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Fantasy baseball dynasty rankings: Top 300 players for 2019 and beyond

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There comes a point in every season of a dynasty or keeper league when a manager must do one of two things:

1. Acknowledge that, in order to win a championship, he or she must mortgage some of the future in a trade that puts his/her team over the top.

2. Admit that a championship simply isn't in the cards.

If we're not there already -- and I'd argue that we're easily deep into that time of year -- it's prime time to make trades to either shore up a championship-contending roster or to add future-minded parts to make a run in 2020. You don't want to be the last team to make a move, since prices fall further out of your favor the more your counterparts make their own moves sooner, so make that decision now as the second half dawns.

In order to help you on your way, what follows is the midseason edition of my tri-annual Dynasty 300 rankings. Consider them a "price guide" of sorts for dynasty or keeper leagues, to help you properly value players in your trade talks.

The rankings formula

The Dynasty 300 uses the following player valuation formula:

  • 2019 second-half performance: 10 percent.

  • 2020 performance: 22.5 percent.

  • 2021 performance: 22.5 percent.

  • 2022 performance: 22.5 percent.

  • 2023 performance and beyond: 22.5 percent.

The rationale behind these weights is to provide a long-term projection of player values, in order to help fantasy managers in dynasty/keeper leagues who are weighing trades or making keeper decisions. In addition, the reason that 2023 and beyond gets a greater weight than the remainder of 2019 is that I already provide rest-of-season rankings for fantasy managers focusing solely on this season. They are updated regularly, right here.

Bear in mind that other factors influence these values, beyond simply your league's scoring system. Here are some of the other things to consider:

  • Number of keepers: How many players can you keep each year, and must every team keep the same number?

  • Player pricing: Is your league draft or auction format? Do you price players by draft round, for a dollar amount, or is price not part of the keeper equation?

  • Contract factors: Are there limits on the number of years you can keep a player and/or are there guaranteed contracts, and is there price inflation?

  • Farm teams: Does your league include minor league/farm team slots? How are these players factored into the keeper system?

  • Team competitiveness: Are you a contender, rebuilder or something in between?

Dynasty 300

Catcher

First base

Second base

Shortstop

Third base

Outfield

Designated hitter

Starting pitcher

Relief pitcher