nimmo190NYMOF27
Alek Thomas191ARIOF2035
Luis Matos192SFOF1836
Austin Riley193ATL3B/OF23
Josh Donaldson194MIN3B34
Charlie Morton195ATLP37
Joey Bart196SFC2337
Riley Greene197DETOF2238
Ke'Bryan Hayes198PIT3B2339
Jordan Groshans199TOR3B2140
Tyler Freeman200CLESS2141
Triston Casas201BOS1B2042
Ryan Mountcastle202BAL1B/OF2343
David Price203LADP35
Nick Solak204TEXOF25
Andrés Giménez205CLE2B/SS22
Casey Mize206DETP2344
Masahiro Tanaka207FAP31
Anthony Santander208BALOF26
Paul DeJong209STLSS27
Deivi García210NYYP2145
Heliot Ramos211SFOF2146
Clarke Schmidt212NYYP2447
Nick Lodolo213CINP2248
Zack Veen214COLOF1849
Garrett Mitchell215MILOF2250
Amed Rosario216NYMSS25
Eric Hosmer217SD1B30
Kolten Wong218MIL2B30
Austin Wells219NYYC2151
Stephen Strasburg220WASP32
Kevin Gausman221SFP29
Mike Clevinger222SDP29
James Paxton223SEAP32
Tyler Mahle224CINP25
David Dahl225TEXOF26
Eduardo Escobar226ARI3B/SS31
Gary Sánchez227NYYC27
Carter Kieboom228WAS3B23
Mitch Garver229MINC29
Willie Calhoun230TEXOF26
Andrew Benintendi231KCOF26
Pablo López232MIAP24
Jake Cronenworth233SD2B26
Bryan Reynolds234PITOF25
Joe Musgrove235PITP27
Edward Cabrera236MIAP2252
Erick Peña237KCOF1753
Robert Puason238OAKSS1854
Forrest Whitley239HOUP2255
Avisaíl García240MILOF29
George Valera241CLEOF2056
Leody Taveras242TEXOF2257
Garrett Cooper243MIA1B29
Randal Grichuk244TOROF28
Hunter Dozier245KC1B/OF29
Trevor Larnach246MINOF2358
Ed Howard247CHCSS1959
Christian Walker248ARI1B29
Grayson Rodriguez249BALP2160
George Kirby250SEAP2261
Josiah Gray251LADP2262
Sean Manaea252OAKP28
Andrew Heaney253LAAP29
Josh Lowe254TBOF2263
Rowdy Tellez255TOR1B25
Nick Madrigal256CWS2B2364
Elieser Hernández257MIAP25
Edwin Díaz258NYMP26
Josh Hader259MILP26
Aroldis Chapman260NYYP32
Marco Gonzales261SEAP28
Marcus Stroman262NYMP29
Nate Lowe263TEX1B25
Kenley Jansen264LADP33
Raisel Iglesias265LAAP30
Dane Dunning266TEXP2565
Triston McKenzie267CLEP2366
Gio Urshela268NYY3B29
Jorge Alfaro269MIAC27
Sean Murphy270OAKC26
Salvador Pérez271KCC30
Brady Singer272KCP23
Daniel Lynch273KCP2467
Luisangel Acuña274TEXSS1868
Tommy Edman275STL2B25
David Fletcher276LAA2B26
Alexander Canario277SFOF2069
Ronny Mauricio278NYMSS1970
Nolan Jones279CLE3B2271
Luis Patiño280TBP2072
Vidal Bruján281TB2B2273
Heston Kjerstad282BALOF2174
Cristian Pache283ATLOF2275
Ryan McMahon284COL2B25
Willy Adames285TBSS25
Michael Pineda286MINP31
Jonathan Schoop287TOR2B29
Didi Gregorius288PHISS30
Brailyn Marquez289CHCP2176
Jean Segura290PHISS30
Daulton Varsho291ARIC23
Wilmer Flores292SF2B29
Dallas Keuchel293CWSP32
Justin Turner294LAD3B36
