Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2017: Top players, breakouts at each position

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Get ready to update the rankings and tiers on your fantasy baseball cheat sheets. Sporting News Fantasy lists its top players at every position.

Fantasy Baseball Rankings 2017: Top players, breakouts at each position

Get ready to update the rankings and tiers on your fantasy baseball cheat sheets. Sporting News Fantasy lists its top players at every position.

Opening dayis almost here, which means it's time to start putting the final touches on your 2017 fantasy baseball rankings and cheat sheets. It doesn't matter if you're playing in an ESPN or Yahoo league (or somewhere else), feeling confident about your rankings and tiers will make any draft go more smoothly.

As we've suggested before, you should look at multiple sets of rankings before settling on your draft strategy, and of course we feel our rankings should be part of the mix. With that in mind, we present the top of our rankings for every position (i.e. who we think should be "starting" in 12-team leagues), with links to the rest of each position if you're looking for some sleepers.

A few things to keep in mind as you scan these lists: Position eligibility is based on Yahoo's default settings, and each position is ranked as if a player isonlyeligible at that position. So, someone like Trea Turner will be drafted above Ryan Braun because of his 2B and (eventually) SS eligibility, but we'd like Braun ahead of him if both were only OF-eligible.

MORE: 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Cheat Sheet

2017 Fantasy Baseball Pitcher Rankings

Rank

Player

Team

1

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers

2

Max Scherzer

Nationals

3

Noah Syndergaard

Mets

4

Madison Bumgarner

Giants

5

Corey Kluber

Indians

6

Chris Sale

Red Sox

7

Yu Darvish

Rangers

8

Jake Arrieta

Cubs

9

Stephen Strasburg

Nationals

10

Johnny Cueto

Giants

11

Jon Lester

Cubs

12

Jacob deGrom

Mets

13

Justin Verlander

Tigers

14

Kenta Maeda

Dodgers

15

Carlos Martinez

Cardinals

16

Cole Hamels

Rangers

17

Chris Archer

Rays

18

Carlos Carrasco

Indians

19

Masahiro Tanaka

Yankees

20

Jose Quintana

White Sox

21

Kyle Hendricks

Cubs

22

Gerrit Cole

Pirates

23

Rich Hill

Dodgers

24

Julio Teheran

Braves

25

Danny Salazar

Indians

Click here for the rest of our SP rankings

2017 Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings

Ranking

Player

Team

1

Kenley Jansen

Dodgers

2

Aroldis Chapman

Yankees

3

Zach Britton

Orioles

4

Wade Davis

Cubs

5

Craig Kimbrel

Red Sox

6

Ken Giles

Astros

7

Mark Melancon

Giants

8

Roberto Osuna

Blue Jays

9

Cody Allen

Indians

10

Edwin Diaz

Mariners

11

Seung Hwan Oh

Cardinals

12

Alex Colome

Rays

Click here for the rest of our RP rankings

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Catcher

Ranking

Player

Team

Multi-eligible

1

Kyle Schwarber*

Cubs

OF

2

Gary Sanchez

Yankees

--

3

Jonathan Lucroy*

Rangers

1B

4

Buster Posey*

Giants

1B

5

Willson Contreras*

Cubs

OF

6

J.T. Realmuto

Marlins

--

7

Salvador Perez

Royals

--

8

Welington Castillo

Orioles

--

9

Russell Martin

Blue Jays

--

10

Yasmani Grandal

Dodgers

--

11

Evan Gattis

Astros

--

12

Cameron Rupp

Phillies

--

* = eligible at another position

Click here for the rest of our catcher rankings

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: First Base

Ranking

Player

Team

Multi-eligible

1

Paul Goldschmidt

D-backs

--

2

Kris Bryant*

Cubs

3B, OF

3

Anthony Rizzo

Cubs

--

4

Miguel Cabrera

Tigers

--

5

Freddie Freeman

Braves

--

6

Joey Votto

Reds

--

7

Edwin Encarnacion

Indians

--

8

Jose Abreu

White Sox

--

9

Hanley Ramirez

Red Sox

--

10

Chris Davis

Orioles

--

11

Wil Myers*

Padres

OF

12

Todd Frazier*

White Sox

3B

Click here for the rest of our 1B rankings

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Second base

Ranking

Player

Team

Multi-eligible

1

Jose Altuve

Astros

--

2

Trea Turner*

Nationals

SS, OF

3

Jonathan Villar*

Brewers

SS, 3B

4

Rougned Odor

Rangers

--

5

Brian Dozier

Twins

--

6

Robinson Cano

Mariners

--

7

Dee Gordon

Marlins

--

8

Daniel Murphy*

Nationals

1B

9

Javier Baez*

Cubs

SS, 3B

10

Devon Travis

Blue Jays

--

11

Ian Kinsler

Tigers

--

12

Jean Segura*

Mariners

SS

Click here for the rest of our 2B rankings

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Third base

Ranking

Player

Team

Multi-eligible

1

Nolan Arenado

Rockies

--

2

Kris Bryant*

Cubs

1B, OF

3

Manny Machado*

Orioles

SS

4

Josh Donaldson

Blue Jays

--

5

Jonathan Villar*

Brewers

2B, SS

6

Todd Frazier*

White Sox

1B

7

Kyle Seager

Mariners

--

8

Miguel Sano*

Twins

OF

9

Maikel Franco

Phillies

--

10

Evan Longoria

Rays

--

11

Adrian Beltre

Rangers

--

12

Alex Bregman

Astros

--

Click here for the rest of our 3B rankings

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Shortstop

Ranking

Player

Team

Multi-eligible

1

Manny Machado*

Orioles

3B

2

Carlos Correa

Astros

--

3

Trea Turner*^

Nationals

2B, OF

4

Jonathan Villar*

Brewers

2B, 3B

5

Trevor Story

Rockies

--

6

Corey Seager

Dodgers

--

7

Xander Bogaerts

Red Sox

--

8

Francisco Lindor

Indians

--

9

Javier Baez*

Cubs

2B, 3B

10

Jean Segura*

Mariners

2B

11

Addison Russell

Cubs

--

12

Marcus Semien

A's

--

^ = Not eligible at SS on draft day but will play SS during the year

Click here for the rest of our SS rankings

2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Outfield

Ranking

Player

Team

Multi-eligible

1

Mike Trout

Angels

--

2

Mookie Betts

Red Sox

--

3

Kris Bryant*

Cubs

1B, 3B

4

Bryce Harper

Nationals

--

5

Charlie Blackmon

Rockies

--

6

Starling Marte

Pirates

--

7

A.J. Pollock

D-backs

--

8

Nelson Cruz

Mariners

--

9

Ryan Braun

Brewers

--

10

Trea Turner*

Nationals

2B, SS

11

Giancarlo Stanton

Marlins

--

12

Wil Myers*

Padres

1B

13

Christian Yelich

Marlins

--

14

Gregory Polanco

Pirates

--

15

George Springer

Astros

--

16

Billy Hamilton

Reds

--

17

Mark Trumbo

Orioles

--

18

Carlos Gonzalez

Rockies

--

19

Yoenis Cespedes

Mets

--

20

Andrew McCutchen

Pirates

--

21

Justin Upton

Tigers

--

22

Jose Bautista

Blue Jays

--

23

Khris Davis

A's

--

24

Lorenzo Cain

Royals

--

Click here for the rest of our OF rankings

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