Usually when I post rankings, I'm ranking prospects or players for dynasty leagues. However, since I am participating in what to my knowledge are the first two NFBC Draft Champions slow drafts for 2021 (run by @draftchampagne), I started ranking players and figured I'd share those rankings with our subscribers.
I usually do my own projections every winter, which greatly informs my decisions in drafts every March, so these rankings could change drastically over the next four months. Consider these a pre-projections ranking set.
First, I have some general thoughts about the player pool for next year.
- The top-12 is a clear top tier. I think you can be happy with your roster construction selecting any of those players in the first round, but I'm much less enthusiastic about starting my team with anyone outside that group of 12.
- The closer we get to Opening Day, the higher the starting pitchers will move up my board as our confidence level in their health for OD nears 100 percent.
- I think you need to approach things with the expectation of getting double-digit steals from every middle infielder and outfielder in your starting lineup. For every spot you don't get a double-digit steal guy, you need to get those steals from another player on your roster. So, let's say you want to roster Corey Seager or Eloy Jimenez, you could get Daulton Varsho as your catcher or Ke'Bryan Hayes as your third baseman and all of a sudden you're getting