Aaron Hicks295NYYOF31
Andrew McCutchen296PHIOF34
Stephen Piscotty297OAKOF29
Matthew Boyd298DETP29
Reid Detmers299LAAP2177
Pete Crow-Armstrong300NYMOF1878
Austin Hendrick301CINOF1979
Nolan Gorman302STL3B2080
Michael Kopech303CWSP2481
Travis Swaggerty304PITOF2282
Taylor Trammell305SDOF2383
Maximo Acosta306TEXSS1884
Jordyn Adams307LAAOF2185
Daulton Jefferies308OAKP2586
Emerson Hancock309SEAP2187
Cade Cavalli310WASP2288
José García311CINSS2289
Tomoyuki Sugano312FAP31
Tarik Skubal313DETP2390
Jordan Montgomery314NYYP27
Giovanny Gallegos315STLP29
Nick Anderson316TBP30
Ryan Yarbrough317TBP28
Willi Castro318DETSS23
Christian Vázquez319BOSC30
Dylan Moore320SEAOF28
Álex Colomé321CWSP31
Carlos Martínez322STLP29
Liam Hendriks323CHWP31
Joc Pederson324CHC1B28
Evan White325SEA1B24
Justus Sheffield326SEAP24
Eduardo Rodríguez327BOSP27
Kirby Yates328TORP33
David Peralta329ARIOF32
Brad Hand330WASP30
Danny Jansen331TORC25
Carson Kelly332ARIC26
Nico Hoerner333CHCSS23
Oneil Cruz334PIT3B2291
Miguel Andújar335NYYDH25
Jesús Aguilar336MIA1B30
Kole Calhoun337ARIOF33
Tommy La Stella338SF2B/3B31
Austin Slater339SFOF27
Ty France340SEA2B26
Jared Walsh341LAA1B27
Orelvis Martinez342TORSS1992
Omar Narváez343MILC28
Luis Rodríguez344LADOF1893
Luis Garcia345WASSS20
Brett Baty346NYM3B2194
Will Wilson347SF2B2295
César Hernández348CLE2B30
Cristian Javier349HOUP23
Luke Weaver350ARIP26
David Peterson351NYMP25
Travis d'Arnaud352ATLC/1B31
Freddy Peralta353MILP24
John Means354BALP27
Víctor Reyes355DETOF26
James Karinchak356CLEP25
Yasiel Puig357FAOF29
Garrett Richards358BOSP32
A.J. Pollock359LADOF33
Adam Eaton360CHWOF31
Adrian Houser361MILP27
Mitch Keller362PITP24
Sam Hilliard363COLOF26
JJ Bleday364MIAOF2396
Simeon Woods Richardson365TORP2097
Logan Gilbert366SEAP2398
Hunter Greene367CINP2199
Josh Jung368TEX3B22100
Xavier Edwards369TB2B21101
Raimel Tapia370COLOF26
Michael Chavis371BOS2B25
Mauricio Dubón372SF2B26
Lewin Díaz373MIA1B24102
Greg Jones374TBSS22103
Jordan Balazovic375MINP22104
Shane Baz376TBP21105
Lorenzo Cain377MILOF34
Gregory Polanco378PITOF29
Tejay Antone379CINP27
Jameson Taillon380NYYP29
Domingo Germán381NYYP28
Tyler O'Neill382STLOF25
Jared Oliva383PITOF25106
Justin Verlander384HOUP37
Yonny Chirinos385TBP26
Jeimer Candelario386DET3B27
Starlin Castro387WAS2B/SS30
Joey Votto388CIN1B37
Manuel Margot389TBOF26
Jurickson Profar390SD2B27
Scott Kingery391PHI2B/OF26
Shogo Akiyama392CINOF32
Niko Goodrum393DET2B/SS28
Pedro Severino394BALC27
Yoshi Tsutsugo395TB3B/OF29
Misael Urbina396MINOF18107
Sherten Apostel397TEX3B21108
