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2014 Fantasy Baseball Best Value: Marlon Byrd?

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March 18
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MLB Fantasy baseball auction drafts have become the preferred format among some fantasy players in 2014. An auction draft allows you to get any player you want, at any time, as long as you’re willing to bid a high enough price. The catch is you only get a preset amount of fantasy dollars to spend, so there is a premium on finding value.

We like the auction draft format in fantasy baseball, because it allows us to put a payroll perspective on fantasy sports. Rather than just ranking the best players, we’ve ranked the most valuable players for your fantasy baseball team. We know Miguel Cabrera is better than Justin Morneau, for instance, but who is the better value? Morneau ranks No. 2 on our value list. He’ll cost you $1. Cabrera, meanwhile, ranks 143rd, while he’s the No. 3 best player, according to our analysis.

Our best value for hitters? Believe it or not, Marlon Byrd is the best value in the 2014 fantasy baseball draft. Coming off a season with 24 home runs and 88 RBIs, he’s only $1 in a standardESPN fantasy baseball league. Our worst value among position players? Ryan Braun, coming off a suspension for the use of performance enhancing drugs. Other big names at the bottom of our 2014 value rankings include Carlos Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Mike Trout and Cabrera.

In terms of pitchers, unsung heroes such as Ubaldo Jimenez, A.J. Griffin and Mark Buehrle rank high in our value rankings. But don’t overpay for our worst value, closer Craig Kimbrel. In fact, closers appear to be overvalued generally.

Of course, you’re not going to win your league without spending in the right places, so when considering who to spend top dollar on here’s some ideas:

  • Don’t buy Mike Trout for $49 when you can get Adam Jones for $30.
  • Don’t take Paul Goldschmidt when you can get Prince Fielder for $10 less.
  • Go after Matt Carpenter and Hunter Pence – you’ll get great performance at a relative discount.
  • Daniel Murphy is in the top 50 in value and the top 10 in performance. We like our odds.
  • Skip Clayton Kershaw, go for Justin Verlander instead.
  • James Shields or Cole Hamels over Felix Hernandez.

Use our sortable charts for position players and pitchers to see all of our fantasy baseball rankings and find great values in your fantasy baseball league. Note: Stats are from the 2013 season.

2014’s Best Fantasy Baseball Values (Position Players):

