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2014 Fantasy Baseball Best Value: Marlon Byrd?

Posted On
3/18/2014
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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