June 21, 2021

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Spring Training 2021 – Top 500 Dynasty Rankings

Baseball is back! There were Spring Training games on television yesterday, Trey Mancini kicked cancer’s ass with a single, and the calendar turned to March. Hope springs eternal!

This is especially true in dynasty baseball, where there is always the next great wave of prospects on which you can build a foundation for dominating your league.

Now that most – not all – of the free agents have landed and we think we have some idea of what’s going on in 2021 (I’m personally looking forward to the announcement on Opening Day that we will, after all, have an NL DH this season), I have gone through the process of updating my Top 500 Dynasty Rankings.

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 informs 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 Tatís, Jr.3SDSS21
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
Gleyber Torres18NYYSS23
Xander Bogaerts19BOSSS28
Freddie Freeman20ATL1B31
Manny Machado21SD3B28
Yoan Moncada22CWS3B25
Kyle Tucker23HOUOF23
Shane Bieber24CLEP25
Gerrit Cole25NYYP30
Jacob deGrom26NYMP32
Walker Buehler27LADP26
Lucas Giolito28CWSP26
Aaron Nola29PHIP27
Luis Castillo30CINP27
Jack Flaherty31STLP25
Vladimir Guerrero32TOR1B21
Wander Franco33TBSS191
Jarred Kelenic34SEAOF212
Julio Rodríguez35SEAOF193
Yordan Álvarez36HOUDH23
Aaron Judge37NYYOF28
Tim Anderson38CWSSS27
Luis Robert39CWSOF23
Marco Luciano40SFSS194
Zac Gallen41ARIP24
Javier Báez42CHCSS27
Michael Conforto43NYMOF27
Corey Seager44LADSS26
Anthony Rendon45LAA3B30
Keston Hiura46MIL2B24
Austin Meadows47TBOF25
Matt Chapman48OAK3B27
Pete Alonso49NYM1B25
Ketel Marte50ARI2B27
Matt Olson51OAK1B26
Blake Snell52SDP27
Tyler Glasnow53TBP26
Brandon Woodruff54MILP27
José Berríos55MINP25
Lourdes Gurriel56TOROF27
Marcell Ozuna57ATLOF29
Nolan Arenado58STL3B29
Eugenio Suarez59CIN3B28
Jeff McNeil60NYM2B/3B/OF28
George Springer61TOROF30
CJ Abrams62SDSS205
Bobby Witt Jr.63KCSS206
Trent Grisham64SDOF23
Adalberto Mondesí65KCSS25
DJ LeMahieu66NYY1B/2B/3B32
Max Fried67ATLP26
Yu Darvish68SDP33
Clayton Kershaw69LADP32
Trevor Bauer70LADP29
Spencer Torkelson71DET1B207
Andrew Vaughn72CHW1B228
Sonny Gray73CINP30
Starling Marte74MIAOF31
Rhys Hoskins75PHI1B27
Nick Castellanos76CINOF28
Brandon Lowe77TB2B26
Franmil Reyes78CLEOF25
Corbin Burnes79MILP26
Corbin Carroll80ARIOF209
Austin Martin81TORSS2110
Anthony Rizzo82CHC1B30
Ramón Laureano83OAKOF26
Eddie Rosario84CLEOF28
Kris Bryant85CHC3B28
Dansby Swanson86ATLSS26
Mike Soroka87ATLP23
Kyle Hendricks88CHCP30
Ian Happ89CHCOF26
Dominic Smith90NYM1B/OF25
Miguel Sanó91MIN1B27
Giancarlo Stanton92NYYOF31
Luke Voit93NYY1B29
Carlos Correa94HOUSS25
J.T. Realmuto95PHIC29
J.D. Martinez96BOSOF33
Cavan Biggio97TOR2B25
Joe Musgrove98SDP27
Zach Plesac99CLEP25
Frankie Montas100OAKP27
Alex Verdugo101BOSOF24
Randy Arozarena102TBOF2511
Joey Gallo103TEXOF26
Jorge Polanco104MINSS27
Max Muncy105LAD1B/2B/3B30
Max Scherzer106WASP36
Kenta Maeda107MINP32
Hyun-Jin Ryu108TORP33
Lance Lynn109CHWP33
Zack Greinke110HOUP37
Mike Yastrzemski111SFOF30
Whit Merrifield112KC2B/OF31
José Abreu113CWS1B33
