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The best of the best, the cream of the crop.

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We reach the final installment of my review of the 2015 rankings I used for short term evaluations of a 6x6 dynasty league.  These rankings are purely based off projected stats, so there were no biases at all.  After posting this, I will post my before and after a year of ownership in this league. Below the rankings, I'll post my full list #1-300.  Let's get back to listing players.

#10 Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL

$37.10, 88 R, 27 HR, 75 RBI, 2 SB, .314 AVG, .948 OPS

This is the best example of my rankings be purely based off projection.  I would never take Tulo this high, but when on the field, Tulo has posted elite numbers, which obviously influence a machine's projections.  The key to that last sentence was the phrase "has posted".  Tulo was league average last year at the plate, and in his career his road numbers are .274/.347/.462.  Now that he's out of Coors, despite Toronto also being a hitter's haven, I really think Tulo's value drops significantly.  Add that teams are constantly talking about the impact of playing on an artificial surface, paired with Tulo being known for leg injuries, and we have a player I will be avoiding as I anticipate him being overpriced in 2016.

#9 Edwin Encarnacion, 1B, TOR

$ 37.53, 87 R, 36 HR, 102 RBI, 6 SB, .270 AVG, .895 OPS

Another heavy hitter at the Rogers Centre, he posted his forth consecutive season with an OPS over .900, and smacked over 30 home runs.  His 94 R, and 111 RBI were both career highs.  He had great plate discipline yet again, and next season it's hard to not expect another elite performance.  He has a skill set that ages well, a great home park, a hitter's division, and a star studded surrounding lineup, invest with confidence.

#8 Felix Hernandez, SP, SEA

$40.04, 234 K, 18 W, 2.31 ERA, .991 WHIP, 4.776 K/BB

Felix is one of the 8 players projected to earn $40 on draft day, and he fell short of that despite winning 18 games.  He was giving up more homers, his strikeouts dropped, and his walks were up.  While not a fantasy stat, his 2.8 WAR was the worst of his career, and its indicative of his performance.  His pitch f/x data doesn't show a drop in velocity, but what is unusual is that after a career of great sinkers leading him to victory, his sinker was absolutely killed in 2015.  Teams should not be hitting .288/.373/.490 against the pitch he throws most often, that's a 152 wRC+.  Its scary to view him as your ace in 2016, and I wouldn't want to invest one of my first 4 picks in him next season.  If he's around after that, I'll likely be an owner, but big arms coming off poor years isn't where I've made my money in the past.

#7 Jose Bautista, OF, TOR

$40.50, 100 R, 34 HR, 94 RBI, 7 SB, .277 AVG, .908 OPS

He's a beast.  He hit 40 homers, had over 100 R and RBI, and he walked more than he struck out.  When you have two other teammates that were ranked in the top 10, and the AL MVP, it is safe to say you are in good shape going forward.  He's an elite bat, I wouldn't be worried about his age.

#6 Giancarlo Stanton, OF, MIA

$46.82, 92 R, 40 HR, 106 RBI, 9 SB, .276 AVG, .933 OPS

Stanton was hitting for power at a blistering pace to start last season before breaking his hamate bone.  The beauty of this injury is that they remove the bone after players have it, so he will not be susceptible to reinjuring himself the same way.  If his hand feels good going into 2016, you can have Stanton back in your lineups as a premium power hitter.  I'm not concerned with the 20-30 games he misses annually, because he is so far above average while on the field.

#5 Andrew McCutchen, OF, PIT

$46.82, 96 R, 27 HR, 84 RBI, 21 SB, .311 AVG, .934 OPS

Probably the second most well rounded player in baseball.  McCutchen played through knee issues and only had 11 steals, besides that he was his normal self hitting .292/.401/.488 with 23 homers 91 R, and 96 RBI.  Next year he'll back back in my top 10, he's an elite hitter.

#4 Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, ARI

$49.41, 102 R, 29 HR, 101 RBI, 15 SB, .297 AVG, .927 OPS

Goldschmidt had high expectations placed on him, and he exceeded them with ease.  He was a fantasy monster, hitting 33 home runs, and stealing 21 bags.  He's 28 years old and is primed to enjoy the peak of his career in the thin air of Arizona.

#3 Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD

$49.94, 253 K, 20 W, 2.129 ERA, .915 WHIP, 5.884 K/BB

Kershaw is the best of the best when it comes to arms.  After striking out 300 batters in 2015, while walking fewer than 2 per 9, and posting a 50% ground ball rate, he's elite in every metric that he can control.  This price is more than I'd ever be willing to pay for a pitcher, but you can't find a hole in Kershaw's game to criticize him.

