The NFL season has nearly come to a close, and that can only mean one thing: It's time to get some fantasy baseball rankings down on paper.
Keep in mind that these aren't etched in stone, since we have six or seven weeks until the draft season really ramps up. These are simply meant for entertainment purposes and to start a conversation. As the winter continues its inexorable march to spring, opinions will change, suppositions will become firm beliefs, and many of these guys listed below will slide up and down the rankings. For now, however, this is where I plant my flag.
A few notes on my methodology. First of all, like most fantasy owners, I prize hitters over pitchers. Most starting pitcher values will be depressed on my board. In general, they are listed in tiers. For example, I believe Clayton Kershaw is all alone in the first tier of starting pitchers. My second tier includes Yu Darvish, Stephen Strasburg, Adam Wainwright and Jose Fernandez.
Second, you will notice that there is nary a closer in the top 100. Let Koji Uehara's 2013 season be a lasting lesson. You can always build a strong fantasy bullpen on the cheap. The worst pick in any fantasy baseball draft is the first closer taken.
We will debut our full-fledged Top 300 at the beginning of March. Until then, enjoy this preliminary shot at the top 100 players for fantasy baseball in 2014.