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April 1, 2014

Dynasty Dynamics

NL West Under-25 Rankings

by Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein


There are plenty of reasons why people love dynasty leagues. To some, they do a better job of simulating the feeling of being a GM, as your decisions have ramifications beyond a single season. They foster closer connections between owners, given the sizeable time commitment, and add an element of reading your opponents, too. They require expansive knowledge of a wide group of MLB and MiLB players, and they require a relentless attention to detail throughout the season.

Yes, dynasty leagues are growing in popularity, and as they grow it becomes important for us to deliver content that caters specifically to dynasty league owners. And that’s why Craig and I will seek to put aside our differences once a week in order to impart the collective wisdom that we’ve siphoned off of others and would like to pass off as our own.

As this column progresses, we’re going to talk about everything from in-season news to overarching dynasty strategy to the successes and failures of our own dynasty teams. But we thought we’d kick this column off by trying to give the people something we’ve seen requested many times over the past several months: dynasty league U25 rankings.

For this exercise, we're each going to rank our top-30 U25 fantasy players by division before we collaborate on a top-150 list once this portion of the project is complete. For each division, we'll give you our individual rankings and then discuss any major discrepancies in our rankings, talk about some sleepers we wanted to rank higher and take cheap shots at each other along the way. It will be like the TINO podcast, but for your eyes, complete with an imaginary Bret Sayre breaking up our fights.

Just like with the preseason organizational top prospect lists, players will have to be born after April 1, 1988, to qualify, and just like with the preseason lists, there is of course an element of subjectivity that comes with these rankings. But unlike the preseason lists, these rankings are all about fantasy.

This week, we'll start the series off with the division Craig knows best, because he needs the help: the NL West.

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majnun

Um, so I have to play music myself now?

Apr 01, 2014 05:02 AM
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Nojsztat

You know these lists are legit because Austin Hedges isn't on them. I like this series already.

Apr 01, 2014 05:06 AM
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doog7642

This owns. Thank you for this and the upcoming top 150.

Apr 01, 2014 06:03 AM
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Scott Kramer

Craig's list shows Arenado with ARI instead of COL.

Apr 01, 2014 06:40 AM
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BP staff member Craig Goldstein
BP staff

We'll get it fixed, but I'll note I added ZERO team names to my entries, so I blame Ben #blameben

Apr 01, 2014 06:57 AM
 
BP staff member Ben Carsley
BP staff

Yep. I try to go the extra mile to cover for your laziness and I get the blame. Sounds about right.

Apr 01, 2014 06:59 AM
 
BP staff member Mauricio Rubio
BP staff

Franchy Cordero?

Apr 01, 2014 07:36 AM
 
RFKRFK

Please define the type of dynasty league you are ranking for. Rotisserie points? Simulation?

Apr 01, 2014 07:48 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
BP staff

You can take these as general fantasy rankings, so roto 5x5, but it's pretty easy to distill H2H value from there.

Apr 01, 2014 09:31 AM
 
Daff38

Nice title - but I think 'A Deep League Of Their Own' would have nailed it....

Apr 01, 2014 12:01 PM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
BP staff

My solo column on deep leagues is out tomorrow. SO STAY TUNED.

Apr 01, 2014 12:02 PM
 
sldetckl16

16 team dynasty, worth dropping some schmo like Wily Peralta to eat Patrick Corbin for a year? Someone cut him after his TJ was announced. 10 bench spots. Thanks

Apr 01, 2014 19:34 PM
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BP staff member Craig Goldstein
BP staff

I actually like Peralta and while Corbin is a step above, I'm not sure the missed year is worth it.

Apr 01, 2014 20:28 PM
 
BP staff member Ben Carsley
BP staff

Agreed, keep Peralta

Apr 01, 2014 21:18 PM
 
sldetckl16

Thanks, gents

Apr 04, 2014 10:17 AM
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