#2 Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET

$50.11, 94 R, 29 HR, 109 RBI, 2 SB, .318 AVG, .940 OPS

Cabrera had calf and back injuries which forced him to limp around the field, but he continued to rake as he had in the past.  I expect him to be an elite hitter again next season, and while I'll have to rank Goldschmidt ahead of him in 2016, I'd still happily take Cabrera if I'm priced out in the Goldy sweepstakes.

#1 Mike Trout, OF, LAA

$54.43, 113 R, 32 HR, 97 RBI, 20 SB, .296 OPS, .937 OPS

Perhaps the least surprising part of this whole list is Trout being on top.  He's an elite power and average hitter, and despite watching his steal totals dip, you have to realize that he's still giving you 10+ SB, and nobody would be surprised if that number went up as Trout seems to improve aspects of his game at will sometimes.  He's the clear #1, and the only thing surprising about him now is that he actually wasn't good the first time he came up.  He may be the best player we ever see in our lives.

With that, I conclude the review of my rankings, as always I'm open to explaining them even though I generated these with projections, and didn't physically sit and rank every player one by one.  Please feel free to ask any questions in the comments or ask me on twitter @jackcecil1.  I hope you enjoyed the review, and get ready for 2016 rankings that are coming!

500 Zoilo Almonte
499 Jordan Schafer
498 Justin Turner
497 Tommy La Stella
496 Alberto Callaspo
495 Will Middlebrooks
494 Alex Avila
493 Will Venable
492 Josmil Pinto
491 Christian Bethancourt
490 Nate Schierholtz
489 Daniel Nava
488 Chris Taylor
487 Alexi Amarista
486 Brandon Guyer
485 David Lough
484 Andrew Lambo
483 Kevin Pillar
482 Caleb Joseph
481 Jarrod Dyson
480 Jose Iglesias
479 Tyler Flowers
478 Michael Taylor
477 Devon Travis
476 David Murphy
475 Melvin Upton
474 Byron Buxton
473 Anthony Gose
472 Andre Ethier
471 David DeJesus
470 Jonathan Schoop
469 A.J. Pierzynski
468 Craig Gentry
467 Stephen Drew
466 Josh Phegley
465 Ryan Ludwick
464 Emilio Bonifacio
463 Eric Sogard
462 Justin Ruggiano
461 Brandon Barnes
460 Chris Denorfia
459 Adeiny Hechavarria
458 Joey Gallo
457 Jason Castro
456 Eduardo Escobar
455 Kurt Suzuki
454 Jake Marisnick
453 Nick Hundley
452 Gerardo Parra
451 Gregor Blanco
450 Chris Iannetta
449 Francisco Lindor
448 Scott Van Slyke
447 Eric Young Jr.
446 Nick Swisher
445 Josh Rutledge
444 Chris Young
443 Jonny Gomes
442 Yunel Escobar
441 Jose Ramirez
440 Mike Zunino
439 Robinson Chirinos
438 Darin Ruf
437 Wilmer Flores
436 Nick Franklin
435 Jon Jay
434 Maikel Franco
433 Ender Inciarte
432 Jose Peraza
431 Dioner Navarro
430 Brad Miller
429 Casey McGehee
428 Jung Ho Kang
427 Juan Uribe
426 Didi Gregorius
425 Mike Moustakas
424 Rene Rivera
423 Brandon Crawford
422 Chris Coghlan
421 Jarrod Saltalamacchia
420 Michael McKenry
419 Conor Gillaspie
418 Arismendy Alcantara
417 Miguel Montero
416 Randal Grichuk
415 Yonder Alonso
414 Luis Valbuena
413 Juan Lagares
412 Carlos Ruiz
411 Delmon Young
410 Andrelton Simmons
409 Josh Hamilton
408 Cody Asche
407 Jordy Mercer
406 Ike Davis
405 Derek Norris
404 Shane Victorino
403 Chris Owings
402 Jake Lamb
401 Joe Panik
400 Colby Rasmus
399 Chris Johnson
398 Matt Joyce
397 Michael Bourn
396 Cam Bedrosian
395 Al Alburquerque
394 Brad Ziegler
393 Steven Matz
392 Joe Thatcher
391 Carter Capps
390 J.P. Howell
