The World Series participants have yet to be decided, but that hasn't stopped us from beginning our 2017 fantasy baseball preparation. Earlier this month Ray updated his 2017 first base rankings. The article includes 2016 statistics for each player and now it is time to put an early 2017 projection to their name. These projections are fluid at this point. Playing time will be divided via trade, free agent signings and job battles in spring. Injuries will occur... they always do. As the off season progresses we will continue to amend our rankings and projections as needed.
It is important to note that while a set of projections might add up to a dollar value when converted using a variety of methods that would rank a certain player above another, that doesn't necessarily mean the projection is correct and the updated ranking is incorrect. With a ranking things such as consistency and the odds of more or less playing time can be the difference between one spot in a ranking list and another. When converting projections straight over to dollar values, this can be lost at times. Using both projections and rankings from your favorite sources is an ideal way to build an appropriate expectation level for the coming season.
As always, please share any thoughts or questions in the comments below.
|4||Edwin Encarnacion||Blue Jays||AL||636||38||90||113||2||0.265||0.358||0.534|
|8||Hanley Ramirez||Red Sox||AL||545||23||71||84||10||0.274||0.344||0.468|
|12||Jose Abreu||White Sox||AL||668||27||74||99||1||0.287||0.349||0.483|