- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
I don't mind differing with others when it comes to ranking players. In fact, I think it's good to have debate and give the readers multiple opinions, and then they can decide who they think is right. Either way, I still don't believe there's a right or wrong answer on rankings, nor that they should ever be used as gospel. They're a guide. You want to draft Roy Oswalt first among pitchers, or avoid drafting Mike Lowell altogether? Hey, it's your team!
The ESPN.com master fantasy baseball rankings you see on the site are a compilation of numerous opinions, and there are plenty of names we felt different about. Here are some players for which my rankings were notably different than others'.
Ryan Braun, Brewers, 3B
My rank: 26. Average rank: 50
Ryan Braun and Hunter Pence are the top NL rookies. I think we'd all agree with that. Normally, I'm hardly the one who gushes about rookies, trades too much to acquire them or expects much from them, but in the case of these guys, I'm hooked. Braun has been in the majors for only 40 games, less than six weeks, yet he's actually on pace for 31 homers, 91 RBIs and 23 steals, not to mention the .350 average. Pence has been up long enough to qualify for the batting title, and he's currently the front-runner at .342, along with a 24-90-15 pace. I think these guys are legit. I understand being cautious with rookies, and these guys are true rookies, but I don't believe what we're seeing is a nice few weeks, a la Chris Shelton. Braun is David Wright, and Pence is Rocco Baldelli (healthy). I group them together because I think fantasy owners are underrating each player.
Eric Karabell defends his position on the latest fantasy baseball rankings.