389 Patrick Corbin
388 Pedro Strop
387 Scott Atchison
386 Norichika Aoki
385 Tommy Milone
384 Mitch Moreland
383 Ernesto Frieri
382 Chase Anderson
381 Charlie Morton
380 Brett Oberholtzer
379 Shawn Tolleson
378 Kyle Crockett
377 Stephen Vogt
376 Matt Belisle
375 Shawn Kelley
374 Ryan Cook
373 Omar Infante
372 Sean Marshall
371 J.J. Hardy
370 Drew Stubbs
369 Miguel Gonzalez
368 Seth Smith
367 David Carpenter
366 Alfredo Simon
365 Marco Gonzales
364 Carlos Martinez
363 Jesse Chavez
362 Travis Snider
361 Jason Grilli
360 A.J. Burnett
359 Aaron Loup
358 Logan Morrison
357 Hunter Strickland
356 Casey Janssen
355 Dustin Ackley
354 Fernando Salas
353 Vidal Nuno
352 Bryan Shaw
351 Jean Machi
350 Allen Craig
349 Dominic Leone
348 Brett Anderson
347 Tommy Hunter
346 C.J. Cron
345 Jean Segura
344 Nick Vincent
343 Danny Duffy
342 Mike Morin
341 Mark Buehrle
340 David Freese
339 Casey Fien
338 DJ LeMahieu
337 Dan Otero
336 Charlie Furbush
335 Brett Lawrie
334 Craig Stammen
333 Ricky Nolasco
332 Kelvin Herrera
331 Javier Baez
330 Yasmani Grandal
329 Dexter Fowler
328 Edward Mujica
327 Seth Maness
326 Kevin Kiermaier
325 Kevin Jepsen
324 Adam Ottavino
323 Domonic Brown
322 Bud Norris
321 Jason Vargas
320 Marcus Semien
319 Aaron Sanchez
318 Xander Bogaerts
317 Tim Hudson
316 Trevor Bauer
315 Joel Peralta
314 Alcides Escobar
313 Garrett Jones
312 Alex Rodriguez
311 Yordano Ventura
310 Travis d'Arnaud
309 Dale Thayer
308 Yovani Gallardo
307 Chad Qualls
306 Alejandro De Aza
305 Kendrys Morales
304 Ryan Howard
303 Austin Jackson
302 Tanner Roark
301 Avisail Garcia
300 Brett Cecil
299 Danny Farquhar
298 T.J. House
297 Wade Miley
296 Jed Lowrie
295 LaTroy Hawkins
294 Shelby Miller
293 Danny Santana
292 Asdrubal Cabrera
291 Brandon Phillips
290 Clay Buchholz
289 R.A. Dickey
288 Henderson Alvarez
287 Junichi Tazawa
286 Angel Pagan
285 Rajai Davis
284 Kennys Vargas
283 Justin Smoak
282 James Loney
281 Michael Morse
280 Mike Minor
279 Mark Teixeira
278 Kevin Quackenbush
277 Ervin Santana
276 Desmond Jennings
275 Dee Gordon
274 Francisco Liriano
273 Marco Estrada
272 Lorenzo Cain
271 Joe Smith
270 Andrew Heaney
269 Nathan Eovaldi
268 Joakim Soria
267 Dalton Pompey
266 Vance Worley
265 Steven Souza
264 Kyle Hendricks
263 Jenrry Mejia
262 Wil Myers
261 Wilson Ramos
260 Adam Eaton
259 Nick Castellanos
258 Santiago Casilla
257 Denard Span
256 David Peralta
255 Pat Neshek
254 Ben Revere
253 Josh Collmenter
252 Chris Archer
251 Neftali Feliz
250 Dillon Gee
249 Coco Crisp
248 Matt Garza
247 Jason Hammel
246 Tyler Clippard
245 Kevin Gausman
244 Elvis Andrus
243 Nick Markakis
242 John Jaso
241 Chris Tillman
240 Trevor Plouffe
239 Darren O'Day
238 Derek Holland
237 Drew Hutchison
236 Wei-Yin Chen
235 Jose Fernandez
234 Rafael Soriano
233 Kyle Lohse
232 Curtis Granderson
231 Joc Pederson
230 Danny Salazar
229 Dallas Keuchel
228 Bobby Parnell
227 Joe Nathan
226 Sonny Gray
225 Jake Odorizzi
224 Erick Aybar
223 Carlos Beltran
222 CC Sabathia
221 Matt Wieters
220 Gregory Polanco
219 Sergio Romo
218 Matt Cain
217 Jake Peavy
216 Brandon Finnegan
215 Jered Weaver
214 Collin McHugh
213 Josh Reddick
212 Russell Martin
211 Zach Britton
210 Jimmy Rollins
209 Matt Shoemaker
208 Mike Napoli
207 Torii Hunter
206 Jhonny Peralta
205 Wilin Rosario
204 Yasmany Tomas
203 Wade Davis
202 Jonathon Niese
201 Ian Kennedy
200 Mike Leake
199 Lonnie Chisenhall
198 Michael Saunders