Kody Hoese398LAD3B22109
Kameron Misner399MIAOF22110
Robert Hassell400SDOF19111
Seth Beer401ARIOF24112
Chris Taylor402LAD2B/SS/OF30
Kevin Newman403PITSS27
Wilson Ramos404DETC33
José Iglesias405LAASS30
Dylan Cease406CWSP24
Mitch Haniger407SEAOF29
Jon Berti408MIASS/OF30
Brandon Belt409SF1B32
Elvis Andrus410OAKSS31
C.J. Cron411COL1B30
DJ Stewart412BALOF27
Óscar Mercado413CLEOF25
Adam Frazier414PIT2B/OF28
Yandy Díaz415TB3B29
Nick Ahmed416ARISS30
Luis Urías417MIL2B/SS23
DL Hall418BALP22113
Hedbert Perez419MILOF17114
Liover Peguero420PITSS19115
Bobby Dalbec421BOS3B25116
Ryan Jeffers422MINC23117
Matthew Liberatore423STLP21118
Mick Abel424PHIP19119
Nick Bitsko425TBP18120
Luis Toribio426SF3B20121
Roberto Osuna427FAP25
Yuli Gurriel428HOU1B36
Corey Kluber429NYYP34
Germán Márquez430COLP25
Khris Davis431TEXDH32
Devin Williams432MILP26
Brendan McKay433TBP24122
A.J. Puk434OAKP25123
Kyle Seager435SEA3B33
Griffin Canning436CLEP24
Jason Heyward437CHCOF31
Madison Bumgarner438ARIP31
Drew Smyly439ATLP31
Robbie Ray440TORP29
Hunter Renfroe441BOSOF28
Ji-Man Choi442TB1B29
Kwang-Hyun Kim443STLP32
Corey Dickerson444MIAOF31
Jake Odorizzi445FAP30
Mike Minor446KCP32
Josh Naylor447CLEOF23
Luis Arráez448MIN2B23
Renato Nuñez449DET1B26
Luis Medina450NYYP21124
Isaiah Greene451NYMOF19125
Ethan Hankins452CLEP20126
Garret Crochet453CHWP21127
Canaan Smith454PITOF21128
Miguel Cabrera455DET1B/3B37
Andrelton Simmons456MINSS31
Daniel Espino457CLEP19129
Alek Manoah458TORP22130
Slade Cecconi459ARIP21131
Carson Tucker460CLESS18132
Alejandro Kirk461TORC22133
Yusniel Díaz462BALOF24134
Alex Wood463SFP29
Franchy Cordero464BOSOF26
Justin Upton465LAAOF33
Nathan Eovaldi466BOSP31
José Leclerc467TEXP27
Keone Kela468PITP28
Taylor Rogers469MINP29
Caleb Smith470ARIP29
Craig Kimbrel471CHCP33
Brusdar Graterol472LADP21
Emmanuel Clase473CLEP23
Brendan Rodgers474COL2B24
Héctor Neris475PHIP32
Jordan Hicks476STLP24
Chris Bassitt477OAKP32
Austin Nola478SDC31
Isiah Kiner-Falefah479TEXSS/3B26
Jackie Bradley, Jr.480FAOF30
Shane McClanahan481TBP23135
Francisco Alvarez482NYMC19136
Kevin Pillar483NYMOF31
Hanser Alberto484KC2B28
Blake Walston485ARIP19137
Rougned Odor486TEX2B27
Danny Santana487TEXOF30
Khalil Lee488KCOF22138
Shed Long489SEA2B24
Jackson Rutledge490WASP21139
Matthew Allan491NYMP19140
Jarren Duran492BOSOF24141
Brayan Rocchio493CLESS19142
Blaze Jordan494BOS3B17143
Michael Toglia495COL1B22144
Hudson Head496SDOF19145
Daz Cameron497DETOF23146
Luis Campusano498SDC22147
Zach Davies499CHCP28
Kyle Isbel500KCOF23148
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