José Altuve114HOU2B30
Sixto Sánchez115MIAP2212
Jo Adell116LAAOF2113
Noelvi Marte117SEASS1814
Framber Valdez118HOUP27
Chris Paddack119SDP24
Dustin May120LADP23
Jesús Luzardo121OAKP23
Sandy Alcántara122MIAP24
Julio Urías123LADP24
Will Smith124LADC25
Alec Bohm125PHI1B/3B24
Patrick Corbin126WASP31
Adley Rutschman127BALC2215
Gavin Lux128LAD2B22
Jorge Soler129KCOF28
Charlie Blackmon130COLOF34
Michael Brantley131HOUOF33
Marcus Semien132TORSS30
Mike Moustakas133CIN3B32
Carlos Carrasco134NYMP33
Pablo López135MIAP24
Dylan Bundy136LAAP28
Dinelson Lamet137SDP28
Josh Bell138WAS1B28
Teoscar Hernández139TOROF28
Jeter Downs140BOSSS2216
Alex Kirilloff141MINOF2317
Dylan Carlson142STLOF2118
Kristian Robinson143ARIOF1919
Byron Buxton144MINOF26
Max Kepler145MINOF27
Kyle Lewis146SEAOF25
Trey Mancini147BAL1B/OF28
Jesse Winker148CINOF27
Kyle Schwarber149WASOF27
Víctor Robles150WASOF23
Lance McCullers151HOUP27
Ha-Seong Kim152SDSS2520
Yasmani Grandal153CWSC32
Luis Severino154NYYP26
Noah Syndergaard155NYMP28
Chris Sale156BOSP31
Shohei Ohtani157LAAP26
Aaron Civale158CLEP25
Ian Anderson159ATLP22
Jasson Dominguez160NYYOF1721
Brandon Marsh161LAAOF2222
José Urquidy162HOUP25
Willson Contreras163CHCC28
Wil Myers164SDOF29
Nick Solak165TEXOF25
Andrés Giménez166CLE2B/SS22
Elieser Hernández167MIASP25
Anthony Santander168BALOF26
J.D. Davis169NYM3B/OF27
Brian Anderson170MIA3B/OF27
Clint Frazier171NYYOF25
Nick Gonzales172PIT2B2123
Tony Gonsolin173LADP26
Geraldo Perdomo174ARISS2124
Zack Veen175COLOF1825
Brennen Davis176CHCOF2126
Alek Thomas177ARIOF2027
Brady Singer178KCP23
Tarik Skubal179DETP2328
Daniel Lynch180KCP2429
Ke'Bryan Hayes181PIT3B2330
Royce Lewis182MINSS2131
Paul Goldschmidt183STL1B33
Carlos Santana184KC1B34
MacKenzie Gore185SDP2132
Nelson Cruz186MINDH40
Nate Pearson187TORP2433
Tommy Pham188SDOF32
Asa Lacy189KCP2134
Max Meyer190MIAP2135
Jake Cronenworth191SD2B26
Nick Senzel192CINOF25
Austin Hays193BALOF25
Hunter Bishop194SFOF2236
Brandon Nimmo195NYMOF27
Luis Matos196SFOF1837
Austin Riley197ATL3B/OF23
Josh Donaldson198MIN3B34
Joey Bart199SFC2338
Riley Greene200DETOF2239
Drew Waters201ATLOF2140
Dane Dunning202TEXP2541
Triston McKenzie203CLEP2342
Stephen Strasburg204WASP32
Kevin Gausman205SFP29
Jordan Groshans206TOR3B2143
Tyler Freeman207CLESS2144
Triston Casas208BOS1B2045
Ryan Mountcastle209BAL1B/OF2346
Marco Gonzales210SEAP28
Zack Wheeler211PHIP30
Marcus Stroman212NYMP29
Matt Manning213DETP2247
Mark Canha214OAKOF31
Casey Mize215DETP2348
Paul DeJong216STLSS27
Deivi García217NYYP2149
Heliot Ramos218SFOF2150
Clarke Schmidt219NYYP2451
Nick Lodolo220CINP2252
Jazz Chisholm221MIASS2253
Garrett Mitchell222MILOF2254
David Price223LADP35
Eric Hosmer224SD1B30
Kolten Wong225MIL2B30
Austin Wells226NYYC2155
Spencer Howard227PHIP2456
Ryan McMahon228COL2B25
Edwin Díaz229NYMP26
Liam Hendriks230CHWP31
Nolan Gorman231STL3B2057
Tyler Mahle232CINP25
Gary Sánchez233NYYC27
Carter Kieboom234WAS3B23
Mitch Garver235MINC29
Willie Calhoun236TEXOF26
Andrew Benintendi237KCOF26
Eduardo Escobar238ARI3B31
Josh Hader239MILP26
Amed Rosario240CLESS25
Christian Walker241ARI1B29
Avisaíl García242MILOF29
Edward Cabrera243MIAP2258
Erick Peña244KCOF1759
Robert Puason245OAKSS1860
