Fantasy baseball 2014 draft prep: Rankings, previews and more


Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Davis, Yu Darvish and Andrew McCutchen will be among first picked in drafts.

Spring training games have started, which means fantasy baseball drafts are around the corner. Will Mike Trout be the No. 1 fantasy player again this year? Will baseball's richest pitcher prove his worth? Will rookies like Xander Bogaerts and Christian Yelich prove they can hang in the majors? Should owners stash prospects like Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano? We have answers for all of those and more in our draft preview.

To help you fully prepare for your draft,'s fantasy experts Michael Beller and David Gonos, along with a few other contributors, share with you their wealth of knowledge. Check out the position primers, team-by-team rankings, burning questions, an ongoing debate series and more.

Check back throughout March for additional analysis and news, and good luck.

Fantasy baseball 2014 Top 300 player rankings & projections
Top 300 Player Rankings (PDF) | Rankings By Position (PDF)
Position Primers
Catcher First Base Second Base
Shortstop Third Base Outfield
Designated Hitters Starters Relievers
American League Team Previews
National League Team Previews
Additional Draft Prep
SI Staff Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft
AL offseason winners, losers
NL offseason winners, losers
AL breakouts
NL breakouts
AL busts
NL busts
AL sleepers
NL sleepers
Third-year starting pitchers
Super Sophomores
27-year-old breakouts
Rebound candidates
Players in the final year of a contract
Draft Strategies
Grab a first baseman early in the draft
Wait until the middle round to draft starting pitchers
Don't reach for a closing pitcher
Auction Strategies
Nominate secondary options early in the auction
Set a smart budget for your roster and stick to it
The best tips on how to land your value players
Burning Questions
Part I: Can Castro bounce back after a weak 2013?
Part II: Is Tanaka worth the risk for fantasy owners?
Part III: Should Fister be considered an elite pitcher?
Part IV: Is KC's Eric Hosmer a top first baseman?
Part V: What will Orioles' Chris Davis do for an encore?
Part VI: Will Reds' Brandon Phillips hit 100+ RBI again?
Part VII: What can owners expect from Josh Donaldson?
Part VIII: Is Hanley Ramirez worth the injury risk?
Part IX: Can Josh Hamilton rediscover his power stroke?
Part X: How should owners value Baez, Springer?
Fantasy Debates
Who's the No. 1 second baseman, Cano or Kipnis?
Which Texas outfielder should owners target, Rios or Choo?
Which ace has the edge, Wainwright or Strasburg?
Should an owner draft Joey Votto or Prince Fielder?
Will Longoria or Wright provide more stability at 3B?
Who is the superior catcher, Carlos Santana or Joe Mauer?
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 BELLER: Spring training update #1: Injuries hurting Braves' rotation
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