Baseball Draft Kit: Player Values by Position

Baseball Draft Kit: Player Values by Position

This article is part of our Baseball Draft Kit series.

*Values by Jeff Erickson, Write-ups by Clay Link

*These were generated for the 2021 RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Guide using Jeff's projections. The projections will be regularly updated on site throughout 2021. To customize for your league's settings, go here.

These dollar values provide rankings for players at each position, reflecting how they stack up against one another. These figures are based on a 68-32 hitters-to-pitchers budget split. A player must have played seven games at a position in 2020 to qualify there, or have played more games there in the majors than at any other position if he didn't play seven anywhere.


J.T. Realmuto remains the cream of the crop at the position, but the gap is narrowing with Will Smith emerging for the Dodgers. James McCann is now a No. 1 in Queens while in the Bronx Gary Sanchez's stock is slipping. Carson Kelly, Alejandro Kirk, Ryan Jeffers and Tyler Stephenson have sleeper appeal. The position is top heavy and remains the thinnest in fantasy baseball, so give these players' stats a scarcity bump.

1J.T. RealmutoPHI$27$32
2Salvador PerezKC$25$31
3Will SmithLAD$20$22
4Travis d'ArnaudATL$17$19
5Christian VazquezBOS$16$23
6Yasmani GrandalCWS$16$22
7James McCannNYM$15$18
8Willson ContrerasCHC$14$17
9Sean MurphyOAK$11$17
10Daulton VarshoARI$10$14
11Gary SanchezNYY$9
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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).
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 Online Championship in 2018. He can be heard on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio, MLB Network Radio and twice a week on the RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Podcast during baseball season.
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