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Fantasy baseball 2014 draft prep: Rankings, previews and more

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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, SI.com'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
 
AL EAST
 
AL CENTRAL
 
AL WEST
 
National League Team Previews
 
NL EAST
NL CENTRAL
NL WEST
 
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?
 
 
 BELLER: Some bold predictions for this fantasy baseball season
 GONOS: Fantasy baseball offseason news from A to Z
 BELLER: Spring training update #1: Injuries hurting Braves' rotation
 BELLER: Spring training update #2: Chapman out after line drive to head
 PINCUS: Fantasy baseball news from the opening series in Australia
 

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