197 Rougned Odor
196 Michael Pineda
195 Luke Gregerson
194 Rick Porcello
193 Aaron Hill
192 Dan Haren
191 Brad Boxberger
190 Justin Verlander
189 Tony Watson
188 Jose Quintana
187 Chase Headley
186 Carl Crawford
185 Shin-Soo Choo
184 Scott Kazmir
183 Bartolo Colon
182 Lance Lynn
181 Addison Reed
180 Brian McCann
179 Billy Hamilton
178 Mike Fiers
177 Salvador Perez
176 Khris Davis
175 Oswaldo Arcia
174 Alex Rios
173 Yusmeiro Petit
172 Francisco Rodriguez
171 Jedd Gyorko
170 Marlon Byrd
169 John Lackey
168 A.J. Pollock
167 Andrew Cashner
166 Jake McGee
165 Josh Harrison
164 Brandon Belt
163 Garrett Richards
162 Eric Hosmer
161 Howie Kendrick
160 Mat Latos
159 Billy Butler
158 Tyson Ross
157 Scooter Gennett
156 Alexei Ramirez
155 Hector Rondon
154 Brett Gardner
153 Joe Mauer
152 Michael Wacha
151 Doug Fister
150 Michael Cuddyer
149 Daniel Murphy
148 Gio Gonzalez
147 Drew Storen
146 Yan Gomes
145 Jake Arrieta
144 Fernando Rodney
143 Steve Pearce
142 Drew Smyly
141 Martin Prado
140 Ken Giles
139 Anibal Sanchez
138 Aramis Ramirez
137 Charlie Blackmon
136 David Wright
135 Chase Utley
134 Gerrit Cole
133 Ben Zobrist
132 Kolten Wong
131 Adam Lind
130 Trevor Rosenthal
129 Brandon McCarthy
128 Jason Kipnis
127 Alex Wood
126 Joaquin Benoit
125 Steve Cishek
124 Cody Allen
123 Matt Adams
122 Leonys Martin
121 Yadier Molina
120 Lucas Duda
119 Homer Bailey
118 Brian Dozier
117 Marcell Ozuna
116 Alex Gordon
115 Jay Bruce
114 Jonathan Papelbon
113 Sean Doolittle
112 Christian Yelich
111 Andrew Miller
110 Alex Cobb
109 Neil Walker
108 Dustin Pedroia
107 Jacob deGrom
106 Rusney Castillo
105 Huston Street
104 Hisashi Iwakuma
103 Jason Heyward
102 Manny Machado
101 Matt Carpenter
100 Mark Trumbo
99 Brandon Moss
98 Julio Teheran
97 Dellin Betances
96 Pedro Alvarez
95 Jorge Soler
94 Hunter Pence
93 Glen Perkins
92 Starlin Castro
91 Kenley Jansen
90 Matt Harvey
89 Melky Cabrera
88 Phil Hughes
87 J.D. Martinez
86 Devin Mesoraco
85 Carlos Carrasco
84 Jayson Werth
83 Todd Frazier
82 David Robertson
81 James Shields
80 Justin Morneau
79 Hyun-Jin Ryu
78 Jeff Samardzija
77 Adam LaRoche
76 Jose Reyes
75 Kyle Seager
74 Ian Kinsler
73 Nelson Cruz
72 Evan Gattis
71 Adam Wainwright
70 Chris Davis
69 Kris Bryant
68 Kole Calhoun
67 Ryan Zimmerman
66 Pablo Sandoval
65 Chris Carter
64 Greg Holland
63 Starling Marte
62 Mark Melancon
61 Nolan Arenado
60 Mookie Betts
59 Craig Kimbrel
58 Cole Hamels
57 Koji Uehara
56 Evan Longoria
55 Jon Lester
54 Jonathan Lucroy
53 Carlos Santana
52 Jacoby Ellsbury
51 Matt Kemp
50 Yoenis Cespedes
49 George Springer
48 Prince Fielder
47 Masahiro Tanaka
46 Matt Holliday
45 Justin Upton
44 Aroldis Chapman
43 Joey Votto
42 Albert Pujols
41 Jose Altuve
40 Corey Kluber
39 Adrian Gonzalez
38 Ian Desmond
37 Zack Greinke
36 Jordan Zimmermann
35 Carlos Gonzalez
34 Bryce Harper
33 David Ortiz
32 Johnny Cueto
31 Madison Bumgarner
30 Victor Martinez
29 Buster Posey
28 Hanley Ramirez
27 Anthony Rendon
26 Josh Donaldson
25 Max Scherzer
24 Corey Dickerson
23 Freddie Freeman
22 David Price
21 Adam Jones
20 Yasiel Puig
19 Michael Brantley
18 Robinson Cano
17 Adrian Beltre
16 Chris Sale
15 Ryan Braun
14 Stephen Strasburg
13 Carlos Gomez
12 Jose Abreu
11 Anthony Rizzo
10 Troy Tulowitzki
9 Edwin Encarnacion
8 Felix Hernandez
7 Jose Bautista
6 Giancarlo Stanton
5 Andrew McCutchen
4 Paul Goldschmidt
3 Clayton Kershaw
2 Miguel Cabrera
1 Mike Trout