PLAYER Value Rank Overall Rank Dollar Value AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OPS WAR
Marlon Byrd 1 56 $1.00 532 75 155 24 88 2 0.291 0.847 5
Justin Morneau 2 66 $1.00 572 62 148 17 77 0 0.259 0.734 2
James Loney 3 68 $1.00 549 54 164 13 75 3 0.299 0.778 2.7
Zack Cozart 4 74 $1.00 567 74 144 12 63 0 0.254 0.665 1.6
Chris Johnson 5 86 $1.00 514 54 165 12 68 0 0.321 0.816 2
Adam LaRoche 6 96 $1.00 511 70 121 20 62 4 0.237 0.735 0.9
Neil Walker 7 114 $1.00 478 62 120 16 53 1 0.251 0.757 3.9
Omar Infante 8 115 $1.00 453 54 144 10 51 5 0.318 0.795 2.4
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 9 120 $1.00 425 68 116 14 65 4 0.273 0.804 2.9
Trevor Plouffe 10 126 $1.00 477 44 121 14 52 2 0.254 0.701 1.9
Russell Martin 11 135 $1.00 438 51 99 15 55 9 0.226 0.703 4.3
Jhonny Peralta 12 136 $1.00 409 50 124 11 55 3 0.303 0.815 3.3
Matt Joyce 13 139 $1.00 413 61 97 18 47 7 0.235 0.747 1.2
Michael Saunders 14 140 $1.00 406 59 96 12 46 13 0.236 0.72 1.3
Kelly Johnson 15 158 $1.00 366 41 86 16 52 7 0.235 0.715 1.3
Rajai Davis 16 160 $1.00 331 49 86 6 24 45 0.26 0.687 1.8
Nick Franklin 17 163 $1.00 369 38 83 12 45 6 0.225 0.686 2.3
Yonder Alonso 18 169 $1.00 334 34 94 6 45 6 0.281 0.71 1.2
Yan Gomes 19 176 $1.00 293 45 86 11 38 2 0.294 0.826 4
Brad Miller 20 182 $1.00 306 41 81 8 36 5 0.265 0.737 2
Angel Pagan 21 187 $1.00 280 44 79 5 30 9 0.282 0.749 1
Michael Brantley 22 60 $2.00 556 66 158 10 73 17 0.284 0.728 2.7
Todd Frazier 23 90 $2.00 531 63 124 19 73 6 0.234 0.721 2.7
A.J. Pierzynski 24 100 $2.00 503 48 137 17 70 1 0.272 0.722 1.6
Nate Schierholtz 25 112 $2.00 462 56 116 21 68 6 0.251 0.77 1.4
Stephen Drew 26 123 $2.00 442 57 112 13 67 6 0.253 0.777 3.1
Dexter Fowler 27 129 $2.00 415 71 109 12 42 19 0.263 0.776 2
Justin Smoak 28 130 $2.00 454 53 108 20 50 0 0.238 0.746 1.1
Nick Swisher 29 78 $3.00 549 74 135 22 63 1 0.246 0.763 3.8
Ben Revere 30 178 $2.00 315 37 96 0 17 22 0.305 0.691 0.8
Nolan Arenado 31 118 $3.00 486 49 130 10 52 2 0.267 0.706 3.9
Colby Rasmus 32 125 $3.00 417 57 115 22 66 0 0.276 0.84 4.8
Norichika Aoki 33 55 $4.00 597 80 171 8 37 20 0.286 0.726 3
Erick Aybar 34 83 $4.00 550 68 149 6 54 12 0.271 0.683 1.7
Howie Kendrick 35 107 $4.00 478 55 142 13 54 6 0.297 0.775 3.4
Austin Jackson 36 62 $5.00 552 99 150 12 49 8 0.272 0.754 3.4
Brett Gardner 37 69 $5.00 539 81 147 8 52 24 0.273 0.759 4.2
Brian Dozier 38 67 $6.00 558 72 136 18 66 14 0.244 0.726 3.8
Torii Hunter 39 21 $7.00 606 90 184 17 84 3 0.304 0.8 2.1
Jed Lowrie 40 39 $7.00 603 80 175 15 75 1 0.29 0.791 2.3
Michael Bourn 41 88 $6.00 525 75 138 6 50 23 0.263 0.676 2.4
Kendrys Morales 42 46 $7.00 602 64 167 23 80 0 0.277 0.785 2.7
Josh Reddick 43 147 $5.00 385 54 87 12 56 9 0.226 0.686 2.6
Andrelton Simmons 44 54 $8.00 606 76 150 17 59 6 0.248 0.692 6.7
Alfonso Soriano 45 26 $9.00 581 84 148 34 101 18 0.255 0.791 2.4
Adam Lind 46 99 $7.00 465 67 134 23 67 1 0.288 0.854 1.9
Victor Martinez 47 34 $9.00 605 68 182 14 83 0 0.301 0.785 1.2
