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Consensus Rankings Series: An Introduction

Here is an introduction to what you can expect from the fantasy baseball writing staff over the next two months with the kickoff of our Consensus Rankings Series.

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Here at Fake Teams, we pride ourselves on the fact that we provide fantasy baseball coverage 365 days per year. We hope we have met your expectations this offseason, and we value your readership on a daily basis. We hope that you have enjoyed our offseason coverage to date, including the fabulous work from our prospect team with their Consensus Top 100 Prospect Rankings and their Top 10 prospect per term series, as we are as passionate about fantasy baseball as you are. But the real offseason is just beginning.

Rankings season is upon us, and we are very excited about our rankings coverage this offseason. I have provided you my position rankings throughout the offseason thus far, including my Top 300 Overall Rankings, but starting on Monday, we are taking it to another level with our Consensus Position Rankings series.

Like last year, we will be publishing the Fake Teams Consensus Position Rankings beginning tomorrow. We will be covering a position per week beginning the week of January 25th and running through the week of March 14th. Below is the current schedule:

Rankings Week Schedule

Catchers: January 25th
First Base: February 1st
Second Base: February 8th
Shortstop: February 15th
Third Base: February 22nd
Outfielders: February 29th (Leap Year!)
Starting Pitchers: March 7th
Relievers: March 14th

We will kick off our coverage with catcher week, where we will provide you with the consensus rankings from the following Fake Teams fantasy baseball writers:

Ray Guilfoyle
Jason Hunt
Daniel Kelley
Rob Parker
Timothy Finnegan
Jack Cecil
Heath Capps

Below is the schedule for the rest of catcher week, where Brian will kick everything off with the State of the Position on Monday at 7am. I follow that up with part 1 of our catcher rankings, where our consensus catcher rankings 1 - 15 will be released, along with short player profiles for each player.

On Wednesday, Jason will release his Top 20 fantasy catching prospects for 2016, and we will profile a few catching prospects as well.

In addition to the rankings, we will be providing player profiles for each of the major league catchers ranked.  We will publish prospect profiles for prospects who could/should have an impact on fantasy rosters in 2016, and on a few prospects who you should target in keeper/dynasty league drafts. We feel that these profiles will give you a good idea as to who to draft and who to keep your eye on should they be called up this season.

Our coverage won't stop there, as we will be providing you with player profiles on some players who could be sleepers this season or players who could breakout. Like last year, the Fake Teams fantasy baseball writers will provide you with the catcher to target and the catcher to avoid this season in a staff post on Friday.

Need a strategy on draft day? We have you covered there as well as several of our writers will address strategies all day Thursday. They will offer their thoughts on league specific and position specific strategies, as well as strategies that you should keep in mind for DFS leagues.

For the first time this season, I will be offering Tiered Rankings for each position. When drafting, I find that I group certain tiers of players, all in my head, in the same group. So, if player X is taken before my turn to draft, I know there are a few other players with the same skill set at the position, that I can grab when my turn comes. Hopefully the tiered rankings will help you do the same on draft day.

With all that said, this is the template for each week of our consensus position rankings series, and we look forward to interacting with you each day. We are here to share our knowledge with you with the hope that you can win your fantasy leagues in 2016.

Below you will find the schedule for catcher week:











7:00 AM

State of the Position (Brian)

Consensus Ranks Part 2 (Ray)

Position Prospect Ranks (Jason)

Category Specific Advantages (Jason)

AL-Only Thoughts & Rankings (Ray)

10:00 AM

Consensus Ranks Part 1 (Ray)

Profile: Blake Swihart (Matt)

Profile: Gary Sanchez (Domenic)

Position Eligibility Advantages (Brian)

NL-Only Thoughts & Rankings (Ray)

12:00 PM

Profile: Kyle Schwarber (Jack)

Profile: J.T. Realmuto (Michael)

Profile: Jorge Alfaro (Brian)

Tiered Catcher Rankings (Ray)

Catchers to Target (Staff)

2:00 PM

Profile: Travis d'Arnaud (Daniel)

Profile: Jonathan Lucroy (Daniel)

Profile: Willson Contreras (Domenic)

DFS Advantages (Tim)

Catchers to Avoid (Staff)

4:00 PM

Profile: Stephen Vogt (Heath)

Profile: Yasmani Grandal and Devin Mesoraco (Tim)