RotoWire Roundtable: Mid-March Update
RotoWire Roundtable: Mid-March Update

This article is part of our RotoWire Roundtable series.

The RotoWire Roundtable started a few years ago as a way of offering up multiple perspectives on the player pool with the hope of generating engaging dialogue about the players we differ about. Of course, it also yields a consensus "opinion" with the average, or mean rankings from each of the five panelists.

This year's panel includes:

  • Jeff Erickson 'JE'
  • Derek VanRiper 'DVR'
  • Clay Link 'CL'
  • Todd Zola 'TZ'
  • Tim Heaney 'TH'

    The initial ranks were compiled the afternoon of Friday, March 16. We have one final update to the list scheduled for 3/16 and 3/23.

    Keep an eye out for additional articles and blog posts between updates, highlighting our strongest differences throughout this list.

    Additionally, custom rankings for most other formats are available through the in-draft software and on our custom rankings page.

    Editor's Note: These rankings are based on 5x5 mixed league format, assuming 15 teams.

    The Rankings

    RkPlayerTeamPosAVGMedJEDVRCLTZTH
    1Mike TroutLAAOF1.2111121
    2Jose AltuveHOU2B1.8222212
    3Nolan ArenadoCOL3B3.6333633
    4Trea TurnerWASSS4444354
    5Bryce HarperWASOF6.46106466
    6Charlie BlackmonCOLOF6.6775849
    7Mookie BettsBOSOF6.8787775
    8Giancarlo StantonNYY
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    ABOUT THE AUTHORS
    Jeff Erickson
    Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of RotoWire and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He's also in the FSWA Hall of Fame. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).
    Tim Heaney
    Tim has cultivated award-winning and industry-recognized content in fantasy sports publishing for more than a decade, during which he's captured several industry-league titles (including Tout Wars) and Fantasy Sports Writers Association honors for podcasting. The New York native started with KFFL.com, which eventually linked up with USA TODAY Fantasy Sports, where he contributed football and baseball analysis to Sports Weekly and on the web. Since 2016, he's worked for RotoWire as an editor, Senior Writer and podcaster (NFL and MLB) and has written weekly football and baseball tips for ESPN; he's been lead Editor of the Fantasy Black Book series since 2018.
    Clay Link
    Clay Link is the MLB Editor at RotoWire. Clay won the overall championship in The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational and finished top 10 in the NFBC RotoWire Online Championship in 2018. He can be heard every Friday and Saturday during baseball season on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and every Thursday on the Prospect Podcast.
    Derek VanRiper
    Derek is the Director of Media for RotoWire.com, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).
    Todd Zola
    Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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