Jason Castro 48 121 $7.00 435 63 120 18 56 2 0.276 0.835 4.5
Coco Crisp 49 63 $9.00 513 93 134 22 66 21 0.261 0.779 4.3
Daniel Murphy 50 9 $11 658 92 188 13 78 23 0.286 0.733 1.8
Alexei Ramirez 51 32 $10 637 68 181 6 48 30 0.284 0.693 2.6
Carl Crawford 52 134 $7.00 435 62 123 6 31 15 0.283 0.736 1.7
Jedd Gyorko 53 106 $8.00 486 62 121 23 63 1 0.249 0.745 2.2
Pablo Sandoval 54 89 $9.00 525 52 146 14 79 0 0.278 0.758 2.5
Nelson Cruz 55 124 $8.00 413 49 110 27 76 5 0.266 0.833 2
Asdrubal Cabrera 56 98 $9.00 508 66 123 14 64 9 0.242 0.7 1.2
Manny Machado 57 14 $12 667 88 189 14 71 6 0.283 0.746 6.5
J.J. Hardy 58 48 $11 601 66 158 25 76 2 0.263 0.738 3.7
Brandon Belt 59 79 $10 509 76 147 17 67 5 0.289 0.841 4.4
Leonys Martin 60 108 $9.00 457 66 119 8 49 36 0.26 0.698 3.4
Martin Prado 61 40 $12 609 70 172 14 82 3 0.282 0.75 2.3
Salvador Perez 62 94 $10 496 48 145 13 79 0 0.292 0.757 4.1
Mike Napoli 63 76 $11 498 79 129 23 92 1 0.259 0.842 4.1
Chase Headley 64 103 $10 520 59 130 13 50 8 0.25 0.747 3.4
Anthony Rizzo 65 50 $12 606 71 141 23 80 6 0.233 0.742 2.6
Billy Butler 66 53 $12 582 62 168 15 82 0 0.289 0.787 1.5
Josh Hamilton 67 59 $12 576 73 144 21 79 4 0.25 0.739 1.5
Alex Gordon 68 18 $14 633 90 168 20 81 11 0.265 0.749 4.2
Brandon Moss 69 97 $11 446 73 114 30 87 4 0.256 0.859 2.2
Pedro Alvarez 70 52 $13 558 70 130 36 100 2 0.233 0.77 3.4
Domonic Brown 71 81 $12 496 65 135 27 83 8 0.272 0.818 2.5
Hunter Pence 72 7 $16 629 91 178 27 99 22 0.283 0.822 4.1
Michael Cuddyer 73 64 $13 489 74 162 20 84 10 0.331 0.919 2
Mark Trumbo 74 23 $15 620 85 145 34 100 5 0.234 0.747 2.2
Will Venable 75 95 $12 481 64 129 22 53 22 0.268 0.796 3.2
Shane Victorino 76 84 $13 477 82 140 15 61 21 0.294 0.801 6.1
Matt Carpenter 77 6 $17 626 126 199 11 78 3 0.318 0.873 6.6
Jose Altuve 78 41 $15 626 64 177 5 52 35 0.283 0.678 1.1
Matt Holliday 79 44 $15 520 103 156 22 94 6 0.3 0.879 2.7
Christian Yelich 80 203 $6.00 240 34 69 4 16 10 0.288 0.766 1.4
Carlos Beltran 81 47 $15 554 79 164 24 84 2 0.296 0.83 2.4
Chase Utley 82 92 $13 476 73 135 18 69 8 0.284 0.823 3.5
Jonathan Lucroy 83 75 $14 521 59 146 18 82 9 0.28 0.795 2.9
Desmond Jennings 84 80 $14 527 82 133 14 54 20 0.252 0.748 3
Kyle Seager 85 35 $16 615 79 160 22 69 9 0.26 0.764 3.9
Jean Segura 86 38 $16 588 74 173 12 49 44 0.294 0.752 3.9
Wilin Rosario 87 102 $13 449 63 131 21 79 4 0.292 0.801 2.3
Jayson Werth 88 71 $15 462 84 147 25 82 10 0.318 0.931 4.8
Ben Zobrist 89 37 $17 612 77 168 12 71 11 0.275 0.756 5.1
Carlos Santana 90 65 $16 541 75 145 20 74 3 0.268 0.832 4.4
Adrian Gonzalez 91 31 $18 583 69 171 22 100 1 0.293 0.803 3.9
Wilson Ramos 92 180 $9.00 287 29 78 16 59 0 0.272 0.777 2.4
Josh Donaldson 93 22 $19 579 89 174 24 93 5 0.301 0.883 8
Jay Bruce 94 12 $20 626 89 164 30 109 7 0.262 0.807 5.1
Everth Cabrera 95 143 $12 381 54 108 4 31 37 0.283 0.736 2.8
Brian McCann 96 156 $11 356 43 91 20 57 0 0.256 0.796 2.2
Ryan Zimmerman 97 45 $18 568 84 156 26 79 6 0.275 0.809 3.8
