Fantasy baseball rankings, projections, strategy and cheat sheets

Spring Training is a time for baseball players to prepare for the season, and fantasy players to prepare for their drafts. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

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 every day 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.

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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

Tout Wars takeaways from our four participants

From Eric Karabell

Bold predictions for each AL team

Bold predictions for each NL team

The Do Not Draft list

The Do Draft list

Mid-spring closer competition update

Sneaky Keepers: looking beyond prospects for long-term keeper league value

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

Stock Watch: Reacting to the week's injuries, news (March 26)

Stock Watch: Mid-spring rankings updates

Kings of Command: Breakout pitchers to draft this season

Statscast spring training stats that matter

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

McDaniel: Every team's next MLB Rank player

Starting pitcher "Work" Index: assessing pitcher workload risk factors

Spring Training Watch

March 22: Value of catchers

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

Karabell's Sneaky Keepers: looking beyond prospects for long-term keeper league value

Fantasy Focus Baseball recent podcasts

LISTEN:: Late spring rankings adjustments

Eric Karabell and Tristan Cockcroft breakdown the rash of recent injuries: does Fernando Tatis Jr (0:45) fall and is Zac Gallen (5:50) now a player you need to fade? They discuss the breakout potential of the now well compensated Lance McCullers (16:10) and a "Statcast darling" (18:55) to consider before diving into the Blue Jays compromised bullpen (21:55) and your best 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