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Fantasy baseball 2014 Early Top 100 rankings

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Mike Trout's .323 batting average and 27 homers in 2013 is good enough for first in early '14 rankings.

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.

RankPlayerPositionTeam
1Mike TroutOFAngels
2Miguel Cabrera1B/3BTigers
3Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacks
4Carlos GonzalezOFRockies
5Chris Davis1BOrioles
6Ryan BraunOFBrewers
7Hanley RamirezSS/3BDodgers
8Prince Fielder1BRangers
9Andrew McCutchenOFPirates
10Joey Votto1BReds
11Troy TulowitzkiSSRockies
12Robinson Cano2BMariners
13Adrian Beltre3BRangers
14Clayton KershawSPDodgers
15Giancarlo StantonOFMarlins
16Edwin Encarnacion3B/1BBlue Jays
17Evan Longoria3BRays
18Bryce HarperOFNationals
19Jacoby EllsburyOFYankees
20Jason Kipnis2BIndians
21David Wright3BMets
22Freddie Freeman1BBraves
23Jean SeguraSSBrewers
24Yu DarvishSPRangers
25Stephen StrasburgSPNationals
26Adam WainwrightSPCardinals
27Jose FernandezSPMarlins
28Felix HernandezSPMariners
29Shin-Soo ChooOFRangers
30Dustin Pedroia2BRed Sox
31Jay BruceOFReds
32Adam JonesOFOrioles
33Ian DesmondSSNationals
34Carlos GomezOFBrewers
35Matt HollidayOFCardinals
36Justin UptonOFBraves
37Wil MyersOFRays
38Yasiel PuigOFDodgers
39Eric Hosmer1BRoyals
40Jose ReyesSSBlue Jays
41Chris SaleSPWhite Sox
42Max ScherzerSPTigers
43Madison BumgarnerSPGiants
44David PriceSPRays
45Cliff LeeSPPhillies
46Justin VerlanderSPTigers
47Gerrit ColeSPPirates
48Matt KempOFDodgers
49Hunter PenceOFGiants
50Buster PoseyC/1BGiants
51Allen Craig1B/OFCardinals
52Starling MarteOFPirates
53Jose BautistaOFBlue Jays
54Ian Kinsler2BTigers
55Jason HeywardOFBraves
56Alex RiosOFRangers
57Zack GreinkeSPDodgers
58Cole HamelsSPPhillies
59Hisashi IwakumaSPMariners
60Carlos SantanaC/1BIndians
61Anibal SanchezSPTigers
62Albert Pujols1BAngels
63Yoenis CespedesOFA's
64Josh Donaldson3BA's
65Josh HamiltonOFAngels
66Carlos BeltranOFYankees
67Adrian Gonzalez1BDodgers
68Ryan Zimmerman3BNationals
69David Ortiz1B/DHRed Sox
70Anthony Rizzo1BCubs
71Mike MinorSPBraves
72Jordan ZimmermannSPNationals
73Shelby MillerSPCardinals
74Mat LatosSPReds
75Gio GonzalezSPNationals
76Matt CainSPGiants
77Matt Carpenter2B/3BCardinals
78Alex GordonOFRoyals
79Domonic BrownOFPhillies
80Ben Zobrist2B/SS/OFRays
81Starlin CastroSSCubs
82Elvis AndrusSSRangers
83Jayson WerthOFNationals
84Yadier MolinaCCardinals
85Pedro Alvarez3BPirates
86Homer BaileySPReds
87James ShieldsSPRoyals
88Alex CobbSPRays
89Brandon Phillips2BReds
90Wilin RosarioCRockies
91Mark TrumboOFDiamondbacks
92Jose Altuve2BAstros
93Joe MauerC/1BTwins
94Billy HamiltonOFReds
95Shane VictorinoOFRed Sox
96Julio TeheranSPBraves
97Curtis GrandersonOFMets
98Desmond JenningsOFRays
99Brian McCannCYankees
100Matt MooreSPRays

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