Allen Craig 98 61 $17 508 71 160 13 97 2 0.315 0.83 2.3
Khris Davis 99 223 $5.00 136 27 38 11 27 3 0.279 0.949 1.3
Brandon Phillips 100 29 $19 606 80 158 18 103 5 0.261 0.706 1.7
Eric Hosmer 101 17 $20 623 86 188 17 79 11 0.302 0.801 3.6
Brett Lawrie 102 150 $12 401 41 102 11 46 9 0.254 0.712 2.3
Elvis Andrus 103 20 $20 620 91 168 4 67 42 0.271 0.659 4.3
David Ortiz 104 43 $19 518 84 160 30 103 4 0.309 0.959 4.4
Starling Marte 105 77 $17 510 83 143 12 35 41 0.28 0.784 5.5
Yoenis Cespedes 106 73 $18 529 74 127 26 80 7 0.24 0.737 1.7
Justin Upton 107 49 $20 558 94 147 27 70 8 0.263 0.818 2.6
Yadier Molina 108 72 $19 505 68 161 12 80 3 0.319 0.836 5.7
Alex Rios 109 15 $23 616 83 171 18 81 42 0.278 0.756 2
Shin-Soo Choo 110 33 $22 569 107 162 21 54 20 0.285 0.885 4.2
Freddie Freeman 111 24 $23 551 89 176 23 109 1 0.319 0.897 5.5
Matt Adams 112 172 $12 296 46 84 17 51 0 0.284 0.839 1.2
Joe Mauer 113 116 $17 445 62 144 11 47 0 0.324 0.88 5.4
Dustin Pedroia 114 11 $25 641 91 193 9 84 17 0.301 0.787 6.5
Buster Posey 115 82 $20 520 61 153 15 72 2 0.294 0.821 5.2
Jose Bautista 116 93 $19 452 82 117 28 73 7 0.259 0.856 4.1
Evan Longoria 117 19 $25 614 91 165 32 88 1 0.269 0.842 6.3
Aaron Hill 118 168 $13 327 45 95 11 41 1 0.291 0.818 1.1
Jason Heyward 119 148 $15 382 67 97 14 38 2 0.254 0.776 3.6
Curtis Granderson 120 214 $8.00 214 31 49 7 15 8 0.229 0.723 1.1
Ian Desmond 121 28 $25 600 77 168 20 80 21 0.28 0.784 3.7
Ian Kinsler 122 58 $23 545 85 151 13 72 15 0.277 0.757 5
Joey Votto 123 25 $26 581 101 177 24 73 6 0.305 0.926 6.4
Wil Myers 124 157 $15 335 50 98 13 53 5 0.293 0.831 2
Adam Jones 125 1 $30 653 100 186 33 108 14 0.285 0.811 4.4
Prince Fielder 126 16 $28 624 82 174 25 106 1 0.279 0.819 1.7
Jason Kipnis 127 30 $27 564 86 160 17 84 30 0.284 0.818 5.9
Adrian Beltre 128 8 $30 631 88 199 30 92 1 0.315 0.88 5.5
Carlos Gomez 129 42 $27 536 80 152 24 73 40 0.284 0.843 8.4
Robinson Cano 130 10 $31 605 81 190 27 107 7 0.314 0.899 7.6
Albert Pujols 131 142 $19 391 49 101 17 64 1 0.258 0.767 1.5
Chris Davis 132 4 $35 584 103 167 53 138 4 0.286 1.004 6.4
Giancarlo Stanton 133 127 $22 425 62 106 24 62 1 0.249 0.845 2.4
Edwin Encarnacion 134 36 $32 530 90 144 36 104 7 0.272 0.904 4
Paul Goldschmidt 135 2 $38 602 103 182 36 125 15 0.302 0.952 7
Jacoby Ellsbury 136 27 $34 577 92 172 9 53 52 0.298 0.781 5.8
Bryce Harper 137 117 $25 424 71 116 20 58 11 0.274 0.854 3.8
Troy Tulowitzki 138 91 $28 446 72 139 25 82 1 0.312 0.931 5.3
Yasiel Puig 139 133 $24 382 66 122 19 42 11 0.319 0.925 5
David Wright 140 109 $27 430 63 132 18 58 17 0.307 0.904 5.9
Jose Reyes 141 144 $23 382 58 113 10 37 15 0.296 0.78 2.6
Andrew McCutchen 142 13 $40 583 97 185 21 84 27 0.317 0.911 8.2
Miguel Cabrera 143 3 $47 555 103 193 44 137 3 0.348 1.078 7.2
Mike Trout 144 5 $49 589 109 190 27 97 33 0.323 0.988 9.2
Hanley Ramirez 145 149 $29 304 62 105 20 57 10 0.345 1.04 5.4
Carlos Gonzalez 146 111 $36 391 72 118 26 70 21 0.302 0.958 5
Ryan Braun 147 201 $28 225 30 67 9 38 4 0.298 0.869 2

