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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