Forrest Whitley246HOUP2261
George Valera247CLEOF2062
Leody Taveras248TEXOF2263
Tommy Edman249STL2B25
Logan Gilbert250SEAP2364
Garrett Hampson251COL2B26
Hunter Dozier252KC1B/OF29
Trevor Larnach253MINOF2365
Ed Howard254CHCSS1966
Grayson Rodriguez255BALP2167
George Kirby256SEAP2268
Josiah Gray257LADP2269
Aroldis Chapman258NYYP32
Raisel Iglesias259LAAP30
Sean Manaea260OAKP28
Andrew Heaney261LAAP29
Josh Lowe262TBOF2270
Rowdy Tellez263TOR1B25
Garrett Cooper264MIA1B29
Randal Grichuk265TOROF28
Ryan Yarbrough266TBP28
Joc Pederson267CHC1B28
Nick Madrigal268CWS2B2371
Nate Lowe269TEX1B25
Kenley Jansen270LADP33
Jean Segura271PHISS30
Mike Clevinger272SDP29
James Paxton273SEAP32
Eduardo Rodríguez274BOSP27
Gio Urshela275NYY3B29
Jorge Alfaro276MIAC27
Sean Murphy277OAKC26
Salvador Pérez278KCC30
David Fletcher279LAA2B26
Jonathan Villar280NYM2B/SS29
Luisangel Acuña281TEXSS1872
Alexander Canario282SFOF2073
Ronny Mauricio283NYMSS1974
Nolan Jones284CLE3B2275
Luis Patiño285TBP2076
Vidal Bruján286TB2B2277
Heston Kjerstad287BALOF2178
Cristian Pache288ATLOF2279
David Dahl289TEXOF26
Willy Adames290TBSS25
Freddy Peralta291MILP24
Michael Pineda292MINP31
Jonathan Schoop293DET2B29
Didi Gregorius294PHISS30
Brailyn Marquez295CHCP2180
Daulton Varsho296ARIC23
Wilmer Flores297SF2B29
Dallas Keuchel298CWSP32
Justin Turner299LAD3B36
Aaron Hicks300NYYOF31
Andrew McCutchen301PHIOF34
Stephen Piscotty302OAKOF29
Matthew Boyd303DETP29
Reid Detmers304LAAP2181
Pete Crow-Armstrong305NYMOF1882
Austin Hendrick306CINOF1983
Michael Kopech307CWSP2484
Travis Swaggerty308PITOF2285
Taylor Trammell309SDOF2386
Maximo Acosta310TEXSS1887
Jordyn Adams311LAAOF2188
Daulton Jefferies312OAKP2589
Emerson Hancock313SEAP2190
Cade Cavalli314WASP2291
José García315CINSS2292
Jordan Montgomery316NYYP27
Giovanny Gallegos317STLP29
Nick Anderson318TBP30
Willi Castro319DETSS23
Christian Vázquez320BOSC30
Dylan Moore321SEAOF28
Alex Colomé322CWSP31
Carlos Martínez323STLP29
James Karinchak324CLEP25
Mauricio Dubón325SF2B26
Evan White326SEA1B24
Justus Sheffield327SEAP24
Scott Kingery328PHI2B/OF26
Kirby Yates329TORP33
David Peralta330ARIOF32
Brad Hand331WASP30
Danny Jansen332TORC25
Carson Kelly333ARIC26
Nico Hoerner334CHCSS23
Oneil Cruz335PIT3B2293
Miguel Andújar336NYYDH25
Jesús Aguilar337MIA1B30
Kole Calhoun338ARIOF33
Tommy La Stella339SF2B/3B31
Austin Slater340SFOF27
Ty France341SEA2B26
Jared Walsh342LAA1B27
Orelvis Martinez343TORSS1994
Omar Narváez344MILC28
Luis Rodríguez345LADOF1895
Luis Garcia346WASSS20
Brett Baty347NYM3B2196
Will Wilson348SF2B2297
César Hernández349CLE2B30
Cristian Javier350HOUP23
Luke Weaver351ARIP26
David Peterson352NYMP25
Travis d'Arnaud353ATLC/1B31
Jameson Taillon354NYYP29
John Means355BALP27
Víctor Reyes356DETOF26
Corey Kluber357NYYP34
Garrett Richards358BOSP32
A.J. Pollock359LADOF33
Adam Eaton360CHWOF31
Adrian Houser361MILP27
Mitch Keller362PITP24
Sam Hilliard363COLOF26
JJ Bleday364MIAOF2398
Simeon Woods Richardson365TORP2099
Mitch Haniger366SEAOF29
Hunter Greene367CINP21100
Josh Jung368TEX3B22101
Xavier Edwards369TB2B21102
Raimel Tapia370COLOF26
Michael Chavis371BOS2B25
Charlie Morton372ATLP37
Lewin Díaz373MIA1B24103
Greg Jones374TBSS22104