2014’s Best Fantasy Baseball Values (Pitchers):

PLAYER Value Rank Overall Rank Dollar Value IP SO SV WAR WHIP ERA
Ubaldo Jimenez 1 27 $1.00 182.2 194 0 2.7 1.33 3.3
A.J. Griffin 2 31 $1.00 200 171 0 2.3 1.13 3.83
Ricky Nolasco 3 35 $1.00 199.1 165 0 1.8 1.21 3.7
Wade Miley 4 41 $1.00 202.2 147 0 1.3 1.32 3.55
Mark Buehrle 5 44 $1.00 203.2 139 0 2.1 1.35 4.15
Kyle Lohse 6 53 $1.00 198.2 125 0 3.3 1.17 3.35
Dillon Gee 7 46 $2.00 199 142 0 2.2 1.28 3.62
Rick Porcello 8 55 $3.00 177 142 0 2.4 1.28 4.32
Bartolo Colon 9 59 $3.00 190.1 117 0 5.1 1.17 2.65
Lance Lynn 10 17 $4.00 201.2 198 0 1.8 1.31 3.97
Chris Tillman 11 23 $4.00 206.1 179 0 4.4 1.22 3.71
John Lackey 12 40 $4.00 189.1 161 0 2.8 1.16 3.52
Ivan Nova 13 72 $3.00 139.1 116 0 3.5 1.28 3.1
Jesse Crain 14 158 $1.00 36.2 46 0 2.4 1.15 0.74
Jarrod Parker 15 48 $4.00 197 134 0 1.9 1.22 3.97
Cody Allen 16 108 $2.00 70.1 88 2 1.4 1.25 2.43
A.J. Burnett 17 18 $5.00 191 209 0 1.7 1.21 3.3
Mark Melancon 18 112 $2.00 71 70 16 2 0.96 1.39
Justin Masterson 19 21 $5.00 193 195 0 3.4 1.2 3.45
Patrick Corbin 20 25 $5.00 208.1 178 0 2.8 1.17 3.41
Chris Archer 21 77 $3.00 128.2 101 0 2.2 1.13 3.22
Ervin Santana 22 30 $5.00 211 161 0 2.9 1.14 3.24
Tyler Clippard 23 117 $2.00 71 73 0 1.8 0.86 2.41
Francisco Liriano 24 52 $5.00 161 163 0 3 1.22 3.02
Marco Estrada 25 73 $4.00 128 118 0 1.5 1.08 3.87
Joaquin Benoit 26 103 $3.00 67 73 24 2.8 1.03 2.01
Jim Henderson 27 104 $3.00 60 75 28 1.4 1.13 2.7
Rex Brothers 28 105 $3.00 67.1 76 19 3.1 1.29 1.74
Tommy Hunter 29 110 $3.00 86.1 68 4 2 0.98 2.81
Jake Peavy 30 70 $5.00 144.2 121 0 1.4 1.15 4.17
Clay Buchholz 31 85 $4.00 108.1 96 0 4.3 1.02 1.74
C.J. Wilson 32 15 $8.00 212.1 188 0 3.4 1.34 3.39
Jose Veras 33 118 $3.00 62.2 60 21 1.4 1.07 3.02
Cole Hamels 34 9 $9.00 220 202 0 4.6 1.16 3.6
Hiroki Kuroda 35 39 $8.00 201.1 150 0 4.1 1.16 3.31
Jon Lester 36 20 $9.00 213.1 177 0 3 1.29 3.75
Matt Garza 37 63 $7.00 155.1 136 0 1.5 1.24 3.82
Hisashi Iwakuma 38 12 $10 219.2 185 0 7 1.01 2.66
Drew Smyly 39 109 $4.00 76 81 2 2.6 1.04 2.37
R.A. Dickey 40 14 $10 224.2 177 0 2 1.24 4.21
Andrew Cashner 41 60 $8.00 175 128 0 2.4 1.13 3.09
Julio Teheran 42 37 $10 185.2 170 0 3.2 1.17 3.2
Hyun-Jin Ryu 43 42 $10 192 154 0 3.3 1.2 3
