2013 postseason fantasy baseball rankings 

October, 1, 2013
Welcome to October and the 2013 version of the ESPN Fantasy annual baseball postseason rankings! The Tampa Bay Rays settled the final official playoff spot Monday night, so here we go with position by position rankings and a top 100 to get you ready for your postseason pools. What? You haven’t participated in a playoff pool before? Get in the game, it’s a blast!

Of course, these rankings might appear a bit strange to some, so let’s explain: To win a playoff pool, one must have players who play enough games to accumulate the points needed. Seems obvious, right? In short, it’s nice to have players who advance to the World Series, or at least get a full series of games in! As a result, you’ll see members of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays did not fare so well in these rankings. It’s customary for drafters to choose teams before the wild card elimination games, but there’s inherent risk in choosing a Pirate, for example. If they win, the value on their players advances greatly. They would be in the same spot as the division winners at that point. If they lose, well, it’s a problem. As a result, Joey Votto, for example, is not ranked as well as Brandon Moss. Odd? Well, we know Moss is playing at least three games, and perhaps many more. Votto could be one-and-done, and against a tough lefty starter. In most cases, my rankings reflect players I believe will play the most games and pitch the most innings, and devalue those who might play only one game this week.

Another important factor in drafting -- and if you draft after the wild-card games, then simply ignore the players on the losing teams -- is predicting which teams you think will advance, and thus will provide the most value. Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the game, but if you think the Dodgers aren't getting out of the first round, or even deep into the first round, then he could be making only one start. It’s the same as the losing pitchers from the wild-card round.