Thursday, February 2, 2012

2012 Overall Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Updated April 2, 2012 *The average draft round (ADR) presumes your participation in a standard 12 team league.

Code Website Name Twitter Weighted Value Last Update
CBS CBS Fantasy Sports @CBSFantasyBB
April 2
CHGM ClubHouse GM @ClubHouseGM
February 17
ESPN ESPN Fantasy Staff @ESPNFantasy
March 30
FBC Fantasy Baseball Cafe @FBC_GiantsFan14
February 24
FBCJ Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks @FBCrackerjacks
February 12
FGD Fantasy Gameday @Fantasy_Gameday
March 6
FOX FOX Sports @FOXSportsFowler
March 7
MB Matthew Berry from ESPN @MatthewBerryTMR
March 20
RB Razzball @Razzball
February 23
RC Roto Champ @RotoChamp
April 1
RS Roto Summit @JesseSakstrup
March 26
THC Tristan H. Cockcroft from ESPN @SultanofStat
March 27
THT The Hardball Times @THTFantasy
April 1
YAVG Yahoo Draft Average @YahooFantasy
April 2
YHOO Yahoo Experts @YahooNoise
April 2

Players who will not play in 2012 were removed to avoid the possibility of old data misleading anyone.

I will try to make every attempt to update this page frequently to make sure the information is up to date. Please contact me with any errors you may discover or if you find another reputable website with a similar top overall ranking. I've compiled the data from the following websites to create the average rank for nearly 500 players. If a player did not appear on a resource's list, then they were assigned a static value of 500.

What is the purpose of this spreadsheet?
Everyone has their own opinions regarding where a baseball player should be ranked during a fantasy baseball draft. These opinions are ever evolving, especially during the offseason while some men are still seeking a new home. How can you trust one resource? This is a compilation of lists sorted using unweighted as well as weighted rankings. The weighted value was determined for each website depending upon how many individuals were polled for their overall list.

Why should I care about standard deviation?
A low standard deviation indicates the data points tend to be very close to the mean, whereas high standard deviation indicates the data points are spread out over a large range of values. Simply put, it is a measure of confidence between every website I referenced.

For example, every website ranked Albert Pujols in their top three which is why he has the lowest standard deviation and why you should draft him with the highest confidence. Most of your top round candidates have a standard deviation of 20 or lower, so you can presume a score higher than 20 represents some sort of risk.
Standard deviation may not actually indicate a possible performance issue as it may just represent indecision. A great example is Yu Darvish who is a potential ace, but no one can be sure as he has never faced batters in the Major League. He was generally ranked anywhere from 79th to 131st, which means he can be expected to draft somewhere between rounds 7 and 11. FOX was the greatest outlier who ranked him the highest at 253, but don't count on him staying on the board that long.

This wariness allows you the potential to draft someone later as long as everyone else in your draft carries the same mutual uncertainty, but Yu better not count on it.

Sorry, I went there.


  1. Ryan - Loved using your compiled expert auction values for 2012 draft. Are you planning to do something similar for 2013?

    1. Hey Mike - Sorry I was unable to produce another guide for 2013. I should have something ready for 2014 shortly.

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