Jordan Balazovic375MINP22105
Shane Baz376TBP21106
Lorenzo Cain377MILOF34
Gregory Polanco378PITOF29
Tejay Antone379CINP27
Yasiel Puig380FAOF29
Domingo Germán381NYYP28
Tyler O'Neill382STLOF25
Jared Oliva383PITOF25107
Justin Verlander384HOUP37
Yonny Chirinos385TBP26
Jeimer Candelario386DET3B27
Starlin Castro387WAS2B/SS30
Joey Votto388CIN1B37
Manuel Margot389TBOF26
Jurickson Profar390SD2B27
Ryan Jeffers391MINC23108
Shogo Akiyama392CINOF32
Niko Goodrum393DET2B/SS28
Pedro Severino394BALC27
Yoshi Tsutsugo395TB3B/OF29
Misael Urbina396MINOF18109
Sherten Apostel397TEX3B21110
Kody Hoese398LAD3B22111
Kameron Misner399MIAOF22112
Robert Hassell400SDOF19113
Seth Beer401ARIOF24114
Chris Taylor402LAD2B/SS/OF30
Kevin Newman403PITSS27
Wilson Ramos404DETC33
José Iglesias405LAASS30
Dylan Cease406CWSP24
Jon Berti407MIASS/OF30
Brandon Belt408SF1B32
Elvis Andrus409OAKSS31
C.J. Cron410COL1B30
DJ Stewart411BALOF27
Oscar Mercado412CLEOF25
Adam Frazier413PIT2B/OF28
Yandy Díaz414TB3B29
Nick Ahmed415ARISS30
Luis Urías416MIL2B/SS23
DL Hall417BALP22115
Hedbert Perez418MILOF17116
Liover Peguero419PITSS19117
Bobby Dalbec420BOS3B25118
Matthew Liberatore421STLP21119
Mick Abel422PHIP19120
Nick Bitsko423TBP18121
Luis Toribio424SF3B20122
Roberto Osuna425FAP25
Yuli Gurriel426HOU1B36
Alejandro Kirk427TORC22123
Germán Márquez428COLP25
Khris Davis429TEXDH32
Devin Williams430MILP26
Brendan McKay431TBP24124
A.J. Puk432OAKP25125
Kyle Seager433SEA3B33
Griffin Canning434CLEP24
Jason Heyward435CHCOF31
Madison Bumgarner436ARIP31
Drew Smyly437ATLP31
Robbie Ray438TORP29
Hunter Renfroe439BOSOF28
Ji-Man Choi440TB1B29
Kwang-Hyun Kim441STLP32
Corey Dickerson442MIAOF31
Jake Odorizzi443FAP30
Mike Minor444KCP32
Josh Naylor445CLEOF23
Luis Arráez446MIN2B23
Renato Núñez447DET1B26
Luis Medina448NYYP21126
Isaiah Greene449NYMOF19127
Ethan Hankins450CLEP20128
Garret Crochet451CHWP21129
Canaan Smith-Njigba452PITOF21130
Miguel Cabrera453DET1B/3B37
Andrelton Simmons454MINSS31
Gunnar Henderson455BALSS19131
Daniel Espino456CLEP19132
Alek Manoah457TORP22133
Slade Cecconi458ARIP21134
Carson Tucker459CLESS18135
Yusniel Díaz460BALOF24136
Alex Wood461SFP29
Franchy Cordero462BOSOF26
Justin Upton463LAAOF33
Nathan Eovaldi464BOSP31
José Leclerc465TEXP27
Keone Kela466PITP28
Taylor Rogers467MINP29
Caleb Smith468ARIP29
Craig Kimbrel469CHCP33
Brusdar Graterol470LADP21
Emmanuel Clase471CLEP23
Brendan Rodgers472COL2B24
Héctor Neris473PHIP32
Jordan Hicks474STLP24
Chris Bassitt475OAKP32
Austin Nola476SDC31
Isiah Kiner-Falefah477TEXSS/3B26
Jackie Bradley, Jr.478FAOF30
Shane McClanahan479TBP23137
Francisco Alvarez480NYMC19138
Kevin Pillar481NYMOF31
Hanser Alberto482KC2B28
Blake Walston483ARIP19139
Rougned Odor484TEX2B27
Danny Santana485TEXOF30
Shed Long486SEA2B24
Jackson Rutledge487WASP21140
Matthew Allan488NYMP19141
Jarren Duran489BOSOF24142
Brayan Rocchio490CLESS19143
Blaze Jordan491BOS3B17144
Michael Toglia492COL1B22145
Hudson Head493SDOF19146
Daz Cameron494DETOF23147
Luis Campusano495SDC22148
Zach Davies496CHCP28
Kyle Isbel497KCOF23149
Khalil Lee498KCOF22150
Carlos Colmenárez499TBSS17151
Pedro León500HOUOF21152
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