Tony Cingrani 44 78 $7.00 104.2 120 0 2.2 1.1 2.92
Steve Cishek 45 95 $6.00 69.2 74 34 2.1 1.08 2.33
Matt Moore 46 61 $10 150.1 143 0 2.6 1.3 3.29
Mat Latos 47 19 $14 210.2 187 0 3.8 1.21 3.16
Doug Fister 48 33 $13 208.2 159 0 4.1 1.31 3.67
James Shields 49 8 $15 228.2 196 0 4.1 1.24 3.15
Gio Gonzalez 50 22 $14 195.2 192 0 3 1.25 3.36
Jordan Zimmermann 51 28 $14 213.1 161 0 3.7 1.09 3.25
Shelby Miller 52 45 $13 173.1 169 0 3.4 1.21 3.06
Homer Bailey 53 11 $16 209 199 0 3.2 1.12 3.49
Alex Cobb 54 68 $11 143.1 134 0 4 1.15 2.76
Grant Balfour 55 100 $7.00 62.2 72 38 1.4 1.2 2.59
Justin Verlander 56 7 $18 218.1 217 0 4.6 1.31 3.46
Mike Minor 57 26 $16 204.2 181 0 3.1 1.09 3.21
Casey Janssen 58 127 $6.00 52.2 50 34 1.4 0.99 2.56
Johnny Cueto 59 148 $5.00 60.2 51 0 1.4 1.05 2.82
Anibal Sanchez 60 24 $17 182 202 0 6.3 1.15 2.57
Jim Johnson 61 97 $8.00 70.1 56 50 1.5 1.28 2.94
Sonny Gray 62 132 $6.00 64 67 0 1.4 1.11 2.67
Chris Sale 63 6 $20 214.1 226 0 6.9 1.07 3.07
Madison Bumgarner 64 16 $19 201.1 199 0 3.9 1.03 2.77
Max Scherzer 65 4 $22 214.1 240 0 6.7 0.97 2.9
Jose Fernandez 66 36 $18 172.2 187 0 6.3 0.98 2.19
Jered Weaver 67 69 $14 154.1 117 0 3.7 1.14 3.27
Adam Wainwright 68 3 $24 241.2 219 0 6.2 1.07 2.94
Yu Darvish 69 1 $26 209.2 277 0 5.8 1.07 2.83
Cliff Lee 70 5 $24 222.2 222 0 7.3 1.01 2.87
Zack Greinke 71 51 $18 177.2 148 0 3.9 1.11 2.63
Koji Uehara 72 89 $11 74.1 101 21 3.6 0.57 1.09
Glen Perkins 73 99 $10.00 62.2 77 36 2.1 0.93 2.3
Felix Hernandez 74 10 $24 204.1 216 0 5.2 1.13 3.04
Trevor Rosenthal 75 90 $11 75.1 108 3 1.4 1.1 2.63
Stephen Strasburg 76 29 $22 183 191 0 3.1 1.05 3
Gerrit Cole 77 79 $13.00 117.1 100 0 1.3 1.17 3.22
Jonathan Papelbon 78 114 $9.00 61.2 57 29 1.5 1.14 2.92
Joe Nathan 79 93 $11 64.2 73 43 3.2 0.9 1.39
David Robertson 80 116 $9.00 66.1 77 3 2.4 1.04 2.04
David Price 81 47 $21 186.2 151 0 2.8 1.1 3.33
Clayton Kershaw 82 2 $30 236 232 0 7.9 0.92 1.83
Michael Wacha 83 134 $9.00 64.2 65 0 1.7 1.1 2.78
Greg Holland 84 80 $17 67 103 47 3.1 0.87 1.21
Kenley Jansen 85 81 $18 76.2 111 28 2.6 0.86 1.88
Aroldis Chapman 86 83 $18 63.2 112 38 2 1.04 2.54
Craig Kimbrel 87 82 $19 67 98 50 3.3 0.88 1.21

Data Courtesy of ESPN

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