As promised, I have revamped the way the fantasy rankings are organized, switching from a numbered setup to a five-tier system that shows players of similar value lumped together. Generally, the response has been positive, via comments, e-mails and the like. There have been some grumbles, as can be expected with an overhaul like that, but as I said there is a lot more in terms of positive feedback than the opposite.
That does not mean I want to call it a day and pump the rest of these rankings out, though. The first base rankings used no order whatsoever within the tiers, and the second base rankings utilized alphabetical order. Despite the fact that both of these methods were spelled out, plain as day, in the text of the article prior to the listings (he says with twitch in his eye) there has been some confusion. No, I don’t think Robinson Cano is the best second basemen among the four-star group–he just happened to have a last name that put him there. No, Luis Castillo is not the best of the more average three-star group, but his surname gives him ample face time atop that group.
Clearly, that’s not working, and for two days I have seen requests for, at most, a hard ranking within tiers and, on the more reasonable side, for me to at least type the names out in the order I prefer them in. I’ll tell you what–this whole process has been about me trying to shape the rankings into something you guys and gals want to use. It’s important to me that you are pleased with not just the advice I give you, but also the way it’s presented. I don’t just want you to feel like you’re part of the process, I want you to be part of the process.
With that in mind, there will be no fantasy rankings published today, February 24. I’m going to take today to mull over the feedback I’ve received, both positive, negative and constructive, and fit what works into the rankings before I go any further. You’ll have your third base rankings on Thursday, shortstop rankings on Friday, and so on every day as fast as I can write ‘em. In the meantime, use this thread to pepper me with suggestions, add to what you’ve already brought up, refine your requests, etc.
In addition, once we have settled on how we want these things to look, I’ll go back and reorder the first and second base rankings, sans commentary, and publish them on Unfiltered with links back to the original. That way you can learn about just how much I love Dustin Pedroia relative to the other four-star second basemen, and you won’t even need to be bothered with reading those pesky words that follow the lists (I kid because I care).
I’m very happy with the reception for these rankings thus far–last year’s went well I think, but I’m much happier (A) preparing these and (B) with the final results. If tweaking them further makes them that much better, then I’m for it. Let me also take this opportunity to tell you that I will have some pretty swell announcements to make regarding our fantasy coverage in the near future, but I’m not going to tell you anything else because I want to see you all squirm (also, I’m probably not allowed to share yet). Your rampant speculation in the comments will be appreciated, mostly so I can claim your ideas as my own and act like we’ve been working on it the whole time. Sounds like a win-win situation, no?