Fantasy baseball rankings, projections, strategy and cheat sheets

All of your fantasy baseball draft preparation needs collected in one place! Here you’ll find rankings, projections, cheat sheets, analysis and strategy; Check back often for new content through Opening Day of the 2021 season. If this is your first time playing fantasy baseball, might we recommend starting with the basics: The Playbook: How to play fantasy baseball.

Don’t have a team yet? Create or join a league and then dive into the latest draft-prep material tailored for whatever format you prefer.

Rankings, projections, depth charts and cheat sheets

• Mass: Points league ranking

• Cockcroft: Head-to-head categories rankings

• Karabell: Roto leagues rankings

 McDaniel: Top 50 fantasy rookies for 2021

• 2021 Player Projections and Outlooks

• Live Draft Results

• Cheat Sheet Central

 Cheat Sheet: sleepers, busts, rookies, closers

• Closer depth chart

• MLB depth charts

 Custom Dollar Value Generator

From our award-winning fantasy baseball analysts:

Mock Drafts

• March 10: H2H Points

• March 3: H2H Each Category


• What spring training buzz should you be buying?

• What’s the best approach to drafting closers in 2021?

• Best current draft-day values by ADP (March 9)

• Which rookie will make the biggest impact?

• 2021 Sleepers and Busts

• Who should go No. 6 if Betts, Acuna, Trout, Soto, Tatis are gone?

• Prominent players to avoid drafting

• Most debatable draft rankings

• What to take away from the shortened 2020 season

From Eric Karabell

 The Do Not Draft list

 The Do Draft list

 Mid-spring closer competition update

 Favorite, least favorite rookies for 2021

 10 things to watch for in 2021

 Bullpen battles to watch

 Spring Training watch: Don’t overlook the Orioles

 Pitchers, hitters and Ohtanis to watch in spring training

From Tristan H. Cockcroft

 Tristan’s Twenty players to target in drafts …

 … and 10 to pass on at their current ADP

 Kings of Command: Breakout pitchers to draft this season

 Statscast speed metrics impact on SB and BABIP.

 How to use the Custom Dollar Value Generator

From Todd Zola

 How to use ADP to know when to draft high-variance players

• How much weight should you give humidors and ballpark dimensions?

 How the projections sausage gets made


 Passan’s 2021 predictions unearth 10 draft-day gems

Starting pitcher “Work” Index: assessing pitcher workload risk factors

Spring Training Watch

 Spring Training watch: Houston has some problems (March 8)

 Spring Training watch: Don’t overlook the Orioles (March 1)

 Bullpen battles to watch

 Pitchers, hitters and Ohtanis to watch in spring training

 Bell on spring injury watch: who is ready to contribute?

Expert Leagues

 Cockcroft: AL LABR draft

 Karabell: NL LABR draft

Points League Corner

• Points League Rankings

• H2H Points league draft strategy

• Pitchers to value more in points leagues

• Hitters to avoid in points leagues

The Playbook: Become an expert in 9 innings

Inning 1: How to play fantasy baseball

Inning 2: League Formats: Which is right for you?

Inning 3: Everything you need to know about auction drafts

Inning 4: How to create the ultimate cheat sheet

Inning 5: Optimizing your roster

Inning 6: Nine must-follow tips

Inning 7: Staying ahead of league trends

Inning 8: Using advanced stats to get ahead

Inning 9: Master the 2021 player pool

For Dynasty Leaguers

 Dynasty Top 300

 Cockcroft: Dynasty stock watch

 Karabell: winning right now in fantasy baseball dynasty league

 McDaniel: Top 50 fantasy rookies for 2021

Fantasy Focus Baseball recent podcasts

LISTEN:March 18: Rookie shortstops, overrated players and closer carousel

Eric and Tristan discuss if Bobby Witt Jr. is worth your time (2:00) and when we can expect Wander Franco (3:40). They disagree on how to evaluate Victor Robles (4:45), talk about how much value Andrew Vaughn (9:30) has in redraft leagues and lay out some overrated players (13:00). Lastly, a closer carousal (20:00) that features a hot topic option before trivia and hashbrowns!

LISTEN:March 12: The Process Behind ESPN Projections

Todd Zola joins the show to discuss his projection process (1:42) before detailing the difference between rankings and projections (8:42). He also speaks to the impact of spring training on his final outlook on the season (13:12) and his top three takeaways from his process (15:12). Eric and Tristan address recent pitcher injuries (28:20) and answering your preseason questions (29:55)!

LISTEN:March 1: Which Rookies Are Ready To Produce?

Eric interviews MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel to get a feel for when we see Wander Franco this season (1:00), if Randy Arozarena is a star in the making (2:10) and which other prospects are worth a look in 2021 redraft leagues. AJ Mass then joins Eric to talk about if Spring Training matters (16:30), what makes points league rankings their own entity (19:00), if the catch position is worth addressing early (27:21) and if now is the time to move on from Jacob deGrom in dynasty leagues (35:25)

In Case You Missed It: Fantasy Focus Baseball Archived Podcasts

From The Archives:

From 2020 :Dynasty league strategy: How to build a perennial contender

 From 2020 Karabell’s Dos and Don’ts of drafting

 From 2020 How to mock draft like a pro

 From 2020 The lost art of shadow-mocking

 From 2020 How to optimize your roster for stolen bases

From 2020 Fantasy baseball’s lasting legacy

From 2020 Matthew Berry’s untold stories of 40 years of fantasy baseball

From 2020 Project “GOAT” celebrates 40 years of fantasy baseball

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