Fantasy Baseball Roster Cheat Sheet

By Kacey Kroh, Abshier House, Abshier House

When investing time in a fantasy baseball league, it helps to know whom the top projected players are in each category. The following roster is a cheat sheet of the top 10 players in each of these categories:

  • Catchers

  • First Basemen

  • Outfielders

  • Relief Pitchers

  • Second Basemen

  • Shortstops

  • Starting Pitchers

  • Third Basemen

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Top 10 Catchers (C)
Rank Player Team
1 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants (SF)
2 Jonathan Lucroy Milwaukee Brewers (Mil)
3 Devin Mesoraco Cincinnati Reds (Cin)
4 Evan Gattis Houston Astros (Hou)
5 Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals (KC)
6 Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals (StL)
7 Yan Gomes Cleveland Indians (Cle)
8 Brian McCann New York Yankees (NYY)
9 Willin Rosario Colorado Rockies (Col)
10 Russell Martin Toronto Blue Jays (Tor)
Top 10 First Basemen (1B)
Rank Player Team
1 Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers (Det)
2 Paul Goldschmidt Arizona Diamond Backs (Ari)
3 Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox (CWS)
4 Anthony Rizzo Chicago Cubs (ChC)
5 Edwin Encarmacion Toronto Blue Jays (Tor)
6 Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves (Atl)
7 Adrian Gonzalez Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD)
8 Albert Pujois Los Angeles Angels (LAA)
9 Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles (Bal)
10 Prince Feilder Texas Rangers (Tex)
Top 10 Outfielders (CF, LF, RF)
Rank Player Team
1 Mike Trout — Center Field Los Angeles Angels (LAA)
2 Giancarlo Stanton — Right Field Miami Marlins (Mia)
3 Andrew McCutchen — Center Field Pittsburg Pirates (Pit)
4 Carlos Gomez — Center Field Milwaukee Brewers (Mil)
5 Jose Bautista — Right Field Toronto Blue Jays (Tor)
6 Adam Jones — Center Field Baltimore Orioles (Bal)
7 Yasiel Puig — Right Field Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD)
8 Michael Brantley — Left Field Cleveland Indians (Cle)
9 Jacoby Ellsbury — Center Field New York Yankees (NYY)
10 Justin Upton — Left Field San Diego Padres (SD)
Top 10 Relief Pitchers (RP)
Rank Player Team
1 Aroldis Chapman Cincinnati Reds (Cin)
2 Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves (Atl)
3 David Robertson Chicago White Sox (CWS)
4 Greg Holland Kansas City Royals (KC)
5 Kenley Jansen Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD)
6 Sean Doolittle Oakland Athletics (Oak)
7 Alex Wood Atlanta Braves (Atl)
8 Trevor Rosenthal St. Louis Cardinals (StL)
9 Mark Melancon Pittsburg Pirates (Pit)
10 Steve Cishek Miami Marlins (Mia)
Top 10 Second Basemen (2B)
Rank Player Team
1 Robinson Cano Seattle Mariners (Sea)
2 Jose Altuve Houston Astros (Hou)
3 Anthony Rendon Washington Nationals (Was)
4 Ian Kinsler Detroit Tigers (Det)
5 Jason Kipnis Cleveland Indians (Cle)
6 Brian Dozier Minnesota Twins (Min)
7 Dee Gordon Miami Marlins (Mia)
8 Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox (Bos)
9 Daniel Murphy New York Mets (NYM)
10 Kolten Wong St. Louis Cardinals (StL)
Top 10 Shortstops (SS)
Rank Player Team
1 Troy Tulowitski Colorado Rockies (Col)
2 Ian Desmond Washington Nationals (Was)
3 Hanley Ramirez Boston Red Sox (Bos)
4 Jose Reyes Toronto Blue Jays (Tor)
5 Starlin Castro Chicago Cubs (ChC)
6 Alexei Ramirez Chicago White Sox (CWS)
7 Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers (Tex)
8 Javier Baez Chicago Cubs (ChC)
9 Jimmy Rollins Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD)
10 Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox (Bos)
Top 10 Starting Pitchers (SP)
Rank Player Team
1 Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers (LAD)
2 Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners (Sea)
3 Max Scherzer Washington Nationals (Was)
4 Chris Sale Chicago White Sox (Was)
5 Corey Kluber Cleveland Indians (Cle)
6 David Price Detroit Tigers (Det)
7 Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants (SF)
8 Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds (Cin)
9 Adam Wainwright St. Louis Cardinals (StL)
10 Yu Darvish Texas Rangers (Tex)
Top 10 Third Basemen (3B)
Rank Player Team
1 Anthony Rendon Washington Nationals (Was)
2 Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers (Tex)
3 Josh Donaldson Toronto Blue Jays (Tor)
4 Chris Davis Baltimore Orioles (Bal)
5 Todd Frazier Cincinnati Reds (Cin)
6 Kyle Seager Seattle Mariners (Sea)
7 Evan Longoria Tampa Bay Rays (TB)
8 Nolan Arenado Colorado Rockies (Col)
9 David Wright New York Mets (NYM)
10 Carlos Santana Cleveland Indians (Cle)

This list includes only players who have current statistic ratings within MLB Major League Baseball. Take into account there are many new up-and-coming players fresh from the minor leagues, known as “sleepers,” whom you also should keep an eye on to determine the best players for your fantasy team.